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Tracy
11-13-2007, 09:34 AM
CHRISTMAS

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Christmas

Also called Christ's Mass
Yule
Yule Tide

Observed by Christians around the world, as well as by non-Christians who usually focus on the holiday's secular traditions.
Type Christian
Significance traditional birthdate of Jesus
Date December 25 (December 24 in some countries)
The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6
January 7 in Old Calendarist Eastern Orthodox Churches. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the churches of Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland, Greece and Cyprus observe Christmas on December 25.
Observances religious services, gift giving, family meetings, decorating trees
Related to Annunciation, Incarnation, Advent; the winter holiday season
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus' birth with various customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. Traditions include the display of Nativity scenes, Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill, compassion, love, acceptance, kindness, generosity, excitement and peace.

In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. It is preceded by Christmas Eve on December 24, and in some countries is followed by Boxing Day (or Saint Stephen's Day) on December 26. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6, while certain old rite or old style Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7, the date on the Gregorian calendar which corresponds to 25 December on the Julian Calendar. The date as a birthdate for Jesus is merely traditional, and is not widely considered to be his actual date of birth.[1]

The word "Christmas" is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass." It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038.[2] Dutch has a similar word, Kerstmis often shortened to Kerst. The words for the holiday in Spanish (navidad), Portuguese (natal), Polish (Boże Narodzenie), French (noël), Italian (natale), and Catalan (nadal) refer more explicitly to the Nativity. In contrast, the German name Weihnachten means simply "hallowed night." After the conversion of Anglo-Saxon Britain in the very early 7th century, Christmas was referred to as geol,[2] the name of the pre-Christian solstice festival from which the current English word 'Yule' is derived.[3] In early Greek versions of the New Testament, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ (Χριστός). Since the mid-sixteenth century Χ, or the similar Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ.[4] Hence, "Xmas" is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas.
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sara
11-13-2007, 10:20 AM
I think It will be great to share our traditions..
Christmas time is incredible.. so full of magic lights, smells, sounds, colours.. and expecially feelings..
In Italy Xmas is very well celebrated: as everybody knows my country is very very Catholic (too much sometimes..) so the whole nation celebrates it.

We all prepare the Christmas Tree and the Presepe (how do you say in English? Crèche I think.... :?: ). There are some towns in Italy that live only with the production of small figures for the Presepe, which is a true symbol of our Xmas. There are also Challanges where the best one wins and on TV it is broadcast.
http://www.traniweb.it/media/immagini/presepe06_4.jpg
http://www.leggievai.it/wp-content/photos/presepe_elettronico_multimediale.jpg
http://www.alkall.org/images/presepe2005.jpg

All street are full of lights and Xmas Trees, and some towns prepare Presepi viventi (Crèches with true people who play the roles) and Xmas markets......
Actually in these years these public things aren't so easy to make: Italian economical crash is influencing Xmas aswell.. there isn't money anymore.. :(

On 24Th December, after the midnight celebration in all churches, Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) arrives................. All red and white dressed........... quite similar to Coca Cola SantaClaus!

On 25th everybody eats with his own family.... great meals are prepared!

Our tipical cakes are Panettone ,
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panettone
http://www.dolcitalia.net/album/navigatori05/natale.htm

Pandoro ,
http://www.cookaround.com/cucina/nuovidolci/pandoro.php

and Torrone
http://www.albanesi.it/Alimentazione/cibi/torrone.htm



An Italian particular Tradition is that, on 6th there's another Festivity: EPIFANIA
It's the day when Three Kings of the Orient (Magi) arrived to give gifts to Jesus.
In that day great fires are made in gardens or in front of Churches.. They're supposed to burn all "bad Spirits". A "witch" (a doll) is put at the top to personify those bad forces.

In the night of the 5th BEFANA (an old woman who fies on a broom comes to take sweets and bon bons to good kids. She puts them in a socket (a big one!)

If Children aren't good, Befana takes only coal for them!!!!


This is Italian Christmas time, oor better, just a little part....

I'd like to know more from your countries my friends!!

bibbi
11-13-2007, 12:31 PM
Tracy I love that avatar. It's so cute! Where'd you get it?

