Christmas and Jesus

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Christmas, Weihnachten

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***** Season: Mid-Winter
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Christmas is the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated in Christian Communities all over the world.
Here we can only highlight some of the different customs and activities during this time.

Gabi Greve

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kigo related to Christmas

kurisumasu クリスマス Christmas, Weihnachten
kirisuto kootansai キリスト降誕祭(きりすとこうたんさい)
birth of Christ
..... kootansai 降誕祭(こうたんさい)
..... seitansai 聖誕祭(せいたんさい)"holy birthday"
..... gokootansetsu 御降誕節(ごこうたんせつ)

kurisumasu oo-uridashi
Christmas sale

seiju 聖樹(せいじゅ)"holy tree", Tannenbaum
kurisumasu ibu クリスマスイブ Christmas eve

seiya 聖夜(せいや)Holy Night
seiyageki 聖夜劇(せいやげき)"Holy Night performance"

kurisumasu kaado クリスマスカード Christmas card
kurisumasu kyaroru クリスマスキャロル Christmas carol

seika 聖菓(せいか)"Holy Cake", Christmas cake

. Christian Celebrations in Winter


Some nice Christmas web pages...

Winter Santa Scene (with music)

Singing Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree site has all my favorite carols you can sing with including, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus! This will be found at the Mistletoe .

Michael Baribeau


church window --
Christ reaching out through
metal bars

Photo and Haiku : Isabelle Prondzynski


a vigil candle
drowns its flame ...
wooden Jesus

first day of Ghost Month ...
will Jesus and Buddha dwell
as my neighbors?

Chen-ou Liu : Poetry in the Moment


my Jesus ...
sitting by my side
as I weep

Wilfredo R. Bongcaron Manila, Philippines

Worldwide use

Australia and Southern Hemisphere

kigo for mid-summer



The main festival of the year in Denmark is Christmas. Danes celebrate Christmas Eve on December 24 and prolong the Christmas through December 25 and 26. Though many longstanding traditions have disappeared over the years, many traditions such as the family gathering at Christmas, lighting Christmas tree candles, and the month-long calendar candy are still celebrated today.

On Christmas Eve, after a splendid of traditional goose, Danish families light candles on the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. After dancing round the tree, singing traditional songs, the members of the family exchange gifts. Some of the family will probably have attended church services in the afternoon.

Christmas in Danish is called Jul, an old Nordic word for "feast", and it is the biggest holiday in Denmark with traditions that go back centuries.


My family celebrates our Danish heritage with Chicken and dumpling soup for Christmas Eve dinner...I learned how to make it when I was eight years old. Every year, we bring out my great grandmothers letter to my mother with the recipe on it, even though we know the recipe by heart.
Kate Steere



kigo for the wet season

Christmas is consider in Guyana as the Season of Goodwill.

hard rain
in the Season
of Goodwill

Kenneth Daniels, Guyana, 2009



Shingō (新郷村, Shingō-mura) Shingo village
is a village located in the Sannohe District of south-central Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan.
The village promotes itself as the home of the
Grave of Christ (キリストの墓, Kirisuto no Haka) after a local legend.

Shingō village claims to be the last resting-place of Jesus, buried in the "Tomb of Jesus." According to the village's claims, Jesus Christ did not die on the cross at Golgotha. Instead his brother, Isukiri, took his place on the cross, while Jesus fled across Siberia to Mutsu Province, in northern Japan, where he became a rice farmer, married, and raised a family near what is now Shingō.
Entrepreneurs sell memorabilia and Jesus souvenirs to the tourists. Another tomb in Shingō is said to contain an ear of the brother of Jesus and a lock of hair from the Virgin Mary. The claims started in 1933 after the discovery of supposed "ancient Hebrew documents detailing Jesus' life and death in Japan" that was supposedly the testament of Jesus. These documents were allegedly seized by the Japanese authorities and taken to Tokyo shortly before World War II and have not been seen since.

