While I was in Levi, a South China Morning Post article reported that Chinese tourists in Lapland have increased dramatically in the past few years. The writer somehow linked the surge to growth of Christianity in China, which was “expected to become the largest Christian country within 15 years,” according to some Professor Yang (a Chinese name! He must know!) of Purdue University, Indiana. “As more and more people become Christians, Christmas celebrations will become even m
This X’mas, we were part of a locust cloud in Santa’s homeland, warmly welcomed by the cool Finns. Before getting into all that, first a few words and photos on Lapland.
Santa’s home at Rovaniemi was an elfish shopping mall, kinda cute but not enough to raise goosebumps. Lining up for half an hour with my ten-year-old to take a picture with Father Christmas used up a lot of paternal love, but Santa surprised me. He was a gracious old man, appearing more regal than drunk, a
Long time no see Finland. I saw light everywhere, gleaming, glinting, blazing, more dramatic than before, enchanting as usual. And thank you for the rainbow. . . 久违了的芬兰，无论树林，湖泊，天边，都透露着银影金辉，魔幻色彩。一道彩虹横贯长空，美丽得不真实，令人无法不相信神话。。。 Did I say "Let there be light"？ 是我说“要有光”的吗？ Anyways, and there was light! 是谁说的也好，反正光是有了! setting the clouds ablaze. . . 红透了半边天。 。 。 The sun and moon, overlapping in long summer shifts 在长长的夏日，太阳与月亮经常同时出现，各据一方 Forging, golden pine and silver birch 孕育金树银