November 21st, 2004

hasui: winter moon

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An oddity, or at least I think it odd.

So I went down to the drugstore for antihistamines, and decided to check out the Xmas cards while I was there. Now, it's a Korean-managed store in a larger chain, and has Korean touches (ahh, Elekiban, ahh tongue scrapers, ahh the really good ginseng) amid the usual drugstorish stuff, just so you get the idea that this is halfway between soulless chain and independant pharmacy. As we know, Koreans are mostly Christian, but it's never an in your face Christianity. Anyway, here are these boxes and boxes of Hallmark cards. To my surprise, the 'religious' ones- creche, wise men, like that- all mention Jesus or quote the Bible or at least ask God to give you your happy holidays. That's *not* usual up here, BTW; even religious cards rarely go beyond 'A happy and holy holiday.' In fact, if I were Christian, I might be annoyed by the covert secularization of my feast. All-purpose cards usually make some associative visual reference to the Christian holiday (pine trees, stars, maybe angels) while wishing one's Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, pagan and whatever friends the best wishes of the holiday season: but shepherds and wise men aren't all-purpose like that.
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