I am of German background and Christmas is called Weihnachten.
Germans celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve. There is a late night mass at all the churches and all the bells of the churches start ringing at midnight.
Also the four Sundays before Christmas there is what's called Advent. Instead of a X-mas stocking there is a little square of felt that you hang with little pockets in it for small presents a Advents gloisture(I think that's how you spell it) is made of wood with small candles on it and little bells and small wooden angels hanging from it. The candles are lit one at a time starting with first Sunday of Advent till the last Sunday before X-mas. Also traditional Christmas carols are listened to. Silent Night for example. It is a German Christmas carol. Stille Nacht, Heilage Nacht.
We also eat what are called Pfeffer Nuesse which are actually cookies with chocolate and lots of cinnamon. We also eat goose at Christmas with red cabbage and German style dumplings and lots of gravy! There is also what's called a Weihnacts Stolle which is very much like a Christmas log(you know the rolled cake) but instead of it being covered in chocolate this log is covered with icing sugar.
I have the pleasure of celebrating Christmas twice both the German and the Canadian Christmas. :D

sara
11-13-2007, 12:39 PM
Anne, Thanx a lot for sharing your background!
As you know, I love German ad Austrian culture, their language.. and their Weihnachten aswell...

I give a piece of advice to anybody: if you can, go and visit Salzburg with its incredible Christkindlmarkt (Xmas market), Lebkuchen (special biscuits) and Krampus (monsters that go around during the Advent: they represent the evil, which is won by St. Nikolaus).......Quite typical!!

You're right Anne, Tracy's new ava is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! :P

Anne, can you tell us something about Canadian Christmas? :roll: Thank you!! :wink:

bibbi
11-13-2007, 12:51 PM
Ciao Sara!
Hallo Sara! Wie gehts?
Hi Sara! how goes it?

Thanks very much Sara. I too really love Tracy's avatar. I wonder what Dirk's avatar going to be. :D
In Canada we traditionally celebrate our Christmas on Christmas day. A lot of people have the day off on the 25th. I think a lot of people in Canada celebrate Christmas from their own family traditions. For instance...I'm of German descent, there are many Italians in Canada, Greek...a lot of different cultures. We also have the traditional Christmas wreath on the door and the Christmas tree(Weihnacts baum..which I am very proud to say originated in Germany) I'm very proud of my heritage. I don't really think there is a typical Canadian Christmas since we have so many diverse cultures in Canada and each celebrate Christmas there own way.
We also build a lot of snow men. And the houses are decorated with X-mas lights.
We also drink egg nog with or without rum and send Christmas cards.
I know I'm not the only Canuck here. So my fellow Canadians...how do you celebrate your Christmas?

Petra
11-13-2007, 01:10 PM
Hello Anne,
many many thanks for your words about the german christmas (Weihnachten).
My Adventskalender is with chocolate, every day a little piece in the morning. I got Adventskalender since I was a child and every year I bought one. This year I have 2, one for home and one for work. For me chocolate is a MUST HAVE in the christmas-time.

Greetings from Germany

Petra

sara
11-13-2007, 01:12 PM
Hallo Anne, mir geht es ziemlich gut und dir? (I'm quite ok and you?)

Thank you a lot for telling us about you!
We have seldom much snow in Italy at Christmas.. It must be spectacular in Canada!!

What is egg nog? Is it vov?

Do you have any kind of Presepe there (in my text above I explain with some links what it is)?

Anne, I also wonder about Dirk's avatar and eveythin.. quite exciting isn't it?

Eine Umarmung ( A Hug)

sara
11-13-2007, 01:23 PM
Hello Anne,
many many thanks for your words about the german christmas (Weihnachten).
My Adventskalender is with chocolate, every day a little piece in the morning. I got Adventskalender since I was a child and every year I bought one. This year I have 2, one for home and one for work. For me chocolate is a MUST HAVE in the christmas-time.

Greetings from Germany

Petra

I adore your country Petra!! may I ask you where do you live in Germany?
Do you have a good recipe for Lebkuchen? (there's a topic for recipes too..).. I'd really like to have it for Christmas!!!! :lol: :lol:
While cooking I could sing Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht...!! :P

bibbi
11-13-2007, 01:24 PM
Hallo Sara! Hallo Petra! und Alle!
Hi Sara Hi Petra and everyone!

