Merry Christmas! (Or Happy Hanukkah, or whatever). T'aint't no War on Christmas here in East Asia -- that photo on the right is from the window of a hospital in Wuhan, China, which I took last year during my vain attempt to escape the relentless Christmas atmosphere (shoppers, Santas, and singing of Christmas music on PAs (Tannoys, for you Brits) everywhere here in Tokyo. No luck, exactly the same, especially in Beijing. (We did spend Christmas Day 2004 on a day trip to the Buddhist Dazu Stone Carvings outside of Chongqing (formerly Chunking), a World Heritage Site that which was mercifully Santa-free.
Now pardon me, I need to go do some last-minute shopping: since Christmas isn't an official holiday in Japan, the stores are still open. The only reason I'm not at the office now is because it's Sunday, but I did get the long weekend because Friday the 23rd was the Emperor's Birthday. No Emperor's Birthday Sales or Emperor's Birthday Songs -- well, maybe the latter is true among the right-wing whackos.
Of course, if you want the REAL War on Christmas, you'll have to see Operation Kringle Kill for that.