Sunday, September 23, 2012

Home this Christmas

Holiday time is for feasting;
We look forward to each treat.
The tables are full of our favorite foods;
We’ve got lots of good things to eat.
We scarf marshmallowed sweet potatoes;
There’s cider and eggnog to slurp.
There’s so much going down at once,
Who can help an occasional burp?
Here’s the turkey, dressing and gravy;
Let’s all get down to chewing it,
And if we pass a little gas,
Who’ll notice? Everyone’s doing it.
Dessert is three kinds of pie;
Then pass the box of candy.
Next year will you please remind us
To have Alka-Seltzer handy!

Home This Christms ---> printable sheet music

Caroling, feasting, and gift-giving along with the prayers and wishes – Christmas is celebrated with high spirits in various parts of the world.

It is rather interesting to see how different countries celebrate Christmas. 
In Finland, it is believed that Santa Claus lives in the north part of the country called Korvatunturi, north of the Arctic Circle. People from all over the world send letters to Santa Claus in Finland. There is even a big tourist theme park called “Christmas Land” in the north of Finland, near to where they say that Father Christmas lives.
Christmas Eve is very special, when people eat rice porridge and a sweet soup made from dried fruits (plums, raisins, apples, pears, apricots and figs).
At midday, the “Christmas peace declaration” is broadcast on radio and TV from the Finnish city of Turku by its Mayor.
In Germany, Father Christmas – “Der Weihnachtsmann” – brings presents in the late afternoon of Christmas Eve, after people have been to church. The presents are then put under the Christmas tree. One person in the family will ring a bell and call everyone to come to the room. On Christmas Day, fish (carp) or goose will be cooked.
In Hungary, on Christmas eve, children go to their relatives’ house or to the movies, because little Jesus brings the tree and the presents that evening to their house. It is customary to hang edible things on the tree, like golden wrapped assorted chocolates and meringues beside the glass balls, candles (real or electrical), and sparklers.
In Russia, Christmas is celebrated either on Dec 25 or more often on Jan 7. This unusual date is because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old “Julian” calendar for religious celebration days.

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away
While quite unselfish,
it grows small.