Petra I forgot about the Adventskalender! I just got one from my downstairs neighbour.
Sara I also agree it's going to be exciting to have Dirk here...finally! I can't wait to see what his avatar is going to be. tt was lovely to hear about your tradition in Italy.

Looking forward to seeing how all of you celebrate Christmas. I hope Dirk posts here too.

Petra, Sara und Alle!
Machs Gut!
Anne :)

Petra, Sara and everyone!
Make Good!
Anne :)

*well that is a rough translation of a German saying...* :wink:


p.s Petra! we gotta get you an avatar. I could make you one if you like. Just PM me.

Lily
11-13-2007, 01:56 PM
This is just Fabby, i love this thread.
Can reindeer fly? Yes they can. 'nuff said.

Apart from the Royal family, gift giving is on Christmas day

I am looking forward to the Pantomine , Its is a sparkly affair at a theatre where men dress up as Widow Twankey or Cinders ugly sisters and you are encouraged to boo and hiss, and It can be Alladdin or Snow White , Dick Whittington and Cinders as your heroes. The first panto as a child i remember was Danny La Rue , and he was the first man I ever saw in womens clothes... and I was 4. This is ideal entertainment for kiddies.

Turkey is the norm to eat here as the chosen bird but goose is making a slow comeback.

The Tv channels will show the aspect of religion , but it doesn't really touch some people and in the past , local councils in the Uk were said not to have christmas for fear of upsetting other religions, which is sad for we have chinese new year etc celebrated.
But it lives on either as a spiritual event or seen as a huge expense. ( but it didn't happen here and to be honest noone would take any notice of what local government would have said)

Sadly we may have the 12 Days of christmas but shops are open on boxing day so its basically only 2 days. I love a really old fashioned Christmas that i mostly manage to dothankfully.

(My favourite event last year was that my god daughters church did the nativity as an episode of big brother, which was sooo funny mary was to give birth in the big Bro house and it was charming too)

Drink tends to be Mulled wine with clove and cinnamon.
Then anything alcoholic.

Parties which are held at work are alledgedly a no no. Because people..
A - Get drunk and insult the boss.
B Get drunk and snog someone they don't fancy.
C Get drunk and photocopy their naked bum.

Slade is our 'national' Christmas anthem' with Noddy Holder shouting ITS CHRIISTMAAASSSS, so Noddy pension is well and truly paid for.

This is a general ( true on occaisions) view of a uk Christmas but there are other ways that it is celebrated, warm hearted and kind ways too.

BCgal
11-13-2007, 08:44 PM
Well speaking as another Canadian, I don't think our traditions are much different from the Americans. My family is from the UK so we have pretty much the same traditions - big dinner on Christmas Day, a wreath on the door, lights on the house, that sort of thing. I personally love to bake, shortbread, mince tarts, cranberry bars, pumpkin pie etc and so forth. Hrm....now I'm getting hungry :wink: I should look at the recipe thread and see what I can add :D

Tracy
11-13-2007, 11:05 PM
Christmas in Canada depends on your heritage. Anne's right. This is such a culturally diverse country that we sort of have the "usual" Christmas things, such as a tree, big dinner, gift giving, but each family does it with their own cultural twist.

For instance, in my area the population is mostly Ukranian. So they celebrate their Christmas in January as well as Dec. 25th.

Also in Canada we have Boxing Day. Which is the day after Christmas and was traditionally set aside for the day of "opening your boxes". It's like a second Christmas Day ( and also the biggest shopping day of the year with the Boxing Day sales ;) )

Tracy
11-13-2007, 11:15 PM
Tracy I love that avatar. It's so cute! Where'd you get it?

I swear I have no idea how that reindeer got there. :shock: :lol:

Petra
11-14-2007, 12:46 AM
Hello Anne,
many many thanks for your words about the german christmas (Weihnachten).
My Adventskalender is with chocolate, every day a little piece in the morning. I got Adventskalender since I was a child and every year I bought one. This year I have 2, one for home and one for work. For me chocolate is a MUST HAVE in the christmas-time.

