November 2002
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Celebrating the Holidays

Christmas is a time for Families, Fun, and Festivities!
A time of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time for Santa, stars, and singing carollers. A time for ornaments, gifts, and twinkling lights. Of sleigh rides, hot cocoa, and spending time with friends.

Itís a time for your favourite Christmas movies and music. For holiday recipes and pictures taken with family and friends.

Write an article about Christmas. Here are some suggestions:

1. What Christmas means to you and your family: a personal glimpse of how you celebrate the Christmas holidays. Interview your parents about their childhood memories; include a photo or two.

2. Traditions: People in different parts of this country celebrate Christmas in many different ways. For example, Mummering is still a tradition in Newfoundland; but did you know that Ukranian Canadians also participate in mummering and in Philadephia - they have a Mummering Parade on New Years Day.
What traditions do your family or people in your province celebrate? Canadians with an English Protestant heritage are likely to enjoy a feast of turkey and plum pudding and focus their holiday celebrations on December 25. The French Catholic population generally attend midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, then holds a Christmas feast known as a reveille. Ukrainian Canadians celebrate the season much as their ancestors in the Eastern Orthodox church did, by feasting on a 12-course dinner and distributing gifts on January 6.

3. Canada is a beautiful tapestry of diverse cultures. Each of these cultures celebrate Christmas and New Years in different ways. How do your friends who of different ethnic background celebrate the season?

4. Profile Christmas around the world.

5. Celebrate the birth of Christ in the face of war and conflict in the Middle East. Some Canadians have family members in the Armed Forces and who are stationed in Afganistan and the Middle East. How do they feel this Christmas? How do they cope with the uncertainity facing them?

6. Schools and young people throughout Canada realize that there are people in our communities who are less fortunate and cannot afford to buy a Christmas turkey or a present for their child. What are students in your school doing to help these people. Collecting for the food bank, sponsoring a family in need, collecting toys, etc. For example, two students in Saskatchewan are collecting money to buy turkeys.

7. Take a video camera or tape recorder out and ask people what Christmas means to them; what their wish is this Christmas season.

8. Images of Christmas: Send photos with captions of scenes of Christmas - in Manitoba, Mississauga, Port Saunders, Bay Roberts. A Christmas Parade, a Christmas concert, a fundraiser at school, a scene from your town.

Christmas Websites:

Christmas Around the World
Christmas in CyberSpace
Christmas Traditions
Christmas in France and Canada

Mummering Websites:

A Labrador Christmas
Ukranian Mummering
Mummering in Philadephia - New Years Day Parade

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