hristmas ritters 

The Animals that Saved Christmas 

by Dahni Santa Bopa
© 2013 all rights reserved


ai the hristmas oi

(Part III)

     he world is filled with many different people and animals, languages, cultures and holiday traditions. Everyone has day and night, 24 hours, days, weeks, months, years and the four seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter. All of these things depend on the sun that our planet spins around daily and each year. We do not all have daytime and night time or the seasons at the same time. Some places are usually always cold like, the North and South poles. Some places are hot, most of the whole year.

As the earth spins around the sun, we have day and night and seasons: spring, summer, fall & winter

   anta Claus travels the whole world each year at night on December 24th or Christmas Eve. But in some places, Christmas Eve begins, before it does in the United States. One such place is, the country called, Japan.

   o the people of Japan celebrate Christmas? Yes, but not exactly like we do in the United States. In Japanese, Happy/Merry Christmas is Meri Kurisumasu (merry coor-ee-su-mah-su) For short, it is called, 'Meri Kuri. (merry coor-ee). They have a Christmas Cake which is a soft sweet sponge cake topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. 

Christmas Cake

   any children love to read stories and watch cartoons about Anpanman (ahn-pon-mahn). His head is a bun made by Uncle Jam. His name comes from pan (pahn) the Japanese word for "bread. His head is filled with sweet red bean paste, Japanese: anko) called an anpan (ahn-pon). The rhythm of the rhyming name might be translated in English as, "Bean Bun Boy." He is a very clever little fellow and very helpful to others. He is a symbol of justice and that's what he fights many enemies for. And besides that, the anpan (ahn-pon) is a delicious bun with sweet red bean paste! And you just might find him dressed up like Santa Claus.

Anpanman (ahn-pon-mahn) at Christmas time

    anta Claus? Oh, yes, he is known in Japan. But he is called, Santa San (sawn - mister in English) or Mr. Santa.

Santa San at work while at least one child is awake and watching him  


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