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SEE Thursday, 26 November 2015

How foreigners celebrate Christmas Day in Vietnam.

Living in Vietnam - a foreign country where Christmas festival is not considered a traditional festival - foreigners here still have their own unique ways of celebrating the Christmas Day.

Living in Vietnam - a foreign country where Christmas festival is not considered a traditional festival - foreigners here still have their own unique ways of celebrating the Christmas Day.

How foreigners celebrate Christmas Day in Vietnam.

Carrying a stack of gifts, Rebecca - a volunteer teacher - smiles happily when being asked about her Christmas in Vietnam this year. She proudly showes us two pottery buffaloes she sent to her sister in Australia this morning. They are going to be given to her two little nephews as their Christmas gifts. Today, she is surrounded by many Christmas gifts and greeting cards from her Vietnamese friends. Unlike two years ago, when she celebrated her first Christmas Day in Vietnam, the young Autralian lady was crying herself out because of homesick and the loneliness. Last year, she was very surprised to see thousands of people going to Hoan Kiem and Hanoi St.Guise Church to celebrate the Christmas Day though most of them didn't follow Christianity. This year, Rebecca and her friends are planning to go to Hanoi St.Giuse Church and having some drink after that.

Hanoi St.Giuse Church on Christmas Eve.
Hanoi St.Giuse Church on Christmas Eve.

 On Christmas Eve in Vietnam, just like thousands of other foreingers in Hanoi, Dr. Johannessen from Denmark is going to stay at his hotel to enjoy some red wine with his countrymen. Because of his forest planning project, Johan didn't have time to prepare for the Christmas, therefore, the Christmas party organized by the hotel is very meaningful to him. Johan is still a single man so the only one he misses most is his 70-year-old mother. 

A foreigner with his Vietnamese friends in front of Hanoi St.Giuse Church.
A foreigner with his Vietnamese friends in front of Hanoi St.Giuse Church.

 Foreign teenagers or young adults are way different. For example, Mike - a tourist from California - has many friends to send gifts and greeting cards. However, it takes a long long time to send gifts from Vietnam to the USA ( 7-12 days ) and it is also too expensive. Therefore, at 8 A.M this morning, Mike went to a internet cafe on Hang Bac street to send greeting cards to his family and friends back home. "I will chat with my friends in the USA instead of staying in my room tonight. I don't know how I can go through the Christmas Eve if all internet cafes were closed."

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