Chrstimas in India
Or as they say in India, Natal
Traditions for Christmas
In India, faster Christmas, or (Santa Claus) ,delivers Presents to Kids By A Cart and a horse,rather than the normal sleigh and reindeer.
Instead of having a boring pine cone christmas tree, people instead get a palm tree to decorate!
From fruitcakes to rose cookies to some food that is translated to worms, they have it all! People in India taking cooking very seriously, and while they have fun cooking, most also make sure to add a bit of traditional styles into their cooking. -Fruitcakes for example, are heavily influenced by the British plum puddings, and are sometimes even called plum cakes in India.
Indian Christmas Carol
1. Twas in the moon of wintertime
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wond'ring hunters heard the hymn:
Jesus, your King is born,
Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria
2. Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp'd Hid beauty 'round.
But as the hunter braves drew night,
The angel song rang loud and high:
3. The earliest moon of wintertime
Is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on
The helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before Him knelt
With gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
4. O children of the forest free, O sons
O sons of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heav'n
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy,
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.
Activity Source: Christmas to Candlemas in a Catholic Home by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota