Christmas http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19971/all en Christmas in July at Harrods http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5671729 <p> Talk about early holiday shopping! Harrods opened their Christmas 2011 collection in London complete with Santa Claus ice skating on the London landmark store&#39;s rooftop.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5671729" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Travel/Tourism United Kingdom Entertainment Offbeat United Kingdom Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:00:00 +0000 News Desk 5671729 at http://www.globalpost.com Dear Leader: Why do you hate Christmas? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dear-leader-north-korea-kim-jong-il-christmas-tree-lights <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> South Korea wants to light some trees on the border. Scary. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dear Leader,</p> <p>Hi. Quick question: Why do you hate Christmas?</p> <p>I just heard that South Korea is going to allow Christian groups to light three giant Christmas trees along the North Korean border. Seems nice.</p> <p>But then on Sunday, according to Al Jazeera, your state-run Uriminzokkiri website called the effort a <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/111211/north-korea-south-christmas-lights">&quot;mean attempt at psychological warfare,&quot;</a> and said that following through would yield an &quot;unexpected consequence.&quot;</p> <p><strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/111211/north-korea-south-christmas-lights">North Korea says Christmas lights are &quot;psychological warfare&quot;</a></strong></p> <p>Now, I know relatons aren&#39;t great between the North and the South, especially at the border. And I know that South Korea lit a tree there last year &mdash; after seven years of not doing so, and in the immediate aftermath of the strike on Yeonpyeong Island that killed more than 40 people and was blamed on the North.</p> <p>So, I can understand why you would be sensitive about the border. But &quot;psychological warfare&quot;? Don&#39;t you think that&#39;s a bit extreme?</p> <p>And by &quot;unexpected consequence,&quot; do you mean you will take some kind of military action against them? I realize it&#39;s worded intentionally to be ambiguous, so that&#39;s why I&#39;m writing to clarify.</p> <p>Because &quot;unexpected consequence,&quot; to me, could be like Santa coming. That would be an awesome and, yes, unexpected consequence of three massive Christmas trees shining lights all the way on into North Korea.</p> <p>North Korea expert and author of &quot;Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader,&quot; Bradley Martin, said he doesn&#39;t think you hate Christmas. He pointed out that in 1980, when you were officially elected to the five-person presidium of the politburo, the party newspaper Rodong Shinmun (Workers&#39; Daily) wrote:</p> <blockquote><p>&quot;People of the world, if you are looking for miracles, come to Korea! Christians, do not go to Jerusalem. Come rather to Korea. Do not believe in God. Believe in the great man.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Martin told me that, far from hating Christmas, that you may actually love it. Love it so much you want to be it.</p> <blockquote><p>The North Koreans offered foreigners a pair of replacements for the father and son of the Christian trinity: &quot;the star of guidance shining together with the benevolent sun&quot; &mdash; the latter being, of course, KJI&#39;s old man, Kim Il Sung.</p> </blockquote> <p>&quot;I guess they just haven&#39;t gotten around to erecting their own tree,&quot; wrote Martin. &quot;Or, more likely, they don&#39;t have enough electricity to light one up competitvely.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dear-leader-north-korea-kim-jong-il-christmas-tree-lights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Kim Jong Il North Korea Conflict Zones Diplomacy World Religion South Korea The Rice Bowl Mon, 12 Dec 2011 18:17:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5684010 at http://www.globalpost.com Norway butter shortage causes Christmas baking crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/norway-butter-shortage-christmas-baking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Store shelves in Norway are empty of butter and prices are through the roof, with the supply shortage blamed on a low-carb, high-fat diet fad. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A serious butter shortage in Norway has left some Norwegians fearing they won&#39;t be able to do their annual Christmas baking.</p> <p> Store shelves in Norway are empty of butter and prices are through the roof, <a href="http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2011/12/12/norway-butter-shortage-threatens-christmas-treats">Agence France-Presse reported</a>. Online vendors have been selling butter for as much as $465 for a 500-gram block, according to the news agency.</p> <p> There were other reports of a 250-gram pack of butter being sold for a relatively more reasonable $13, which is still about four times the usual price.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2011/12/12/norway-butter-shortage-threatens-christmas-treats">AFP reported</a>:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p> The dire shortage poses a serious challenge for Norwegians who are trying to finish their traditional Christmas baking &mdash; a task which usually requires them to make at least seven different kinds of biscuits.</p> </blockquote> <p> According to Time magazine, the butter crisis is because of a diet fad in Norway that has &quot;depleted the nation&#39;s supply of butter.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/norway-butter-shortage-christmas-baking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Norway Food & Drink Europe Culture & Lifestyle Weird Wide Web Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:40:00 +0000 News Desk 5684036 at http://www.globalpost.com Christmas, Inc: Will China's manufacturing get a boost? