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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 lived one and friends. 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 blanket of clean, 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 at Christmas. In fact, they 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 captured these feelings in his song "White Christmas." It is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. The opening words 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. Hear select starts:

The sunny shining;
The grasses green;
The orange palm trees sway.
I've never seem such a day in /.
But it is December the 24th, and I am longing to the up North.

Up North, where is cold and snowy, not South where is warm and sunny. Over the years hundreds of singers and musicians have ever called it white Christmas, but the version most people still know best was sang by B.

I remember of white Christmas.
Just like the one I used to know.
Where the treetops / off.
And children listen to hear / the snow.

I remember of white Christmas.
Where every Christmas card /.
May your days be merry and bright.
And your, your Christmas be white.

Song writer / was born in Russia in eighteen eighty-eight. He did not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. He was Jewish. But his songs celebrate an idea of peace and happiness that anyone, anywhere, snowy or not can enjoy. To all of you, that wishes this holiday season from all of us in VOA Special English. This is Steve Ember.

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