Merry Christmas from Alaska

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Most Alaskan Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th, just as people do in the continent of the US. Santa Claus may arrive for a pre-Christmas visit, but, food, gift giving, and decorations are like what you might see in Texas or Wisconsin.
The songs sang at each home include Aleut words Gristuusaaq suu’uq, or Christ is born. Everyone joins in the closing words, Mnogaya leta, or god grant you many years. At the end of the carols the host provides carolers with maple-frosted doughnuts, cookies, candy, piruk, or fish pie, and sometimes smoked salmon.

In Alaska, children wander from house to house carrying a colored star on a long pole, and singing carols.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LisaB
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 11:17:17

    Great picture!! Happy Christmas to you!

    Reply

  2. WakeUpAmerica
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 08:33:12

    Very pretty picture! Merry Christmas, Syrin!

    Reply

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