Both, but the commercialism is admittedly more of an intrusion.
CIS wrote:Why is it that when it comes to the Christmas season, America (the more Christian religious nation), tends to shy away from recognizing Christmas publicly, while in the UK there is no problem seen in referencing the holiday?
Is the USA simply more "politically correct" than the UK? Is the USA simply more mindful of the diversity of its people that do not celebrate Christmas (even though about 96% of Americans do)?
Let me show an example of what I'm talking about. Apple, an American company, has set up a "Gift Guide" on its website. For their US site it's called a "Holiday Gift Guide", but for the UK site it's a "Christmas Gift Guide":
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/campai ... Tk3NTgwMzU (US site)
http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/campai ... Tk3NTgwMzU (UK site)
Anyone care to comment on why this small but significant cultural difference occurs between the countries?
CIS wrote:VOTE: Christmas vs. holiday
MSNBC has put a poll out to the public asking whether the word "Christmas" should be used in holiday marketing for retailers and other public companies.
Current amount of votes: 28,962
Yes, Christmas — 91%
No, only "holiday" — 9%
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40260889/ ... umer_news/
What's your vote and why? Non-Americans will have no idea what I'm talking about
Tyrannical wrote:The best way to protest Christmas is to volunteer to work on that day
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