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Christmas in Canaan

Updated on March 21, 2018
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An interesting part of the movie

Christmas is a Special Time

I watched the movie Christmas in Canaan, and it got me to express more about Christmas time.

It is nearly Christmas time again and this is my best time of the year. I can remember from the late seventies I just loved the Christmas Holidays.

I did receive gifts like dolls, other toys and the girly stuff which to me was normal and fun.

The most important of all was to spend time with family. I enjoyed that part of Christmas time. Being with people is very important and every year as I grew older I remembered those very good times had with my family.

The movie Christmas Canaan showed me another experience of Christmas time.

How do you spend Christmas day?

The Christmas Holidays is a spiritual feeling and makes you can feel over excited when shopping and looking around the stores for what you want to buy for yourself.

In the movie, Christmas in Canaan, Billy Ray Cyrus, the father of Miley Cyrus, the country music singer played the role of Daniel Burton.

I was touched by the whole scene of this movie.

Two classmates of a different race had grown up on a farm of Canaan in Texas. Both boys were tough and smart.

After a fight between the two boys they are taught a lesson.

Living in a racist system of life at that time the boys were allowed to see themselves with hope, love and hate.

The older black woman portrayed as Candus Churchill, as Eunice, she was the granny of the black boy. They lived together on the farm and the white boy were taught a lesson to stay with the granny and grandson.

Matt Ward, played as Rodney, the close classmate was played by Jacob Blair as DJ.

A wounded puppy incident allowed for a good friendship to develop between the two boys.

Rodney Freeman was left with his grandmother while the mother continued her new life with another man leaving her son to grow into a man.

The granny raised her grandson the best she could.

Mrs. Eunice, the granny had passed on one day while the boys were out shopping for her. It was devastating for the boys as they found the old woman lying in the vegetable garden.

The rural life involved a lot of chores and life was not easy in trying to make ends meet.

I enjoyed the Christmas spirit from the movie and that made me feel great.

You may not have everything you want or need on this special day but if you have love and good people in your life everything can feel perfect.

It is not about the most expensive gifts you receive, it is about the love you have to offer each other that really matters. No matter where you live or with who you live the little you have should count for more than what you can't afford.

The appreciative moments you share together matters in life.

Hope and love made all the difference in the Christmas in Canaan.

Christmas in Croatia:

Christmas Eve in Croatia is called Badnjak.

In Eastern Europe this day is celebrated in a similar kind of manner.

Fish is the main meal on the Eve of Christmas.

Most of the people attend the midnight Church service. In the early evening before supper is served a log is burnt and some incense is burnt and smoked throughout the house in a kind of blessing to the home.

I found the procedure quite interesting!

I tried the traditional way of Christmas in Croatia and it felt very different to me.

The wheat is planted on the thirteenth of December the namesake day of Lucy. The wheat sprouts from Lucy's Day. Last year, I made an effort and tried the planting of the wheat in a container it turned out better than I had expected.

I had to continuously keep the sprouts wet enough to grow faster.

It was a challenge and I took it on nicely.

How did I spend Christmas with my family back in South Africa?

A lamb roast and vegetables steamed or roasted has always been our lovely lunch on this day.

We always spent the day playing board games, or a card game or two, talking of old times, laughing about the silly moments, and brought in the best moments together. We wished close friends and family and had happy moments for that day with lots of hugs and kisses.

People spend Christmas differently and not all want to talk about how they went their day.

I had no idea of Santa claus in the Croatian tradition until a year ago.

Saint Nicholas Day known as Sveti Nikola in the Croatian language is on the 6th December. On the 5th of December the Croatian children place their shows on windowsills. On the actual day Saint Nicholas Day, the sixth of December to their surprise their shoes are all filled with little goodies like sweets and nice little presents.

Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world.

I have experienced a different kind of Christmas in Croatia and have really enjoyed it.

It is surely a spiritual celebration for Croatians and is also a feast.

The beliefs for Croatians as for other cultures are respected, important and great. Meat is not eaten on the Eve of Christmas.

Stuffed cabbage, sarma, a suckling pig, walnuts cakes, and always bread is part of this feast on the night of Christmas. I like the fig cake which is the most common cake eaten at this time of year.

Salted sardines and Bakalar is eaten on the Eve of Christmas. The Bakalar is the Croatian name of Cod fish.

I have experienced Christmas in South Africa, and now in Croatia. A very different one in Croatia and is not as commercialized in the area I live in as is in the city of Dubrovnik.

Christmas is a special time for everyone involved this time of year. It is not just about shopping till you drop. You got to be in the moment and enjoy the moment.

Appreciate what you have for all times.

People tend to rush around a lot more during the festive season shopping, working and decorating their homes.

Instead of trying to be competitive about which home owner has the best decorated home think about those who don't have anything at all.

Have an open mind and share!

I am grateful for everything I have and for having such loving people in my life,

Don't forget those who have helped you out at your worst times. This is the time to show appreciation and thankfulness.

Be true to yourself and to those who have taken you out of a rut.

A time for love and great hope in one's life especially at this time of year.

I learned about a new religion, and have opened my mind and heart to new people. All I have allowed me to know more and to enjoy each celebration in peace.

The challenges I am faced with daily has made me see life from all sides.

I don't have any major plans for Christmas a week to go and I am not sure as yet.

The Croatian Christmas is to spend time with family, have a traditional lunch of dry and smoked pork.

