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This is Steve Ember with VOA special English holiday program.


Music fills the air, colorful lights shine bright and 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 comes a few days after the start of the winter. In many places are ** clean white snow covers the ground on Christmas day. This is what is meant why a white Christmas. Of course, many places do not yet 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 white Christmas. American song writer ** capture this feelings in his song “White Christmas”. It is one of 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. Here how it starts:

The sun is shining, the grass is green, **, I never sing such a day in **, but it is December 24 and I am longing to be up-north.

Up-north where it is cold in snowing, not south where it is warm and sunny. Over the years, hundreds of singers and musicians have recorded white Christmas, but the vision most people still know best was sung by B**.

Music....

Song writer ** was born in Russian in 1888. He did not celebrate Christmas as religious holiday. He was Jewish. But his song celebrates the idea of peace and happiness that anyone, anywhere, snowy 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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