Thursday, December 15, 2005

Politically Incorrect
Merry Christmas from China

Believe it or not, all of the stores around here have put up CHRISTMAS decorations. Also the music in the stores actually have CHRISTMAS songs - even “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger”. And yes Virginia they are selling CHRISTMAS trees.

The sales people in the stores and the waiters and waitresses in the restaurants are all wearing Santa hats.

No ‘Happy Holidays’ - No ‘Holiday Trees’ for sale!

They even have a Chinese name for the holiday - sheng dan jie - which means “holiday of sacred birth”.

I guess China has not figured out that CHRISTMAS is politically incorrect! Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a Chinese holiday. The Chinese are using it similar to the way we have exploited celebrated it in America for years - as a marketing event. It is just refreshing to know that in China, Christmas has not (yet) become clouded with the trappings of western “political correctness”.

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