Silent Night, Party Night: Christmas Cards in Taiwan

Close-Up of a portion of the 'Silent Night, Party Night' Christmas Card
Close-Up of a portion of the ‘Silent Night, Party Night’ Christmas Card
Taipei 101 Christmas Card
Taipei 101 Christmas Card

My General View about Taiwan

First off, I love Taiwan. There are many things that Taiwan does right. For example, snacks like shaved ice with fruit, peanut douhua, and wheel cakes containing red bean, butter cream, and taro inside. There is the convenience of buying anything and everything at just about any time. Then, there are the people who are so friendly and willing to lend a helping hand. Plus, the natural beauty of the mountains and the beaches once you escape the cities. And let’s not forget about those temple roof tops decorated with dragons which are a sight to behold in themselves.

Christmas Cards in Taiwan

However, one thing that Taiwan sometimes doesn’t do too well is translating from Chinese to English. Plus, there are the constant play on words or the changing of words to create a totally different version. And I think that Christmas cards are a prime example.

I have to admit that I just love the cuteness factor of Christmas cards in Taiwan – the cute Santas, the jolly snowman, and the pretty Christmas scenes. I think cards, in general, are quite beautiful and unique in Taiwan. Plus, they are dirt cheap – I mean a decent quality Christmas card costing less than $0.75 is unheard of in Canada (and I am sure in the States as well for that matter)!

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The ‘Silent Night, Party Night’ Christmas Card

However, the ‘Silent Night, Party Night’ card brings things to a whole new level. I am sure that whoever designed and decided to change the lyrics meant no disrespect. I am almost positive that they were not out to offend anyone with the changing of the words of a readily known Christmas classic. But, I must admit that this card is wrong on so many levels, so many that you are either outright appalled by it or you find the humor in someone playing with the lyrics.

With saying that, I have to admit that I bought one of the cards. Before you start to criticize me for buying such a card, please let me explain. I have bought some cards with typos before like ‘Marry Christmas’ and translations gone wrong like ‘Wish you a Silly Christmas’ and they have made everyone smile. Also, I got lots of positive feedback from my relatives saying they made great conversation pieces during the holidays as the contained both Chinese and English greetings. And let’s face it, most people don’t get Christmas cards being sent to them all the way from Taiwan.

When I purchased this card, I had a very specific person in mind – one of my friends who actually lived in Taiwan. She understands Taiwan so she would get it. She can relate to the miscommunication as she lived here and experienced it for herself. It will probably bring up some great memories for her as well. Thus, it is much more than a Christmas card with a very different version of Silent Night – it is a reminder of the past!

Now, over to you! Do you still send Christmas cards through the mail? And since we are talking about cards, what do you think about the Christmas cards designed and produced in Taiwan?

Cute Santa Card Close-up

Cute Santa Card
Cute Santa Card
Christmas Card
Christmas Card
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54 thoughts on “Silent Night, Party Night: Christmas Cards in Taiwan

  1. I was having a rather stressful day at work, but this made up for it! Silent Night, Party Night LOL!!
    I don’t know, we hardly send cards anymore. Not Christmas, not Chinese New Year. Nowadays all we do is spam each other’s mobile phones with generic greetings text message. It’s kind of annoying. I would love a card now!

    1. Yes, I bet that ‘Silent Night, Party Night’ card would bring a smile to most people’s faces! 🙂 And I think it is the same in Taiwan as well. All you can hear on Chinese New Year’s Eve is the constant beeping sound as everyone is sending each other CNY greetings using line or facebook.

  2. I love the Christmas party card 🙂

    We do still send few Christmas cards but it i very limited these days. My mother on the other hand needs several days to prepare and send all cards in December because she just has so many people to write to

  3. This made me smile 🙂 Me and Dale have spent Christmas in Taiwan once after few months we started travelling and it was a very different one compared to the our European style. I don’t recall noticing these cute cards, most likely because I wasn’t pay attention to it 🙂

  4. I like silly cards and silly Christmas cards are included. I don’t think Party Night will be Silent or Calm. 🙂 I don’t send cards in the mail but make them on the computer with GIMP and then email them. I can personalize cards that way. When giving a card I consider the receiver and try to send/create something that they would like to receive. I know which friends/relatives like the silly ones 🙂 and which ones don’t. 😦
    The cards you posted are cute.

