The word Christmas comes from the words Cristes maesse, or “Christ’s Mass”. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus for members of the Christian religion. Most historians peg the first celebration of Christmas to Rome in 336 AD.
No one really knows. What is known is that Christian leaders in 336 AD set the date to December 25th in an attempt to eclipse a popular pagan holiday in Rome (Saturnalia) celebrating the winter solstice. Originally the celebration of Christmas involved a simple mass, but over time Christmas has replaced a number of other holidays in many other countries, and a large number of traditions have been absorbed into the celebration in the process.
St. Nicholas was born in 280 AD to wealthy parents in Patera in Asia Minor. He was orphaned at a young age and became a Christian Minister. St. Nicholas was elected bishop and he was once imprisoned for his faith. Nicholas is most famous for giving. He was known to beg for food for the poor. One story claims that he would dress up in a disguise and go out into the streets and give gifts to poor children. Some historians claim that St. Nicholas died in 343 AD, but many children believe that he is still alive giving out presents every Christmas in celebration of Christ’s birth.
It has been taken into belief of most that the Christmas tree has started in Germany in the mid 700’s. The evergreen trees represented life. It is during the time of Christmas, in which the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated that these trees are decorated and taken into homes. These trees represent the life of Jesus Christ and how He still live on today. They became known as the “Christ Tree” until the celebration became known as Christmas. Then it was the Christmas Tree. Ancients would bring evergreen leaves on the night of December 21, the shortest day of the year. They did this because they wanted the sun god to get well and they thought the green leaves of evergreens would better the god. In many countries thousands of years ago, people would decorate their houses with evergreen leaves and branches to keep away ghosts, witches, sickness, and evil spirits. German Martin Luther is said to be the first to bring the tree indoor decorated with candles to show his children what stars looked like at night in the forest. He had been walking home and was amazed at the beauty of the stars. This is why he did it. This grew into America and now people light their trees with much more than candles(lights).
‘Trick or Treat’ began in America in the earlier part of the 20th century when a group of Irish labourers used Hallowe’en as an opportunity to demand money with menace. This was later toned down and popularised as a ‘light-hearted’ neighbourhood activity. It is a very strong part of popular culture in the States. Children will come home from school, dress up in some outlandish outfit (such as a witch, a goblin or a ghoul) and go knocking on doors shouting “Trick or Treat”. If the person opening the door does not give them a ‘treat’ eg sweets or money, then the youngsters threaten to ‘trick’ them and play a joke or a trick on them.
Dear Takashi, I wish I would go over there but Daddy couldn’t because someone couldn’t do it. And I love you, Takashi, it’s more funner over there with you and I wish I would ever see sumo. And well, Takashi it’s more funner for me to play with you and also it’s more funner of you bringing things to me for my room and stuff. And even I really love you. I wish I would have to be something to really to have you more better so you could play with me and also there’s more fun things to do but when you’re not here there isn’t. I like you very much.
The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day.
That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all. and the enemy of all. — J. August Strindberg, Swedish writer
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. — Anne Sexton, U.S. poet.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. — English proverb (17th century)
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. — Sigmoid Freud
If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. — Bill Cobs
“Mom, why can’t I go swimming?” “The water is too deep.” “But Daddy is swimming!!” “He’s insured.”
The father said to his child, “You know, son, at your age, George Washington wasn’t listening to music and playing. He was already a bold courier for the army.”And the boy said, ” I know, Dad. And at your age, he was President of the United States, wasn’t he?”
★HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY →母の日おめでとう！ ★HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Blessings on your Special Day! →ハッピーマザーズデイ！特別なこの日に祝福がありますように！ ★Thanks for supporting me all these years Mom →ママ、今までずっと私を支えてくれてありがとう ★A Big Hug on Mother’s Day! →母の日に大きなハグを・・・！ ★Mom, you are my hero (angel)! →お母さん、あなたは私のヒーロー(エンジェル）よ！ ★To the most precious woman in the world →世界で一番大切な女性に・・・ ★I luv you mom. →ママ、大好きよ！
In sixteenth-century France, the start of the new year was observed on April first. It was celebrated in much the same way as it is today with parties and dancing into the late hours of the night. Then in 1562, Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world, and the new year fell on January first. There were some people, however, who hadn’t heard or didn’t believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April first. Others played tricks on them and called them “April fools.” They sent them on a “fool’s errand” or tried to make them believe that something false was true. In France today, April first is called “Poisson d’Avril.” French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends’ backs. When the “young fool” discovers this trick, the prankster yells “Poisson d’Avril!” (April Fish!)
[辞書でチェック] When pigs fly is an informal way to joke that you will never do something. Example: “Do you think you will ever work at that company again?” Reply: “When pigs fly!”
Pigs are heavy animals that stay close to the ground and do not fly, so when pigs fly is a time that will never come. Example: “Do you think your brother will be successful?” Reply: “When pigs fly he will.”
When pigs fly is a time that will never come because pigs will never fly. Example: “Will you ever take her on a date?” Reply: “Sure: When pigs fly!”