Hong Kong Skyscrapers Share Holiday Cheer

877448_160_160Neighborhood homes and local stores are not the only buildings adorned with flashy holiday lights this year- in fact, some of the most intricate and flashy designs can be found on skyscrapers in Hong Kong!

The light-images displayed are complex and enormous, displaying Santa Claus in various scenarios, frolicking reindeer, snowmen, Christmas trees, colorful gifts and so much more. Created mostly by Terence Wong, the images are an expression of the former electrician’s calling.

“It is my passion,” Wong explained. “I never want to stop.”

He added, “Every day I think about Christmas- all year!”

He explained that his enlightened career began over three decades ago, when a property developer wanted stars suspended from the tops of his buildings. Since then, Wong has developed new styles and techniques for building light displays. He began setting the lights up with the help of window-cleaning platforms, eventually perfecting his work to create intricate, moving images.

Wong added that his business is hardly affected by economic changes. In fact, businesses and property owners actually focus more on display when financial times are rough.

Wong’s craft actually follows an ancient tradition in Chinese culture. The people love light displays, and they have incorporated them in their art and celebrations for centuries. Traditional light displays use breathtaking lanterns and fireworks instead of electric lights.

Enough About Santa, Who’s the Woman Behind the Man?

 

We always hear about the big cuddly Santa Claus but usually, when men are that successful, we really need to look at the woman behind them. So, let’s take a look at Mrs. Claus.  Did she exist?  Who was she?  And what do we know about her?  Well, apparently, it was a James Rees who founded her in 1849 in a book he wrote entitled ‘Mysteries of City Life.’  In the book, Rees looked the Christmas legend and through this developed the persona of Mrs. Claus, who he called Gertrude.  Since then however, she has been lovingly known as Jessica.

So it seems, Jessica, Gertrude, aka Mrs. Claus is worthy of a mention.  Over the years the woman behind the man has made a variety of literary appearances including in the very well-documented and famous Yale Literary Magazine.  As well, if you look through the archives you can find her Good Housekeeping as well as Harper’s Magazine.

We say keep it coming.  It’s all very well Santa goes down many chimneys to deliver presents to lots f little kids but it’s Mrs. Claus who has to make the dinner at home and wait for her hubby to return – hopefully in one piece – to join her for their best holiday of the year!