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The season is known for when you get presents, but it's also about giving

By unknown | Nov 30, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Themba Molefe

Themba Molefe

It's that time of the year again - children the world over are counting the days to Christmas, when they will unwrap their presents and hope that their year-long wishes have come true.

In the South Africa of yesteryear - and perhaps to a lesser extent today - children would place stockings under their pillows before going to bed on Christmas Eve. Father Christmas would later slide down the chimney and fill their stockings with glorious toys as they slept.

In other countries, such as the US, the bearded, laughing old man in a red-and-white suit and black boots is known as Santa Claus. Of course, the debate about whether he exists, lives at the North Pole and flies around on a magic sleigh pulled by eight reindeer will go on forever.

Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus and is traditionally observed on December 25.

It has many aspects, both religious and secular, including the exchange of gifts, decorating the Christmas tree and carols by candlelight.

For lucky children everywhere it is that special day when the whole family sits down to a sumptuous dinner and other yummy goodies.

But as many of those privileged children will be displaying their new clothes and wonderful presents, hundreds of others - the orphans and the homeless, the stricken and the poor - will be out there waiting for love.

We should all remember that Christmas Day is not only about receiving presents, but also about giving what you can to make others less fortunate be of good cheer.


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