Introduction- pg 1 Different ways to celebrate Christmas- pg2 Christmas foods- pg 9 Where Santa originated- pg 21 Where the Candy Cane originated- pg 22 Most wanted presents!- pg 23 The Digital Christmas Story- pg 24 Conclusion- pg 25 Bibliography- pg 26
Don’t we all love Christmas? Whether it’s getting all the presents or the succulent tender turkey waiting there on the table or just gathering with your family on this special day, everyone LOVES Christmas! Here, I will show you different ways people celebrate Christmas around the world, popular Christmas foods (and how to make them!), where Santa and the Candy Cane originated, most wanted Christmas presents and something cool. Enjoy!The Editor: Katrina Miranda
A traditional Greek Christmas: Expecting Santa? Don’t! Santa Claus with his red coat, deep laughter and endless sack full of toys, is a North-American invention from the mid- nineteenth century and has nothing to do with the Greek traditions.Children did receive gifts but on New Years eve offcourse it wasn’t Santa who brought them but Saint Basil the Great, the powerful bishop of Caesarea, a Greek City on the coast of the Black Sea in the fourth century. He was born in a wealthy family but preferred to give his possessions to the poor. He loved and protected children.
On the Morning of Christmas Eve, children in groups, go from door to door, asking “Shall we sing them?” When the housewife approves they mostly sing the most popular carols which goes like this: Good Evening, LordsIf it’s your biddingOf the Christ’s divine birthI shall tell in your mansionChrist is being born todayIn the town of BethlehemHeavens rejoiceThe whole creation delights (continued..)
This still happens in every big city in Greece. Children sing the carols then are rewarded with money and sweets and run to the next house. In order to gather as many treats as they can get.A traditional Spanish Christmas:Balthazar, who rides a donkey, is the one believed to deliver the gifts. Christmas Eve is known as Nochebeuna. It is a time for families to gather to rejoice and feast around the Nativity Scenes that are set up on almost every home.
A traditional Christmas treat is a turrόn, a type of almond candy. The children of Spain receive presents at the feast of Epiphany. Los Tres Reyes Magos (The Magi) are particularly admired in Spain. It is thought that they travel to the countryside re-enacting their journey to Bethlehem at this time.
A traditional Filipino Christmas:The Philippines is known for having the world’s longest Christmas season. The four months that end with the syllable-ber are considered the Christmas season. The Parol is a Christmas lantern, commonly in the shape of a star. Almost every family either builds or buys one to hang on the window or door. Shopping centres construct giant versions.
On Christmas Eve (Bisperas ng Pasko), a few Filipino towns commemorate Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay with a re-enactment called panunuluyan. What every Filipino looks forward to is Noche Buena, the grand family dinner after the midnight mass. Christmas morning is the time for visiting relatives. Filipinos wear new if not their best clothes. Children do mano, which is kissing or bringing to their forehead the hand of an elderly person. This is when they receive their pamasko, certainly aguinaldo from godfathers and godmothers. Christmas lunch and Christmas dinner are with family.
Here I will show you how to make the following dishes: Roast Turkey! Christmas Pudding! Trifle! Gingerbread !I hope you don’t get too hungry!!
SORRY!The recipe for this will take to much space (12 pages or so) So here is the link:http://www.taste.com.au/how+to/articles/77 4/how+to+cook+a+turkey
INGREDIENTS: 500 g / 1 lb currants 500 g / 1 lb raisins 500 g / 1 1b golden raisins 500 g / 1 lb bread crumbs 500 g / 1 lb brown sugar 250 g / 8 oz suet – get it from a butcher; if you cant find it, substitute with solid vegetable shortening 120 g / 4 oz mixed peel 120 g / 4 oz glace cherries, chopped 120 g / 4 oz almonds, chopped grated rind of 1 lemon grated rind of 1 orange 1 carrot, grated 1 apple, grated 1 Tbsp flour 1 tsp mixed spice (pudding spice) – its a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, and sometimes includes mace, cloves, ginger, coriander, caraway, and/or Cayenne pepper; you can mix your own to taste. 6 eggs 300 ml / 10fl oz Guinness a pinch of salt a knob of butter, for greasing
1. Mix the dry ingredients, into the large bowl, put the following: raisins, golden raisins, currants, breadcrumbs, suet, brown sugar, mixed peel, grated carrot, glace cherries, lemon peel, orange peel, chopped almonds, mixed spice, flour, grated apple and the pinch of salt.2. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.3. Beat the eggs. Crack all six eggs into a bowl and beat them lightly with a fork.
4. Add the eggs and Guinness. Pour the eggs and Guinness over the dry mix.5. Grease the bowl. Coat the inside of the glass bowl with the knob of butter.6. Transfer. Put the pudding mix into the bowl, pressing it down lightly and giving a final pat to make it level.7. Cover and seal. Place the circular piece of parchment paper over the mix, and gently press it down and around the edges.
8. Make a Bain Marie. Place the bowl into the saucepan. 9. Cook the pudding. Place the saucepan onto a high heat and bring the water to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn it down to a gentle simmer and allow to simmer for roughly 4 hours. 10. Remove the pudding from the heat after this time. Take off the tin foil. 11. Serve. Your Christmas pudding is now ready to serve!FINISHING PRODUCT!
INGREDIENTS: 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple 3 medium firm bananas, sliced 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries 1 jar (6 ounces) green maraschino cherries 3-1/2 cups eggnog, chilled 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Dip bananas in juice; drain and discard juice. Set aside pineapple, bananas, three red cherries and three green cherries. In a bowl, whisk the eggnog and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.2. Place half of the pudding in a 4-qt. serving or trifle bowl; layer with half of the bananas, pineapple. cherries, cake cubes and whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with walnuts and reserved cherries. Yield: 16-20 servings FINISHING PRODUCT!
INGREDIENTS: Melted butter, to grease 125g butter, at room temperature 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup 1 egg, separated 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour 1 tbs ground ginger 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda Plain flour, to dust 150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted 8-10 drops red liquid food colouring 8-10 drops green liquid food colouring Smarties, to decorate
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.3. Meanwhile, place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Divide icing among 3 bowls. Cover 1 bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Add red colouring to 1 bowl and stir until combined. Add green colouring to remaining bowl and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.4. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a 9cm gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.6. Place prepared icings in small plastic bags. Cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe icing over gingerbread men to decorate. Finish with SmartiesFINISHING PRODUCT!
Santa Claus came from the Christian priest,Saint Nicholas who’s name later waspronounced as ‘Sinter Klass’ then ‘SantaKlass’ and then was settled to the name weknow as ‘Santa Claus’. A famous story aboutSaint Nicholas is about a poor man whocould not give any money to his threedaughters on their weddings. Saint Nicholasdropped bags of gold into the stockings thatthe girls hung by the fire to dry. They foundthe gold and ever since, children have hungup stockings hoping to receive presents onChristmas.
Here is one of the explanations of the origin of the Candy Cane: 200 years ago when children were loud and crazy and would not pay attention at the Nativity Scene at the church, Cologne Cathedral.This was very upsetting to the pastor, so he came up with the idea to give them long white sugar sticks. He bent them into the shape of a shepherds cane. The children would be quiet, because they would be licking the canes at the Nativity Scene. By 1900, candy canes started looking like the ones we eat today . They had red stripes and peppermint flavouring.
Here are the most wanted Christmas presents 2011: The Apple iPod Touch 4th Generation, Apple iPad 2, Xbox 360 Kinect Console and the Playstation Move are the most frequently asked for Christmas presents for 2011.
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SO THERE’S ONLY ONE THING LEFT TO SAY: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! AND HAVE A NICE DAY!!