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Christmas around the world: Learn how other countries enjoy the There are similarities and intriguing ham fried with eggs, some families fol- Quebec display creches, or Nativity differences in the way Christmas is cel- low churc h, ervices with a picnic at scenes, in their homes. After attending ebrated from continent to continent. In the beach. "\ midnight mass, families may be served the United States, many customs have Homes may bedocorated with ferns,tourti re, or pork pie. A Christmas blended to create what many people palm leaves, the red and green flower- banquet is called a r veilion and act as celebrate as the traditional Christmas. ing Christmas bush and other flowers, reunions for extended family members. From the first chords of "Silent Children hunt for the gold Christmas Night," written in Obendorf, Austria, beetle and search for gifts found in in 1818, to the first Christmas stamp their pillowcases or at the breakfast Greeting: Kala Christougena issued in the United States in 1962, the table. In Greece, St. Nicholas, a giver of holiday is definitely a cultural event, gifts during the Christmas season, is Find out how different areas of the also the patron saint of sailors and world celebrate the holiday season, and incorporate some of these traditions into your own holiday gatherings, courtesy of "Christmas Around the World," by Mary D. Lankford. Australia Greeting: Merry Christmas Many Christmas customs were brought to Australia by early settlers from England, yet with warmer cli- mates and exotic animals, traditions were modified for life well below the equator. Although Christmas falls during summer vacation, crowds fill churches for special services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After a breakfast of Camada Greetings: Merry Christmas & Joyeux Noel Canadian customs are quite similar to those in the United States. In Nova Scotia during the 12 days of Christmas, small groups of belsnicklers, or masked mummers, appear in neighbor- hoods, ringing bells, making noise, seeking candy or other treats. Their host may provide Christmas cake or a drink made from a mixture of water and thick, sweet syrup. Costumes may include grandma's nightgown or dad's winter underwear. The host attempts to identify the dis- guised visitors. Once identified, the mummer removes his or her mask and ceases all of the noise. French-speaking Canadians of 'To ' SAILS AND SERVICE CA Hc.#736744 ' vVishing - ou a worm ho[ida season" Plumas/Lassen counties (530) 259-2505 II &sherman. Most evergreen tree with tinsel and with a star. Gifts are Basil's Day. St. Basil, one of fathers of the Greek Orthodox is supposed to visit the first day of the year. leave a log in the fireplace for St.] to step on as he climbs down thet ney with tops. Samaritan's Purse shares ways to give Lassen and Plumas county resi- dents can be part of a Christmas pro- ject that touches millions of poor, sick and suffering children world- wide, through the simple act of pack- ing a shoebox. Operation Christmas Child dis- tributes gift-filled shoe boxes and Christian literature in former Soviet-bloc and Eastern European countries, along with India, South America, several African nations, and the United States. "It's kids helping kids; families reaching out to families," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, the sponsoring organization. Susanville resident Melba Gardner, who has been filling shoe- boxes with small toys, school sup- plies and toothbrushes for 12 years, said getting involved gives her a warm feeling. "Because we have so much here in America, I suppose it relieves my guilty feeling a little bit," she said. "I'm trying to show the love of God to children around the world. "My grandchildren, even when they were little, enjoyed wrapping. the boxes. We use boot boxes, because they're bigger." Gardner said filling the boxes teaches the children to share. Suggested gifts include small cars, dolls, stuffed animals and yo-yos. School supplies include pens, pen- A simple shoe box, filled I ts, and tagged with the ixiate label, ca. help bring joY' a child who expects next ing for Christmas. cils and a sharpener, markers or crayons, and writing pads Samaritan's Purse also recom- mends including hygiene items toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, a comb, and washcloths. The organization's Web site pro vides more information mailing labels and a in each box. Log on to itanspurse, org.> "This program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on missions project that reaches out to suffering children while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas--Jesus Christ, God'S greatest gift," according to the orgY" nizatiorrs Web site "In 2000, we col lected over 4.1 million shoeboxes worldwide and distributed them to, children in more than 75 countrieS, National drop-off locations, including one in Quincy at the Christian Life Center, 317 First Street, accepted shoeboxes during the week of Nov. 12-19, but anyone may send completed boxes year- round to the organization's head- quarters: Operation Christmas Child Samaritan's Purse P.O. Box 3000 801 Bamboo Road Boone, NC 28607