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Monday 01st of December 2008 01:57:34 AMSezon de Craciun:
In the United States Christmas season traditionally, "officially," begins the day after our Thanksgiving (which always falls on the third Thursday in November).
The holidays continue on through New Year's Day.
So, Craciun Fericit! to everyone here. I know some of you are already making preparations for St. Nicholas day on 6 December, you're so lucky to have two Christmases, lol!
Anyway, to start things off I'm going to repost the link I put up last year to what remains one of the most beautiful melodies I've ever heard sung, it really soundsand feelslike angels bringing the Spirit of Christmas to Earth for all to partake of:
Chiar lui Wagner, la cel mai transcendent nu foarte abordare la inefabil splendoare înalt de frumusete de acest imn, în opinia mea. (I hope I didn't mess up that translation *too* much!)
Feel free to share your own holiday stories, traditions, or links about this time of year.anda
Wednesday 03rd of December 2008 02:53:48 PM
We are now waiting for St. Nicholas, who is supposed to come on the night of Dec. 5th, to all the boys and girls that have been good.
I wonder what I'll get:Dmike111
Thursday 04th of December 2008 11:51:03 AM
What is a typical gift for this day?mike111
Thursday 04th of December 2008 11:55:04 AM
What is a typical gift for this day?anda
Thursday 04th of December 2008 05:08:00 PM
Thursday 04th of December 2008 08:52:19 PM
Anda, will you be getting a gift from someone or do only children get gifts?zeering
Saturday 06th of December 2008 08:28:11 AM
M? îndoiesc c? ar conta prea mult, b?nuiesc c? Anda a fost o fat? rea în acest an.
Dar poate c? dac? ea posturi de titluri ale unor cântece de Cr?ciun îi place, Mo? Cr?ciun va trece cu vederea peste asta.anda
Saturday 06th of December 2008 01:46:01 PM
Nu am fost rea:(
And that's why I got a very beautiful gift from a very special someone.
Zeering, you should choose your words more wisely. I don't appreciate jokes on my expense.zeering
Saturday 06th of December 2008 01:58:33 PM
"..Zeering, you should choose your words more wisely. I don't appreciate jokes on my expense.."
Naw. I'll just hang out at the other site where people don't take themselves so seriously.
Saturday 06th of December 2008 05:16:07 PM
Thought this was supposed to be a friendly place.
Let's keep it that way, shall we?
Saturday 06th of December 2008 05:34:42 PM
Anda! Good for you. :) Can you share with us what your gift was or is it personal? I received a picture actually. :) A nice one. It was unexpected. Those are the best don't you agree.
Saturday 06th of December 2008 05:38:22 PM
I got a letter and a fairy tale from a friend. Chocolate from my mom.
I didn't know you Americans also get presents for this day.mike111
Saturday 06th of December 2008 05:55:50 PM
Wow, you were good this year after all! Sounds like you did alright. :)
Actually, when I was young, my grandmother did this thing for my brother and I where she put a present in our boot. She explained the custom to us so we knew of it but it was the only time we ever celebrated it.
You are right, normally we don't.zeering
Sunday 07th of December 2008 06:05:09 AM
Originally posted by andaThought this was supposed to be a friendly place.
Let's keep it that way, shall we?
Which of course works both ways. I'm not going to apologize for having a sense of humor. Teasing about whether one has been bad or good is a very common thing to say here, and isn't this a place where many cultures come to share? Hmm?
Nice gifts though, do you get more on the 25th? If I understand correctly from some of the friends I've made from around Romania the 6th is the principle celebration, though the holidays last through Jan 7.
Next year I'll be there to see for myself. And I bet there are quite a few there who will have been as naughty as they've been nice! lolmike111
Sunday 07th of December 2008 08:23:26 PM
Sunday 07th of December 2008 10:37:25 PM
Bun? tuturor! Cr?ciun fericit!
Shalln't we speak about the way we celebrate Xmas in our countries? Well, I'll start...
