British culture

Guofei Ma   Saturday, June 07, 2003, 20:09 GMT
Kabam, je suis absolument d'accord avec vous. Vive le Noël, même pour les Chrétiens, même pour les Musulmans, même pour ceux qui ne sont pas religieux. La fête est pour tout le monde.

Amitiés, Guofei Ma
Guofei Ma   Saturday, June 07, 2003, 20:10 GMT
I absolutely agree with Kabam's point of view. Christmas is for everyone who wishes to celebrate it, including Christians, Muslims, and those who are non-religious.
Chantal   Saturday, June 07, 2003, 20:14 GMT
I agree with Kabam. In France, ethnic communities celebrate it by buying a Christmas tree or a present for their children. In schools where I work, most children get a present for Christmas, no matter their religion and they are pleased to make christmas cards for their parents or grandparents.
Clark   Saturday, June 07, 2003, 20:35 GMT
Now that I think about it, Christmas has become partly commercialised in part due to parents wanting their children to get something like all the rest of the children. I had a Jewish friend growing up who did not celebrate Christmas, but his parents would say that Santa is coming so he could share the same "experiences" as the rest of us.
Kabam   Sunday, June 08, 2003, 13:52 GMT
Congratulations for your French Guofei Ma! Oh just a tip: you needn't call me "vous" since I'm young. You can simply call me "tu".
Tremmert   Sunday, June 08, 2003, 14:35 GMT
I would call the commercialisation of Christmas in the US the result of agnosticism (lack of certainty in religion) rather than satanism (reversal of religious ideals)
hp20   Sunday, June 08, 2003, 15:13 GMT
the us is one of the most religious countries in the western world. the christmas you see in new york or on TV is not representative of how everyone else celebrates it. in addition, commercialism and religion can coexist.
Clark   Sunday, June 08, 2003, 17:26 GMT
Exactly, you cannot judge how America views religion on New York and California. Go to Anytown, Kentucky, or Nebraska and you will see the majority of people are religious to very religious.
Guofei Ma   Sunday, June 08, 2003, 18:21 GMT
Certainly. Different groups of people celebrate Christmas differently. It would be very hard to generalise on how Christmas is celebrated in such a diverse country as the United States. Lord Ponceby (probably a quack lord) seems quite bigoted and intolerant of commercialism.
Guofei Ma   Sunday, June 08, 2003, 18:22 GMT
Merci, Kabam. Je te tutoierai.