Re: "I saved the Christmas!!!"
It was always funny meeting fresh foreign nationals arriving in China (particularly from the US) who would proudly, if discretely, boast of the boxes of Bibles they smuggled in with their luggage. Didn't have the heart to show them the city bookstore where Bibles, Korans, and the texts of every other major world religion were freely for sale in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, etc. as appropriate or translated to Chinese.
In fact the only book I couldn't easily obtain was Mao's little red one (found one at a a street vendor once, but he wanted far more for it than I could justify paying for a fun gift to send home to my mum!)