Greetings from Germany

Petra

I adore your country Petra!! may I ask you where do you live in Germany?
Do you have a good recipe for Lebkuchen? (there's a topic for recipes too..).. I'd really like to have it for Christmas!!!! :lol: :lol:
While cooking I could sing Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht...!! :P

Hallo Sara,
yes, of course, you can ask me, I live in Hamburg, it is a big city in Germany
but my home is not direct in the city. Where I live I have a big forest near my home, it is really wonderful!

I am so sorry about recipes. But I haven't one.

Many Greetings

Petra

BCgal
11-14-2007, 12:49 AM
Ah yes, Boxing Day sales, another tradition of the season 8) Hehheh, usually I'm too full of turkey to even venture out the door but somehow my husband always seems to get up before dawn to hit the sales :?

Petra
11-14-2007, 11:31 AM
Hallo Anne,
"p.s Petra! we gotta get you an avatar. I could make you one if you like. Just PM me."

Thank you so much for your offer. I try to make an avatar and, I got it :D :D :D
Your new avatar is really nice, I like it.

Greetings

Petra

sara
11-14-2007, 12:45 PM
:arrow: Tracy, Thank you for telling us about christmas in your area!! And.... your avatar is really really cute!!!

:arrow: Petra, Hamburg should be incredibly nice at Christmas time.. all Germany is brighting during the Advent..!

Petra
11-14-2007, 12:55 PM
Hello Sara,
the Christmas-Market in Hamburg will start at Nov.26th. Can't wait to see all this
beautiful lights. I love Christmas-Markets :D It's every year wonderful!

Greetings

Petra

Lily
11-14-2007, 02:12 PM
I visited Cologne for two days for the christmas Market and it was wonderful, it was cold enough, friendly enough, and the markets traders were quite kind as we stuggled with our german.
I have always fancied Christmas in any part of europe but Scotland for hogmany ( new year) and i have never done that, but Iwill ,its just that my scots friends live in england.

sara
11-14-2007, 04:45 PM
Hello Sara,
the Christmas-Market in Hamburg will start at Nov.26th. Can't wait to see all this
beautiful lights. I love Christmas-Markets :D It's every year wonderful!

Greetings

Petra

Ohhh I wish I were there to see it!!!! :roll: :lol:
Would you post soe phtos for us if you have time?
Nothing's better than Christmas in Germany/Austria in my experience!! :wink:

Petra
11-15-2007, 01:33 AM
Hello Sara,
I will try to take photos from the market.

Greetings

Petra

Lily
11-17-2007, 04:20 AM
I didn't know this, but Saint Nicholas in Dutch is 'sinterklaas' that when adopted by the american language is 'Santa Claus'

Over in the UK Santa is commonly known as santa, but our traditional name for him is 'Father Christmas'.
In the middle ages, he was a different person, he was a kind of drunk :roll: dressed in green and acted as a 'Master of Ceremonies' at fairs and balls, jollying up people at the time, then the later incarnation as gift giver and the middle ages character merged into one to be what he is known as today. ( hence the sherry and mince pie to be left out at night....)

Has anyone ever visited 'Lap land?' I would like to know!

sara
11-17-2007, 06:48 AM
Lily, that's really really interesting :!: :!:
Thank you a lot for sharing it...

In fact in Italian we still call him "Babbo Natale", which means Father Christmas (Babbo is an old fashioned way to say father/dad). :P

Petra
11-29-2007, 02:00 AM
Hi everybody,
yesterday I was going to the Christmas-Market to get a bit Christmas-Feeling.
It was so beautiful, maybe I will go again in 2 weeks.

Sorry, I can not post pictures to this time, because my PC at home do not work :(

Have a great day

Petra

UKJules
11-29-2007, 11:44 AM
We have our annual christmas market on the 15th December. It's in a large village/small town not far from where I live. The stall holders and shop keepers dress up - this years theme is "Enchanted Christmas" :D Santa arrives at 4pm and gives out free presents( which is normally chocolate) to the children :shock: And around this time they switch on the christmas tree lights :!: It's really magical and gives everyone a great feeling of community spirit :wink:

Petra
12-19-2007, 12:38 AM
Hello everybody,
I found a link to our Christmas-Market in Hamburg. Sorry, I could not post own photos of this market, because I had problems with my PC.