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111216/christmas-inc-china-manufacturing-economy-shopping <p>BEIJING &mdash; In Yiwu, known as the Christmas decoration center of China, several factories are reporting that the lines have cranked up beyond what they expected, in order to meet customer demands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111216/christmas-inc-china-manufacturing-economy-shopping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Inc. China Culture & Lifestyle Global Economy Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:31:00 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5684453 at http://www.globalpost.com Christmas, Inc: Inside a Thai Christmas tree factory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/thailand/111219/christmas-inc-thai-economy-christmas-tree-factory <p> BANGKOK &mdash; The fake tree trade is dominated by Asian operations &mdash; most on China&rsquo;s eastern seaboard &mdash; that churn out cheap, plastic trees for the American market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/thailand/111219/christmas-inc-thai-economy-christmas-tree-factory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas World Religion Global Economy Thailand Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:31:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5684614 at http://www.globalpost.com Euro and "morbid speculation" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/euro-and-morbid-speculation Christmas spirit distinctly absent as first step in euro zone rescue fails to unite EU members<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/euro-and-morbid-speculation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Daily Telegraph ECB EU euro zone debt crisis Home IMF Mario Draghi The Guardian Europe United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:22:30 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5684649 at http://www.globalpost.com Atheists and Christians battle over Nativity display tradition in California (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/atheists-christians-fight-palisades-park-santa-monica-california-nativity-scenes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christians have accused atheists of ruining their Christmas tradition of erecting Nativity scenes at Palisades Park, near California's famous Santa Monica pier. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Christians have accused atheists of ruining their Christmas tradition of erecting Nativity scenes at a park near California&#39;s famous Santa Monica pier.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2011/12/21/atheists-christians-clash-in-california-park">Agence France-Presse reported </a>on the &quot;unseasonably rancorous row&quot;:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/atheists-christians-fight-palisades-park-santa-monica-california-nativity-scenes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> atheist California Christmas World Religion Culture & Lifestyle United States Weird Wide Web Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:08:14 +0000 News Desk 5684786 at http://www.globalpost.com A Christmas ecology story http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/christmas-ecology-story What would the Wise Men bring today? Frankincense production in steep decline as tree from which the scent is derived is in startling decline and may be extinct before the end of the century<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/christmas-ecology-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Frankincense Gold Home Jesus Myrrh Regions Three Wise Men Europe World Religion Culture & Lifestyle Israel and Palestine Middle East United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:16:05 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5684818 at http://www.globalpost.com Shoplifters of the world "will steal $1.84b this Christmas" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/christmas-shoplifting-global-retail-theft-barometer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An estimated $1.84 billion in merchandise will be shoplifted in the month leading up to Christmas 2011, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Shoplifters will steal an estimated $1.84 billion in merchandise in the four weeks leading up to Christmas this year, according to a survey of retailers worldwide.</p> <p> <a href="http://globalretailtheftbarometer.com/">The Global Retail Theft Barometer</a> said that&#39;s a 6 percent increase from the $1.7 billion shoplifted during the same period last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/christmas-shoplifting-global-retail-theft-barometer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Business United States Weird Wide Web Fri, 23 Dec 2011 17:16:00 +0000 News Desk 5685037 at http://www.globalpost.com America's most popular holiday destination is ... ? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/121129/americas-most-popular-holiday-destinations <p>Here are America&#39;s hottest holiday tourism spots.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/121129/americas-most-popular-holiday-destinations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Companies Travel/Tourism Business Culture & Lifestyle Mexico United States Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:31:27 +0000 Darren Booth, CNBC 5727585 at http://www.globalpost.com AAA forecasts more Americans will travel this holiday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/traveltourism/121213/aaa-travel-holiday-christmas-american-economy <p>If you&#39;re planning on traveling over the next month, you may be in luck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/culture-lifestyle/traveltourism/121213/aaa-travel-holiday-christmas-american-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Christmas Travel/Tourism Business Global Economy United States Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:14:20 +0000 Darren Booth, CNBC 5728958 at http://www.globalpost.com