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Queen Elizabeth II has chosen to continue the tradition. Her topic varies from year to year, but she usually talks about issues that are of significance at the time. With satellite radio, the Internet, and television, listeners all around the globe can tune in to hear her address. Except for the Queen’s speech and the celebration of Boxing Day, most Christmas festivities are very similar in the United Kingdom and United States, because of the number of Englishspeaking colonists who came from the United Kingdom.

A prayer of thanksgiving for all the blessings of the past year is said and then prayers for the good things in the coming year are offered. ” Following this, everyone partakes of the bread, dipping it first in honey and then in chopped garlic. Honey is symbolic of the sweetness of life, and garlic of the bitterness. ” After dinner, no dishes are washed. This is when the family (opposite page) A Christmas tree in downtown Moscow. New Year is the biggest holiday of the year in Russia, and is followed by the Orthodox Christmas on January 7.

Children, many of them his heart. ” younger than 10 years old, were expected —Charles dickens’s to work long hours under terrible condia Christmas Carol tions for little pay. Some were employed in the damp, unhealthy conditions of the coal mines, while others operated machinery for the textile industry, sometimes for 16 hours at a time. The work was not only boring and repetitious, the children risked injury from machines that lacked safety features and on which they had little training. Dickens himself had been forced to go to work at age 12 when his father was imprisoned for debt.

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