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In China, Christmas spent with something old, something new

12-20-2011 16:37 BJT

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Keson Tinker can't go home for Christmas in the Bahamas this year because he's busy rehearsing for galas at local TV stations for the country's lunar new year that falls in mid-January. That means it's Christmas in Shanghai -- as it was last year -- where he'll have a party in his home with dozens of friends.

"Christmas is a once-in-a-year get-together for my fellow Bahamians scattered all over China," said Tinker, who has stayed in the country for six years trying to sing his way to stardom and is currently attending a MBA program in a Shanghai-based university.

This is entirely different from the way Christmas is celebrated in his home country, Tinker said. "In the Bahamas, Christmas is a festival for family reunions and nobody hangs out with friends."

Homemade Bahamian-style food will be served at the party, but turkey, usually imported to China, is too expensive and will be replaced by ordinary chicken wings and chicken soup, Tinker said.

"But we'll definitely have lemonade and a lot of fruit, as we traditionally do back in the Bahamas," Tinker said.

They will also play dice and some Chinese poker games to add to the fun, he added.

Victoria Varadi, from Hungary, has to compromise similarly as regards her Christmas menu.

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Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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