Traditionally in most parts of the world Christmas is spent at home with family and close friends.

Later on in the afternoon the local people get together and visit around the village homes to have drinks and sweet treats. Everyone gets into jovial moods and share good conversations.

The Croatian culture is open to accepting presents on Christmas Day.

During the festive season the local priest visits all families to bless their homes. On this day the Christmas trees are taken down.

This happens on the 6th January the day called The Three Kings.

Christmas time is a time for forgiving each other

How do you spend Christmas day?

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      PurvisBobbi44 thank you greatly for stopping by at my hubs. I appreciate your time and effort. I wish you a prosperous 2015.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Suzette So kind of you to come by here. Thank you for the vote up, and shared. I wish you a great 2015.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      snerfu thank you and have a lovely day.

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      4 years ago from Florida


      Christmas around the world is a wonderful thought and it would be even better if someone did a video on How Christmas is celebrated in all countries.

      I enjoyed this article and I wish you and yours a "Happy New Year."

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Another beautiful hub, Devika. I have watched this movie and I love it because it teaches the true meaning of life and Christmas. It brings two very different boys together who learn to live in happiness and love with one another.

      My mother's side of the family is Italian and we celebrate Christmas as they do in Croatia. We have the seven fish dinner on Christmas Eve gathered together with the whole family. Then, on Christmas Day we eat either, turkey, capon or ham. My Italian grandmother would sometimes roast a pig with an apple in its mouth. As kids, we always loved that! I agree with you, Christmas is the time to spend with family and good friends and to shine a light on one another. Thanks for reminding us of this in this wonderful hub! Voted up+ and shared.

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      Vivian Sudhir 

      4 years ago from Madurai, India

      Exactly, Christmas rouses the festive spirit in people and that is why people love them. I enjoyed reading about it though.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Kate Mc Bride thank you and the same for you for the rest of the holidays. Have a prosperous 2015!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Martie thank you for sharing your side of Christmas. It is an unbelievable time of the year and I had a lovely day on this special time. Have a wonderful 2015.

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      Kate McBride 

      4 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      Devika, another good Christmas movie is "It's a wonderful Life". I saw it this evening-well worth watching.Happy Christmas to you and yours.


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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      Croatian traditions are extremely interesting. St. Nicholas Day on the 6th December, only fish on Christmas Eve....

      Down here in South Africa it is barbecue (for us Afrikaans-speaking Boere) on Christmas Eve - preferably as near as possible to water - if not the ocean, a river, a dam or a pool. Presents will be exchanged whenever Father Christmas (whoever he may be) gives the green light. Christmas Day (lunch) lots of roasted meat, chicken, turkey, etc. and salads. (It's too hot in my neck of the woods for a warm meal.) Some will attend church on Christmas Day (morning at 8:00), or the sermon held at the holiday resort. Restaurants are packed - without reservation you will not get a table - as too many women refuse to spend Christmas Day in the kitchen.

      So true: "You may not have everything you want or need on this special day but if you have love and good people in your life everything can feel perfect."

      Beautiful and interesting hub, thank you DDE.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

      You may not have everything you want or need on this special day but if you have love and good people in your life everything can feel perfect.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      strictlydating, thank you and same to you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora Thank you for all comments. All my best to you for this festive season.God bless and have a great 2015.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ann So kind of you to come by here. A nice way to share the day. Thank you for all wishes and you too. Have a lovely festive season.Thank you for all comments.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC Thank you for sharing another comment at my hubs. A Merry Christmas to you and lots of prosperity for 2015.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Kate Mc Bride Thank you kindly for stopping by. Merry Christmas to you and all the best for 2015.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RachaelOhalloran Thank you very much for stopping by here. Merry Christmas to you and all the goodness for 2015

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      m abdullah javed thank you and enjoy the festive season.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi always exploring Merry Christmas to you all the best of luck for 2015. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc Merry Christmas to you and all my best for 2015 Thank you for supporting me.

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      4 years ago from Australia

      Seasons greetings DDE and wishing you happy holidays too :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, I've watched that movie and hubbed about it too. At Canaan, family and togetherness are top priorities. I also like the differences in the Croatia Christmas that you point out. Except for the pig, I certainly would enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Interesting film. I'll look out for it. You've captured the spirit of Christmas here. It is indeed interesting to find out how others spend Christmas and each country's traditions and festivities.

      We spend Christmas at home, go out for a walk or to see friends on Boxing Day, then have a huge late-Christmas family day on the 28th (the latter is just our family, not a general thing in Britain).

      Hope you have a great Christmas!


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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never heard of the movie either. It was interesting to learn about the movie and also to learn about the way in which Christmas is celebrated in Croatia. Thanks for sharing the information. I hope you have an enjoyable Christmas, Devika.

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      Kate McBride 

      4 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      Another great hub Devika full of wisdom and common sense. "Have an open mind and share" is what you said here and you are right about that philosophy.


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      Rachael O'Halloran 

      4 years ago from United States

      I always enjoy reading how people who live in other countries celebrate Christmas. Thank you for introducing us to both South African and Croatian ways.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      4 years ago

      Very informative Devika, I like the way you arrange things to suit the style of your celebrations. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a very happy Christmas.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Another informative hub. I haven't seen that movie either. Thank's for sharing..

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never heard of that movie but now I'll have to watch it. Thank you!


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