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Old 12-22-2005, 10:19 AM
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CHRISTMAS is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated with high spirits all over the world. Though the mode of celebration, the dates and the traditions vary, the main spirit remains the same everywhere.

India: Celebration of Christmas in India is different in different parts of this country of diversity. In some parts of India, small clay oil-burning lamps are used as Christmas decorations; they are placed on the edges of flat roofs and on the tops of walls.
America: Father Christmas became Santa Claus in America. And the Americans have really tried to confine a wandering Santa by building homes for him. There is also a town called Santa Claus. All the letters which are posted in America addressed to Santa go there to be dealt with. In Wilmington, New York, a man called Arto Monaco designed a permanent home for Santa Claus. Around 100,000 people visit the village every year.
United Kindom: The custom of singing carols at Christmas is also of English origin. 'Carol' means 'song of joy'. The decorating of Christmas trees, though primarily a German custom, has been widely popular in England since 1841. The celebration of Boxing Day, which takes place on December 26 - the feast of St. Stephen, is a part of the holiday season unique to Great Britain.
Russia: Most Christian Russians belong to the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it is customary to fast until after the first church service on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve dinner is meatless but festive. The most important ingredient is a special porridge called kutya. The kutya is eaten from a common dish to symbolize unity.
Japan: They celebrate it as a purely secular holiday devoted to the love of their children. Christmas decorations are a popular sight. Tinsel and lights are hung in dance halls, cafes and pin ball parlors. Trees are decorated with small toys, dolls, paper ornaments, gold paper fans and lanterns, wind chimes and small candles. Japanese children call Santa "Santa Kurohsu".
Greece: Christmas trees are not commonly used in Greece. After 40 days of fasting, the Christmas feast is looked forward to with great anticipation by adults and children alike. Pigs are slaughtered and on almost every table are loaves of christopsomo ("Christ Bread").
Germany: In Germany the magic of Christmas starts with the December arrival of the advent calendar. Advent starts on the first Sunday after November 26th. German Christmas without the green fir tree is simply inconceivable. It is the symbol of Christmas for all Germans, who have to have their Christmas tree on December the 23th (not a day before!) even if they live abroad in distant countries.

How you all members celebrate CHRISTMAS?

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Old 12-24-2005, 10:48 AM
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With the Christmas festivities on people across India are in a joyous mood. The confectionery shops are offering a variety of goodies to choose from. Most of the people opt for traditional Christmas goodies like the steamed plum pudding with brandy sauce, plum cakes, almond and Santa cakes, yule logs, tree cakes and iced cakes.
Everything from plum puddings to fruit cakes, chocolates to yule logs and mince pies to santa bakes are on the shelves.
Christmas in India is declared as a national holiday and people irrespective of their religion enjoy it along with the Christians.
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Special midnight mass and carol singing marked Christmas fervour across India on Sunday with thousands attending the celebrations in several parts of the country.
Devotees visited the churches, which were tastefully decorated for the occasion.
The celebrations began with the chiming of church bells on the midnight of December 24-25, symbolising the birth of Christ. For most, it was an occasion to remember the sacrifices of Jesus Christ.
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