Thursday, December 21, 2000
The Season is upon us like fleas on rats. Everywhere people are spreading joy and maxing out their credit cards. Is this the spirit of America''s favorite holiday? To find out, we braved Santa''s little elves at The Gap and the blitzkrieg of holiday cheer.
Sophia AlbovBarista, Monterey What do you think of Christmas? I think Christmas has greatly deviated from the religious aspects and turned more commercial.
Should that be a part of it? It was originally. I believe the religious aspect should be incorporated.
What do you want for Christmas? You really want to know? I want more hippie skirts.
Junko InoueStudent, Monterey (Oita, Japan) What is Christmas like here and in Japan? In America it is for being with family. In Japan it is a time to have fun with friends.
Any differences in how it is celebrated in your country? Japanese, we open Christmas gifts on the 24th and have fun on the 25th.
What about Christmas trees? Did you have ''em? Oh yeah, sure. They''re made out of plastic and we buy them at the toy store. When I was a kid our Christmas tree broke.
Demetria Stewart-TravesProfessional, Pacific Grove What do you want for Christmas? A great tan. Just roll over one morning and have a great tan.
When did you figure out Santa wasn''t real? When I was 6, I was woken up by my parents giggling while they put presents under the tree. It was horrible.
Do you believe in the traditional holiday? I think when Kmart started putting Christmas stuff up in August it kind of ruined it for me, know what I mean?