    1. Yes, I think a lot of people use the internet to make and send cards these days – it is faster and easier. And I know what you mean about considering the person receiving the card – I also think before I send as well because I wouldn’t want to offend anyone. 🙂

  5. I used to write and send Christmas cards when I was young! But not anymore… Also, no Christmas cards in China! Or at least I have never seen one.

    The Taiwanese cards look cute, I don’t think they mean it in a disrespectful way!

    1. Yes, the Christmas cards in Taiwan are cute and if you live in Asia, you know that the card was not meant to be disrespectful.

      I know what you mean. During my first few years in Taiwan, I used to send so many Christmas cards and would include some pictures. However, nowadays I just use facebook or some other form of social media to send Christmas greetings.

  6. How fitting! I just dropped off a bunch of Christmas cards in the mailbox today. I love sending cards (or anything, really) using the mail system. It’s hard to beat that feeling of curiosity and surprise when you receive anything that is not a bill in your mailbox! I share your views on Asian Christmas cards – the ones in Indonesia are just as bad. These aren’t just for cards, any merchandise with English on them is usually accompanied with terrible grammar and/or sentences that make no sense! There have been so many instances when I’m itching to just scratch and edit them you know!?

    1. Yes, it is always nice to receive mail that is not bills or flyers. And yes, some of the English translations make you shake your head. Plus, sometimes people have no idea what their T-shirt says. I once had a student wear a t-shirt with a very offensive word and a cute bear but he was only 5 so I am pretty sure he had no idea what it said and I assume it was purchased solely because of the bear.

  7. Aw, they’re so cute! But what’s a ‘vitgin’ 🙂
    I don’t bother with cards any more – I think the tradition will probably die out with our generation. But getting a Christmas card from Taiwan is very cool!

  8. Silent night, party night?! Party, infant, so tender and mild. Hahaha. Maybe I have a weird sense of humor, but I think this is hilarious.

    I don’t usually send out Christmas cards, but this year I have a Christmas giveaway where I send cards (which are not Christmas themed, though) to the winners.

    1. Yes, I think the card is funny for us who live in Asia as we know how some things get changed around and/or lost in translation.

      I read that you were having a giveaway of some cards with your very own illustrations on the front. What a great idea! I love how beautiful and creative your illustrations are. I think I will have a giveaway in the future but maybe closer to Valentine’s Day as it is also my birthday! 🙂

      Merry Christmas from Taiwan!

  9. The cards are cute! We always design our own cards by taking a Christmas themed picture and then sending it as a Christmas card the following year! 🙂 Works well for us 🙂

  10. I used to send Christmas cards every year but now it seems like life got in the way of me sending them out. Hoping next year I will be back to sending them out again.

    1. Yes, if you ever travel to Asia, you should try to visit Taiwan. It is a beautiful island with awesome beaches and mountain scenery. All you need to do is escape the cities. Hope you are getting into the festive swing of things. Merry Christmas from Taiwan.

  11. hahah i love those kinds of cards! i used to have a collection of badly translated tshirts as well haha i once had a tshirt that had both words printed backwards AND upside down to make a semi-complete sentence. it was so weird! haha

    1. That sounds so weird, so strange that it is actually cool and different. When my husband and I had our wedding pictures done in Taiwan, I actually had it written in the contract that no English phrases were to be included in the albums – cards and t-shirts are one thing but I was particular when it came to something I will have for a lifetime.

  12. Yes, I still send Christmas cards. It’s a wonderful way to keep in touch with people I haven’t seen all year. I prefer tasteful, beautiful cards that have something to do with the meaning of Christmas–sometimes a religious theme, more often I go with peace on earth. I often buy the cards from UNICEF.

