31 December 2008

28 December 2008

A letter from Santa to Ant Célia

Dear Ant Célia
I've been checking my list and then I had my elves check it twice, and I see that you have been a good "girl" this year!
I know you are getting "big"! Even though some days it has been difficult to be a good girl, I see that you have tried very, very hard! This is why the elves and I have made something special just for you! So try very hard to be as good as you can til Christmas!
Since I don't have time to write to every little boy and girl on my list, please remind other ants to be good as well.
I will soon be on my way to visit your house in Barreiro. I am arriving now from my long journey to the home of the many good little boys and girls all around the world!
You must wait a little while!
Enjoy New Year!

27 December 2008

Facts about Santa Claus

Santa Claus and Mrs Santa live in Korvatunturi in Finnish Lapland. A great number of elves and reindeer live there, too. Korvatunturi is a peculiar place: you can see it in every map, but it is very, very difficult to know the way there.There is a large main building in which there are a spacious dining room, a huge library, Mrs Santa’s kitchen, and many other interesting rooms. There is, of course, a present-workshop and a very mysterious present-store, too
Korvatunturi is a suitable dwelling place for Santa Claus, because all children’s wishes can be heard there. That is why it has got its name Korvatunturi. That means: the ear-mountain. Besides, there is much space for Santa’s reindeer and hidden places for the elves. The reindeer and the elves are good friends and helpers of Santa’s. But from where has Santa Claus come to Korvatunturi? That is a secret. Nobody knows the answer. Not even Santa Claus himself. Sometimes, in the long white hours of the nightless Midsummer night, Santa Claus thinks of St Nicholas, the patron saint of the poor. Two thousand years ago St Nicholas sailed from remote Rome to the North and helped people - like Santa Claus today.
Some tens of years ago the Finnish Broadcasting Company, in a programme for children, revealed the situation of Santa’s dwelling place. Since that many, many people have wanted to visit there. Santa Claus had nothing against it, but he thought that Korvatunturi is quite a remote and hidden place for so many people to visit. That is why Santa Claus let build his Workshop Village at the Polar Circle, in the fringes of Rovaniemi city. There is also his cosy Chamber where he meets people from all over the world. Santa Claus likes to come by his chamber every day. He wants to meet all people who have come to visit there.
Santa Claus’ Main Post Office is there at the Polar Circle, too. The communication and traffic services are much better there than in the far-away, outlying area of Korvatunturi. But how is it possible that Santa Claus gets so rapidly from Korvatunturi to the Polar Circle and from the Polar Circle to Korvatunturi? Nobody knows. The great fjelds conceal the secret. Sometimes people have seen him jump to the sledge of Rudolf the reindeer. Sometimes he has simply disappeared from his chamber, maybe through the fireplace. There is on the mantelpiece a key, and using that key it may be possible to get into secret tunnels that may lead as far as Korvatunturi. But these are only assumptions.
In every case, there is a lot of mystery and magic in real, genuine Santa Claus.

26 December 2008

Christmas in Great Britain

In Great Britain the hustle and bustle of the season begins well before Christmas and there is barely anytime for a break until the Twelfth night. There is preparation going on of foods, the sending of Christmas cards, the decorating of houses and churches, and the readying of gifts keep everyone busy even the youngest family members.
On Christmas Eve youngsters hang up their stockings on the ends of the beds or by the chimney so that when Father Christmas comes he can leave them something.
On Christmas morning the family traditionally opens their presents and prepares for a big feast which typically is served just after midday. The table gleams with the best china and glassware, and at every place on the table there is a cracker. The meal begins with a toast, followed by the popping of the crackers. After the meal they sit down in front of the Television for the traditional Christmas speech of the British Monarch.
In the afternoon they exchange visits with neighbors other family members.
At Christmas dinner, a plum pudding is served with little treasures hidden inside that bring their finders good luck. Britain was the first country to hang up mistletoe.

25 December 2008

Mother Christmas

The birth of Christ
Is the reason for the day
Santa Claus does his part
In his magical way
Rudolf and the other reindeer
Pull the loaded sleigh
Decorations and lights
Put Christmas on display
And festive songs and carols
Have a part to play
But it takes a mother
To make it a very special day

By Paul Curtis

21 December 2008

Nativity scene

Roast Turkey

Traditionally Roast Goose was the prefered Christmas roast in Britain and Ireland until the new-fangled bird arrived from America in the 16th century. Now, no British or Irish Christmas dinner would be complete without a Roast Turkey.

19 December 2008

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16 December 2008

11 December 2008

Human Rights

Article One- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

7 December 2008

Singing a song!

Ants are singing. Listen to them and sing along!

The lyrics are here. Sing along!

All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth!

Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could wish you
"Merry Christmas."

5 December 2008

Princess Elizabeth aged seven, in 1933.

1 December 2008