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This is Steven Ember with a VOA Special English Holiday Program.

Music fills the air, colour lights shine brightly in windows, children and adults open gifts from loved ones and friendes, these are all Christmas traditions.

Another tradition is snow. Christmas in the Northern part of the world comes a few days after the start of the winter. In many places a banket of clean white snow covers the ground on Christmas Day. This is what it meant by a white christmas. Of course many places do not get snow at Christmas. In fact they maybe very warm this time of year. People who like snow but live where it is warm can only dream of having a white christmas.

American song writer Earlin Berlin capture this feeling in his song--white christmas. It is one of the most popular christmas songs all time. The openning words is explain why the singer is dreaming
of a white christmas. Most people never hear these words, so they never really understand the true meaning of the song.

Here is how it starts

the sun is shinning
the grass is green
the orange palm trees sway
I've never seen such a day in -----Alley
But it is December 24th and I am longing to the up north.
Up north where it is cold and snowy not--where it was warm and sunny. Over the years hundreds of singers and musicians have ever recalled it white christmas. But the version most people still know best was sang by Bin Closbin.

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Song writer Earlin Berlin was born in Russia in 1888. He did not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. He was a Jewish. But his song celebrate an idea of peace and happiness that anyone anywhere showy or not can enjoy.

Do all of you best wishes this holiday season from all of us in VOA Special English. This is Steven Ember.

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