Working in supermarkets on Christmas Eve
Hi everyone! My name is Xiaowei, it's a common Chinese name and sounds nearly the same as 'shall we'. I'm now studying Accounting at Sydney. Before I finished my Bachelor degree in China, majoring in Journalism, and worked as trainee journalist for a newspaper for half year. During that time I felt I really need a more specialized view to analyse social issues.
So here I come to Australia, enjoying the crisp air, warm sunshine and famous beaches, in the meanwhile coping with countless figures and financial reports which drive me crazy every day, and struggling with the balance of study, work and social activities. Changing a major results in a series of changes in life as well.
I became a fan of BBC when I was a freshman at university in China, and applied for setting up a blog at Learning English once but didn't success unfortunately. Now I feel lucky to own my blog here and share my experience of studying and living in another country, which I believe is a treasure for one's lifetime.
Hope you enjoy my blog. Happy new year to everyone!
The past Christmas was my second Christmas in Australia. The one in 2010 I was invited to a local family and experienced the traditional western festival for the first time, with a peaceful and heart-warming time.
Last year however, things were a little different: I got a part-time job as cashier in Woolworths, one of the biggest supermarkets in Australia. And my shift fell on Christmas Eve! You must have imagined what a job I did that day, people constantly flooded in our store, shopping happily with their families, and coming to me usually with full trolleys of foods, drinks and festival decorations. It continually gave me an illusion that I was back in China. I kept on greeting people and scanning, until 10pm when our store was closed, with staffs standing at the gate to stop customers still flooding in.
It was quite a pleasant experience, however, to work on Christmas Eve. People are much happier than usual, they greeted you cheerfully, talked about their Christmas plans, even complains on overspending were in a hilarious way- just have a look at the smiles on their faces when people saw the long shopping receipts rolling out from printer!
Another benefit to work on Christmas Eve is, I got the first-hand information on what Aussies prepare for Christmas dinner. Frozen turkeys and hams were items I scanned most frequently (which were really heavy!) , sausages, puddings, lollies and boxes of soft drinks were popular as well. And of course, fruits and vegetables never fail to play an important part in Aussies' Christmas shopping list. Perhaps I got some ideas on how to prepare a traditional Christmas dinner for my friends and myself next year.
Tired but cheerfully, I finished my closing shift on Christmas Eve, one is always easily infected by the festival mood anyway. All shops and supermarkets won't open after boxing day in my community. Leaving the store and half way home, I suddenly remembered there's not even breadcrumb left in my fridge.