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Word of the Day-Sheng Dan Jie (Christmas)

Posted: Saturday, December 4, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 圣诞节,shèng dàn jié (Christmas). 圣 (shèng) means holy, while 诞 (dàn) means birth. 节 (jié ) means holiday. So 圣诞节 means the holiday (celebrating) of the holy birth.

Since most Chinese in China are not Christians, Christmas is not a holiday widely celebrated. When I was young, I read about people in the US celebrating Christmas , with Christmas trees all decorated, beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, and quiet white snow falling outside the window. I thought it was such a beautiful and peaceful scene. Now I know a lot of people here in the US don't quite have that scene. Here in San Diego, we are having a rainy Christmas. But the important thing is, we get to spend time with family and friends, which is like our Chinese New Year time in China.

圣诞快乐,shèng dàn kuài lè (Merry Christmas, everyone!)
 

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