Bonus List

BAH HUMBUG! LARGEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD WHERE CHRISTMAS IS NOT A GOVERNMENT HOLIDAY

Of course, these aren't countries that are "scrooges" as these are countries which have plenty of other holidays to celebrate (like the Chinese New Year or Eid ul-Fitr). While most nations with few Christians (like in most of Asia and the Middle East/North Africa) do not celebrate Christmas, a few actually have Christmas as an official government holiday, such as India, likely a relict from colonial days.

While these countries (except for Pakistan, which celebrates Quaid-e-Azam's birthday as an official holiday) are "business-as-usual" on December 25 (except for foreign trade), not all countries celebrating Christmas do so on that day. In Russia, Ukraine and some other Eastern Orthodox countries (and coptic Ethiopia), Christmas is celebrated on January 7 (and in some places, it's celebrated twice--then and on December 25).

1. China
2. Pakistan *
3. Bangladesh
4. Japan
5. Vietnam
6. Egypt
7. Turkey
8. Iran
9. Thailand
10. Morocco

* Dec. 25 is a different holiday in Pakistan: Quaid-e-Azam's Birthday.

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