Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A Brief History of Santa Claus

Santa Claus has been called by several different names throughout the years. Traditions and legends of Santa Claus for the evolution of the modern-day Santa may have been based on the early Dutch legend of Sinterklaas, originating in the 1600's.
Santa Claus really started to get famous when American author Washington Irving published stories about Santa Claus, referring to him as Saint Nicholas who arrived on Christmas Eve bringing presents for children.

On December 25?
Yeshua's birth is celebrated, actually we don’t know the date of Yeshua's birth. In the effort for establishing the adoration to Yeshua, Roma established on December 25 as the birth of Yeshua because in this date is celebrated a pagan party directed to the god of the Sun, a party very famous and celebrated by all.

What is the meaning of Christmas?
For many persons Christmas is a symbol of gifts, party, dinner and other things where the money is very important, In spite of the fact that his origin is religious.
A hypothesis in the matter is that the Christmas is acquiring new meanings, the form of the ritual is kept but his content transforms, getting accommodated to the new gods and values of the world. For an important sector of the population, the Christmas already is not an occasion to strengthen his Christian religion; rather it represents a social format to guarantee the brotherly vows.

The real thing
Yeshua's birth is a rescuing action for the present man. It is the immense and eternal God that descends to take the human condition and bursts in into the time of the man so that one can reach it. Nobody, although he wants, can remain to the margin of this mystery. The entire world accepts the event of the birth of Yeshua, like the central date of the history of the humanity.
Geokena Hernández Gómez and Elvia Venegas Díaz

Pollution is Destroying the Earth

The earth has a natural system that controls winds, temperature, and rain. In addition, the earth can control the way crops grow without any chemical product.

Nowadays, pollution is higher than years before. A lot of machines are in function everyday. Ships, cars, planes, and factories are the tools to the life necessities the human society needs to produce and carry food and products from one country to another.

Pollution is a real problem to everyone. We have to keep the streets clean because they are in a mess. Plastic bags and soda bottles can be seen in many places around the towns in Mexico.

Another problem is that everyday we are eating vegetables, fruits, and other crops grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The earth has a life, it can feel the warmth caused by pollution so we have to start looking at other ways to protect it. The best way I think is to be conscious where we want to go and what kind of world we want.

Energy is made from nuclear in some cases. There is one plant in La Laguna, Mexico. It has the same characteristics of the Chernoville plant, which exploded many years ago causing a lot of disease and death.

In conclusion, pollution destroys our world. Everybody has the responsibility to keep it in good condition.

Diplomatic Crisis between Mexico and Venezuela

Recently, Mexico participated in the fourth American Summit celebrated in Mar de Plata, Argentina. At this summit, Mexico’s President worked in different meetings with other Presidents.

Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, always had one position in favor of consolidating the American Free Trade Agreement (ALCA). However, the president of Venezuela, Huge Chavez, spoke hard criticisms about Mexico. Hugo Chavez said the Mexico is “the puppy of the empire,” which created discomfort in the Mexican government.

Therefore, the executive called in an ambassador of Venezuela to consult. So, the ambassador of Venezuela had to give an explanation of the declarations of his President.

After that, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico explained the conflict was finished within the diplomatic process. But the results of this bargain were dissatisfying to the Mexican government.

Therefore, the secretary of Foreign Policy has since explained the disagreement with the statement of President Hugo Chavez. Finally, the foreign policy of Mexico has a crisis, because Vicente Fox doesn’t have a good government staff.

Melina Hernanadez Garcia
Sandra Lopez Reyes
Luis Elizondo ParedeoEdwin Aurdy Cruz Garcia

Germany World Cup 2006

The next world championship is very near. The world cup will be celebrated in Germany. This is a sports festival, the best in the world, because many people watch it. Normally, it is transmitted in open T.V. so people from different places, poor and rich, can watch the event.

Football is the most popular sport in the world, also it is easy to understand, but it is difficult to become a successful player. At the moment, 27 countries have been classified for this World Cup, but 5 more countries are going to play in the next week to get a place. These countries are the Czech Republic, Spain, Australia, and others.

In this kind of competition many people like to gamble a lot of money and sometimes feel nationalism. This situation is bad because essentially the sport should be a great festival for the world, it should be an event where all races and religions can celebrate together. It is important to say that the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA, in Spanish) has more members than the United Nations, which has 191.

Walter Jeovani Bejarano Silva