Hongkong is observing the strangest and most sober Christmas in its century-old history.
Governor Sir Mark Young:
In pride and admiration I send my greeting this Christmas day to all who are fighting and all who are working so nobby and so well to sustain Hong Kong against the assaults of the enemy. Fight on. Hold fast for King and Empire. God bless you all in this your finest hour ... Let this day be historical in the grand annals of our empire. The Order of the Day is to hold fast.
(Tony Banham, Not The Slightest Chance: The Defence of Hong Kong, p.248)
15:30 Offical surrender.