Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunday Bilingual News - Special Edition

Dear Friends:

We are living Christmas, a special celebration that has a lot of meanings across the world.

Nosotros estamos viviendo Navidad, una celebración especial que tiene muchos significados a través del mundo.

Your Christmas, My Christmas, Our Christmas

Vuestras Navidades, Mi Navidad, Nuestras Navidades

Its roots came from the Bible. In the New Testament, one of the Gospels written by Luke explains the first Christmas’ meaning. This Gospel gives the historic references of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

Sus raíces vinieron de la Biblia. En el Nuevo Testamento, uno de los Evangelios escrito por Lucas explica el primer significado de Navidad. Este Evangelio da las referencias históricas del nacimiento de Jesús en Belén.

Today, Christmas is a day of feelings… It is family day when children, parents and other members of the family exchange gifts, smiles, affection, and good moments.

Hoy Navidad es un día de sentimientos… Es un día de familia cuando hijos, padres y otros miembros de la familia intercambian regalos, sonrisas, cariño, y buenos momentos.

But Christmas also is a painful day for all the others who haven’t bread and food on the table, for everybody who does not have a job, and for the human beings who live alone without family and warm feelings.

Pero Navidad también es un día doloroso para todos los otros que no tienen pan y comida sobre la mesa, para quienes no tienen trabajo, y para los seres humanos que viven solos, sin familia ni cálidos afectos.

Now we have iPhones, Blackberrys, fast cars, and airplanes but a lot of people are living worse than Joseph and Mary when they laid Jesus in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn of Bethlehem.

Ahora tenemos iPhones, Blackberrys, rápidos automóviles y aviones, pero mucha gente está viviendo peor que José y Maria cuando ellos colocaron a Jesús en un pesebre porque no había lugar para ellos en la posada de Belén.

Despite of all, we have to heal our injuries and continue working for better moments.

A pesar de todo, tenemos que curar nuestras heridas y continuar trabajando por momentos mejores.

My best wishes of happiness for all of you in these Holidays and forever!

¡Mis mejores deseos de felicidad para todos ustedes en estas Fiestas y por siempre!


Dr. Domingo A. Trassens
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Questions - Preguntas:

1. Could you describe your own feelings about Christmas?

1. ¿Podrían describir sus propios sentimientos acerca de Navidad?

2. What is the most important for you in these Holidays?

2. ¿Qué es lo más importante para ustedes en estas Fiestas?

3. What do you remember from the Christmas of the childhood?

3. ¿Qué recuerdan de las Navidades de la niñez?

Vocabulary - Vocabulario:

- feelings = sentimientos
- injury, injuries = herida, heridas
- inn = posada, hospedaje
- manger = pesebre
- meanings = significados
- painful = doloroso
- roots = raíces
- warm = cálido, cálidos, cálida, cálidas

- Bethlehem = Belén
- Bible = Biblia
- Christian = cristiano, cristiana, cristianos, cristianas
- Gospel = Evangelio
- Jesus = Jesús
- Joseph = José
- Luke = Lucas
- Mary = María
- New Testament = Nuevo Testamento


Christmas in Miami and Coral Gables


Thank you to all the members of the Spanish-English Club for your support: Anne, Bev, Bov, Carl, Carol, Erika, Frank, Harold, Helene, Jenny, Jim, Joe, Jonathan, Jose, Marc, Marcelo, María, Mary, Joe, Paul, Pablo, Peter, Pierre, Stephanie, Stephen, Sue, Susana, Susy, Suzanne, Tina... .

To the FRIENDS who browse the pages of this Internet blog periodically: Merry Christmas for you too!!

Greetings from Valley of the Tetons Library, Idaho, 2009

Christmas at Broward Library, Fort Lauderdale


Anonymous said...


Thank you for your perspective about Christmas.

Merry Christmas!


Erika said...

Merry Christmas!
Feliz Navidad!

My best wishes for all the members of the Club!


George White said...

Thanks for your efforts to show us Christmas from different views.
Happy Holidays! George White

Mary said...

Spanish English Club gives me LIFE: news summaries, feelings, heart. Thank you! Feliz Navidad!

Anne said...

Yes, Spanish English Club has heart! Thank you Santa for this gift! Feliz Navidad! Anne

Anonymous said...

Feliz Navidad, Domingo, a usted ya todos los miembros del club. Carl

Marcelo said...

Feliz Navidad / Merry Christmas!

Suzanne said...

Yes! The Club opens us a rich panorama with a lot of feelings! Suzanne

Suzanne said...

Domingo, we would like to read the Sunday Bilingual post-Christmas with your last comments of this special week. Greetings Suzanne

Patty said...

I like your historic references of Christmas. Me gusta sus referencias historicas de Navidad. Patty

Judy said...

I agree Christmas is a celebration with different meanings, but the most important is the religious meaning for the Christians. It is the day we remember when Jesus came to the earth...A sound we sing in the Church says: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Judy