With decorations and trees out in force, we know that the Christmas season has fallen, even in China, where this festival is not traditionally celebrated. Still, different cultures mean different interpretations, and for this special occasion, we will play you some Christmas songs with a Chinese twist.
You're currently listening to "we wish you a merry Christmas" performed by a group of Chinese female singers, who graduated from Nanjing Arts Institute. This piece is originally a British song, with a bright melody and festive scent. In this new version, seven Chinese girls give a new interpretation of the song with their sweet, angelic voices.
"We wish you a merry Christmas and a promising new year. Please give us some desserts and some puddings of fig. We'd like to announce great news to you all, we wish you a merry Christmas and a promising new year."
Just as with that song, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," it's likely that you're familiar with "Santa Claus is coming to town". This next ode to Father Christmas is an adaptation of that title, with the same melody, but Chinese lyrics, as sung by Chinese female singer Chen Lin.
"Silent night, the Christmas Eve has come. Don't linger around. Don't just wait quietly. Holy sounds are whirling outside my window. When the dawn approaches, silent night will bid us farewell. However, a new year will come, let life continue."
That is Silent Night performed by a Chinese pop band, whose name is simply Flowers. Consisting of three young boys, this is a surprisingly vigorous interpretation of the original, slow classic. In fact, in tempo, it's probably closer to Jingle Bells, a tune which will follow right now, with performance by the singing group Black Duck.
"Black Duck", a harmonic vocal trio in China, gives a new twist, or shake, to "Jingle Bells." "Dashing through the snow. On a one-horse open sleigh. Over the fields we go. Laughing all the way. Bells on bobtail ring making spirits bright. What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight."