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This is Steve Ember with the VOA special English holiday programme.

Music fills the air,colorful lights shine 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 world comes a few days after the start of 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 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 can only dream of having a white Christmas.American song writer Erven Buolin captures 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 ture meaning of the song.Here's how it starts.

The sun is shining
The grass is green
The orange palm trees sway
I've never seen such a day in Bevely Hills LA
but it's December the 24th
and I am longing to be up north.

Up north where it's cold and snowy,not south where is warm and sunny.Over the years hundreds of singers and musicians have ever called White Christmas,but the version most people still know best was sang by Bing Crosby.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,just like the ones I used to know,where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleign bell in the snow.

I'm 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 Earbon Burlin was born in Russia in 1888.He did not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday,he was Jewish,but his song celebrates 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 Ember. wink.gif
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