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Faith can go on its merry way, but get the festive spirit and shop

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" is probably the most frequently heard greeting these days in offices or on the street in Hong Kong. On the mainland, the story might be a little bit different.

Monday, 23 December, 2013, 8:21am 1 comment

Russians in Hong Kong prepare for Christmas celebrations

Just when you thought Christmas was over, a small but growing community in the city is busy preparing for their own celebration tomorrow - that of the Russian Orthodox Christmas.

January 7 is Christmas in Russia because of differences between the Gregorian and Julian calendars.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

So near, yet so feared: jingle fever

"Yes, here in Guiyang we know how to celebrate Christmas," the taxi driver says proudly, as we sit stuck in traffic, or, rather, among screaming crowds of Guizhou teenagers carousing on Christmas Eve. "It's not like you foreigners. Or anywhere else in China."

He isn't kidding.

5 Jan 2013 - 10:55pm

Rothschild staff give time and talent for charity

Home-baked cakes, home-cooked BBQ dinners, wine appreciation classes and a game of golf with the chairman - Rothschild's staff generously put their talents up for sharing at the financial advisory group's Christmas party and auction this month.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am 1 comment

Coutts staff get packing for charity

What goes best with a business suit and a briefcase at this time of year? A toy for a child that may never have received a Christmas present before.

30 Dec 2012 - 7:22am

Debate on mid-winter break for English Premier League soccer

As regular as a yuletide hark, calls for an English Premier League mid-winter break are once more echoing around the tinsel-festooned stadiums.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:35am

The great faiths continue to provide a moral compass in cynical times

Christmas has come and Christmas has gone, but did anybody notice? That may be a silly thing to claim. We could not fail to notice the endlessly tinkling muzak playing in shopping malls worldwide, jabbering about angels singing on high, mummy kissing Santa Claus, and flying reindeer and other unlikely UFOs.

29 Dec 2012 - 1:45am

Fewer new flats sold over Christmas holidays this year

Hong Kong's property market is not benefiting from the Christmas spirit, with just a few new homes sold over the holiday period as the latest round of cooling measures bite.

27 Dec 2012 - 1:59am

Obama cuts Hawaii holiday short over fiscal cliff

US President Barack Obama has cut his Christmas vacation short to return to Washington to make a last-ditch push for a compromise on a tax and spending dispute with Congress that remains stubbornly unresolved.

Without action by Obama and Congress, automatic budget cuts and tax increases are set to begin in January, which many economists say could send the country back into recession.

27 Dec 2012 - 8:59am

A season for goodwill and gratitude

Christmas is a time for celebration, whether spiritual or cultural. It is also a time for reflection and, as usual for most of us in Hong Kong, gratitude. A look back at recent Christmas eves is testament to that. Four years ago, trepidation clouded this day as the world economy teetered on the precipice of the global financial crisis.

24 Dec 2012 - 3:58am