Every year in Shanghai Christmas becomes a little more widespread. I am convinced that in a few more years it will seem almost indigenous. With its shopping, eating and brightly colored kitsch the holiday is made for Shanghai. Christmas decorations that were not long ago restricted to the big shopping malls have now spread almost everywhere (this really shouldn’t be surprising since almost all the world’s decorations come from the back room factories of neighboring Zhejiang province.) This year at our corner restaurant the waiters and waitresses all wore Santa hats, our housing community is decked out in Christmas lights and Zoe’s classroom at the local school now has hanging stockings, lots of images of Santa Lao ren (Old man Santa) and a Christmas tree.