domingo, 15 de diciembre de 2013

Introction to a British christmas (english christmas, scottish christmas, welsh christmas, EEUU chrsitmas and Australia chrsitmas)

'Jesus is the Reason for the Season',

Christmas is the time when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Every year in December we celebrate the birthday of Jesus christ. That is why we call this time of year 'Christmas' - we celebrate the 'Mass', or church service, for Christ

Where does the word Christmas come from?
The word Christmas (or Christ's Mass) comes from the Old English name 'Cristes Maesse' - Christ's Mass - and is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The first recorded observance occurred in Rome in AD360, but it wasn't until AD440 that the Christian Church fixed a celebration date of 25 December.

How is Christmas Celebrated in Britain?
Christmas is a truly magical season, bringing families and friends together to share the much loved customs and traditions which have been around for centuries. Most people are on holiday in the UK and stay at home with their family on Christmas day, the main day for Christmas celebrations in Britain. 

What day is the main Christmas celebration in Britain?Christmas is celebrated on the 25th December, with a christmas dinner at midday for the whole family.

How do the British prepare for Christmas?
During the weeks before christams day, we send cards, watch nativity plays and go to carol services. We put up christmas decoration in our homes and churches. It is very similar to Spain

History of British Christmas Customs and Traditions.

Many of our Christmas customs began long before Jesus was born. They came from earlier festivals which had nothing to do with the Christian church. Long time ago people had mid-winter festivals when the days were shortest and the sunlight weakest. They believed that their ceremonies would give the sun back its power. The Romans, for example, held the festival of Saturnalia around 25 December. They decorated their homes with evergreens to remind them of Saturn, their harvest god, to return the following spring.
Some of these customs and traditions were adopted by early Christians as part of their celebrations of Jesus' birthday.
In Victorian times some new ideas such as Father Christmas, Christmas cards and crackers were added to the celebrations.

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christmas carol

This charot is very popular in england and every child sing this song.

On the one hand, this christmas carol is popular in EEUU

In the other hand, it is very popular in Ireland

but the most popular christams carol in the world

but in class we will talk about jingle bells.