World View: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- Americans should thank 'Made in China' for a Merry Christmas
- Vatican displays a low-cost Nativity scene
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Americans should thank 'Made in China' for a Merry Christmas
According to People's Daily, if Americans have a Merry Christmas,
then it's all thanks to China, particularly low-cost "Made in China"
However, facing a declining economic growth,
ballooning deficit and looming "fiscal cliff", the Christmas
season in the United States this year seems particularly chilly.
Amid the current economic chill, some major American media outlets
recently called on the American people to boycott the "Made in
China Christmas gift" and revive the "Made in America Christmas".
They spoke negatively about the quality of Chinese-made products
and said "Made in China" has been controlling the American people
and big businesses. ...
It is time to let the truth do the talking. Our American fellows
deserve to know the truth, the stinging truth about how the
ubiquitous "Made in China" has helped the US economy. ..
"Made in China", with its fine quality and low price, has greatly
improved the purchasing power of the American people. This was
especially evident after the global financial crisis.
During the financial winter, the number of one dollar stores
sprang up. Among those in these shops, "Made in China" products
accounted for a large percent.
Based on Morgan Stanley's research report, in 2009 alone,
approximately $100 billion in US consumer spending was saved by
the "Chinese imports". ...
This Christmas morning, when you wake up and smell this couple of
coffee, accept your gifts with gratitude.
People's Daily (Beijing)
Vatican displays a low-cost Nativity scene
In previous Christmas seasons, the Vatican displayed a Nativity scene
that looked like an elaborate film set, decorated with
larger-than-life-size models of Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child
sculpted in wood and plaster more than a hundred years ago. In 2009,
the cost of the Nativity scene was more than $700,000. However, with
the financial crisis hitting Italy very hard this year, the Vatican
had to cut costs, and almost had no Nativity scene at all. However,
the remote southern town of Basilicata came to the rescue, and is
supplying a Nativity scene as a gift to the Vatican, with the Christ
Child lying in a manager in a miniature village made of polysterene.
The scene was the work of 55-year-old Basilicata-born artist Francesco
Artese. Total cost: Just $25,000. BBC
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The song, "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas," has been changed
in the last few decades into a cheerful little ditty. But in the
1944 movie, Meet me in St. Louis, it was a bitter, sad, angry
song, sung beautifully by Judy Garland.
The daughter, played by Judy Garland, had just learned that this was
her last Christmas with her lifelong friends in St. Louis. After the
New Year, she and her family would be moving to New York. Although
the plot of the movie takes place in 1904, this song was definitely in
the spirit of 1944, when despair over torn families was at its
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
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