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Holiday Stories of Giving; History Told Through Candy
Date:2013-2-28    Publisher:本站原创

Holiday Stories of Giving; History Told Through Candy


 

By VOA
23 December, 2012

From VOA Learning English, welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in Special English. I'm Christopher Cruise.

And I'm Kelly Jean Kelly. This week on our program, we meet some people bringing Christmas spirit to sailors far from home. We also meet volunteers who are helping veterans celebrate the holiday. And, later, we visit an unusual candy store that sells not just candy, but pieces of history.

Millions of Christians will spend Tuesday with family and friends celebrating the birth of Jesus with songs known as carols, gift giving and meals together. In Texas, members of churches in the Houston area sail up and down the Houston Ship Channel singing carols to workers on ships. The channel is part of one of the busiest seaports in the country, the Port of Houston.

Very few crew members are outside at night, but they can often hear the singing even while working inside. Sometimes, they answer the carolers.

"Merry Christmas!"

Ben Stewart is a Presbyterian pastor.

"We offer our words and ourselves as a gift of peace to the world and a gift of love and a gift of acceptance."

On this night, some of the seamen later came to a party at the Houston International Seafarers' Center. Most of them were from the Philippines, Russia and Ukraine.

The center has a chapel where religious services sometimes attract non-Christians. Pastor David Wells remembers some Buddhists from Thailand.

"They came into the worship and they partook in communion, and they were Buddhists. But they did that because they felt connected with the people that were here and that is what they want. They want to feel a connection with other people."

The pastors also bring donated gifts to ships. Hassan, the second officer of a Turkish ship with a Muslim crew, was grateful for the gifts.

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