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|It looks as if Santa will have his hands quite full this Christmas. Photo: IC Santa Claus is alive in the hearts of seven Beijing residents Nike Air Max 95 Sale Outlet , who channeled their Christmas spirit for Metropolitan and wrote a letter to the North Pole telling the big man what they want for Christmas. Among the many heartfelt wishes, one thing is for sure: Santa has a big job on his hands.
For some of the writers, youthful fantasies of ponies and toy trucks have given way to the woes of expat life in the capital. They've called upon jolly old Saint Nicholas to be their matchmaker, their banker, and their Chinese teacher. They've asked for more conveniently located craft beer pubs and cheap transportation. They've even pleaded for cultural understanding between all the peoples of this world.
While residents reflect on their hopes and dreams in this special Christmas edition, one writer remembers the holidays are about giving gifts, too. Santa is in for a Beijing-friendly treat, and this time Nike Air Max 90 Sale Outlet , it's not cookies.
Last year I asked you to give me a fat bank account and a slim body but you mixed these two up. So this year, please be more careful!
Firstly, I'm still short on money. Every year, I enter the Spring Festival lottery, but I always come back empty handed. Please do something this year. I promise I'll share half the winnings with you.
Secondly, my love life. I've dated a lot of Chinese girls, fat and slim Nike Air Max 1 Sale Outlet , beautiful and ugly, wise and otherwise. Without fail, they make me pay for them on the dates and expect me to carry their bags. Please find me a nice Chinese girl with fat pockets and a slim handbag.
Finally, give me the ability to speak perfect Chinese, even if it's just for a few hours. I'd really like to give an earful to some Chinese people who have messed with me, like the hair-dresser who made me look funny and the laundry guy who burnt my trousers.
If you can't do any of the above, at least grant me this. Please help the Chinese people I know to smile more, and not to take life too seriously.
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I hope it's not too much to ask, but for Christmas, I would be much obliged if you would grant me these four simple wishes:
I need an international school for my son. As the fees for such institutions often exceed 200,000 yuan ($32,136.77) per year, I would be immensely grateful if you could open your very own Santa school for trainee elves. We are happy to pay a little to have our boy enrolled, but 20 Air Max 95 Sale Outlet ,000 yuan is probably about the limit.
It would be nice if you could make sure that the public transport fares do not increase any further next year. You might have free transport provided by nine lovely reindeer, but we urbanites do not. Also, please persuade somebody to open a brewpub somewhere west of Sanlitun and Jianguomen so I don't have to travel over an hour for a pint of craft beer. I'm sure you, as a veteran drinker of midnight whiskies, will appreciate the need for convenient access to a tipple.
For my last, most modest request, could you please find me students who are polite, intelligent Air Max 90 Sale Outlet , motivated, creative, and who never plagiarise their essays? Most of my colleagues think it unfeasible, but I believe that for you, Santa, who have enabled reindeer to fly and who can squeeze down narrow chimneys despite having an impressive waistline, nothing is impossible.
Jeremy Garlick, a university professor
Dear Santa Air Max 1 Sale Outlet ,
I've already been blessed this year with the birth of my second son, and the publication of my first book that has been translated into Chinese. So rather than asking for any more presents, and given that it is better to give than receive, I would like to return the favor, by offering you a free consultation, from my expertise as a doctor.
When you arrive in Beijing, I advise you remember that it is much smoggier here than in the North Pole. To avoid spending your entire time in Beijing coughing and wheezing, I would recommend you download an air monitoring app on your phone post-haste Air Max Sale Outlet , and make sure you have air masks prepared for both yourself and your reindeer.
Also, as much as I enjoy watching your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly, another tip from me is to make sure that you're keeping healthy by exercising and eating properly. These are the keys to prevent heart disease. Beijing has many gyms, parks and sports clubs, so get out of your sleigh occasionally and do some exercise.
Dr Richard Saint Cyr, a family medicine doctor from United Family Healthcare (The letter was written by a staff writer, based on an interview with him.)
I've heard your story since I was little. Can I meet you in person?
I hope I can overcome all the difficulties in life. I hope that people will no longer ignore me.
And I want my own doll!
Xiaoting Nike Air Max 95 Mens Sale , an 11-year-old girl who is HIV positive
I would like you to make me rich enough so I can afford the medicine I need to cure my disease.
I'm not sure if you know, but I had the same wish last year. I don't know how many years I still need to make the same wish. But I'm sure that one day my wish will finally come true.
I have been a good girl. I promise I didn't do anything naughty last year. I believe this means that I should definitely be on your Good List. I have never seen you. But according to other people's descriptions, I think that you are a kind and slightly fat man who can make children's wishes come true. Please don't let me down!
Han Shuo, an 8-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with Gaucher disease
What I really want this year is a real Christmas, like the one sung about by Bing Crosby: "I'm dreaming of a white ChristmasJust likes the ones I used to know…"
I can still remember the magic of Christmas morning when I was a little child,
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