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I'm not christian, so it doesn't BOTHER me to see others celebrating xmas, but I'm not exactly supportive of it. After all, it is a religious holiday, and I can certainly understand christians being upset over it, and I can see how some don't understand why non-christians would celebrate it. It's really not a matter of race, but of religion, because of course chinese christians can celebrate it. |
I'd hate to see xmas become just another way for businesses to make money here in china. It's already largely become that in the US. If you've ever lived there at xmas time, you'll surely recall seeing xmas stuff EVERYWHERE! Restaurants, stores, the city will decorate its lamposts and public buildings (is that illegal now?).... A town near me has a public PA system and they play xmas music every evening, so you'd hear it just walking the streets. Stores have xmas things for sale before thanksgiving, and I personally would NEVER go shopping on a weekend or evening after thanksgiving! (I mean a mall or department store, not food stores). Quite frankly I sometimes found it all annoying.
When I was little, on Xmas eve, after eating, after dark, we'd take a drive to see all the people's houses lit up & decorated for xmas, and end by going to a church that had a "live manger". Not people, but it was a manger scene with fake people, but live animals inside a fenced area.
Nice memories, but the memories weren't due to commercial aspects, the nice memories were ultimately of food & family.
Don't get sucked in, no matter what your nationality or religion. If you celebrate it for a reason, think of what the reason is, and stick to it, don't just go buy a bunch of stuff, making it more commercialized.
xmas is about:
enjoying the spirit of winter (where I'm from)