On December 25, 2015, a Chinese blog named Liyuanfans posted 3 photos of Xi Jinping with Santa Claus. Xi Jinping is the present General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People’s Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military. Liyuan is the first name of Xi’s wife. The blog of Liyuanfans regularly posts photos and short messages about the couple. The 3 photos showed that Xi was accepting a gift from Santa Claus, sitting next to Santa Claus with Santa’s hand on Xi’s shoulder, and shaking hands beamingly with Santa Claus.
The above message is contradictory to what happened in some schools and universities in China recently. On December 22, 2015, the Zhejiang Board of Education prohibited elementary, middle, and high schools from organizing Christmas events. On Christmas Eve, Northwestern University in China forbade students from spending Christmas Eve by themselves. [Editor’s note: A previous Chinascope briefing said of Northwestern University: "Some netizens posted that, on Christmas Eve, all of the students were organized to watch videos inside the classrooms. The videos were related to traditional Chinese culture. The teachers stood guard at the classrooms. It was said that whoever celebrated Christmas would be disciplined."]
Sources: Blog of Liyuanfans, December 25, 2015.