Tracy, I hope, it is ok to post a link?

To all of you, maybe you enjoy the pictures

www.hamburg.de/bildgalerie-bildansicht.do?gView=ORIGINAL&bildId=77015&ok=21686&uk=21290&cid=6558323 :D

Many Greetings

Petra

bibbi
12-01-2008, 09:33 AM
Tis the season again. :)
Yesterday I celebrated the first Advent. This is celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas.:)

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii227/bibbinut/happyholidays.gif

asmay
12-01-2008, 03:53 PM
AH, that is a sweetie!!;) Who could resist such a Christmas present on your doorstep?? (Not me ...)

Sharon
12-01-2008, 10:28 PM
Hello Everyone! What a treat to read about all your traditions! My daughter was very interrested to hear about some of the names for Santa Claus!
My family has many different backgrounds....Scottish, Irish, English, German and My husband is Scottish and Scandinavian...my in-laws, as in sisters-in-law are polish, ukramian, and german...so we have many traditions that we mix together.
Our favourite when we were growing up was my Grandmother's recipe for Scottish Shortbread...it's a tradition that is carried on even now...my nieces and my brother and I still make it. We always had to make 2 batches because the 1st batch would get eaten before the holidays, so my mother would make a second batch and hide it fo we could have it on Christmas Day!
We celebrate Christmas Eve at my mother-in law's house with my husbands family and usually we spend Christmas Day with my family....but we are a spread out family across the country, so we have many phone calls over the 2 days of celebrating!
We combine many different foods from each persons family heritage and everyone enjoys the company and the food!
I hope everyone keeps sharing their traditions!
Goodnight for now....hugs to all!

Sharon
12-01-2008, 10:29 PM
Ph, so cute...thank you for this adorable picture!

Denise Ross
12-01-2008, 11:30 PM
I am also a BC Girl. My family traditions are quite similar with the tree, wreath, large meal. My family heritage is English and Irish so we encorporate some of that into the day. We spend most of Christmas day visiting family. My kids birthdays are December and January so we are very busy. I love it its my favorite holiday. I believe in Santa!

Lucia Helena
12-02-2008, 05:48 PM
Tis the season again. :)
Yesterday I celebrated the first Advent. This is celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas.:)

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii227/bibbinut/happyholidays.gif


Hallo my friend, I went to church, celebrate the first Sunday of Advent.
This is a time for reflection and hope

Lucia Helena
12-02-2008, 06:45 PM
Hello Everyone! What a treat to read about all your traditions! My daughter was very interrested to hear about some of the names for Santa Claus!
My family has many different backgrounds....Scottish, Irish, English, German and My husband is Scottish and Scandinavian...my in-laws, as in sisters-in-law are polish, ukramian, and german...so we have many traditions that we mix together.
Our favourite when we were growing up was my Grandmother's recipe for Scottish Shortbread...it's a tradition that is carried on even now...my nieces and my brother and I still make it. We always had to make 2 batches because the 1st batch would get eaten before the holidays, so my mother would make a second batch and hide it fo we could have it on Christmas Day!
We celebrate Christmas Eve at my mother-in law's house with my husbands family and usually we spend Christmas Day with my family....but we are a spread out family across the country, so we have many phone calls over the 2 days of celebrating!
We combine many different foods from each persons family heritage and everyone enjoys the company and the food!
I hope everyone keeps sharing their traditions!
Goodnight for now....hugs to all!

