Hello and welcome once again to English World. I am your radio friend Mark.
And I am your radio friend 郭文洁.
Wen-Jie, I can’t believe it. Christmas is coming.
I know. 圣诞节就要来临了This year has flown by so quickly.
You know, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays.
Mine, too. 我们都很喜爱这个特别的节期
Everywhere you go, you hear Christmas music.
处处都听得到圣诞歌曲播放I love singing Christmas songs and carols.
And I enjoy listening to them!
Listener friend, I’m sure you are fond of Christmas songs.
ON Today’s program, we are going to feature some Christmas music.
And we’ll talk about origin of some Christmas customs.
So, don’t go away. Here’s a song for you.
And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7 路加福音
The story of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
This is the foundation of many Christmas customs.
Like, giving presents and gifts to family and friends.
This has the origin in the story of the Wise Men,
The three Wise Men brought presents to the newborn baby Jesus.
Another tradition if of Singing Christmas Carols.
The Bible says, the angels were praising God and announcing the good news to the shepherds.
Many of these Christmas carols describe the scenes relating to Jesus’ birth,
The lyrics are about angels, shepherds, the wise men, and animals, etc…
Here’s a Christmas carol about that.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
Praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.
Luke 2:13,14 路加福音
As a matter of fact, no one really knows the exact date of Jesus’ birth.
But Dec. 25th was chosen to replace some of the pagan holidays at the time.
As time went on, OTHER customs were added into Christmas.
Like Christmas tree all decorated with ornaments and lights.
The custom of Christmas tree started in Germany,
The tradition was brought to the other part of the world by German immigrants.
Another popular custom is the figure “Santa Clause”.
The origin of Santa Claus actually started in the 4th century.
A Turkish bishop by the name of Nicholas was very generous.
He was known for his devotion towards children.
After his death, his legend was kept alive.
The name “Santa Clause” came from “Saint Nicholas” in the Dutch language.
With that came the tradition of giving treats and gifts to good children.
The Santa Clause figure has appeal to many,
But we must remember, the central meaning of Christmas season, is Jesus our Savior.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus,
because He will save His people from their sins.
Matthew 1:21 马太福音
We hope you enjoyed listening to the songs of Christmas we featured today.
Don’t forget, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
I like that. 别忘了 Jesus is the reason for the season.耶稣是这节期的真正主角
You can always read the story of His birth from Luke chapter 2 and Matthew chapter 2.
If you have any question related to English learning, please write us.
We’ll be happy to answer you.
Most important, we want to be your friend. Until next time in English World, I am your radio host Mark, along with Wen-Jie.
God Bless You and ――Zai-Jian.
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