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China Sees New Surge in Christmas Tradition
CBN ^ | 12/19/11 | George Thomas

Posted on 12/19/2011 6:38:02 AM PST by marshmallow

BEIJING, China -- It's been a hectic few weeks for Wang San Ping.

Ping owns a small Christmas shop near the U.S. embassy in Beijing. She, like so many other merchants on this street, is trying to entice shoppers to spend this Christmas season.

The last couple of years, Christmas in China has been a huge money-making business, but this year, many are not feeling too merry about the season.

This is traditionally one of the busiest times in China's economic calendar, as factories rush to export billions of dollars worth of goods made in China, most of which will end up under Christmas trees around the world.

But the global economic crisis has hit us in China and foreigners are not spending like they used to.

Still, it hasn't stopped the Chinese from getting into the holiday spirit.

"Many people around the world are celebrating this holiday and we are more than happy to join in the festivities," one resident said.

From hotels to restaurants, homes to shopping malls, the traditionally western holiday is increasingly becoming a yearly tradition with its own Chinese flavor.

"It is part of China's embrace of all things Western," one couple explained. "Christmas is just one more thing to add to the list."

Typically, the Chinese will celebrate by decorating their houses with Christmas trees, cooking and eating special foods and spending time with family and friends.

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1 posted on 12/19/2011 6:38:06 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Thanks. I did not know.


2 posted on 12/19/2011 6:40:01 AM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: marshmallow

thought they were all buddhist.


3 posted on 12/19/2011 6:41:28 AM PST by television is just wrong
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Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. Maybe, in a roundabout way, our western commercialization of Christmas will cause some of them to start to look at the real reason for all the celebration - and seek out the One who’s birthday we are celebrating.

Who knows. God works in strange ways.


4 posted on 12/19/2011 6:50:11 AM PST by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: sneakers

....And in turn, send out missonaries back to the USA and to the west to get the GOOD NEWS of that same GOSPEL MESSAGE.


5 posted on 12/19/2011 7:09:09 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

That’s already happening; there are missionaries from Africa and Japan evangelizing in the USA.


6 posted on 12/19/2011 7:18:04 AM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: marshmallow

There is estimated to be between 100 and 200 million Chinese Christians attend the underground Christian church in China. Of course you would never find out about this from the MSM.


7 posted on 12/19/2011 7:24:15 AM PST by circlecity
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To: marshmallow

8 posted on 12/19/2011 7:45:45 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: marshmallow
This is traditionally one of the busiest times in China's economic calendar, as factories rush to export billions of dollars worth of goods made in China, most of which will end up under Christmas trees around the world.

A little late for that unless the Chinese can teleport their products directly to stores. The big Christmas rush for Chinese factories was months ago with ordering delays, production set-up, shipping, advertising planning, etc. My company was considering a Christmas product release and we were told by some retailers ordering departments that we better be ready for production in the March-June time frame.

The little elves in Santa's Chinese factories aren't working up to midnight on December 24th.

9 posted on 12/19/2011 8:23:39 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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