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Ruxi
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Nov 29, 2004

As Chrismas is coming for the most of us, I thought it would be interesting to talk about carols, Chrismas songs and specific traditions.
I know carols from: Romania, German countries, France, UK+US, Latin America (Spain?).
Any other country having carols? Are there sites with them?
Another subject would be specific traditions in different countries.
How do you celebrate Chrismas and New Year's Eve?
I know many countries have St.Nicholas too and Italy has - Befana (on the 6 th of January) instead of St.Nicholas
Lets put them here together!

Ruxi


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giogi
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Hi there! Nov 29, 2004

Ruxi wrote:

Italy has - Befana (on the 6 th of January) instead of St.Nicholas
Lets put them here together!

Ruxi

In italy we have Santa who is called "Babbo Natale". He is carrying out his duties exactly as in the other countries.
As for Xmas Carols, have a look at the link below:
http://www.mondobimbo.net/buon-natale/canzoni.htm

Merry Christmas in advance!!!!!
Giovanna

[Edited at 2004-11-29 14:54]


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Market struggle between the three wise men from the east and Santa Nov 29, 2004

Spain traditionally holds gift-giving on January 6 (Epiphany, the feast of the 3 wise men). Children leave their shoes out the night before and find them filled with goodies in the morning. I suppose this USED TO be the custom in other Spanish-speaking countries.

However, with the adoption of Santa Claus, parents are finding themselves spending double, between the demands of the 25th of December and the 6th of January.

A TV spoof recently illustrated this: the 3 wise men arrived at the international airport "from the east" and were detained for bringing in camel-loads of merchandise and because they couldn't specify from what country.

Just then, a fat man dressed in red and ringing a bell walks right through, "ho-ho-ho", and doesn't even get stopped. The reason, according to the authorities: he was carrying a Scandinavian (EU) passport ...


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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My description of Finnish Joulu Nov 30, 2004

http://www.schneeland.com/helsinki_joulu.html#weih

Ein Link zu einigen finnischen Weihnachtsliedern:
http://www.suomalainenjoulu.fi/show.php?object=valmistelut&view=default&instance=947
Regards
Heinrich

[Edited at 2004-11-30 03:36]


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Ruxi
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Here are the Romanian traditions Nov 30, 2004

Winter Traditions start in Romania on the 30-th of November with St. Andrew. On the Night before they say young girls may dream the face of their husband to be. There are also religious traditions related to this very important Saint.
On this day, people also put wheat seeds in a small recipient with earth (or cotton) and water.
At New Year they can evaluate seeing how high and reach the wheat is, whether they will have a good, reach year.
On the 6-th of December we celebrate St. Nicholas. His story is well known in the world, as he was the good old man who helped poor girls from a bad marriage. They say their parents wanted to marry them but had no money. St. Nicholas put at their window three with golden coins and so the girls could marry happy.
Deriving from this story, they say St. Nicholas bring presents to the children. The night before, they have to clean their boots and put them at the window and in the morning they are full with sweets and little presents. The naughty children only receive a stick in their boots.
A few days before Christmas (starting with the 20-th of Dec.) in the village people start slaughtering the pigs and preparing a lot of tasty meals from them .
40 Days before Christmas they only eat fasten, meaning they don’t eat any animal product, but only vegetables, fruit, bread.
On the 24-th of Dec. they decorate the Christmas tree and prepare specific meals: pork, pancakes, meatballs in sour cabbage leaves a.s.o. Children go from house to house and sing carols, receiving nuts, fruits, sweets (nowadays also money). Some groups dress in special costumes and wear masks, playing popular dances and traditions. In towns, these traditions can not take place. Young people (studying Theology) build nice choirs and go to people singing beautiful carols.
In the night Santa Claus comes and bring presents under the tree. In some families he even brings the Christmas tree and surprise this way the children.
The next day people go to church and then celebrate with their families.
On New Years Eve we use to prepare a long diner, with a lot of meals. Usually parties are planed earlier, because we celebrate with relatives or friends and each one has to contribute to the party. Some bring the cakes, some others the drinks a.s.o.
All the night people eat and dance and are happy. We also prepare a traditional pie (a sort of “mille-feuilles”) with salt cheese and inside we put a coin in a bit of plastic). They say the one who finds it will be lucky next year. Also, we put small papers with wishes for the next year, which are funny.
The next day, children go again from house to house with some specific songs and carols with wishes for the new year.
On the 6-th of January we celebrate the Epiphany (the Baptism of God). In the night before young girls try to find out something about their husband to be, some sort of magic games. It is said to be the most icy day of the year.
The last Winter celebration is St. John, on the 7-th of January.

http://www.angelfire.com/mb/crismih/
http://www.roembus.org/english/communities/copii/romanian_winter_season_tradition.htm

Ruxi


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Could this be the reason for overweight? Nov 30, 2004

Ruxi wrote:

40 Days before Christmas they only eat fasten, meaning they don’t eat any animal product, but only vegetables, fruit, bread.
On the 24-th of Dec. they decorate the Christmas tree and prepare specific meals: pork, pancakes, meatballs in sour cabbage leaves a.s.o. Children go from house to house and sing carols, receiving nuts, fruits, sweets (nowadays also money). Some groups dress in special costumes and wear masks, playing popular dances and traditions. In towns, these traditions can not take place.


Some form of fasting before Christmas used to be more universally widespread...

In the Philippines, carolling is also popular. Some of the songs sung may be seen here: http://www.hagonoy.com/hapasko.html

A good recap of Filipino Christmas customs may be found here: http://www.librarylink.org.ph/featarticle.asp?articleid=24

There is an absolute obsession with the Christmas star. Certain towns, like Vigan or San Fernando, have become world famous for their Christmas lantern festivals (a custom the State University upholds by holding a Lantern Parade on the last day of classes for the year).

As a child I had a book about Christmas customs and was particularly fascinated by the "Posadas" enactment in Mexico. A couple playing Mary and Joseph go through the town on a donkey looking for shelter...


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Lucia, jultomten and Donald Duck Nov 30, 2004

Hi,

in Sweden we don't "celebrate" Nikolaus on Dec 6th but Lucia on Dec 13th. This has nothing to do with presents and gifts: Lucia (a girl with lit candles on her head) and her retinue are coming early in the morning, singing songs and bringing coffee and biscuits. You can see these processions every where and every little girl wants to be Lucia.

Jultomten (Santa Claus) is coming on the 24th - but never before Donald Duck has finished! Every year (since 45 years or something like that), at 3 p.m. the whole country is sitting in front of their TV's, watching a collection of old Walt Disney cartoons. Someone wanted to finish this tradition and cease the TV show a few years ago but even if Swedish people are very nice, reposeful and tolerant: this was too much! The rebellion was one of the biggest Sweden has ever seen - and today we're still watching it

Many families are dancing around the christmas tree singing songs like "små grodorna" (the small frogs) or "räven raskar över isen" (the fox is hurrying over the ice). By the way, this is also a must on e.g. company parties at christmas time.

Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention: smörgåsbord - huge buffets with Swedish kickshaws - every where!

Here are some links:
http://www.christmasmagazine.com/english/spirit/xmas_sweden03.asp
http://www.ehow.com/how_11732_celebrate-swedish-christmas.html

These are just short descriptions - Swedish christmas is so much more - but I have a deadline to keep

Kind regards,

Linda


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