Much as in America, Christmas shopping is a big commercial success in Japan.
The interviewer stopped one young woman on the sidewalk, and
asked, "What is the meaning of Christmas?"
Laughing, she responded, "I don't know. Is that the day that Jesus died?"
There is some truth in her answer. (Donald Deffner; Seasonal Illustrations)
“How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! O! 'tis
easier to keep holidays than commandments.” - Benjamin Franklin.
John 1:11-12 (KJV): “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”