It was one of the last days before Christmas, and the as sistants in the large store had their hands full serving eager Christmas shoppers.
At one counter an old lady was choosing gloves red ones for her daugher in law, light blue ones for her niece, pink ones for her grand daughter, green ones for her sister and by the time she had found what she wanted, the counter was covered with pairs of all colors and sizes.
When the salesgirl had finally written out the bill and was about to turn to the next customer with a tired voice. Thank you very much, madam, the old lady suddenly cried out.
Spring festival is our Chinese traditional festival. It is important to us. We will celebrate it every year. But with the development of the world, Christmas Day plays a more and more important place. And there are more and more Chinese celebrate this festival. We can see that Christmas Day is noisier that spring festival in the big city, because people will goback to their hometown. The big city seems very lonely. So, some people are afraid that Christmas Day will take the place of spring festival. But I don’t think so, because spring festival is a symbol of China.
christmas in united states of america santa claus was born in us in the 1860's he was named this as he had a white beard and a belly, so he was named santa claus as this was the dutch word for st nicholas, sintaklaas.
although the dutch had bought him with them in the 17th century, he did not become an important person at christmas until the novelist washington irving put him in a novel that he wrote in 1809. this first santa claus was still known as st. nicholas, he did smoke a pipe, and fly around in a wagon without any reindeer, but he did not have his red suit or live at the north pole, he did however bring presents to children every year.
in 1863 he was given the name santa claus and bore the red suit, pipe, and his reindeer and sleigh。
now christmas celebrations vary greatly between regions of the united states, because of the variety of nationalities which have settled in it。
in pennsylvania, the moravians build a landscape, called a putz - under the christmas tree, while in the same state the germans are given gifts by belsnickle, who taps them with his switch if they have misbehaved。
early european settlers brought many traditions to the united states. many settled in the early days in the south, these settlers would send christmas greetings to their distant neighbors by shooting firearms and letting off fireworks.
in hawaii this practice is still in use as under the sunny skies, santa claus arrives by boat and christmas dinner is eaten outdoors。
in alaska, a star on a pole is taken from door to door, followed by herod's men, who try to capture the star. colonial doorways are often decorated with pineapple, a symbol of hospitality。
in alaska, boys and girls with lanterns on poles carry a large figure of a star from door to door. they sing carols and are invited in for supper。
in washington d.c.a huge, spectacular tree is lit ceremoniously when the president presses a button and turns on the tree's lights。
christmas is coming
i like christmas, it is just like our spring festival.
maybe the spring festival is much more important and interesting than christmas, but i like christmas day better. because we can spend time with our friends and classmates during christmas. when it is snowy,
christmas becomes much more lovely, just like in fairytales. i can imagine i am in a fairytale, the girl who sold the matches is my friend, the ugly duck becoming more and more beautiful and so on. what a beautiful place! so we can also call christmas “snowy lovely day.”
on christmas day, shops are red and green. there are so many christmas cards, christmas hats, christmas dolls and many colourful things. so shops look very beautiful. we can give a card or a doll to our friends and say “merry christmas.” by the way, i think studying can also become much more interesting.
christmas is coming, it also means a new year will come. let’s study harder to welcome
the chinese spring festival and the western christmas-中国的春节和西方的圣诞节
evely nation has its own folk festivals. those festivals give people a chance to be away from their regular work and everyday worries to enjoy themselves and to develop kindship and fi'iendship. the spring festival is the chief holiday in china while christmas is the most important redletter day in the western world.
the spring festival and christmas have much in common. both are prepared hefiorehand to create a joyous atmosphere; both offer a family reunion with a square feast: and both satisfy the children with new clothes, lovely presents and delicious food. however, the chinese spring festival has no religious background while christmas has something to do with god and there is santa claus with white heard to bring children presents. the westerners send each other christmas cards for greetings while the chinese people pay a call on each other.
nowadays, some of the chinese youth has begun to celebrate christmas, following the example of the westerners. perhaps they do so just for fun and out of curiosity.