I agree with you, Sharon, is very important to keep the traditions.
Tell your children that Santa Claus here in Brasil receives the name: PAPAI NOEL.
Here in my country follow the traditions Portuguese because we were colonized by them.
The supper of Christmas, the tree, chestnuts, walnuts, wine, fruit, the family reunited.
And if the family is Catholic, it is important to attend Mass, the Vatican directly.
Here is called Mass of the Rooster, the difference of time-zone.

asmay
12-03-2008, 02:09 AM
About Christmas traditions: In Holland we celebrate two days, December 25 and 26. Which is normally spent with family (one day with your own family, the next day with the in-laws,if applicable, of course). On Christmas Eve shops and offices close a little earlier in preparation for the holidays and some people go to church at midnight. Nowadays the Second Christmasday is also becoming a popular day to go out, e.g. to special malls which are open (furniture, kitchens, bathrooms etc.), the cinema, Christmas shows and /or the circus. :cool:

People like to go to restaurants for special Christmas dinners, but many prefer to eat at home with family. Most popular dinner these days is gourmet (you know, a sort of cooking plate on the table with small skillets and everyone cooks, grills or roasts their own meat, chicken, fish and vegetables), in which way you spend a long time at the table, cooking and frying and talking. ;) Great fun for everyone, especially children, and Mum doesn't have to slave for hours in the kitchen! And, of course, we all eat too much during this holiday ....... :oops:

We do not have the tradition of presents with Christmas (that is done at Sinterklaas on December 5:)), but nowadays more and more people sort of adopt the American tradition and exchange gifts on First or Second Christmas Day.

Does anyone else also celebrate two days for Christmas? (Just curious.):confused:

N2711R
12-03-2008, 02:02 PM
Hi Asmay,

I'm originally from Switzerland, and we also celebrate on two days. We used to celebrate on the evening of Dec. 24, and it was usually our family and the grandparents who lived close by. We had, of course, a real tree and real candles. It was always special to watch and see the lights of the candles go out, one by one. We would quietly observe them and predict which one would go out next, until the last one lost its lustre, and then we would sit in the dark for just a brief moment. The meal was usually kept light - a plate of special deli meat, pickles, a few cheeses, and fresh bread - so that there was enough time to celebrate; to read the Christmas story, to sing, and, finally, to open the presents. We would then all go to the Christmas service at 10 pm.

On December 25 - Weihnachten - the extended family joined us, and we sat down for a very festive meal. In the evening, we put new candles on the tree and enjoyed the lights and each other's company again.

What you call "Sinterklaas" is called "Samichlaus" in Swiss-German and is celebrated on December 6. No gift exchange takes place though. Samichlaus brings small bags filled with nuts, apples, mandarines, and small pieces of chocolate. But he also carries a large book where the good and bad deeds of all the children are written down. He opens it, reads in it and then announces with a somber voice what is written about you. If you've been "good", you receive the small bag with goodies, but if you've been bad, Samichlaus and his helper (called "Schmutzli") will put you in their huge bag and carry you off far away to the Black Forest...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.
Irene

asmay
12-03-2008, 02:27 PM
Hi Irene,

I did not know about the Samichlaus tradition in Switzerland (German speaking part, I guess). There are quite some similarities (black helpers: 'Zwarte Pieten', big book with names of 'good' and 'bad' children, here the naughty children are put in the sack and taken back to Spain, and the sweets, of course), but here the presents are the main part. I know that in Belgium it is celebrated in the same way as in the Netherlands, only on December 6, just like with you. Amazing how these traditions find their way into different countries! :o

For Christmas I understand that the main days of celebration in Switzerland are Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve - and Dec. 25. Does that mean that you would normally go back to work on Dec. 26 (not being a holiday)? :confused:

Btw thanks for sharing!

bibbi
12-03-2008, 04:17 PM
HI EVERYONE :D
I'm sending out Christmas cards.
If you'd like me to send you one via e-mail or address please PM me. :)
All addresses and emails will be kept private.
I remember receiving some from my friends here from across the other side of the world *so to speak* ;) and also others close to home. :)


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Anne :)

Lucia Helena
12-04-2008, 07:44 AM
HI EVERYONE :D
I'm sending out Christmas cards.
If you'd like me to send you one via e-mail or address please PM me. :)
All addresses and emails will be kept private.
I remember receiving some from my friends here from across the other side of the world *so to speak* ;) and also others close to home. :)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Anne :)

Great idea,Anne!:eek:

If you'd like me too, send you one via e-mail or address please PM me.
All addresses and emails will be kept private.

bibbi
12-04-2008, 10:04 AM
Great idea,Anne!:eek:

If you'd like me too, send you one via e-mail or address please PM me.
All addresses and emails will be kept private.

