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How the Schärdinger family celebrates Christmas in Singapore

The Kreindl family has been living in Singapore for a month. Your first Christmas there will be a mixture of old and new customs.

SCHÄRDING, SINGAPORE (bich). "Singapore is very multicultural, very western and extremely modern. They are also very fond of children here," says Stefanie Kreindl of her first impressions. The Corona measures and the mask requirement make it difficult to settle in and discover the country, but the family was able to look around a little in their new home. "At the moment everything is festively decorated and there are Christmas decorations everywhere. You can hear Christmas carols everywhere," continues the native Schärdinger, who moved to Singapore with her family for two years in November 2020.

"At the moment everything is festively decorated and there are Christmas decorations everywhere. You can hear Christmas carols everywhere," says the native Schärdinger.

Kreindl says there are many Catholics among the locals who celebrate both Christmas and the Chinese New Year. However, since many people from different countries and cultures live in Singapore for one-year or multi-year jobs - so-called expats - Christmas and New Year's Eve are celebrated differently in almost every family. "In general, however, the 'American Christmas' is celebrated here with Santa Claus," reports the Singaporean by choice, with people having their Christmas trees festively decorated in the living rooms throughout Advent.

There's an American Christmas in Singapore

"We will celebrate a mixture of our customs and the New American Christmas," says the mother of three. So, at the children's request, the Christ Child comes. But the presents will be on December 25th in the morning. "On December 24th we still eat sausages and it is 'developed' and everyone gets their elf present. This is how we live the traditions that are important to us and seek the best out of the new customs," says Kreindl.

"The warm weather here doesn't spoil the Christmas spirit. I would have imagined it differently. Because it doesn't really matter how warm it is or where you are, you can be in the Christmas spirit anywhere," says Stefanie Kreindl.

The neo-Singaporean is surprised that the warm weather hardly spoils the Christmas spirit. "I would have imagined it differently. Because it doesn't really matter how warm it is or where you are, you can be in the Christmas spirit anywhere. And honestly: The white Christmas that we love so much at home has unfortunately been around for a long time anyway not anymore, "she says.


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