Holiday Greetings

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

A view of holiday lighting decorations on trees and installations at an open plaza of a shopping district in Beijing. Photo: EPA

"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

Jingle all the way for a Chinese christmas

The best example of a mainland adaptation of a foreign festival may be the tradition of eating apples on Christmas Eve.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


There will be no Classified Post on December 25, but we will return on January 1. Due to space constraints in today's issue, the Read To Succeed section has been postponed to January 8. Happy holidays!

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

All about Christmas

Christmas is one of the best known holidays around the world, and one of the most unusual: it is celebrated as a secular and religious festival.

At its simplest level, Christmas is a time to relax, eat lots, and splurge on presents.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Season of joy

It's time to shed off the doom and gloom that's shrouding education and take a well-earned winter break. Education Post is also taking a breather from the burning issues affecting schools and universities, to return on January 10. We wish you all a happy Christmas and new year.

20 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Season of e-wishes on the cards


The usual array of Christmas cards has landed on desks this year but e-cards have saved many from the hassle of putting pen to paper.

22 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Seasonal greetings spell out good wishes from around the world

Christmas is celebrated around the world. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus whom Christians believe is the son of God. Historians say the first celebration of Christmas was in Rome in 336 AD.

24 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

$400,000 cyber greeting windfall

COMPANIES that sent Christmas greetings via the Internet rather than the post are expected to raise $400,000 for the environment.

Green group Friends of the Earth said 33 companies, 54 government departments and 39 hotels had sent e-mail cards and had pledged the money saved to caring for the environment.

3 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Holiday break

Property Post will not be published on December 24 and 31. The section resumes on January 7. We wish readers a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

17 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

What a card!

THE highlight of any year has to be the moment when the letter-opener slices through an envelope to reveal a Christmas card from those charming people at the Ocean Palace Restaurant & Night Club. The design never changes but the faces of the ageing cabaret singers booked for the Christmas season do.

18 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Celebrate a green Christmas

CHRISTMAS is a festive, but also very wasteful, time of year. Mounds of wrapping paper, cards, uneaten food and packaging are thrown away at the end of each December.

So put the Earth on your Christmas gift list this year by trying some of Friends of the Earth's tips on how to celebrate a Green Christmas.

13 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Grand Hyatt forgoes Christmas cards for good deed

TOO many of the companies that have sent us Christmas cards this year have bypassed the usual nativity scenes and traditional peace, joy and angels bit, and have gone straight for the company logo theme instead.

You know the kind of thing . . . logo in a Santa hat, logo in a snow-storm etc.

21 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

It's better to be safe than make merry

LAST Thursday night I stood on my balcony and listened to the explosion of firecrackers (even though they are illegal), the fog horns of ships in the harbour and the happy noises from many nearby parties.

Then, quite suddenly, one sound took on a new and urgent meaning.

7 Jan 1993 - 12:00am