Friday, December 25, 2009
Today is Christmas!! I was very good this year and Santa found me :) I enjoyed a big Christmas dinner with turkey, mash potatoes and gravy! It was delicious!! Hope you all had a good Christmas as well and best wishes for the New Year! See you in 2010.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thanks so much to everyone who had so many kind words when we said goodbye. I will keep you in my memory forever!! I hope to see you all again one day. I'm not leaving Japan just YET!! :) Let's keep in touch in the New Year!!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
'tinkle tinkle!'What is the onomatopoeia for blinking Christmas lights and shining stars in the sky?
'twinkle twinkle!'What sound do the big church bells make at midnight on Christmas Eve?
'ding! dong! ding! dong!'What sound does Santa Clause make as he eats the Christmas cookies you left for him by the tree?
'Crunch! Crunch!'What sound does the cold, snowy wind make as it blows by outside your window?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
In Venezuela, Christmas is celebrated as a religious holiday.The presents are brought by “El Niño Jesus” (Baby Jesus) instead of “Papá Noél” (Santa Claus), that still has an important role during this season. The unofficial start of the Christmas festivities is after the celebrations of "Feria de la Chinita", second half of November.
Czech Republic and Slovakia
Christmas Eve (December 24) is the celebrated as 'vetnome colen hide', which means "open-handed day", when the gifts are given in the evening. However, December 25 and 26 are also holidays. According to tradition, gifts are brought by Ježíšek, or "baby Jesus". Many very old Christmas traditions are followed, mostly for fun. People are taught to fast (stop eating) on Christmas Eve until a ceremonial dinner is served, in order to be able to see a "golden pig". Carp is a popular dish for the dinner. The gifts are displayed under the Christmas tree (usually a spruce or pine), and people open them after their Christmas dinner.
In Poland, Christmas Eve is a day first of fasting, then of feasting. The feast begins with the appearance of the first star, and is followed by the exchange of gifts. The giftbearer in Poland is Swiety Mikolaj or Saint Nicholas. The following day is often spent visiting friends. Although gift giving plays a major role in the rituals, emphasis is placed more on making special foods and decorations.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Custom #13: Christmas stockings
On Christmas eve families hang an empty sock or sock-shaped bag on their fireplace mantle, bedpost, or so that Santa Claus can fill it with small toys, candy or other small gifts. These items are called stocking stuffers! Some families create their own stockings with each family member's name applied to the stocking so that Santa will know which stocking belongs to which family member. A common Western tradition is that children who behave badly during the year will receive a piece of coal instead of presents!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Last time we brought you some good ones for animals, door bells and car horns. This week we'll give you more animal sounds!
Do you remember what cats and dogs say? Meow! and woof!
Here are some more animal sounds:
Mice, hamsters and other rodents say squeek! squeek!
Doves and pigeons say coo! coo! (make your voice shake a bit for added effect)
Hens say cluck! cluck! and roosters yell cockadoodledooooo!
Turkeys say gobble! gobble!
Horses say neigh! neigh!
Goats and sheep say baa! baa!
image from of japanesepod101.com