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This is Steve Ember with the VOA special English holiday program.
Music fills the air. Colorful lights shin brightly in the 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 word comes a few days after the start of winter. In many places the blanket of clear white snow covers the ground on Christmas day. This is what is meat by a white Christmas. Of course many places do not snow with Christmas. In fact, there 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 songwriter E.G capture this feeling 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. Here is how it starts.

The sun is shinning, the grass is green, the orange palm tree sway.
I’ve never seen such a day in Beverly Hills LA.
But it is December the 24th and I am longing to be up North
Up North where is cold and snowing, not south where is warm and sunny.
Over the years hundreds of singers and musicians have called it white Christmas. But the version most people still know best the song by Bing Crosby:

I am dreaming of the white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the treetops glisten, and children listen to hear in the snow
I am dreaming of the white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright.
And may all your Christmases be white.

Song writer E.G 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, snowy or not, get in joy.
Do all of you best wishes this holiday season from all of us in VOA special English.

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