How does a thoroughly secular society celebrate Christmas? Well, by shopping, of course.
The Christian Science Monitor recently posted a collection of photos showing Christmas celebrations around the country.
(Xidan Commercial Street, Beijing) Follow the link above to see the rest of the photos.
BBC News also published an interesting article called 'China Succumbs to the Glitz of Christmas.'
"Children are celebrating Christmas. As parents we have to buy gifts for them so they won't feel neglected." So says Qian Liu, who is buying Holy Apples for her son from a street stall in Beijing.Only an estimated 2% of China's population are practising Christians so, for people such as Ms Liu, there are no religious reasons whatsoever for celebrating Christmas. Yet in recent years, there has been an increased focus on Christmas in China, particularly among young people who regard it as an important and fashionable day to celebrate. "We simply just want to have some fun on this day," explains Sai Wang, who works for an IT company in Beijing. "Western holidays are more trendy for young people. There is no other sophisticated reason at all," he adds.
As they say, read the whole thing....
And Christmas in Minnesota this year can best be summed up this way: LET It SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!