University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Secrets by Tim Winton
This kind of celebration is so special for England’s people. It is special because they celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. That is why they call this time of year “Chrismas” they celebrate the “Mass”, or church service, for Christ. The word Christmas (or Christ’s Mass) comes from the Old English name ‘Cristes Maesse’ – Christ’s. The first recorded observance occurred in Rome in AD360, but it wasn’t until AD440 that the Christian Church fixed a celebration date of 25 December.
One of the important things about this celebration is that most families have a Christmas Tree in their house. The decorating of the tree is usually a family occasion, with everyone helping. Christmas Tree were first popularised in the UK by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. Prince Albert was German and he thought that it would be good to use one of his ways of celebrating Christmas in to England. Also, children believe that Father Christmas or Santa Claus leaves presents in stockings.
These are normally hung up by the fire or by the children’s beds on Christmas Eve. Children sometimes leave out mince and brandy for Father Christmas to eat and drink when he visits them. Children write letters to Father Christmas listing their requests, but sometimes instead of putting them in the post, the letters are tossed into the fireplace. The draught carries the letters up the chimney and Father Christmas reads. Finally, in the UK, the main Christmas meal is usually eaten at lunchtime or early afternoon on Christmas Day.
It was traditionally roast beef or goose; although it’s common to have turkey now, roast of vegetables. Dessert is often Christmas pudding, mince pies and lots of chocolates are often eaten as well. The dinner table is decorated with a Christmas Chacker for each person and sometimes flowers and candles. To sum up, it is a very nice celebration and they have a different way to celebrate obviously because they came from other culture. I think that it could be a good idea to teach in a class so we can compare and learn the difference between the Argentina culture and de England one.