With Christmas a few days away, the Advent calendar, a calendar used by Christians to remember the meaning of Christmas, popped into my brain like an old holiday jingle. The Advent calendar has 25 flaps representing the days from December 1 to 25, and a child opens a flap on each day of the calendar to discover a picture or words depicting something symbolic of Christmas.
This calendar has evolved in the West with even many non-Christian children or teens who use it to find more than a picture in each day of their calendars, such as money, beauty products, or other gifts to ease the anticipation of the holiday. As an American who’s lived in Beijing for over three months, I’ve decided to personally create my own “Chinese Advent” calendar based on some recently picked up Chinese slang terminology that will be gifted to me on each of the “lucky eight days” until Santa arrives. Listed below is what I expect!
December 17: Yinxing pinkun (invisible poverty) – This is my feeling every time Monday draws the curtain and Tuesday awakes me with a fresh slap in the face with beaming rays of vitamin-filled sunshine. Feel me?
December 18: Foxi (Buddha chill) – Floating through the thoughts of mistletoe and reindeer hooves carrying eccentric elves, there’s nothing to worry about.
December 19: Honghuangzhili (fictional power) – A Jackie Chan handshake is all I need to boost me through this day.
December 20: Mengmengda (cute) – Jingle me through the cheer of feeling bigger than Bieber.
December 21: Zhuyao kan yanzhi (unique) – My eyes are just a disguise for reality.
December 22: Hold zhu (hold on) – Squeeze the grape until it explodes.
December 23: Guanxuan (official announcement) – Breaking news, kisses and handshakes, but give me knowledge.
December 24: Jinli (lucky fish) – Shark, salmon or swordfish, swimming through the sleepless eve of Christmas, my luck is justified.
December 25: Liuliuliu and Xiaochu zhujiao (easily succeed and laugh like a pig) – Thanks to what I’ve inherited, today is the day I transfer the love back to the people who matter most and laugh until my belly is as pink as pork belly mixed with Santa’s cheeks.