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圣诞节特辑之四:圣诞老人的来历

发表时间:2010/12/24字号:T|T
美国人关于圣诞老人的概念源于圣-尼古拉斯,他生于公元280年的小亚细亚。众所周知,他是个和蔼、慈善的人;确实,由于他的慷慨宽大而成为一位圣徒。 TheconceptoftheAmericanSantaClausoriginatedwithSt.Nicholas,w...
                                
      美国人关于圣诞老人的概念源于圣-尼古拉斯,他生于公元280年的小亚细亚。众所周知,他是个和蔼、慈善的人;确实,由于他的慷慨宽大而成为一位圣徒。
      The concept of the American Santa Claus originated with St. Nicholas, who was born in Asia Minor in 280 A.D. He was known as a kind, benevolent man; indeed made a saint because of his generosity.

      为了纪念圣-尼古拉斯,按照欧洲传统,12月6日就是交换圣诞礼物的日子,也标志着圣诞假期开始。
      In honor of St. Nicholas, December 6 became the traditional day in Europe for the exchange of Christmas gifts and the beginning of the holiday season.

      荷兰移民把他们关于赠送礼物的圣-尼古拉斯的形式带到了美国,他们的发音是“Sinter Klass”。美国人不习惯于荷兰发音,把他改为“Santa Claus”,这就是广受孩子们喜爱的、圣诞节标志性的圣诞老人。
      Dutch immigrants to the United States brought with them their version of the gift-giving St. Nicholas, known as Sinter Klass. Americans, unaccustomed to the Dutch pronunciation, turned this into Santa Claus, who is beloved as a symbol of Christmas by children of all ages.
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