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What makes a Chrsitmas, - Special....

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What makes a Chrsitmas, - Special....

I am also on another forum.... and the following was posted on a query about the 12 days of christmas.
It occurred to me, that it sounded to be a really nice time to be Dutch !....
and wondered how we would describe "our" christmas, to make it sound a "nice" as theirs....
or, indeed, do you know how to describe, any other countgries`  christmas, to give an insight into how they celebrate, and enjoy the holiday period...
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Dutch Christmas
But if your Dutch follow these instruction for a successful Dutch Christmas Smiley
Celebrate St. Nicolas's Eve and St. Nicholas's Day on December 5 and 6, as is the custom in Holland.
Understand that farmers will blow horns each evening during the Christmas season to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to scare away any evil spirits that might be lurking.
Remember that Sinterklaas, who lives in Spain during the year, will arrive accompanied by his helper Piets. He will then travel on a white horse to leave gifts for children who have been well-behaved.
Expect Sinterklaas and Piets to participate in a festive holiday parade.
Remember that Sinterklaas, who was also called Saint Nicholas in the past, is the patron saint of fishermen and is known for performing good deeds throughout the Mediterranean area.
Know that Sinterklaas will check in his red book to find out how the children have behaved.
Remind your children to leave their shoes by the fireplace (or heater) with carrots and hay for the horse, which will be exchanged for small gifts, including Dutch Christmas candy such as speculaas, marsepein and pepernoten.
Serve traditional holiday foods. Spice cookies, hot chocolate, apple fritters and doughnuts are favorites.
Plan to give and receive gifts on Christmas Eve.
Display "euphorbia pulcherrima" (a poinsettia plant) in your home. This red, star-shaped plant is the traditional Christmas flower


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Re: What makes a Chrsitmas, - Special....

Just as a point of interest.... I did ask the originator of the Dutch Christmas, if I could post it on here, and he has agreed...  Smiley
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for people having a bad day:
When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum.. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.
He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

