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This is Steve Embery with The VOA special English holiday program.

Music fills the air.Colorful lights shine brightly at windows. Children and audlts open gifts from loved ones and friends.

These are all Christma traditions. Another tradition is snow. Christmas in the northern part of the world comes in a few days after the start of winter.In many places a blacket clean white snow covers the ground on Christmas day.This is what meant by a white christmas. Of course, many places do not yet snow with Christmas.In fact, they may be very warm this time of year.People who like snow but live where it is warm. they only dream having a white Christmas.

American song writer Urvin berlin capture this feelings in his song" white Chrismas".It is one of most popular Christmas songs of all time. The opening words explain why the singer is dreaming a white Christmas. Most people never hear this words. so they never realy understand the true meaning of the song.Here is our starts.

The sun is shining. the grass is green. the orange palm trees swing.I've never seen such a day in beberly hills. LA.but it is December 24th and I am longing to be up north. up north where it is cold and snowy.not south where it is warm and sunny.

Over the years hundreds of singers and musicians have recorded white Christmas.But the version most people still know best was sung by Bin Crosby.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.
just like the ones I used to know.
where the treetops listen
And children listen to hear
sleigh bells in the snow

I am dreaming of a white Christmas.
With every christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright
and may all your christmas be white.

Song writer Urvin Berlin was born in Russia in 1888.
he did not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday .
he was Jewish.

but his song celebrats an 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 Embery
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