Great minds think alike, eh? ;)
I always loved getting Christmas/Holiday cards from around the world and also from the States and Canada. It makes me feel really warm inside.
My friends here are really special to me. :)

N2711R
12-05-2008, 05:51 PM
Hi Asmay,

It was my pleasure to share how we celebrate Christmas, and here's the answer to your question:

quote <For Christmas I understand that the main days of celebration in Switzerland are Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve - and Dec. 25. Does that mean that you would normally go back to work on Dec. 26 (not being a holiday)?>

December 26, St. Stephen's Day, is a Christian saint's day which is observed in the entire country of Switzerland except for a few cantons in the French speaking part. It is, therefore, considered a holiday. People usually go back to work on December 27.

Irene

Petra
12-07-2008, 01:45 AM
Hi,
bibbinut the dog pic is soooo cute! Really nice!

Hope, everybody had a "sweet" St. Nicolaus Day yesterday. With a lot of chocolate and maybe little gifts.

Who has celebrated Nicolaus?

Many Greetings

Petra

asmay
12-07-2008, 02:19 AM
I sort of celebrated only in spirit. ;) In my family we don't exchange gifts, only for the little ones. My nephew has a boy of 7 and a girl of almost 4, who both still believe in Sinterklaas (or St. Nicolaas, it's the same) and Zwarte Piet (his helper). So we all play along with them which is a lot of fun for us grown ups! :D:p

Sharon
12-04-2010, 08:21 AM
Hi Everyone! I hope that you are all doing fine! Christmas is getting closer and there is always so much to do...I hope everyone is having fun getting ready for the holiday. I know that there is a lot of preparation for this big day, but I hope it is a well deserved break and family time for everyone!
I have been so busy, but trying to fit it in has been a lot of work. My husband and I have had some good giggles while doing our shopping and that is important!
Tajke care and hope to catch up with everyone soon!
Hugs!

ojai22
12-16-2013, 02:19 AM
Just nine days to Christmas, 2013.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

ojai22
12-15-2015, 05:06 PM
This Christmas thread began in 2007. It chronicles the different ways Christmas is celebrated in different cultures around the world. And the different names for Santa. Different foods that are enjoyed this time of year. A warm and inviting thread to enjoy in 2015.

ojai22
12-16-2015, 12:21 PM
HOLIDAY CHEER FROM GERMANY



This Looks Like A Normal Grocery Store, But When The Lights Go Out?

Awesome.

It took a team of cashiers, 13 different hidden cameras and a whole lot Christmas spirit to pull off this epic holiday surprise!


Edeka, Germany's largest supermarket chain, decided to surprise its shoppers with a seasonal treat. In an attempt to liven up the otherwise boring chore of grocery shopping, these cashiers opted to delight their patient shoppers with a choreographed orchestra that beeped the holiday classic, Jingle Bells.


CLICK ON THIS LINK

http://youtu.be/H965m0Hkk5M

ojai22
12-18-2015, 03:13 PM
CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH THE BOSS' SON


Watch the kid's face...how does he do that? ROTF!


http://youtu.be/WKMg528DMh4


💝 😍 👀

Ro83
12-21-2015, 06:26 PM
CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH THE BOSS' SON


Watch the kid's face...how does he do that? ROTF!


http://youtu.be/WKMg528DMh4


💝 😍 👀


L-O-L!!!! The kid is cool and he knows it. :cool:

Merry Christmas to all.

ojai22
12-22-2015, 02:44 AM
Two more days till Christmas Eve and I'm finished with everything. All the presents wrapped, and mailed if necessary. No cards, but I had a brilliant idea for that. I simply took a picture of a beautiful card that was left over from another Christmas. It was so pretty that I kept it. You can take a picture with your iPad and mail it. So that was how I sent out cards this year. You only need one card for the picture and everyone gets it. Ingenious idea, I thought.

It felt really good to have everything done so I made roasted veggies for dinner and had a feast. Cut the pieces small, parboiled the potatoes and carrots before roasting them, made salmon croquettes and broccoli coleslaw. Totally good.

