A Family Christmas Trip 一次圣诞节的家庭旅游

2012年的圣诞节将在我们家成为一个永久纪念的节日。因为我们没有按照我们通常的惯例,与我们的亲朋好友在家里享受那有火鸡、火腿、调料和甜馅饼的传统圣诞大餐,我们却是在中国渡过了圣诞节。整整两礼拜,我们与孩子们、青年人、退休老人交谈。作为美国人,我们是应邀到中国来讲一堂有关这悠久的圣诞节和美国人是怎样庆祝圣诞的课程。我们有机会与当地的很多新朋友见面,还欣赏了众多的当地美味。我们愉快地在民营的英语学校、公立学校上课,也在大学讲课。我们用一个小型话剧来描述了圣经记载有关耶稣诞生的内容。我们也给大家看我们家里的圣诞树的照片,和家里圣诞节装饰和布置的照片。我们也介绍了我们与父辈和亲戚的圣诞节传统。

我的孩子们非常喜欢这在中国度过的圣诞节,并且始终怀念着。我最小的儿子特别热爱中国,一直希望能够再到中国去。他说,等他长大了,他要住在中国。回美国三个月以后,他还是整天谈论着中国,而且乞求我再带他到中国去。我家的女士们,包括我的太太,特别喜欢我们在广西阳朔的旅游。阳朔的风景超级美,而且有很多店可以买各式各样的东西。我家的女士们,在逛街方面是绝对精力充沛的。我们也发现,我的小女儿很会讨价还价,于是我们就让她担任我们的采购员来找最好的价钱。而我,只要找到咖啡馆里的一个舒适的椅子,我就让他们冒着冰冷的雨到处去寻找便宜货。我并不是那么喜欢逛街的。

我们在中国的旅游终点是在上海度过了一个周末。我们都不曾到过这样的大城市。我们没有在上海住酒店,而是租了一个房子来住,因此我就成为在中国最后几天的正式大厨了。当他们浏览上海这个超级大的市场的时候,我在家里为他们烹调美味,同时享受房子里的温暖。因为我们到上海的那一天,上海居然以下雪和下雪珠来迎接我们。但是无论是雪珠或者是雪,甚至冰冻,都不能阻止我家的女士们上街逛商店。这真是伟大的创举!整整十五天,我们吃中国的美味,与和蔼的中国人聊天,观赏了美丽的中国大地,在上海的拥挤的街道上行走。这真是一个我们永远不会忘记的圣诞节的旅行。



讨论问题:


1.        除了像一般旅游者以外,这一家人还在中国做了些什么?


2.        这一家人是不是喜欢中国餐?你最喜爱的是什么餐?


3.        你是否吃过西餐?你觉得怎样?有什么是你喜爱的吗?


4.        在这个故事里,当女士们上街逛商店的时候,那个父亲干什么了?如果是你,你会做什么?


5.        如果你可以到世界任何一个地方去旅游,你会选择去哪里?


The Christmas of 2012 will be a lasting memory in the minds of my family. Instead of the usual traditions of being with our extended families and having the traditional meal of turkey, ham, dressing, and pies, we spent the season in China. For two wonderful weeks, we traveled the area speaking to children, young adults, and retired citizens. As Americans, we were invited to teach about Christmas and about how we celebrate this ancient holiday. We met numerous new friends and enjoyed many local dishes of food. We had the joy of speaking at private English schools, public schools, and a university class. We shared the story of Christmas by performing a small play and acting out the birth of Jesus as found in the Bible. We also showed pictures of the Christmas tree from our house and of all the decorations we put on the house. Also, we informed people about the traditions we continue to keep with our parents and other family members.

My children loved the trip and have wonderful memories of our visit. My son, the youngest of my children, loves China and wants to return there. He says when he is old enough he will go to live in China. Even after three months, he talks about China every day and begs me to take him with me the next time I return. All the girls, including my wife, loved our visit to Yangshuo, GuangXi. The landscape in Yangshuo is very beautiful and there are many local shops to visit. The women of my family are vigorous shoppers. We discovered that my youngest daughter is quite the negotiator and we gave her the task of getting the best deals. For myself, I found a nice seat in a local coffee shop while they braved the cold rain in search of bargains. I am not overly fond of shopping.

The end of our trip was capped by a weekend in Shanghai. None of us had ever been to such a large city before. Instead of a hotel, we rented a house and I became the official chef for our final weekend. While the rest of them explored the wonderful markets of Shanghai, I prepared meals and enjoyed the warm comforts of the house. The first day we were in Shanghai it snowed and sleeted on us! But neither sleet, nor snow, nor freezing cold would stop the girls from shopping. It was all a very grand adventure. For fifteen days, we ate tasty Chinese food, talked with gracious Chinese people, saw the beauty of China’s land, and rubbed elbows with the millions of Shanghai’s citizens. It was indeed a Christmas trip that our family will never forget.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. Besides being tourists what else did the family do in China?

2. Did the family enjoy the food in China? What is your favorite food?

3. Have you ever eaten western food? What did you think? Do you have a favorite?

4. What did the father prefer doing while the girls went shopping? Which would you prefer?

5. If you could travel to anywhere in the world to visit where would you like to go?

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