Tag: christmas

9
Dec

Christmas in summer: Australia

In Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of the summer holidays. Children have their summer holidays from early to mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas. Australians hang wreaths on their front doors and sometimes go out Christmas carol singing on Christmas eve. People also decorate their houses and gardens with Christmas Trees and Christmas

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9
Dec

Christmas Trees: Origin

While it is clear that the modern Christmas tree originates in Renaissance and early modern Germany, there are a number of speculative theories as to its ultimate origin. Its 16th-century origins are sometimes associated with Protestant Christian reformer Martin Luther who first added lighted candles to a tree. It is frequently traced to the symbolism of evergreen trees in pre-Christian winter rites, in particular through the story

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4
Dec

Transcribing Music

What Does it Mean to Transcribe Music? What I am talking about here is the process of working out how to play or write out a piece of music starting with just a recording of the piece. You will also hear classical musicians speak of “transcribing” to mean adapting a piece of music written for one instrument to be played

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3
Dec

Christmas Carols: not just songs

When we hear talking about Christmas Carols, we don’t just think about the songs: we all remember the Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol”. The tale begins on a “cold, bleak, biting” Christmas Eve exactly seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave as “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous,

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2
Dec

Christmas peculiarities in Russia

For the last 100 years, Russia has been a nation in constant political and ideological change, and that affected all its culture, specially celebrations, and that involves, between others, Christmas. As in some other Eastern Orthodox countries, and due to the 13-day difference between the newer Gregorian, and older Julian Calendars, Christmas is celebrated on January 7. Unlike its Western

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