Christmas in Asia

Posted: December 18, 2007 in food, Taiwan
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I’m not sure what my favorite Christmas tradition is. There are so many to choose from — decorating the  Christmas tree, opening presents on Christmas morning, checking out all of the holiday lights around town, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. 

Ok, so I don’t generally associate Christmas and KFC. But that’s not the case in Japan:

What’s on the menu [for Christmas Eve dinner]? An array of healthful and elegant Japanese morsels followed by cleansing green tea? Actually no, it’s a big bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. And for afters, a fat wedge of strawberry cream sponge cake.   The KFC website in Japan started taking advance Christmas orders on December 1 and in some suburbs sold out completely after only a week.

Which got me thinking about Taiwan. I didn’t think they would do much for Christmas there either. But apparently 50,000 people will form a human Christmas tree  on Saturday.   

I’m excited that Christmas is being celebrated worldwide.  But  I wish more folks were celebrating the birth of Christ rather than mere traditions.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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Comments
  1. Tisra says:

    I, too, was surprised by the advancement of Christmas in Asian countries- but I do think it’s all about the companies trying a new tactic to increase sales of their product. Maybe when people start wondering why they should buy trees and gifts, they will discover the Saviour at the root of it all.

    Happy Christmas to you,
    Tisra
    waiting for referral from taiwan
    http://lifetrain.blogspot.com

  2. Rebecca says:

    KFC for Christmas Eve?? It makes me feel terrible to know we’re exporting our greasy heart-attack-on-a-drumstick to a country where their diet is pretty healthy!!!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of the human Christmas tree!! You always have such interesting info on your blog, Cindy. 🙂

    Rebecca

  3. Cindy says:

    My husband, Dave, gets credit for finding out about KFC and the human Christmas tree. He’s been reading T. R. Reid’s book “Confucius Lives Next Door” and came across the Christmas Eve KFC-craze in Japan.

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