Christmas

What do you like about Christmas?


Alloka

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What can I say about Christmas? Not too much. This feast is not very important to me. I was born in an atheistic family and in a communist country and celebrated only the New Year in my childhood. I do not feel the trill of joy and awe when I see Christmas pictures with the newborn Jesus, but I must admit, that I adore Christmas songs. Especially when they are sung acapella.
You should know (or maybe you already know), my friends, that the most famous Christmas song "Carol of the Bells" was written by Ukrainian composer Nikolay Leontovich in 1919.
P.S. And, of course, I like presents and Christmas sales!
Merry Christmas to Everybody!

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What can I say about Christmas? Not too much. This feast is not very important to me. I was born in an atheistic family and in a communist country and celebrated only the New Year in my childhood. I do not feel the thrill of joy and awe when I see Christmas pictures with the newborn Jesus, but I must admit, that I adore Christmas songs. Especially when they are sung acapella. You should know (or maybe you already know), my friends, that the most famous Christmas song "Carol of the Bells" was written by Ukrainian composer Nikolay Leontovich in 1919.P.S. And, of course, I like presents and Christmas sales!Merry Christmas to Everybody!

Great job!  Carol of the Bells is one of my favorites and I did not know it was written by a Ukrainian composer.  Thanks for sharing!  Merry Christmas!

Alloka

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Thank you for your help, Travis! Merry Christmas!))

Hi Alla!

I think, there is one more reason why Christmas is not a very important and likeable holiday in our countries. Our Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas 6. January, when all the New Year trees are already decorated and all the New Year gifts are already presented. In fact, this day has become one of the non-working days during the Christmas holidays. Don't you think so?

Alloka

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Hi Galina,
I agree with you. However, you know, when I visited the West Ukraine region five years ago, and saw how they celebrate Christmas, I realized, that Christmas and faith are not just words for them. Soviet regime couldn't kill it. Ukraine is very different.

Thank you, Alla! I was once in Lviv city and I saw its Catholic churches. They are wonderful!

jonmaz

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You should be ashamed of yourself!    Responses like that put hard working correctors out of a job.

 

Oh!    I feel so redundant.   It's Christmas season too.

Alloka

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Hi John!
I'm so glad to see you again! How are you? Have you already bought a Christmas tree?))

jonmaz

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I am well thank you.    No.

Acapella?     Now you are putting  musicians out of work too!

In Australia, there will be many thousands of office and factory parties during the next week.    These take the form of end-of-year celebrations.   Santa Claus and holidays will be mentioned at all of them but Jesus at very few.

Best wishes to you.   I shall be thinking of you, hopefully from the beach.    hahahaha

Alloka

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Christmas on the beach... You are so lucky!!

jonmaz

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The truth is that I am unlikely to be on the beach on Christmad Day even though it will be beach weather.   Generally speaking, Australians follow British traditions (you will recall that this country was invaded by the British in 1788) and we do crazy things which are non seasonal.   We exchange cards having snow scenes on them for example and put artificial snow on our decorated Christmas trees.    We have Christmas dinners that are far more appropriate for Europe than here..

Nevertheless, the Australian Christmas is, for most people, a wonderful family gathering.    It certainly is for my family.   My son will bring his wife and son from Hong Kong to stay for a week.   It will be the second time only that I will have met my now eight-month old grandson.   It is rather exciting.

What a shame it is that many in the world will be going through deadful times as we celebrate.   We are such a long way from being a world family...in the main because we simply fail to understand each other.

Sorry...I am getting carried away on my pet subject.   Best wishes.    John.