Sleigh Bells Ring

‘Tis the season here in Guangzhou. The cashiers at the local Park n Shop are wearing Santa hats and each floor of the 4-floor shopper’s paradise is playing their own collection of holiday tunes. There are lighted trees, snow people, reindeer, and smiling cherry-cheeked Santas visible in many commercial locations (hotels, banks, grocery stores, etc). So much for our expectations that this year would provide our children a relativizing experience when it came to Christmas – helping them to learn that not everyone celebrates Christmas and that Santa doesn’t come to every child. Instead, we see it here in its most pure secular, commercialized form – completely divorced from the Christian religious beliefs that many claim are the “reason for the season.” I am curious to see if the season is recognized with gift-giving, etc. It is not a national holiday.

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