This is Steve Ember with a VOA Special English holiday
Music fills the air.
Colorful lights shine brightly in windows. Children and adults open gifts from loved
ones and friends. These are all
tradition is snow. Christmas in the northern part of the 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
Of course, many places do not get snow at
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 songwriter Irving Berlin captured these
feelings in his song, "White Christmas." Hundreds of singers and musicians have
recorded "White Christmas."
But the version most people still know best was sung by Bing Crosby.
Songwriter Irving Berlin was born in
Russia in eighteen eighty-eight. 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. This is Steve Ember.