Christmas day is on December 25, people around the world celebrate (庆祝)the birth of Jesus(耶稣) Christ.Some people celebrate by giving gifts. Children may be thanking Santa Claus for new toys. They may also be going to church(教堂) with their families. All the people always decorate(装饰) a Christmas tree and sing and dance at home on Christmas day.
每年12月25日是圣诞节,全世界的人们在这一天庆祝耶稣的诞生.人们在这一天会互赠礼物. 小朋友会期盼圣诞老人带给他新的玩具, 他们也会和家人一起去教堂. 每家每户都会在这一天装饰圣诞树,大家一起唱歌跳舞.
the name christmas is short for "christ's mass". a mass is a kind of church service. christmas is a religious festival. it is the day we celebrate as the birthday of jesus. there are special christmas services in christian churches all over the world. but many of the festivities of christmas do not have anything to do with religion. exchanging gifts and sending christmas cards are the modern ways of celebrating the christmas in the world. ??the birth of jesus had a story: in nazareth, a city of galilee. the virgin's name was mary was betrothed to joseph. before they came together, she was found with child of the holy spirit. joseph her husband was minded to put her away secretly. while he thought about these things, gabriel, an angel of the lord appeared to him in a dream and told him did not be afraid to take mary as wife. and mary will bring forth a son, and he shall call his name, jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. ??before jesus births, joseph and mary came to quirnius was governing syria. so all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. joseph also went up out of galilee, out of the city of nazareth, into judea, to the city of david, which is called bethlehem, because he was of the house and of the lineage of david, to be registered with mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. so it was that while they were there, the days were completed for her to bedelivered. and she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. ??and that, christmas is the feast of the nativity of jesus, is on 25th, december every year. but nobody know the actual birthday of jesus. and the christmas has become popular when christmas cards appeared in 1846 and the concept of a jolly santa claus was first made popular in nineteenth century.
How ever if there is one holiday that is almost universal especially in the west; it's Christmas. Celebrating it in China is not very easy, as some of the usual foods are not readily available. While walking down the street you are not bombarded by a Santa Claus and his elves at every store, and there are no crazy holiday shoppers that I have seen. Being in China reminds us what a holiday like Christmas is about. It's not about the gift sand the crowds not even about the liquor…well maybe it's a little bit about the liquor. Seriously though it reminds us that beyond the great consumerism extravaganza it has become at home Christmas is about coming together with the people who are close to you and celebrating all that is good in life. This year a few friends and I will try to acquire all the ingredients for a proper Christmas dinner; Turkey, Roast Potatoes, Gravy, Wine. Invite people, gather round a table with a nice meal, and remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without going to the pub after dinner!
Christmas for us is like spring festival for Chinese. It is a big day that all the family members will sit together and have a nice meal. I am going to celebrate it in one of my friends' family this year. If you want you can try a traditional Christmas game called "secrets anta "which is good to families and friends. Everyone needs to buy a gift, write your name on a small card and put all the cards in a box, take out a card one by one and give your gift to the person whose name is on the card, give him or her a big hug and say merry Christmas, have fun!
People around the world are celebrating Christmas.
On Christmas Eve in Beijing, more than 15-hundred people packed into the 407-year old Church of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing to celebrate midnight mass - while many more stood outside watching services on two big TV monitors.
Ma Shuncai, a Beijing resident said Christmas has become a popular festival in in China.
"I think the Christmas Festival is very suitable for the Chinese. Although it is a foreign festival, but we can learn something from the religion."
According to statistics, there are more than 21 million Christian church members in China, and more than 50 million Bibles have been printed.
Elsewhere around the world, Europeans are cutting back on Christmas expenses as they try to keep the fires of festive cheer burning in tough economic times.
And the situation in the United States is similar.
christmas day christmas day falls on the twenty-fifth of december. it is a very happy day for many boys and girls . before the term ends in some schools , the children act a nativity① or birth” play, showing how jesus② was born in a stable③. on the twenty-fourth of december, all children are very excited. usually they are sent to bed early so that their parents can get the presents ready. the younger children think that father christmas will come down the chimney or fireplace , so they hang up a sock for him to put presents in. the greedy ones even hang up a pillow-case④ or a sack⑤ to try to get more presents. later that night, father or mother will put presents in the sock, and leave others at the side of the bed. on christmas morning, the children wake up very early. some even turn on the light at two o'clock, and most of them are awake by six o'clock although it is not light in england for another hour or two at this time of the year.
The Christmas Broadcast 2009
One of the features of growing old is a heightened awareness of change. To remember what happened 50 years ago means that it is possible to appreciate what has changed in the meantime. It also makes you aware of what has remained constant.
In my experience, the positive value of a happy family is one of the factors of human existence that has not changed. The immediate family of grandparents, parents and children, together with their extended family, is still the core of a thriving community.
When Prince Philip and I celebrated our Diamond Wedding last month, we were much aware of the affection and support of our own family as they gathered round us for the occasion.
Now today, of course, marks the birth of Jesus Christ. Among other things, it is a reminder that it is the story of a family; but of a family in very distressed circumstances. Mary and Joseph found no room at the inn; they had to make do in a stable, and the new-born Jesus had to be laid in a manger. This was a family which had been shut out.
Perhaps it was because of this early experience that, throughout his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth reached out and made friends with people whom others ignored or despised. It was in this way that he proclaimed his belief that, in the end, we are all brothers and sisters in one human family.
The Christmas story also draws attention to all those people who are on the edge of society - people who feel cut off and disadvantaged; people who, for one reason or another, are not able to enjoy the full benefits of living in a civilised and law-abiding community. For these people the modern world can seem a distant and hostile place.
It is all too easy to 'turn a blind eye', 'to pass by on the other side', and leave it to experts and professionals. All the great religious teachings of the world press home the message that everyone has a responsibility to care for the vulnerable. Fortunately, there are many groups and individuals, often unsung and unrewarded, who are dedicated to ensuring that the 'outsiders' are given a chance to be recognised and respected. However, each one of us can also help by offering a little time, a talent or a possession, and taking a share in the responsibility for the well-being of those who feel excluded.
And also today I want to draw attention to another group of people who deserve our thoughts this Christmas. We have all been conscious of those who have given their lives, or who have been severely wounded, while serving with the Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dedication of the National Armed Forces Memorial was also an occasion to remember those who have suffered while serving in these and every other place of unrest since the end of the Second World War.
For their families, Christmas will bring back sad memories, and I pray that all of you, who are missing those who are dear to you, will find strength and comfort in your families and friends.
A familiar introduction to an annual Christmas Carol Service contains the words: 'Because this would most rejoice his heart, let us remember, in his name, the poor and the helpless, the cold, the hungry, and the oppressed; the sick and those who mourn, the lonely and the unloved.' 02edu.com
Wherever these words find you, and in whatever circumstances, I want to wish you all a blessed Christmas.add text here.