From the Wall Street Journal’s China blog, 10 interviews with people in Beijing. Here’s one of the interviews:
Mr. Yang48, chemistry worker from ShanxiDo you know the origin of Christmas Day?
It commemorates the birthday of Jesus Christ, who was born in Bethlehem in Israel 2,000 years ago, although the Bible doesn’t say which day.
Do you have a Christmas holiday plan this year?
Nothing special, I became a volunteer here (at Haidian Church, the biggest church in Haidian district) about seven years ago, doing some service for God. Anyway, I feel very grateful every Christmas. I hope God blesses our country of 1.4 billion people.
Why do you think Christmas Day has become so popular in China these years? After all, most of us aren’t Christians.
Yeah, I think it’s quite normal. At the beginning, this church had only two or three people, but now more than 9,000 come every Sunday. Today we’ve prepared six rounds of worship until midnight; the number will surely exceed 10,000.
What do you think of the way people celebrate Christmas Day nowadays? Some people say it’s too commercialized.
It’s because they don’t know God. If they really know God, they should come to church first, then go out to shop.