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This is Steve Ember with the VOA special English holiday program.

Music fills the air, colorful lights shine brightly in windows. Children and adults open gifts from loved ones and friends. These are all Christmas traditions.

Another tradition is snow. Christmas in the northern part of the world consist a few days after the start of winter. In many places a blank of clear white snow covers the ground on Christmas Day. This is what is meant by a white Christmas. Of course, many places do not get snow with Christmas. In fact, there may be very warm this time of the year. People who like snow but live where it is warm can only dream of having a white Christmas. American song writer E G captures this feelings in his song White Christmas. It is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all the time. The opening words explain why the single is dreaming of a white Christmas. Most people never hear these words, so they never really understand the truly meaning of the song. His how it starts: the sun is shining, the glass is green, the engine / is swave. I have never seen such a day in B.H. But it is December 24th. And I am longing to the up north, up north where is cold and snowing, not south where is the warm and sunning. Over the years, hundreds of singers and musicians have been called white Christmas. But the version most people still know best was sang by B.C.

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Song writer E.B was born in Russia in 1888. He did not celebrate Christmas as religious holiday. He is Jewish, but his song celebrates an idea of peace and happiness that anyone, anywhere snowing or not can enjoy. To all of you, best wishes this holiday season from all of us in VOA special English. This is Steve Ember.
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