Saturday, December 12, 2009


Christmas in Alaska
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.

North Pole Cupcake Cones
Ice cream cones that are flat on the bottom
A baking sheet
Any cupcake or cake mix
A bowl
A mixing spoon
Shredded Coconut
Chopped walnuts and raisns

1. Place six ice cream cones on a baking sheet.
2. Make the cake mix according to instructions and pour the batter in each cone. Leave an inch/ 2 1/2 cms of space at the top.
3. Set oven at 375 farenheit/ 190 celcius.
4. Place cupcake cones in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
5. Let them cool for half an hour, then ice and decorate them with coconut, chopped nuts, and raisins. Cover lid and let rice simmer slowly and gently for an hour, or until all the milk is absorbed and swollen up.


This is a picture that I like much. It was taken in 2000, when I was 7 years old.
I remember perfectly that day. We were in Murcia, it was a sunny, hot day, and we had eaten that day at the beach. After lunch we were very bored, so we played on the shore with the sand. A friend of my parents helped us to make the crocodile sand. We took many pictures because we liked it.
The girl on the left is my sister, who has a year and a half younger than me. I am the one in the middle, and the girl who is on the right is a friend whose parents spent their holidays in the same place as us.
I liked those summers because we enjoyed it a lot.


This photo was taken last summer when I was in Cambridge for a month.
An Italian girl took the photo while we were eating in the garden of our residence (Homerton College).
All the people are sitting in the grass and we are in a circle. We are eating some sandwiches and some fruit, and we have coke and water to drink.
It is sunny day, because although there are some clouds in the sky, it is easy to see that it’s a beautiful day.
In the background, it’s possible to make out the building where there are some bedrooms and a canteen.
In the photo, there are people of different countries. The boy on the left who is wearing sun glasses is from Cyprus; the three boys who are next to him and the girl whit a white t-shirt are from Spain (Valladolid, Madrid, Valencia and Zaragoza exactly); the boy with the blue t-shirt and the boy who has blond hair are from Italy; the girls who are on the right, are from Spain too, and finally, the one with black jacket is my best friend who is sitting next to me.
I think that this photograph is so nice because it reminds me of all the good moments that I spent with all of them. My friend and I arrived alone but from the first moment we were very happy with our new friends. It was a great summer that I will never forget. ROSA MARIA PALICIO ARBESÚ 2º NI

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