The English text on the sign explaining the legend of the Tomb of Christ reads:

When Jesus Christ was 21 years old, he came to Japan and pursued knowledge of divinity for 12 years. He went back to Judea at age 33 and engaged in his mission. However, at that time, people in Judea would not accept Christ's preaching. Instead, they arrested him and tried to crucify him on a cross. His younger brother, Isukiri casually took Christ's place and ended his life on the cross.
Christ, who escaped the crucifixion, went through the ups and downs of travel, and again came to Japan. He settled right here in what is now called Herai Village, and died at the age of 106. On this holy ground, there is dedicated a burial mound on the right to deify Christ, and a grave on the left to deify Isukiri. The above description was given in a testament by Jesus Christ.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


Trinidad and Tobago

Here in T&T iwe are in the 12th day of what our radio stations call One Hundred Days of Christmas.

Gillena Cox

Things found on the way

Haibun by Isabelle Prondzynski

Christmas greetings from Ireland!

We decorated the Christmas tree, fresh from our woods, on 23 December, ready for Christmas Eve festivities the following night :

Christmas tree
among sweets and tinsel
a spider's web

It was the first white Christmas for years -- we woke up on Christmas Day to gently falling snow. This has thawed slowly and frozen over, so the Christmas moon tonight is reflected by what remains of it -- a beautiful sight.

Christmas moon
dogs out sniffing
in the snow


More than one billion people live in India. The most common religion is the Hinduism (about 80 per cent of the population is Hindu) and the Islam (about 11 per cent). Other religious sects, for example Christian denominations, are not very important in per cent. But expressed in figures are quite a few Christians in India and so there are certain Christmas customs on the subcontinent as well.


Christmas around the World


Deus sama jiten shite iru hana no niwa

Dear God !
the garden with flowers
is going in circles

Nakamura Yasunobu 中村安伸

flowers, refers to cherry blossoms


Danish dumplings
made from scratch
every year

Kate Steere


Heiligabend -
keinen Parkschein

Christmas eve -
forgot to get
a parking ticket
(Tr. Gabi Greve)

Gerd Börner


after Christmas
she gives a used card
to her co-homeless friend

Vic Gendrano


Christmas mass
bells boom at midnight
Christ is born

Christmas service
children hugging their
parents and toys

Isabelle Prondzynski


christmas morning
the full moon sets
at dawn

christmas eve
a smiling moon

susan delphine delaney


car wreckage--
'Christmas' scribbled on
the dust film

at the bus stop--
his family and a barking
puppy in a cotton

festive month--
Christmas tones from the
blind beggar's flute

December dusk--
mall's Santa dances to
two laughing girls

a colourful night--
flickering fruits hang loose
on the stall window

Caleb David Mutua, Kenya, 2009

Kenya Saijiki Forum


Christmas alone ...
above the old elm
a moonless sky

(Tr. Nakamura Sakuo)

Joshua Sellers
December 2009
Translating Haiku Forum


Christmas day--
myriad colours of feathers
at the chicken stand

Christmas morning--
she cuts dangling threads
off her son's new suit

Read more of the impressions from

Caleb Mutua, Kenya 2010

Related words

***** > . Christmas Tree

***** > . Christmas Moon


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christmas cake クリスマスケーキ
WASHOKU ... Japanese Food SAIJIKI
Weihnachtsstollen, Stollen

***** . Christian Celebrations in Winter



Gabi Greve said...

Asia celebrates Christmas with a twist

By Nur Dianah Suhaimi Sun Dec 18, 2005

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Few Asians are Christian but people across the
vast continent are embracing the holiday as a great excuse for shopping, partying and even romance.

Come December, Christmas lights brighten shopping streets in cities from Beijing to Colombo, while images of Santa Claus and Rudolph adorn office buildings, shops and restaurants.



Michael Baribeau said...

Gabi, part of my remarks appear to be missing and the mistole link I don't think is mine. -Michael Baribeau

Anonymous said...

stifling heat . . .
lying belly-up, full of
Chistmas cheer

Season word:
Christmas cheer (summer)

Richard Kay from Australia


Gabi Greve said...


Christmas --
a queue
at the ATM

- Johannes Manjrekar, India


Anonymous said...

suzumushi o kau kirisuto no shiroki hige

pet bell crickets
the white beard
of Jesus Christ

Tsushima Yasuko   対馬康子
(tr. Fay Aoyagi)


Gabi Greve said...

kuribotchi クリボチ Christmas hitori bochi -
to spend christmas eve all alone

a new way in 2014 to spend the night.

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