- by Joy Lo Cheung
A: Hi, I'm Andrea. I want to tell you about a very special Christmas last year, our first Christmas in Hong Kong ... One day, my friend Susie came over to play at my home. Then the radio played a Christmas song ...
Scene 1: Andrea's First Christmas in Hong Kong
A: Listen, Susie. It's a song about Christmas "Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la" Oh, Susie, I wish I were home for Christmas.
S: Where is your home?
A: Boston, a city in the United States. Christmas is my favorite time of the year ... there's snow, Christmas trees, and lots of lights.
S: I have lived in Hong Kong all my life. I've never seen snow.
A: Snow is a beautiful white blanket that covers everything ... houses, trees and cars. It's soft and fluffy.
S: Oh, I wish I could touch it!
A: The best part is when we go outside and build a snowman ... a man from snow ... Oh, Susie, it's so much fun. I miss home.
S: We just exchange cards and go out for a buffet lunch.
A: OH, NO. That's not a real Christmas. For Christmas, we buy a fir tree, freshly chopped from the woods. Oh, I love the smell of fresh pine ... Then we decorate our tree and our house with Christmas wreaths and stockings. "O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, la la la la la la la. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, la la la la la la la la"
S: A real tree? We have a plastic one.
A: Uh, huh. It's so tall it touches the ceiling.
A: Once we have our tree, we decorate our home. We hang wreaths ... the 'O' shaped ones, and stockings.
S: Stockings? Don't you wear stockings?
A: No, silly. We have red felt stockings. They're much wider than real stockings, so that Santa can fill them with goodies.
S: What kind of goodies?
A: Oh, candy canes, gingerbread, little trinkets, you know ... small knick knacks. Santa puts the big presents under the tree. Those are special orders.
S: You can order your present?
A: Yeah, I order way in advance. Every year I write a letter to Santa asking him for what I want for Christmas.
S: Wow, I wish I could too!
A: But you have to wait until Christmas day before you can open your present. On that day, our whole family comes over. Grandma roasts the best turkey and makes the yummiest Christmas pudding ... mmmmmmm ... On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree ...
B: Andrea, forget it ... you'll never join the choir with that voice.
A: Susie, ignore him. My brother is an idiot. He likes to make fun of me in front of my friends. Let's go play somewhere else.
B: Whoa, slow down now, missy. Where's my bike chain? You borrowed it last week, where did it go?
A: I returned it.
B: No you didn't.
A: Yes I did, it's in the closet.
B: Nuh-uh. It's not there.
A: Yes it is, leave us alone. Mommy!
M: Yes, dear? What's wrong?
A: Brian said I took his bike chain and didn't return it. I put it back in the closet.
M: Oh, silly. I took it out to clean ... it was too dirty after your last trip ... Hello? Hi, sweetie ... Ohhh ... When will you be back? ... Okay ... Love you, bye!
That was Daddy. I'm afraid he won't be home for Christmas.
All: Ohhhhhh ...
A: But, WHY?
M: I'm afraid he's stuck in Chicago on business. He says he'll be home the day after Christmas.
A: He promised!
B: What about Cyber Treasure Hunt 5? He promised he'd bring the latest version back for me ---
M: Daddy is really sorry, but his business is not finished yet.
A: But he must come back ... Christmas is not the same without Daddy. We're stuck here already. No snow, no Grandma, no Daddy. Who's going to carve the turkey?
B: Can I do it?
M: We'll worry about that later. Hey, I have an idea for Christmas. I know exactly how we can make our first Christmas in Hong Kong special.
To be continued . . .