Narrator: Two good friends, Greg and Charlie, meet up with at a park on a Saturday afternoon. Greg is carrying a basketball.
Greg: Hello, Charlie! Want to shoot some hoops?!
Charlie: I surely would, Greg, but the court docket looks crowded ideal now. How about having a stroll, very first?
Greg: All right.
Narrator: The two boys start off walking and Greg dribbles the ball as they go.
Greg: Is your loved ones having prepared for Xmas, nevertheless?
Charlie: Properly, truly, we rejoice Chanukah. Considering that it begins in two weeks, this yr, my mom and dad have commenced searching for offers, I am confident. My sister and I are making them a calendar. Boy, will they be amazed when they see the photographs we selected! I are not able to wait to give it to them.
Greg: I guess we have far more time to get prepared since Xmas is December twenty five. My minor sister and brother continue to consider Santa delivers their gifts and leaves them underneath our tree. Your calendar appears like a neat concept but I consider I will invest in my loved ones some offers at the shopping mall.
Charlie: For Chanukah, my mom and dad give my sister and me a existing on just about every of the eight evenings the holiday getaway lasts. Some Jewish households give offers all at the moment, like you do.
Greg: Why does Hanukkah previous for eight days?
Charlie: Properly, you see, the Assyrian Greek King Antiochus IV captured and desecrated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. By the time the Maccabees recaptured it, there was enough holy oil to previous for only one working day. But guess what! It wound up lasting for eight days as an alternative!! We gentle candles in a menorah, or candelabra, each individual night. On the very first night, we gentle one on the next night, two and so on until all candles are lit on the eighth night. The tallest candle is the shammash and we use it to gentle all the other people.
Greg: Wow! We gentle candles, too, but for a different motive. You know that Xmas is the working day Jesus was born. Properly, in medieval moments, there was a legend that the Christ Child would be wandering the Earth in look for of spots He would be welcomed. When we place candles in our windows or along our walkways, it can be to signify that He is welcome at our home. Of program, no one realized how He would be dressed so the custom arose that people had been not turned away on Xmas.
Charlie: That’s fascinating. What do you do on Xmas Eve?
Greg: We rejoice Xmas Eve by possessing a big mass at church and singing Xmas carols. Did you know the most famed carol service will come from Cambridge in England? It was very first carried out in 1918 from King’s College as a way to rejoice that Planet War I experienced ended!
Charlie: Properly, for Chanukah, there is no exclusive temple service. We do have functions, while, and rejoice with eating festive meals, dancing, enjoying games, and opening offers. All our relations get alongside one another and that will make me content. Because oil is so vital to Chanukah, several food items are built with it. My most loved is potato latkes, or pancakes, served with applesauce…yum! Do you try to eat just about anything exclusive for Xmas?
Greg: Yep! Our loved ones eats roast turkey! Some of my friends’ households try to eat ham, while. You want to know what I adore most? The Xmas cookies and apple pie! My grandparents like the fruitcake. I adore that my whole loved ones will come above. What else do you do on Hanukkah?
Charlie: My loved ones plays our most loved sport, dreidel. A dreidel is a spinning top rated with four Hebrew letters on it. We enjoy with nuts and everyone puts 3 into the kitty to commence. If another person spins and lands on 3 of the letters, they possibly do very little, take half the kitty, or place in 3 far more nuts. The blessed player who lands on Gimmel, while, wins the full pot! We also like having chocolate sweet wrapped in gold paper to resemble cash. It is really called Chanukah gelt since gelt is the Hebrew word for dollars. What is your most loved section of Xmas?
Greg: Hmm. I adore so several issues about it but I guess I genuinely appreciate how my loved ones will come alongside one another and decorates our Xmas tree. Every person does his section and hangs glass ornaments, tinsel, and strung popcorn. And, oh, the singing! All of us are smiling and content. By the way, did you know that several Xmas customs we observe nowadays commenced in Germany? The English Queen, Victoria, visited relations above there and fell in adore with Prince Albert. Right after they received married and returned to England, the English people loved their tree and hand-blown glass ornaments. In the US, the tree custom most likely started with the Hessian troops for the duration of the American Revolution or with German immigrants. In 1851, a farmer from the Catskill Mountains bought evergreen trees in New York City and by 1920, the custom of possessing a Xmas tree was very frequent. I are not able to visualize Xmas without having one!
Narrator: The boys are near to the basketball court docket, once more.
Charlie: Properly, we’re again where we commenced! I acquired alot about Xmas. You know, even while we have different religions and rejoice different vacations, we the two adore having alongside one another with our households at this time of yr and appreciate the spirit of exchanging offers.
Greg: Yeah, it can be good to know we have something in frequent apart from basketball. Many thanks for telling me about Hanukkah. The court’s fairly empty, now. Do you continue to have time to shoot some hoops?
Charlie: You wager!
Narrator: The boys take off for the court docket and start off enjoying basketball.
Activities for use with this enjoy
one. The previously mentioned enjoy can be study by 3 little ones or employed as section of a application with the inclusion of Xmas, Chanukah, and wintertime songs and dances.
2. Have little ones attempt writing a similar enjoy about two other countries’ observances.
three. Make a comparison chart for Xmas and Chanukah and contain this information and facts from the enjoy: religious importance, offers, candles, celebrations, and food items.
four. Do more study on other symbols of just about every holiday getaway.
Nonetheless you rejoice the period, Happy Vacations TO ALL!