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Confession of a foreign Santa Claus in Vietnam.

I was requested to be Santa Claus at my workplace. That was my first time to have such special request... You know, Santa Claus is a fat old man and he is very nice to children

I was requested to be Santa Claus at my workplace. That was my first time to have such special request... You know, Santa Claus is a big fat old man and he is very nice, especially to children. There must be the reason why people asked me to be him right ?  

To be hornest, I had so much fun being Santa Claus. Though Christmas is not a holiday like Lunar New Year in Vietnam, my students were very excited to celebrate this day with Santa Claus. One interesting thing that I figured out, most Vietnamese children think the day of Christmas is December 24th, while the real date is December 25th.

Vietnamese youth people are very excited about Christmas.
Vietnamese youth people are very excited about Christmas.

 The Vietnamese in general don't usually celebrate Christmas Day like in Western countries, Canada or America. To Christains, this is a big festival. Of course! However, Christmas also has different meanings. 

1. Nowadays, the Christmas season seems to begin much sooner. This time every year, shopping malls and stores introduce many promotion policies. The sale promotions are supposed to start in December, however, in fact they always start from the very beginning of October. It leads to the fact that the purpose of Christmas holiday now is for people to buy and give presents, not just the original purpose - a warm holiday for familes to gather. Oh, and this is also a perfect occasion to spend money ! You can see this clearly in Western countries, Halloween and Christmas and Valentine... the continuous circle of holidays makes everyone willing to open their wallets.

Christmas holiday now is for people to buy and give presents.
Christmas holiday now is for people to buy and give presents.

 2. Christmas Day is an occasion for "Family Rewards". If your children do good and don't mess around at school, "Santa" will come and give them alot of presents. I know that is the way to encourage them to study and behave better. However, it's just the outside effection, your children have to aware this themselves. It will be a very bad situation if you make your children believe that giving present was the most effective way to show love or receving presents would make them more 'valuable'. If that happened, the children might not be capable of distinguish sentiment to material. Trust me, you don't want it to happen.

Enough about negative aspects, in the other hand, Christmas is still everyboday's favourite holiday. In Western countries, people usually have two weeks of Christmas holiday, just like Tet holiday in Vietnam. They can spend time with their families, hang out with friends, giving away gifts and enjoy delicious traditional Christmas dinner together.

Confession of a foreign Santa Claus in Vietnam.

 Christmas is a special holiday to me no matter what, especially in Vietnam. No Christmas present, no white snowflake, no minus 20 degrees Celsius temperature but I can still feel the warm sentiment of people here. Though I'm not the real Santa Claus, I'm still very happy to bring happiness, however little it is, to my little people. Those smiling eyes and happy smiles are the greatest presents I got on this Christmas Day. Moreover, I had such interesting experiences and unforgettable memories in this beautiful country. 

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