Here in Spain we celebrate mainly three days: Nochebuena (Christmas Eve, 24th), Día de Navidad (Christmas Day, 25th) and Nochevieja (New Christmas Eve, 31th) + Día de los "Reyes Magos" ("Magic Kings' Day), it's the 6th of January.
In Nochebuena families have dinner togheter, and depending on the place you live in there's a typical dish (but anyway, it's usually seafood)
Nowadays, the tradition of Santa Claus (Papá Noel here) it's growing, but that's because kids would have more time to play with their toys before school :)
The "Christmas Day" it's not very special, but we usually have lunch togheter and eat "turrón" (See above)
In Nochevieja we have dinner togheter (as in Nochebuena) but there's something special: instead of waiting until New Year comes, we eat 12 grapes: http://www.topics-mag.com/internatl/holidays/new-year/spain/12_grapes.htm
And the "Magic King's Day" (you can read the story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Magi) they bring gifts to everybody (not only kids) and they organizate parades in every single neighbourhood, village or area in all Spain. Some guys disguise as the 3 Kings riding carts (and other characters) and throw candies to everybody in the streets. You can see some photos here:
I'm gonna take some pictures to the one in my neighbourhood (everybody from the city come to see it, because it's one of the best parades in the city)
That's the "turrón" -> http://www.sanenrique.com/imagenes/catalogo/turrones.jpg
Definitely, Christmas is one of the happiest seasons in Spain. But unfortunatelly, we need some snow to decorate our landscapes (as some years we have 20ºC in New Christmas Eve) :)zeering
Monday 08th of December 2008 11:05:48 AM
Gracias, Avaldi, multumesc mult, I'd never heard of Nochebuena (or Nochevieja) before nor considered the idea of seafood for a Christmas-related dinner. You got me doing some searching online and I learned a lot. But why do the children have more time before school nowadays, or am I misinterpreting that somehow?
Magic King's Day sounds pretty cool, too. I hope someone posts some YouTubes of those parades etc someday.
And I love learning other countries' names for Santa Claus.
Feliz Navidad and Cr?ciun fericit to you, tambien, if I may.Avaldi
Monday 08th of December 2008 09:08:21 PM
Gracias zeering ;)
Feliz Navidad :)
But why do the children have more time before school nowadays, or am I misinterpreting that somehow?
Good question! I've forgotten to speak about that! :)
Our Xmas holiday start next 22th of December and finish on 8th January... so if "los Reyes Magos" give their gifts the 6th of January kids just have 2 days for playing with them before school :)
Anyway, "los Reyes Magos" are more popular than "Papá Noel". Spanish people don't like to get new traditions, for example, like Hallowe'en. We prefer to export our traditions :)Dominick_Korshanyenko
Wednesday 24th of December 2008 01:34:13 PM
Merry Christmas everyone I probably won't be able to get on the next couple of days so I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday. It's finally Christmas Eve. I can't wait until later today/Christmas. I'm also getting my wisdom teeth removed on the 30th so I may not feel well enough to get on then either. So I'll be on when I can. Happy Holidays. Feliz Navidad! Craciun Fericit! Etc. :)
Wednesday 24th of December 2008 07:28:11 PM
I want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Lina
Thursday 25th of December 2008 12:51:59 AM
Darul meu de Craciun pentru voi este o colinda romaneasca!
Pentru cei ce stiu sa cante pe note...
Thursday 25th of December 2008 01:00:38 AM
It is nice to see you on again. I hope all is well.
Thanks for the link. It is a nice present from you. :)Lina
Thursday 25th of December 2008 01:16:56 AM
Buna seara Mike! Si mai am ceva, acesta este marele nostru colindator : Stefan Hrusca
Thursday 25th of December 2008 01:27:28 AM
It is a very nice song. Thanks for sharing the link. He has an excellent voice.Lina
Thursday 25th of December 2008 01:36:38 AM
Just now, two boys came to sing a carol. I'm so excited because this is the 6th year since they first knock on our door for Christmas!zeering
Thursday 25th of December 2008 04:51:21 PM
Monday 29th of December 2008 11:11:53 PM
The most popular Spanish carol :)
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