It's Christmas All Over The World Tonight
Greetings from around the Globe
Sheena Easton : It's Christmas All Over The World c/o iowan2005lzin
Christmas Island, Australia
Christmas Island National Park is worthy of your visit at this island.
The Scenario: December 24, 2010...an hour before midnight
Slouched on a sofa..watching Christmas movies...hearing the explosion of firecrackers outside the house...children are shouting gleefully due to the treats they received from their godparents...from time to time checking the busy kitchen at travel man's home...some friends and family members begin drinking beer and wine while waiting for the clock to turn 12 midnight. It's Christmas eve already!!!
As if, I just awaken from a beautiful dream. Did Santa Claus already drop by our house here in Bicol, Philippines. We don't have a chimney, so. he might as well pass the main door.
My desktop computer is whirring busily. My accounts on Hubpages, Facebook, Yahoo Mail, GMail and YouTube as well, while waiting for messages or Christmas greetings from friends, hubbers and writers all over the world. some of them are o board ships, sailing while celebrating Christmas 2010.
"What? Paul Edmonson of HubPages is on the cellular phone?" Oh, my! I can't believe it?! Maybe, my sister is just kidding.
"Now what? Patty Inglish is on the phone, too? Other HubPages Elites are also there? "
"HubMobbers with Princesa and company are sending messages, too!"
Oh, they're just watching messages grow on HubPages account on Facebook!
I, thought they're on the phone? Must have been my poor ears.
All are agog as the clock ticks to 12 midnight.
"Mom, is the food ready, yet?" No answer, but they're busy talking inside the kitchen. I must holler because the Christmas music over the stereo player and our voices mingle in mid-air.
I must go outside to get some fresh air.
"What is that?!"
Kids are busy with the sparklers and firecrackers again. Be careful, I said.
I looked up the sky and see a cloudless one full of stars. My mind drifts away and reminisce the story behind this celebration every Advent season.
Do you know Jesus Christ? Why did He came into this world?
Are you aware of "The Greatest Story Ever Told"?
Now it's time to virtually travel and let travel man lead you to theplace where this story started...Bethlehem in Israel, thousands of years ago.
Christmas with US President Obama & Family
The Advent season called Christmas
Customs and traditions abound on Christmas day celebrations around the world. While searching for entries discussing about the importance of the season, the country being looked up to when it comes to various activities is the United States of America.
Since the migration of many European settlers and Asian invasion, mixed versions are rolled into an array of spectacular events, from solemn and festive ways to commemorate the birthday of Jesus Christ.
The fusion of pagan and Christian beliefs can be clearly seen on the tangible things being prepared and decorated during the season. The Christmas trees, the Nativity scene, Christmas carols, Kris Kringle or Monito y Monita among other things.
Rich or poor, this is the time to be jolly; to be reunited with the family and feast on the bounties served at the dining table.
I can say that this is the most cherished occasion where young and old will have lots of happy memories.
I, for one, have my own share of those happy memories. From dreaming of Santa Claus, the opening of Christmas gifts underneath the Christmas tree and the showers of coins (avoiding its fall, hehe!) and the sumptous dinner. After that, we're tucked up in bed to sleep and let the old ones chat merrily until the wee hours next morning.
Parties and social drinking abound during the season. Government and private establishments usually prepare events, from simple to grand to compensate with employees' hard work throughout the year. It's also about the bonuses and thirteenth-month pay and a weeklong vacation before New Year (for some).
Christmas here in the Philippines is prepared three months before or exactly 100 days defore Christmas eve. There are Christmas lantern festival being held (like the Giant Lanterns Festival) in evey county or city; the lighting of Giant Christmas trees; Parades of light and all.
Christmas in countries with winter season, like Europe, part of Asia, North America and part of South America (USA, Canada) will surely have a very warmth celebration. Aside from skiing and winter games, Christmas gifts are being given to the needy. Santa Claus live mascots will be a delight to many children, just like the group of Santa Claus in Germany (They just recently conducted a Christmas orientation last November at the Santa Claus Academy. Wow!).
What about in Africa, New Zealand and Australia? I've seen how South Africans celebrate Christmas, where settlers are mostly of English descent from UK. In Australia, my classmate in Sidney says that it will be more of a family gathering. and the Filipino community there are always holding concerts and parties during the season. She also wants to be keep updated with the celebration here in our barrio. In New Zealand, winter activities, I'm sure will draw more visiting tourists from other countries.
Note: I'm editing my hub title, minus tonight but my browser don't want to approve it so, I'll settle for the original. After all, it's part of the chorus of Sheena Easton's song for the holiday. You can also listen to it here (or you may be directed by YouTube to view it on the contributor's account).