John Willkie wrote:
You allege that China celebrates Christmas, but of course by your words, they do not. Last time I checked, they had about half the world's population.
From the CIA Factbook: World population, as of July 2006: 6.5 billion China popularion, as of July 2006: 1.3 billion https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/xx.html#People https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ch.html#People Here are some sites about Christmas celebrations in China:"Although we are far from our country but we feel at home here, because Beijing is filled with festival atmosphere." said William Lindesay, an American who works for the protection work for the Great Wall.
In the lobby of Oriental Plaza in Wangfujing Street, downtown Beijing, a beer-bottle Christmas tree, about eight-meter tall and weighing seven tons, is decorated with dazzling lights and gift boxes.
Such a tree would have been seen as an exaggerated and bizarre ornament in the past. In today's Beijing, however, smiling Santa Clauses, colorful Christmas stockings, trees and slogans with " Merry Christmas" are everywhere. "Jingle Bells" resounds in many of the metropolis' shopping malls.
Angela Smith, an Italian student in the Capital Economic and Trade University, marveled at the city's festival atmosphere. " Beijing's Christmas is as bustling as that in my hometown," she exclaimed.
Rui Wa, a seller of Christmas gifts and ornaments in her 40s, said she purchased 1,000 new-style Christmas trees from Hongkong in early November and the stock is running low.
So yes, the Chinese celebrate Christmas. But no, most do not celebrate it for the same reasons that Christians do.
Li Huimin, a shop manager of Shangpin Floral House, said, "The Christmas sale season began late in October. Almost all of the items related to "Xmas" have become hot. And most of the buyers are the upper middle classes who care more about quality of life than their budget. "
http://china.org.cn/english/China/83318.htm TTFN, Mark
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