• Pace 1996 Christmas Day Poland
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    A Christmas Season in Poland In today's society, it is very important to have knowledge of the different cultures that surround us. Most individuals that are born and raised in America practice the beliefs and social life of Americans. Most Americans tend to forget there are other cultures that surround us in our everyday life. However being born and raised as Americans, it is easy to ignore our descendants and our ancestors' cultural background. In my case, my ancestors were Polish and have a v...
  • Christmas History Custom Day Father
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    Christmas History The word Christmas comes from the old English 'Crises ma esse' meaning Christ " mass. The Holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The actual birthday of Jesus is not known; therefore, the early Church Fathers in the 4 th century fixed the day around the old Roman Saturnalia festival (17 - 21 December), a traditional pagan festivity. The first mention of the birthday of Jesus is from the year 354 AD. Gradually all Christian churches, except Armenians who celebrate Christma...
  • Light In August Joanna Christmas Faulkner
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    A Light In August tells the story of Joe Christmas, an outcast from a southern society marked by racism. Christmas's role as the victim precipitated the murder of his lover Joanna Burden. Joanna Burden is an important element in enhancing Faulkner's literary work, aimed at addressing the darkest sides of society. William Faulkner uses Joanna Burden as a parallel to the South's burdens rooted in racism. Through Joanna's portrayal as an evil villain, Faulkner explores religious fanaticism, racism,...
  • A Christmas Carol Scrooge Family Money
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    A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol, although occurring at a different time period than today, still holds values and lessons that are important in society today. The main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, starts off having no feelings for others or any Christmas spirit, but changes from his gloomy, dark appearance to a carefree, child-like persona at the end. Dickens shows in A Christmas Carol that personal greed will lead to peril, while kindness and generosity lead to personal happiness. One of D...
  • What Christmas Means To Me
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    Christmas to me is a celebration, which includes spending time with my family, decorating the entire house, inside and out, and shopping, for the people I love. Doing this with the people I love is what means the most to me. Spending Christmas with my family is very important to me. We usually gather and celebrate at my parents house, in East Tennessee. My husband, our three children, and myself travel from California. My two sisters, their husbands, and children come from a nearby town, for our...
  • Christmas Satire Spirit Children Presents
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    Today's Christmas is no longer a celebration of Christ and happiness, but is a celebration of a now fake, commercialized, overweight Santa Claus. The idea of eating yet another turkey dinner while watching a forgettable Disney movie on television brings tears of pain, not joy, to one's eyes. The main virtues of the holidays have gone from an idealistic white wonderland, to a migraine-causing festival of greed. The Christmas of the past was once a beautiful celebration of the birth of Christ. Fa...
  • Christmas Eve Children Gifts Season
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    RELIGIOUS PRACTICE AND POPULAR CUSTOMS The Bible provides no guidelines that explain how Christmas should be observed, nor does it even suggest that it should be considered a religious holiday. Because of the lack of biblical instructions, Christmas rituals have been shaped by the religious and popular traditions of each culture that celebrates the holiday. On Christmas Eve, churches around the world hold evening services. At midnight, most Catholic and many Protestant churches hold special cand...
  • The Most Meaningful Work Ive Done
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    The Most Meaningful Work I've Done The Christmas in October Program is an annual event I participated in that helps someone who is less fortunate by fixing up their home. It is a two-day event where exterior and interior work is done on a home. The program requires a company to sponsor the project, and volunteers to do the actual work. It is called Christmas in October because it takes place in October, but feels like Christmas because of its memorable effect. Participating in the Christmas in ...
  • Major Themes In Faulkner's Light In August
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    Light In August: A Study of 20 th Century Man's Search for Self A Study of the Origins of Evil '... a man's future is inherent in that man... .' -Faulkner in the University. p. 139 Faulkner's Light in August is a metaphor. In fact it is many metaphors, almost infinitely many. It is a jumble of allusions, themes, portraits, all of them uniquely important, many of them totally unrelated. In fact no 20 th century writer has even approached the sheer quantity of symbolism Faulkner packed into every...
  • Christmas Tree 2000 Children
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    Christmas The year's most celebrated holiday is celebrated on December 25 th, both in homes and churches worldwide. The meaning for Christmas is to recognize Christ's birth, of which the exact date is not known. During the fourth century the Bishop of Rome set December 25 th as Christ's birth date. Some authorities claim that the choice of December 25 th was made because it coincided with Chanukah, Mithraic's feast of the sun god, and the people of northern Europe's winter solstice feast. Holida...
