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What do you think of Christmas in the modern day?

Postby luvliness1234 » Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:09 pm

i went to see elf the other day , n its so true , no one has christmas spirit , no body believes in santa ,i mean like little kids but of corse he was real saint nicholas , maybe he isnt around today but he was , he gave children presents so it means he WAS real , and thats all people think now , christmas is just for presents , thats just a bonus , its should be a time for happieness and family even if u dont go to church! dont u think ?
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Postby littlemonkey » Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:17 pm

i saw it too took my little cousin.

Its true its become about presents now
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Postby Fidel » Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:44 pm

I watched Miracle on 34th st. last nite on 5 and It was very touching
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Postby smile » Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:50 pm

Yeah so did I. Brought back many memories. Even though my family don't go to church, we are still very traditional at Christmas. We still go through the Santa rountine, just for my brother. I still like leaving the old mince pie out, ads to all of the excitement for the next day. And I always love watching my brother writing the all important letter to Santa and then in the morning waking up at 4am or something to check our stockings. I might be a big kid at heart but my brother's face and his excitement is always better than any present.

I think many families still keep up the traditional traditions, especially around where I live. It's all part of Christmas I think.
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Postby Fidel » Mon Dec 08, 2003 4:53 pm

Yeah but I missed all that because Christmas was not really all that big in the Soviet Union and it took us a while to get financially settled and although we have good christmases it's sad that I didnt experience the magic when I was young. I had never seen a picture of Santa til I moved to Germany
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Postby luvliness1234 » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:01 pm

Awww poor u fidel . I feel for you
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Postby Fidel » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:04 pm

Yeah well I do feel genuinely sad that I never experienced it. I feel happy though that my sister has been able to experience it (my younger one that is).
But I have to catch up now. There's some things my friends talk about that I don't know about. Who are Donner and Blitzen (I know it means thunder and storm in German), Who is St. Nicholas and Is he different from Santa? What is Candlemass? Does Santa live at the North Pole or Lappland? I feel really stupid, plus I can never sing many Christmas songs as I never learned the words when I was young
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Postby luvliness1234 » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:18 pm

donner and blitzen are 2 of santa's raindears , i think there are 12 , rudolf , but thats all i can remeber lol , erm no sait nicolas isnt different from santa , or i dont think he is , st nick gave presents to chilren like ages ago when we wasnt alive erm i dont know what candlemass is santa lives in the north pole .
To be honest i am not very much help sorry !
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Postby smile » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:22 pm

St. Nick was the actual saint who lived in the 1600s or something. So I think that's where the legend comes from.

There are 9 reindeer:

1.) Dasher

2.) Dancer

3.) Donner

4.) Blitzen

5.) Comet

6.) Cupid

7.) Prancer

8.) Vixon

And.......The most famous of all,

9.) Rudolph
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Postby Fidel » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:24 pm

Lovely thanx. I feel really stupid coz everyone knows about Christmasbut It's fairly new to me as it's only my 6th in the country but we've only really celebrated it the last 4
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Postby luvliness1234 » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:30 pm

god smile u just av to show me up lol
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Postby luvliness1234 » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:30 pm

fidel do any of the raindears names mean anything else in german?
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Postby smile » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:30 pm

No need to feel stupid, we learn all the time.

Ask your friends about what traditions they do. I still have an advent calender...yes even though I'm 16. lol

So if you think about it, many traditions are still kept. Although many people complain the world is changing too quickly, it's not really. We still manage to enjoy and celebrate the things we want.
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Postby Fidel » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:34 pm

Yeah I went out and bought my first advent calender this year. And no only Donner and Blitzen are German

Thanx very much I feel so left out tho and scared to ask them coz they just do it naturally all that Christmas stuff
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Postby smile » Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:42 pm

We don't do it naturally. We all had to learn and once you know what they're talking about it will make you feel better. I'm sure they would rather that you would join in the conversation rather than not know what they're talking about.
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