S: A Group 2 Presentation
FC: Unique Christmas Customs A Look at Four Holiday Traditions From Around the World
1: Contents: Old English Christmas Madrigal Dinner By Anne M. Riddle German Pickle Trees By Megan M. Sobol China Tradition By Kimberly Marie Huber Christmas Traditions in Italy By: Cami L. Fox
2: Welcome ye Gent's and Maiden's! This is the year 1700 and you are about to coordinate an old English Christmas Madrigal Dinner!
3: Task: Your task as the steering committee will be to find the characters including the king, queen, page, wenches, court jester, theatrical director, orchestra, choir, chef, seamstress, decoration committee, and advertising committee. The theatrical director will work with the king, queen, page, and choir for the performance. The king, queen and page are required to practice their lines for their theatrical performance and
4: pay for the rental and dry cleaning of their costumes. The orchestra plays music from the 1700's and Christmas carols. The choir is responsible for the singing of Christmas carols, the rental, and dry cleaning of their costumes. The chef prepares the meal with the figgy pudding. The seamstress builds the costumes for the wenches, King, Queen, page, and makes any necessary alterations.
5: The advertising committee coordinates all publicity. The court jester makes everyone laugh. The decoration committee builds the set for the performers as well as decorates the hall for the dinner with crown candles, pine, and garlands. Process First, the steering committee will set up committees for Food, Decorations of the Hall, Music, Finance,
6: Theatrical performance, and Advertising. The food committee will research the proper menu recipes for dinner. The menu will include Wassail, roast beef, roasted potatoes, salad, vegetable, and figgy pudding. The dccoration committee will purchase necessary supplies to build the set, and other hall decorations including wreaths, garlands, candles, and pine.
7: The music committee will research music of the 1700's along with the Wassail song, Boar's Head song, Figgy Pudding song, Christmas carols, and recruit an orchestra. The finance committee will establish a bank account, create a budget, dispense necessary funding to the committees, and pay any bills.
8: The theatrical committee will recruit and coach the page, king, queen, court jesters, and rehearse with the choir. The advertising committee will acquire posters, sent out publications to newspapers, radio, and mail invitations to alumni, and host the follow up committees for evaluations. Bon Appetite!
9: Merry Christmas From Germany!
10: Behold, the Pickle Tree!
11: John Lower was born in Bavaria in 1842. He left Germany with his family and emigrated to the United States. While fighting in the American Civil War, John Lower was captured and sent to a prison in Andersonville, Georgia. He soon fell to poor health given the poor conditions of the prison. Starving, he begged a guard for just one pickle before resigning himself to death. The guard, taking pity on him, gave John Lower a pickle. According to Lower family legend, the pickle, by the grace of God, gave John the mental and physical strength to live on.
12: After being reunited with his family he began the tradition of hiding a pickle on the Christmas tree. Hence, the first person who found the pickle on Christmas morning would be blessed with a year of good fortune... and a special gift, just as John Lower had experienced! special gift, just as John Lower had experienced!
13: The tradition of Lower's Christmas Pickle has spread across the world. Countless children run down the stairs on Christmas morning to begin their search for the pickle!
15: The custom has evolved over the years and blown glass pickle ornaments, like the one you see here started being produced in the 1890's! Today, on Christmas morning, the first child to find the pickle is rewarded with an extra little gift left by St. Nicholas. This tradition encourages children to appreciate all the ornaments on the Christmas tree, rather than only looking at what is underneath it!
16: Christmas in China
17: How to celebrate a Chinese Christmas 1. Make paper lanterns to decorate your house 2. Set up a tree of light decorate with paper chains, flowers, and lanterns. These trees are usually artificial. 3. Help your children hang Muslin stockings. 4. Expect Dun Che Lao Ren to visit. 5. Participate in local festivals. 6. Attend church services if this Christmas tradition is part of your celebration. 7. Buy your children new clothes and toys. 8. Display bowls of oranges and tangerines, which symbolize wealth and good fortune. These may all sound familiar as these are similar to American traditions.
18: Christians in China celebrate by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they call "Tress of Light", with paper chains, flowers, and lanterns.
19: Chinese children hang muslin stockings and await a visit from Santa Claus, whom they call Dun Che Lao Ren, which means "Christmas Old Man."
20: While Christmas is not a public holiday, Christmas celebrations are becoming more popular in China itself. You'll find trees, lights, and decorations on the streets and public areas.
21: Ta chiu, a Taoist festival, takes place on December 27th. One of the most interesting of this festival comes near the end, where the priest reads the names of everyone who lives in the area. When the priest is finished reading the list, the names are attached to a paper horse and burned, the hope being they will rise to heaven.
22: Christmas Traditions in Italy
23: In Italy Christmas does not just consist of one day. The Christmas celebrations go on for 3 weeks. They start 8 days before Christmas, which is known as the Novena and last until the Feast of the Epiphany which occurs on January 6th.
24: Italian Christmas traditions are centered mainly on the religion of Christianity. This brings along the display of Nativity Scenes, which first began in Italy.
25: In Italy children do not write letters to Santa Claus, they write letters to their parents. The letters do not ask for presents, but rather tell their parents how much they love them. The letters are placed under their fathers plate and read after Christmas Eve dinner.
26: Instead of placing presents under a tree, gifts a placed ornamental bowl called the Urn of Fate
27: Italian children believe that they are visited by La Befana, an old witch. She fills the children's socks with candy and presents if they are good. And bad children will receive lumps of coal if they are bad. In exchange the children leave Befana a glass of wine. Befana arrives on the eve of January 6th, which marks the end of the holiday season and known as La Festa dell'Epifania.