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Sorry Pierre, not what I was looking for.  Sad Sad Sad
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Oh alright then  the full sory of Sinterklaas  http://www.thehollandring.com/sinterklaas.shtml
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Just wanted something similar to what I posted    Roll eyes  .... sort of "personal knowledge" light reading....    Smiley
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Christmas in United States of America
Santa Claus was born in US in the 1860's he was named this as he had a white beard and a belly, so he was named Santa Claus as this was the Dutch word for St Nicholas, Sintaklaas. Although the Dutch had bought him with them in the 17th century, he did not become an important person at Christmas until the Novelist Washington Irving put him in a novel that he wrote in 1809. This first Santa Claus was still known as St. Nicholas, he did smoke a pipe, and fly around in a wagon without any reindeer, but he did not have his red suit or live at the North Pole, he did however bring presents to children every year.
In 1863 He was given the name Santa Claus and bore the red suit, pipe, and his reindeer and sleigh.
Now Christmas celebrations vary greatly between regions of the United States, because of the variety of nationalities which have settled in it.
In Pennsylvania, the Moravians build a landscape, called a putz - under the Christmas tree, while in the same state the Germans are given gifts by Belsnickle, who taps them with his switch if they have misbehaved.
Early European settlers brought many traditions to the United States. Many settled in the early days in the South, these settlers would send Christmas greetings to their distant neighbors by shooting firearms and letting off fireworks. In Hawaii this practice is still in use as under the sunny skies, Santa Claus arrives by boat and Christmas dinner is eaten outdoors.
In Alaska, a star on a pole is taken from door to door, followed by Herod's Men, who try to capture the star. Colonial doorways are often decorated with pineapple, a symbol of hospitality.
In Alaska, boys and girls with lanterns on poles carry a large figure of a star from door to door. They sing carols and are invited in for supper.
In Washington D.C., a huge, spectacular tree is lit ceremoniously when the President presses a button and turns on the tree's lights.
In Boston, carol singing festivities are famous. The singers are accompanied by hand bells.
In New Orleans, a huge ox is paraded around the streets decorated with holly and with ribbons tied to its horns.
In Arizona, the Mexican ritual called Las Posadas is kept up. This is a ritual procession and play representing the search of Mary and Joseph for a room at the inn. Families play the parts and visit each other's houses enacting and re-enacting the drama and, at the same time, having a look at each family's crib.
In Hawaii, Christmas starts with the coming of the Christmas Tree Ship, which is a ship bringing a great load of Christmas fare. Santa Claus also arrives by boat.
In California, Santa Claus sweeps in on a surf board.
In America the traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey with vegetables and sauces. For dessert it is rich, fruity Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Mince pies, pastry cases filled with a mixture of chopped dried fruit.
The majority of Americans celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts and greetings and with family visits. For many, the day begins on Christmas Eve with the Midnight Mass. At Christmas it snows in many states, so dinner is usually eaten indoors. Dinner usually is roast turkey, goose, duck or ham served with cranberry sauce, then plum pudding or pumpkin pie followed by nuts and fruit.
American homes are decorated with holly, mistletoe and branches of trees, most have a Christmas tree hung with electric lights, tinsel, baubles, and strings of popcorn and candy canes.
In Colorado, an enormous star is placed on the mountain, it can be seen for many kilometers around, while in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a star is lit in early December.
Polish Americans on Christmas Eve spread hay on their kitchen floor and under the tablecloth to remind them of a stable and a manger. When they make up the table for dinner two extra places are set up for Mary and the Christ Child in case they should knock at the door to ask for shelter.
In Philadelphia, a procession called a mummers parade runs for a whole day with bands, dancers and people in fancy dress.
Edit [This is actually held on New Years Day, not at Christmas]
There are two homes for Santa Claus in the United States one is in Torrington, Connecticut, where Santa and his helpers give out presents. The other home is in Wilmington, New York, where a village for Santa and his reindeer is located.
In Arizona they follow the Mexican traditions called Las Posadas. Families play out the parts of Mary and Joseph searching for somewhere to stay. They form a procession and visit their friends' and neighbors' homes where they admire each family's Nativity crib. In parts of New Mexico, people place lighted candles in paper bags filled with sand on streets and rooftops to light the way for the Christ Child.
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Nice one, Santiago....  Wink
I love to learn about other countries, and this is very interesting to find out about how we all celebrate Christmas in different, yet similar, ways.
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The interesting thing about Christmas in the US is that is just a one day event.
Mostly everyone works on Christmas Eve, has Christmas day off and then back to work next day.
The big celebration in the US is Thanksgiving Day. This is also only usually a one day [two days for some] holiday
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Yes , I must say I was somewhat disillusioned when I first heard about the yanks and Christmas.... and only having the day off.... hardly seems worth the effort..... and again, they make much play of "Thanksgiving", and yet only have the day off !!!... How do they cope when it is on a Friday or a MondayHuhHuh  three days offHuhCheesy
Edit.... or worse still..... on a Saturday or Sunday...... NO Days offHuhHuh
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FILM: Miracle on 34th Street
On: Channel 4   
Date: Sunday 7th December 2008
Time: 18:20 to 20:30 (2 hours and 10 minutes long)
Richard Attenborough stars in Les Mayfield's charming re-make of the 1947 classic as Kris Kringle, who insists he really is Santa Claus. Kringle gets a job at Cole's department store on 34th Street thanks to toy department executive Dorey Walker, who, like her daughter Susan, doesn't believe in Santa Claus.
(Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 1994, U, 3 Star)
Director: Les Mayfield
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, J.T. Walsh, Mara Wilson, James Remar
B&W Original
FILM: Miracle on 34th Street
On: more4 (14)   
Date: Saturday 20th December 2008
Time: 13:30 to 15:30 (2 hours long)
On: more4 (14)   
Date: Wednesday 24th December 2008
Time: 13:50 to 15:40 (1 hour and 50 minutes long)
George Seaton's classic family Christmas film stars Oscar-winner Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, hired by Macy's department store's toy department executive Doris Walker to be Santa Claus. But when he claims to really be Santa Claus, he finds himself in court, charged with insanity, where he's defended by Fred Gailey, a neighbour of Walker's, who also has a crush on her.
(Black and White, 1947, U, 5 Star)
Director: George Seaton
Starring: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood, Porter Hall