Raj knows that in the united states santa claus comes

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like MacDougall’s, is that Christmas changes drastically from country to country. Raj knows that in the United States Santa Claus comes in the early morning hours of Christmas day. In Germany it is very different, Raj states that “Father Christmas – “Der Weihnachtsmann” – brings presents in the late afternoon of Christmas Eve, after people have been to church.” (Raj #7). These changes in Christmas worldwide demonstrate MacDougall’s argument, it extends her argument. In Germany it is customary for people to go to church in the early afternoon on Christmas Eve, whereas here in the states we generally go to church later at night. Raj makes the argument that Christmas would have to change in order to survive in different countries, MacDougall makes the argument that Barbie would have to change in order to survive in different countries. Different products, same argument. In her article MacDougall clearly illustrates a detailed picture of what she believes, she firmly believes that products and traditions being exported to other countries must change to conform to the society in which it is heading to. For instance, in her article she notes that Barbie
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Francis3 in the Yucatec region takes on a more motherly role. However, she also believes that that their culture isn’t the only thing that changes it’s also what they look like. MacDougall argues that the aesthetic qualities of the products will change when they are shipped to different countries. MacDougall points out numerous changes to the “American” Barbie when it was shipped down south to the Yucatan area of Mexico. Some of these changes have to do with make-up and body tattoos resembling make-up in the article MacDougall also mentions body size and type as part of aesthetics, she states “Mestiza Barbies are designed slightly shorter than Mattel Barbie dolls and are considered a more accurate representation of the female body type in Yucatan . (MacDougall #18). She believes that aesthetic changes happen just as frequently as social changes when products are being exported to different countries. My second Source, taken from a French government website, is entitled “Christmas in France.” This article was written by someone in the French government however this person remains unnamed. This article narrows down the arguments to one specific area of the globe, France. It explains all of the rituals and traditions that people in France would celebrate. However the part of this article that really extends MacDougall’s argument is about the French Christmas tree and the nativity scene. This article tells us how, during Christmas, things in France change. It tells us how it is more common to put religious ornaments on the tree rather than big orbs and globes. When talking about how the nativity scenes change the author states
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  • MacDougall, J. Paige MacDougall

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