Merry-Go-Round

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Merry-Go-Round

by Saswati Nanda

CHRISTMAS :

CHRISTMAS :Christmas is celebrated annually to
mark the birth of Jesus Christ who is
believed to be the Son of God, on 25th
December as a religious and cultural
festival celebrated by both Christians
and Non-Christians around the world.
Many people erect Christmas trees,
decorate their homes, visit friends and
family and exchange gifts

Ever wondered from where did the fantastic being
known as Santa Claus come from?

Santa Claus comes from the Dutch word “Sinter Klaas”, which is what
they call their favourite saint, St. Nicholas. St Nicholas was a very kind man
and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people
who needed it. He is said to have died on December 6, AD 342 & people
feast on this day to celebrate his great generosity. Santa
Claus really started to get
famous when an American
author started publishing
stories about Santa Claus
for children mentioning
that St. Nicholas
arrived on Christmas
Eve bringing presentsfor nice children.

INTERESTING FACTS<

Tinsel

According to the legend, a poor old woman was unable to provide decorations for her children’s Christmas trees. When she woke up she discovered that a spider has spun a magical silver web that covered the tree. Today, tinsel still adds a magical touch to our trees.

Mistletoe

The evergreen leaves are a symbol of good luck. One can find it hanging above the doorway.

Christmas Cards

The first card was sent in 1870. This is an English custom. Today, it is a holiday greeting for family, friend, near and dear ones.

Christmas Gifts

The custom of giving gifts goes back to when the three wise men of Magi came to Bethlehem carrying gifts for baby Jesus. Today, the different forms of Santa Claus are delivering gifts all over the world.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

Christmas in Mexico

Christmas around Mexico is full of posadas and piñatas. Posada is a religious parade for nine days before Christmas and children dress up like Mary and Joseph. Pinata is a paper mach’e figure filled up with small dolls, trinkets and candies. Children take turns to hit it with a stick. When cracked they collect presents.

 

Christmas in Italy

It is believed that, La Befana, a kind old witch searches for good boys and girls and leaves gifts for them. If children are good, La Befana leaves presents for them, but if they are bad, she leaves coal and ashes for them.

 

Christmas in Sweden


Santa Lucia is celebrated on 13th of December and is considered a celebration of light. The Christmas tree is decorated with real lighted candles and the towns & villages of Sweden have kids upto the age of twelve, dressed up in white robes and move in processions. The girls carry candles and boys carry stars with wands

 

Christmas in Holland

Sinterklaas arrives in a steam boat from Spain with white horses and dozens of helper on 6th of December. Children place their wooden shoes filled with carrots and hay by the fire place for Sinterklaass’ horses. Once the wooden shoes are empty, Sinterklaas fills them with candies and fruits.

Christmas in Bethlehem

A small town named Bethlehem in Israel is the birthplace of Jesus. A cross is painted on the door of every Christian homes and scenes from the Christmas story are depicted in every household. A parade takes place where galloping horsemen and police mounted on Arabian horses are followed by churchmen and government officials.

 

 

Christmas in China

In China, children decorate the Christmas tree with colourful ornaments in shape of flowers, chains and lanterns made of paper. They hang old long stockings and expect the Santa Claus whom they call “Dun Che Lao Ren” or Christmas old man to come and fill them with gifts.

Christmas in Japan

In Japan, Christmas celebration is all about helping the community and doing nice acts like helping the poor & sick people. The Santa Claus is a Buddhist monk called “Hotei-Osho”.

 

 

 

 

Christmas in India

In India, churches are decorated with lights and candles. People flock to decorated streets and celebrate Christmas festivities in the evenings. Midnight mass is very popular among Indian Christians.

 

 

Christmas in England

Children in England hang socks in their mantles to be filled with goodies.

 

 

Christmas in Denmark

Children look for an almond in their rice pudding for good luck in the New Year.

 

 

>Christmas in America

Christmas in America is celebrated on 25th of December. It is erection and decoration of Christmas trees, gifts, tinsel, mistletoe, cards and the jolly elf Santa Claus. The Christmas tree is decorated with festive lights and colourful decorations.

                                              L E T T E R S T O S A N TA

Class IDear Santa,

This Christmas I am 6 years old.
This year I have been : My Christmas wishes are :
I want a beyblade.
I want a remote control car.
Merry Christmas Santa!
I’ll be waiting for you on Christmas eve
with cookies and milk!

Love, Darshil Rath

Dear Santa

This Christmas I am 7 years old.
This year I have been :
My Christmas wishes are :
I will be healthwise fine throughout the year.
I will give respect to my parents and teachers always.
I will try to give the best to my studies. Merry Christmas Santa!
I’ll be waiting for you on Christmas eve with cookies and milk!,

Love, Akshit Roy

Dear Santa,

This Christmas I am 6 years old.
This year I have been : My Christmas wishes are :
I want everyone to be happy. I want a nice gift for myself.
I also want to give gifts and sweets to the needy.
I want to help everyone Merry Christmas Santa!
I’ll be waiting for you on Christmas eve with cookies and milk!

Love, Saisha

Dear Santa,

This Christmas I am 8 years old.
This year I have been :
I would like to ask you for a few special gifts this year.
Something I need : Cycle.
Something to keep : Barbie story book.
Something I want : Barbie doll.
Something to do : Read story books.
Something I’ll give : Clothes to the poor and needy people.
Merry Christmas Santa!

Love, Sudiksha Pattanaik

Dear Santa,

This Christmas I am 8 years old.
This year I have been : I would like to ask you for a few special gifts this year.
Something I need : Room full of books.
Something to keep : Lego blocks.
Something I want : Fridge full of chocolates and series of Wimpy Kids books.
Something to do : Bake cakes and cookies with mom.
Something I’ll give : Smiles and happiness to others around me.
Merry Christmas Santa!

Love, Pratichi Satpathy

Dear Santa,

This Christmas I am 8 years old.
This year I have been nice.
I would like to ask you for a few special gifts this year.
Something I need : Battery operated car.
Something to keep : A pet dog.
Something I want : To see my mother always smiling.
Something to do : Play flying fox game every day.
Something I’ll give : All my chocolates to my younger brother.
Merry Christmas Santa!

Love, Amrit Satpathi

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