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Date: Dec 25 2000


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John and Tanis are going over their Christmas plans. John is really lucky this year. Listen to the conversation and see why.


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John:  So Tanis, what are your plans for Christmas this year?

Tanis:  Oh well, I guess, really I have two sets of plans, ‘cause we have plans for Christmas Eve and then also for Christmas itself.

John:  So, you do two different things on those days.

Zach:  Yeah, on Christmas Eve, um, my grandparents come over. My mom’s mom and dad and we have a really nice dinner. And then we all go to church together. And then, um, I’ll probably spend the night at my mom and dad’s with my sisters and my brother. And then, um…

John:  And wait for Santa to come…

Tanis:  Yeah, wait for Santa. I still have stockings and everything.

John:  Oh great.

Tanis:  A stocking, not two. (laughter). What about you?

John:  Um, I’m actually going to go to Mexico with my mom and sister.

Tanis:  Mexico?!

John:  Yeah, it’s pretty crazy.

Tanis:  Yeah, that is crazy.

John:  Every year we do the same thing. We have, y’know… we have Christmas eve with my… at my parents. And then Christmas morning we all open presents. But, this year we kinda decided that we wanted to take off and lay on the beach and spend a little Christmas time in Mexico.

Tanis:  Well, I’m jealous. That’s really cool. But, do you think you’ll still feel like it’s Christmas?

John:  I don’t know. That’s a good question. And I was even wondering if they celebrate it, but, y’know, “Feliz Navidad,” right?

Tanis:  Of course they do. Yes.

John:  How does that song go?

Tanis:  Oh, John, you don’t want me to sing (laughter).


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For most people Christmas is really two holidays. There is Christmas Eve and Christmas day. On Christmas Eve, usually people have a nice dinner with all of their family members. On Christmas Day everyone wakes up and comes downstairs to open presents. People hang stockings by the fireplace and the next day they are filled with goodies. Many people go to church on that day as well. John is going to spend Christmas in Mexico this year. Instead of snow and cold he will be at the beach getting a tan. Everyone at Ebaby! is really jealous. Happy Holidays! —Zach


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