Christmas is an American tradition birthed from Christianity and it is something that is generally adopted and celebrated throughout the world. China, however, feels that this is simply not going to work for the Chinese and they are doing everything they can to delete evidence of Christmas from their malls.
Most are calling this act of ‘Christmas rebellion’ something against Santa Claus rather than looking at this act for what it is: an attempt to remain true to their own tradition.
Currently, there are four Chinese cities and one county that have ordered restrictions on Christmas celebrations this year, according to the Associated Press. Schools, homes, and public places have all curtailed any celebrations that would resemble the embracing of the Christmas holiday.
This would seem normal to anyone who respects the rights of other cultures to embrace their own traditions. Unfortunately, this is not being taken lightly by some in America who feels this is a slap in the face to Santa. That’s right…Santa is being insulted and we aren’t going to stand for it.
Media outlets are blaming this act of rebellion against Santa on President Xi Jinping and his desire to support the Chinese embrace on their own traditions, religion, and culture. Rather than accepting this as being fair, most American media outlets are screaming bloody murder at the fact that Xi is pushing communism down the throat of his people.
He has even been turned into a villain for his refusal to allow anyone in China to celebrate the holiday that supports American religion. What’s most unfortunate about this situation is the fact that Americans refuse to accept the tradition of other cultures but absolutely lose it when other cultures refuse to accept their own.
It leaves one to wonder why Americans can’t accept the fact that other cultures are actually proud of their own traditions and want to do all that is possible to maintain them.
The refusal of Americans to accept China’s decision to exclude this religious holiday from their day to day living helps us to further understand why most foreigners in other countries dislike Americans. If you have the opportunity to travel outside of the American borders, you will soon discover that not everyone in other countries like us. They feel we are egotistical and rude, in addition to a few other things.
We typically refuse to learn their language, but we will go onto their land and demand that they speak ours. We feel that the world must bow down to us and accept our way of thinking and our way of life, regardless of what cultural history others might try and uphold. This helps us to understand why Xi might be looked upon as a villain who is attempting to push communism down the throats of his people. We must ask ourselves if he is disrespecting his people by refusing to support a tradition that is not their own or if he is showing love for his people by ensuring that they embrace their own tradition and cultural beliefs.
Maybe it depends on the person making the judgment call. Either way, it should be noted that any president that encourages his own people in his country to embrace their culture is someone who truly loves the culture that he comes from.