When it's all finished you get to rest....ah!

Merry Christmas to All --

including the bots who stop by day and night to see what we're up to. 😜


ojai22


🎀 ☃ ⛄️ 🌲 🌹🎁 🎁 🎁 🎉 🎄 🎄 🎄 💋 ♌️

John Pickard
12-25-2015, 03:40 PM
From Dirk Benedict Central to all of our friends and families: A very, very Merry Christmas!

And our best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

John

John Pickard
12-24-2017, 03:23 PM
Well, it's Holiday Time 2017; another year is closing, the winter solstice is passing, and we're coming together for a moment of celebration. Hanukkah has just passed, Christmas is this weekend, we're about to roll the calendar into a new year, and there are many bright and cheerful observances at this time of year, too many to count.


This is a time to be with family and friends. To party with co-workers, to enjoy special get-togethers with friends old and new. To remember the past year and resolve to do better in the next.


Dirk is with family this Christmas, as I am, and as we hope you are. My thoughts are with those who can't be, who are serving their country in dangerous places, sacrificing their peaceful holiday so that we might celebrate ours in peace.


I think it's a pretty safe bet that Dirk would join me in wishing all our friends and members a very Happy, Peaceful, and Merry Christmas, and a bright and prosperous 2018.


Merry Christmas!


-John

Vballspieler
12-23-2018, 11:27 PM
It's almost almost Christmas Eve. I'm not sure if I will make it online tomorrow or Tuesday, so I'm going to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas now. For those traveling, have a safe journey. I hope any get togethers with family and friends remain peaceful.

WelshPoppy30
12-24-2018, 07:24 AM
Would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, safe journey to all who are travelling :)

Flygirl
12-24-2018, 02:03 PM
To Dirk, John and everyone @ DBC...

https://asset.holidaycardsapp.com/assets/card/christmas194.png

LittleMonkeyDog
12-24-2018, 05:53 PM
Wishing all of my friends and everyone else here a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019!

elainesteel
12-25-2018, 01:18 AM
Merry Christmas, Happy holidays! Wishing you all a wonderful new year in 2019.

Christy
12-25-2018, 10:12 AM
Wishing Dirk, John, DBC Members & Your Families a Very Merry & Blessed Christmas!!

John Pickard
12-25-2018, 11:41 AM
A very Merry Christmas, everyone!!!!

LittleMonkeyDog
12-25-2018, 04:23 PM
We worked very hard on our Christmas Project and this is the result:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gc-IfUpoqzyrd64ZSw4YVg3asqJvjSLm

Flygirl
12-25-2018, 08:52 PM
We worked very hard on our Christmas Project and this is the result:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gc-IfUpoqzyrd64ZSw4YVg3asqJvjSLm

Very, very nice!!! :cool:

Wim
12-26-2018, 09:59 AM
We worked very hard on our Christmas Project and this is the result:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gc-IfUpoqzyrd64ZSw4YVg3asqJvjSLm

Beautifully done!
Happy Hollidays everyone!

Vballspieler
12-26-2018, 11:09 PM
We worked very hard on our Christmas Project and this is the result:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gc-IfUpoqzyrd64ZSw4YVg3asqJvjSLm

Yes, beautifully done.

WelshPoppy30
12-27-2018, 08:35 AM
We worked very hard on our Christmas Project and this is the result:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gc-IfUpoqzyrd64ZSw4YVg3asqJvjSLm

It's fab, love it :)

Cassiebsg
12-28-2018, 05:18 PM
A belated merry Christmas and a Happy and healthy new year to all! :)

LittleMonkeyDog
12-24-2020, 10:10 AM
A very merry Christmas to Dirk and his family and everyone on DBC!

Vballspieler
12-24-2020, 09:57 PM
A very merry Christmas to Dirk and his family and everyone on DBC!

I second this. I hope everyone has a safe, warm, and white Christmas.

elainesteel
12-25-2020, 01:08 AM
Wishing everyone the best Christmas possible under the circumstances. I’m off to work so I’ll see you the other side.

Flygirl
12-25-2020, 06:53 PM
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