Celebrating Christmas in the Dark
Opening the refrigerator door, I realized we needed milk. I gave my son money to buy some at the local corner store while I gazed out of my kitchen window. It appeared to be a normal day outside—women toting their purchased vegetables back home to make lunch, students dressed in white vests going to school, and a man in a cart urging his donkey to speed up. Inside, our house boasted something unique, smelling of cinnamon rolls and homemade eggnog. It was December 25—Christmas day!
As a Christian, celebrating Christmas in a Muslim country requires faith, some imagination, and planning.
Christmas Around the World
My best friend growing up came from an Italian family. Every Christmas her aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents would gather at her house for the feast of the seven fishes, homemade wine, and colorful Italian cookies. Then they’d go to midnight mass, come home and feast some more. Naturally, every Christmas I wanted to be Italian. My family is of Irish and German descent, but we never really embraced our ancestors’ Christmas traditions. Then I did some research and discovered that we do—and you probably do, too. We light the Adventskranz (Advent wreath), decorate a Weihnachtsbaum (Christmas tree), and have our big celebration on Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) instead of Christmas day.
Find out how other countries celebrate Christmas in this booklet we’ve compiled. Maybe you will adopt one of these traditions this year.
"Ediffect" vs. "Woodle"
This school year, VPSA students tackle a big change: technology. The Java is now getting cold, and of course, it brings pain for me to say that Frances, everyone’s favorite archive lady, is now unemployed. The battle with the dreaded Wimba gremlins is won at long last. Instead, we have completely new software to work with as we navigate the year. Let’s take a look at how Edify and Adobe Connect (I call the system “Ediffect”) compare to Wimba and Moodle (“Woodle”) and find out just how much of an improvement Veritas Press brought to the table.
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