Every year it seems that the overly cheery displays start going up earlier and earlier. Now they are spreading out geographically as well.
South Korea is not a Christian country, although it does have the second highest Christian population in Asia (behind the Philippines).
That is why I was surprised to see a large display of Christmas-style decorations covering the front of a large department store here in Suwon, South Korea IN THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER. While the decorations are not overtly Christian (there are no crosses, and I didn’t even see Santa) they are clearly similar to common Christmas decorations in the US. They even have a giant red Christmas tree.
I suppose that even if the religious holiday of Christmas hasn’t spread, the celebration of winter commercial excess certainly has.
This post also appears at Heretical Ideas.