img_0666The people of Taipei have thrown themselves into Christmas 2016–this image is a detail of a little tree in a hotel lobby and the young kids behind the desk are all wearing Santa hats. The anthropologist in me sighs a little at this overprinting of Western European culture, but the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. is so close so it’s no surprise they embrace Christmas as heartily as the Chinese holidays. I hope this blog entry finds you and yours enjoying the beauties of winter wherever you are.