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全球圣诞老人大聚会 一年只过一次圣诞节
Updated:2005-08-01 13:35
 
Christmas will only come once a year, Santas insist

全球圣诞老人大聚会 一年只过一次圣诞节

Some 80 Santas from around the globe meet at their World Congress

Some 80 Santas from around the globe meeting at their World Congress debated establishing a second Christmas in July to ease their December workload, but finally decided that the holiday would be feted only once a year, the Danish Santa host said.

"There was a proposal from the Japanese Santa Claus that was hotly debated, but the delegates, even if they were in favour of the idea, did not want to adopt it because it risks upsetting the children of the world," Denmark's Father Christmas told reporters.

"The Christmas date of December 24-25 will not be changed, even though we are about to collapse from overwork. The tradition must be respected," he said.

Earlier, the spokeswoman for the convention had announced that the congress had decided to approve two Christmases, one on July 24-25 for the southern hemisphere and another one on December 24-25 for the northern hemisphere.

The 42nd annual convention was held this week at the world's oldest theme park, Bakken, north of Copenhagen.

On Wednesday, the Santas and their little elf helpers handed out gifts to delighted children at Bakken, after holding a parade in the streets of Copenhagen Tuesday. The Santas have been meeting in Denmark every summer since 1963.

One noticeable absentee, however, is the Finnish Santa, who has boycotted the event for years over his refusal to acknowledge that the one true Santa is the one from Greenland.

(Agencies)

来自全球各地的80多位圣诞老人欢聚一堂,在世界圣诞老人大会上讨论有关在每年7月份另设一个圣诞节的提议,这样可以缓解他们每年12月的工作量。不过本次圣诞老人大会的东道主、来自丹麦的圣诞老人表示,会议最终决定圣诞节每年只能过一次。

丹麦的圣诞老人告诉记者说:“日本圣诞老人提出的这个建议引起了大家激烈的争论。不过,即使与会代表们赞成这一想法,他们也不会采纳该建议的,因为全世界的孩子们可能会因此苦恼不安。”

他说:“12月24到25日的圣诞节是不会改变的,即使到时候我们都会忙得团团转。我们应该尊重这一传统。”

之前,大会发言人曾宣布,会议决定批准设立两个圣诞节的提议,即南半球的圣诞节设在7月24到25日,北半球则是12月24到25日。

第42界世界圣诞老人年会本周在哥本哈根北部的世界上最古老的主题公园贝根游乐场举行。

周三,圣诞老人和他们的小精灵助手们在贝根游乐场向欣喜若狂的孩子们分发了礼物。周二,圣诞老人们还在哥本哈根举行了大规模的游行活动。自1963年起,世界各国的圣诞老人们每年夏天都会在丹麦召开会议。

不过,有一位重要的圣诞老人缺席了此次会议,他就是芬兰的圣诞老人。因为拒绝承认真正的圣诞老人来自格陵兰岛上,他们已经连续多年抵制这一会事。

(中国日报网站译)

 

Vocabulary:

elf:a small, often mischievous creature considered to have magical powers(小精灵)

boycott:a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies(联合抵制,联合排斥)

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