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This is Z Venber with the VOA Special English holiday program.Music fills with the air ,colorful lights shining brightly in 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 winter In many palces a blank of clean white sown covers the ground on Christmas day.This is what is meant by a white chirstmas.Ofcouse many palces do not yet 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 christams .Amercian song writer Everning Berlin capture this feelings in his song –White Snow. It is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. The opening words explain why the singer is dreaming about white Christmas. Most people never hear these words so they never really understand the true meaning of this song.Here is Elex Stax “ the sun is shining ,the grasses green, the is I never see such day in Evaly Vally,but it’s the December the 24th,and I am longing to be up north ”.UP north where it is cold and snowy .Not there where 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 song by Been Crasby.Song writer Ev was born in Russia in 1888 he did not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday he was a Jewish .But his song celebrate the idea of peace and happiness that anyone and anywhere snowy or not get a joy .To all of you best wishes this holiday season form all of us in VOA special English.
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