This is my second Christmas in Hong Kong. Christmas was a magical time for me as a boy and I have tried to keep it magical as I grow up, and in many ways I am still growing- I think I always will be.
Many recent Christmases have had their sadness, but I have tried to make them a little special none the less. Following tradition has a great way of stabilizing you, of making you feel you have roots even if at time they seem to be in shifting sands.
Not being where you really want to be, or with who you really want to be with can bring so many negative feelings that it is difficult to stay positive - the trick is to enjoy what you have, with who you are with, and plan for better days and reunions. For me staying positive is helped by being in this wonderful city. Honk Kong really is exciting and vibrant, culturally varied and safe.
It would be wrong to think that Hong Kong was a perfect society though. There are many people living here who are disadvantaged and, for whom, Christmas will be a sad time. Hundreds of thousands of overseas domestic helpers will be helping their employers have a great Christmas while secretly crying that they will not see their own young children and families.
Honk Kong owes a duty to these armies of hard-working, sometimes abused and low paid workers which I hope it will one day repay. Hong Kong would grind to a halt without them.
Now that I have got all of that out of the way, I will start to prepare for my very merry Christmas. I have been here long enough now to know where to find the things that make Christmas special for me – a proper Turkey Christmas dinner, stilton cheese, vintage port, crackers, mince pies, a tree, mulled wine, Christmas pudding.... I am so lucky...... This year I will have them, and I will share them. Merry Christmas to EVERYBODY.
Meet the author
Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands.
He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping
– usually, but not always, in that order.
His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his
experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilisation, operates like the Wild West and is very
dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.
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