November rain and January blizzards always give you chill and depression? The closer it gets to Christmas, the warmer December winter gets. During Christmas in Vietnam, you might want to stay in and sleep through “winter” like a polar bear with a series of deep songs or you can walk down to the street just because you simply can’t resist the colorful Christmas light shows.

Here are some stories shared by Several expats living in Vietnam about their Christmas in Vietnam.

Ruth B, from the UK

I’ve lived in Saigon for five years but this is my first year in the city for Christmas.

I like the weather at this time of year because it’s cooler, the decorations in District 1 are lovely (though not as good as Tet of course) and the malls also make an effort.

I don’t think the Vietnamese people are excited about the holiday exactly, many of them are not off work like the foreigners and they don’t usually know the meaning of Christmas in Western culture, only that it’s important to us. I think Vietnamese people enjoy the decorations and like to join in with the atmosphere so they help make it feel more special for us too.

In my home country, it is traditional to stay home with family and celebrate Christmas together. This year we have some of my friends’ families coming to visit so I will join the families and celebrate with them here in Saigon for Christmas.

To me, the best way to enjoy Christmas is by being wherever you are, and doing whatever you want. But it’s best to be with family. This year as I am far from my family, so I am grateful to be with my friends and their families. Perhaps around the streets, Vietnamese people will also gather at the lights to take photos. It is too cold in my home country to celebrate in the streets, so I like this part of Christmas in Vietnam!

Lauren Andrews, from New Jersey, USA

I have lived in Ho Chi Minh City for almost four years and have celebrated three Christmases and New Years in Vietnam. I find the decorations have increased more and more over the years. More offices are giving their staff the day off. The city becomes very pretty this time of year, but I don’t think I’ll ever get used to being hot on Christmas. I’m from New Jersey where this time of year is quite cold and sometimes snowy. Based on music, preparation, and shopping, I would say everything is the same. I’m not sure the idea behind Christmas is always understood, but the spirit is there.

Most ideally, Christmas is spent with people you love. It doesn’t matter where in the world you celebrate or even if you exchange gifts, so long as you’re laughing, happy and well fed.

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given–when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.”, Joan Winmill Brown said.

After all, Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones. It’s not the lights, nor the fun and the cheers, it’s the people and the feeling that matter. And Hoozing wishes you a happy and warm Christmas in Vietnam with your beloved ones.

Source : Riceflour, Tuoitrenews