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YEY!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS GUYS! It’s December 25th and I’m so happy to be with you all today. I’m not gonna talk about beliefs, religion or anything like that because I do respect your opinion, feelings… I’m here to talk about CHRISTMAS!
And the right pronunciation is /KRIS MÃS/ and not /KRISTCH MAS/ alright? Don’t say the T we have in the middle of the word, ok?
How was your Christmas Eve last night guys? Yep, that’s the way we call December 24th – that’s the day before Christmas – it’s called Christmas Eve. And besides sharing with you all how my Christmas Eve was, I’ll teach you some expressions and common vocabulary about CHRISTMAS.
Well, I spent it with my family: my parents and in-laws. Yep, Tuca and I are only children – we don’t have brothers or sisters so the family is pretty small. Guys, parents-in-law are Tuca’s parents in this case ok?
So our Christmas dinner was really special and yummy: we had pasta, turkey, a beautiful salad full of lettuce, tomato, hearts of palm (I love, hearts of palm, I’m crazy about it), fresh mozzarella cheese, corn, nuts, so many things. And for desert, a condensed milk pudding. It was awesome and I was so happy to be with the ones I love.
My mother-in-law loves decorating the whole house with many Christmas lights, candles and ornaments – outside and inside and at the front door she hanged a big and beautiful wreath. In the US, it’s really common to hang some Christmas stockings around so Santa Claus stuff them with some small toys, candies, coins or other small gifts. Bigger presents are wrapped up in wrapping papers and then they’re placed under the Christmas tree.
Another very common thing in the US are the gingerbread cookies. As far as I know, in the South of Brazil it’s also very common. Tuca’s grandmother lives in Santa Catarina and she not only knows how to make it but she also bakes them every year. She will turn 90 years old next year. Can you believe that?
What about Christmas carols? Do you like them? Christmas carols are Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells”, “White Christmas” or even “We wish you a Merry Christmas”
There are so many traditional ones but I can’t deny my favorite one is a happier song by Mariah Carey – “All I want for Christmas is you” that by the way was the beginning of our English Bite today. Did you like it? The first time I heard that song I was at Starbucks in Muscatine, Iowa – the city where I used to live before moving to North Liberty and I got so excited not only by the song but also, the Christmas decorations that I started dancing like nobody was watching me. And yeah, I usually do it in supermarkets, drugstores… and I don’t really care kkkk – anyway, this song was remarkable for me and ever since I heard it, I get excited and start dancing.
Now, let’s talk about that sweet old man who wears some winter red clothes, has a white beard and says HO-HO-HO. I know Christmas is connected to the birth of Jesus but Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus.
That guy is called Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringles, Santa or simply /Sana/. You all know and agree he wears RED CLOTHES right? RED. But did you know that Santa’s original clothes were BLUE? You heard it right: BLUE. So, why does he wear RED nowadays? What’s different?
Well, COCA-COLA popularized Santa Claus during their first advertisement in 1930.
The campaign was so incredibly successful that many people actually thought that Coca-Cola had invented Santa Claus. Coca-Cola made him a big, lovable, bearded man, dressing him in the company’s red and white colors. This is the Santa Claus almost all of us know today. Did you know about it?
And it’s interesting to think how influenced we are by the culture of Christmas. And I mean “we” by saying “we Brazilian people”
- Santa Claus wears gloves, boots and really warm clothes. But it’s summer in Brazil.
- Some of our Christmas trees are white or have ice on it = again, it’s summer
I think Coca-Cola should remodel Santa for countries like ours… it would make a little more sense, right? Kkk
So that’s it for today. My special wishes to you and to all those ones who are close to you.
May you have a Christmas that is more special than it has ever been.
May Baby Jesus bless you abundantly.
May you and your family cherish the wonderful memories, of love, care and hope.
May you live life in joy and peace.
Merry Christmas guys and Happy Holidays.
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