  • Christmas American Holiday
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    The year's most celebrated holiday is celebrated on December 25 th, both in homes and churches worldwide. The meaning for Christmas is to recognize Christ's birth, of which the exact date is not known. During the fourth century the Bishop of Rome set December 25 that Christ's birth date. Some authorities claim that the choice of December 25 th was made because it coincided with Chanukah, Mithraic's feast of the sun god, and the people of northern Europe's winter solstice feast. The winter solsti...
  • Christmas Is A Good Holiday For Many Reasons
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    Christmas Is A Good Holiday For Many Reasons Christmas is a good holiday for many reasons. There are reasons that exist that make Christmas a bad holiday, but for the most part it is a wonderful time of year. Millions of people around the world will agree that Christmas is one of the most fun and exciting holidays. Christmas is a good holiday because students get a vacation from school, people get to exchange gifts with friends and family, and people get to spend time with their families. Those ...
  • Holiday Customs In Victorian England
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    Holiday Customs in Victorian England Although Christ's Nativity has been celebrated since the 4 th century, most of the English customs we are familiar with today are as recent as the mid-19 th century. Many of the early ceremonies were started with pagan beliefs." The Protestant Reformation condemned most of these pagan customs as superstitious and banned public celebrations of Christmas." Michelle J. Hoppe. It wasn't until Prince Albert married Queen Victoria and brought many German customs wi...
  • Charles Dickens Christmas Carol One
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    Charles Dickens Growing up in the Victorian period, Christmas didn't have too much of an influence on society, particularly in England, where Dickens' grew up. This could be why one might possibly find it odd that this man is known so well for his interest in Christmas, and his many stories that reflect that interest. Charles Dickens' has forever changed the lives of people everywhere by the characters he portrays in his stories. From the innocent Tiny Tim, to the humbug Ebenezar Scrooge, to the...
  • Skipping Christmas Luther Nora Night
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    Skipping Christmas starts out at the gate in an airport. Luther and Nora Kranks are there with their daughter Blair, waiting for a flight to Miami that will eventually bring her to eastern Peru, where she is going with the Peace Corps. They all say their goodbyes and the parents leave. Nora is very upset, while Luther isn't so much. On the way home they stop at a store for white chocolate and pistachios. Luther unwillingly goes in to get it and finds every little thing a hindrance. He is easily...
  • Keep Christ In Christmas
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    Jesus our King is our reason for Christmas, but merchants and television have torn us away from this idea. To keep Christ in Christmas things must be done, for instance quickly scrawling Merry X-mas on a card is totally against the idea, although more convenient then writing Christmas it suggests that Christmas is not a Christen holiday. Christmas is a time for presents and T. V. specials to little kids, it could be taught to them that it's not what you get, but what you give in the first place....
  • Light In August And Symbolism
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    Light in August, a novel written by the well-known author, William Faulkner, can definitely be interpreted in many ways. However, one fairly obvious prospective is through a religious standpoint. It is difficult, nearly impossible, to construe Light in August without noting the Christian parallels. Faulkner gives us proof that a Christian symbolic interpretation is valid. Certain facts of these parallels are inescapable and there are many guideposts to this idea. For instance, there is Joe Chris...
  • My Favorite Holiday Christmas Enjoy Person
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    My favorite holiday is Christmas. Traditionally celebrated at home, Christmas is thought to be a family holiday. However nowadays the habits and ideas of people have changed very much and Christmas becomes more of the global holiday when it is appropriate to meet with many friends and go out for the round the night crazy celebration. Every person finds his own most favorite things about Christmas. In this small essay I will examine what this holiday means to me, and what are the best parts of it...
  • Santa Claus Christmas Time Season
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    Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president, once said, "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." If a pre-schooler was asked what Christmas is, he or she would simply respond with Santa Claus, but if an adult was asked the same question, the answer would vary from a time to give to the less fortunate to a time to spend with your loved ones. Christmas means many things other than the...
  • A Christmas Carol Charles
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    Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol Born in 1812 Charles Dickens grew up in a small town in London. Dickens grew up in a poor family. His family, sent to debtors jail before he became old enough to fend for himself, convinced him to find work and stay out of the jail. Dickens worked anywhere, from law offices to newspapers as a young child. ( New Standard Encyclopedia D-155) A Christmas Carol, written by Dickens, has changed many things in the world today, especially Christmas traditions and r...