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People began to celebrate Christmas many, many years ago. The legend of the very first Christmas tells: « … The shepherds heard from the Angel that Christ the Lord was born to Mary in Bethlehem. They came there and found a little boy in a stable, lying in a manger. His name was Jesus. "Glory to God!" - they said. "Glory to God!" …» Christmas
Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. It is the greatest holiday in Great Britain. There are a lot of interesting traditions connected with Christmas in Great Britain. Some weeks before Christmas English people decorate their houses with holly and electric lights.
Many years ago postmen had bright red coats. They looked like robins. At Christmas they brought many Christmas cards. And people began to think about a robin as a Christmas bird. You can see it on almost every Christmas card. People also buy and send Christmas cards to their friends usually containing the message “Merry Christmas”. The cards often show pictures of “Nativity ”, Santa Claus, Christmas tree, “ Robins” or scenes of old-fashioned Christmases.
"Holy night" Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round your Virgin Mother and child Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Carol-singers can be heard on the streets as they collect money. Then they give the money to poor and old people. Some carols, for example, "O, Come All Ye Faithful" and "Holy night" are well-known.
Children write letters to Father Christmas. Father Christmas has a white beard and long green or red clothes. Children believe Father Christmas lives at the North Pole where he spends most of the year in his workshop making toys with the help of elves. People think of him as a happy man who says: "Ho, ho, ho".
On Christmas Eve children leave long socks called Christmas stockings at the end of their beds or by the chimney or hang them by the fireplace so that Father Christmas will fill them with presents. Children hope that Father Christmas will come down the chimney during the night and bring presents. A Christmas stocking is big and beautifully decorated.
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas, And a Happy New Year! Good tidings we bring To you and your king, We wish you a Merry Christmas And a Happy New Year! On Christmas people wish their nearest and dearest a Merry Christmas. They like to sing a song:
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