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KFOR Chronicle December 2004

No 13

A mean question from Father Christmas

When this was written we still had some time left before it was time to celebrate Christmas. COMKFOR had lit the Christmas tree at Film City.

COMKFOR letter for Christmas

Dear KFOR members, dear friends,
In most of our home-countries, whatever our faith may be, Christmas time is always a period of joy and hope. These feelings can be seen in the wide-open and shining eyes of children waiting for the holy night.


The History of Christmas

In ancient pagan times, the last day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere was celebrated as the night that the Great Mother Goddess gives birth to the baby Sun God. It is also called Yule, the day a huge log is added to a bonfire, around which everyone would dance and sing to awaken the sun from its long winter sleep.


KFOR HQ Christmas Wishes

Major General Wolfgang Kopp, German Army
Deputy Commander KFOR

I wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all soldiers and successful completion of the mission in 2005.


KFOR Chronicle Team

Christmas is coming and the end of the year is very close. This is a good time to say “Thank You” to all of you. You supported us during this year with a lot of articles, stories, photos and ideas. I hope we will continue in this good way!

Commander MNB (C) Christmas Wishes

As the Commander of MNB (C), I would like to take this brief opportunity to wish each and every one of you a merry Christmas and a Happy and peaceful new year.

Commander MNB East Christmas Wishes

Soldiers of Multi-National Brigade (East), I just want to thank everyone for the great job you are doing. In this complex peace enforcement environment, the Soldiers of this brigade are making a difference in our sector and helping the people of Kosovo every day.

Commander MNB East Christmas Wishes

In France, Christmas is a time for family and generosity, marked by family reunions, gifts and candies for children, gifts for the poor, Midnight Mass, and "le Réveillon". Christmas celebrations in France vary by region. Most provinces celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, which is a holiday.


Commander MNB Southwest Christmas Wishes

In Germany, starting about four weeks before Christmas, every town and every village has at least one Christmas market, where you can buy Christmas articles of any kind and drink a "Glühwein" (hot wine with spices). The special atmosphere and the typical aroma in the air reminds us that the year is close to its end. But not only do we review and think of the past year, but more and more we realize that a new year will be coming soon, with new challenges, glad and sometimes sad moments.

At one stage it was thought that Father Christmas (Santa Claus) lives in the North Pole. In 1925 it was discovered that there are no reindeer in the North Pole. But there are lots in Lapland, Finland. So today we know that the reindeer live around the secret village of Father Christmas and the elves reside somewhere on the Korvatunturi mountain in the Savukoski county of Lapland, Finland, which is on the Finnish-Russian border.
Father Christmas

The figure of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) is based on Saint Nicholas, who became one of the youngest bishops ever at age 17. At age 30 he became the Bishop of Myra, a port town on the Mediterranean Sea (Turkey). He would often be seen, clad in red and white bishop's robes and riding on a donkey, handing out gifts to children.


"History of "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht!"

On Christmas Eve in 1818, in a small village church (St. Nicholas' Church) of Oberndorf in the Austrian Alps, 26-year old assistant pastor, Joseph Mohr, wanted to have a special service to honor his Lord.