Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dec 24th – The Peanuts & Christmas Traditions

Hello everyone!

Today’s comic is Peanuts with an explanation on Anglo – American Christmas traditions.

Comic Breakdown

“Then on Christmas Eve he flies through the air in a sleigh with a bunch of reindeer, and brings all these kids the things they’ve asked for…why?  I don’t know…” – Lucy speaking to Snoopy

When is Christmas Eve?

December 24th, the day before Christmas (December 25th).

Who is Lucy talking about?

Lucy is talking about Santa Claus!  In English he also goes by the names Old Man Christmas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and Saint Nick (short for his formal Christian title Saint Nicholas).

Other names for Santa Claus in other languages and countries include:

Brazil – Papai Noel (Father Christmas)

Germany - Weihnachtsmann (Christmas Man)

France – Père Noël (Father Christmas)

Hungary – Mikulas (Saint Nicholas)

Italy – Babbo Natale (Father Christmas)

Spain – Papa Noel (Father Christmas)

Portugal – Pai Natal (Father Christmas)

Japan – Hoteiosho (Priest or God that brings gifts)

What is Lucy talking about?

Christmas traditions are different depending on the country and culture.  In the Anglo – American world, Santa Claus flies around the world in a flying sleigh full of toys pulled by reindeers on the night before Christmas. 

Santa goes down the chimney and leaves children gifts in their Christmas stockings or under the Christmas tree.

To read more about the Peanuts and their holiday beliefs, click here.

Today’ images are from here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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