    1. Christmas cards is a great way to catch up with friends and family. I actually have never seen any Christmas cards with a religious theme here – mostly Santa, snowman, and other symbols associated with Christmas. However, I know most of the cards I receive contain more religious or winter wonderland themes.

  13. I’m Polish and here we never had a tradition of giving people Christmas cards. It’s a pity because cards are really beautiful! And these from Taiwan are cute 🙂 And I don’t think that lyrics of Silent Night, Party Night are offending or bad in any way. They’re silly, let’s give ourselves a bit fun, Christmas should be a happy holiday! 🙂

  14. I still send some Christmas cards to friends and family – it’s a nice way to stay in touch and a bit more personal than just emailing (and exciting to get things in the post too!). I sometimes make my own but would definitely have bought one of these if I saw them, do love the dodgy translations!

  15. Christmas cards in Bangladesh are the same! Funny how these things are lost in translation 🙂 silent night party night way too funny, I would send it just for entertainment value 🙂

  16. I sent cards when I was in Finland, Thailand and Japan. I loved the Finnish Christmas postcards and I found some fun ones in Thailand. My favs from Japan were the gorgeous cut paper scenes over colored backgrounds. I used to send cards in Canada but sent them late so I switched to Happy New Year cards, which also were late and then it was March and… well, I gave up. 😀 We started a family newsletter earlier this year, for last year, of course and we’re on track for another late one for 2014. 😀

    1. The Christmas cards from Japan sound really cool – they sound very special and different. I don’t really spend many cards these days as I usually use facebook or some other form of social media to send most greetings.

      A newsletter sounds great, especially for your husband’s family in Japan. It is nice to know what people are up to.

      1. They are! Most are still packed in boxes but I’d love to do a post on them.

        Did you family do newsletters growing up? Mine and everyone else seemed to and I really enjoyed getting them. Now, only my cousins do and I still enjoy them, especially living farther apart.

        Does Taiwan do New Year’s cards?

        1. No, my family didn’t do newsletters. However, it sounds like a great way to keep in contact.

          Yes, you can buy New Year’s cards in Taiwan but for Chinese New Year. They mainly focus on the Chinese Zodiac animal of the new year. Thus, you will see a lot of cards containing goats/sheep this year.

          1. Have you seen the Japanese postage stamp with the sheep on it?? I must find a link for you. It’s too cute. I did a quick search and found lots of articles but no pics. I’ll ask hubs to find one in Japanese.

  17. You know, that card was everything I imagined it to be and then some! What a fantastic song! XD My goodness. The things that can be found. XD I love the cheesy cards that “go wrong”! Unfortunately though, when it comes to Christmas cards, Japan usually gets them right these days! They import a lot, and the Japan-style ones stick to well-known and pretty standard phrasing, in part because their market is visiting foreigners who will buy/send novelty cards from Japan. I got a lovely advent calendar-style one for my brother this year, which was neat! ^^
    I do send cards, but not as much as I’d like to. I always find it hard to make it in time for Xmas if I don’t send them in November, so I seem to do half-Xmas, half-New years letters/cards. Not systematic though, need to work on that. 😉

    1. I think Christmas cards have improved a lot since I first moved to Taiwan with regards to the English written on them but there are still a few that fall through the cracks and get made and the Silent Night, Party Night is the perfect example. But you would be surprised how many people google ‘Silent Night Christmas cards’. I am not sure if what they found was what they were looking for. 🙂

      I used to send a huge pile of cards containing pictures every year when I first arrived in Taiwan but it seems that I usually use facebook or some other form of social media to send most greetings nowadays.

      I hope you are jet-lagged free now and your new year is off to an amazing start!

      1. I can’t imagine the people googling the silent night cards were disappointed. In fact, I bet they were thrilled! (I would have been.)

        Finally out of jet-lag horror town (it took over a week this time, ergh) and getting back into a normal schedule, feel like I’m finally ready to take on 2015! Hope it’s going well so far for you as well!

        (And apologies in advance for the spam as I catch up on your posts and comment… ^^;)

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