Warm up questions:
- When is Christmas?
- Do you celebrate Christmas?
- Do you enjoy Christmas time?
- Do you have a Christmas tree?
- Do you exchange gifts with your friends or family?
- Do you know any Christmas song?
- What is your favorite Christmas song?
- Do you often travel on Christmas day? Where?
- Do you often have a Xmas party at home?
- What clothes do you often wear on Christmas day?
Christmas = Xmas
Christmas greeting cards
Christmas gifts = presents
Christian ## non-Christian /ˈkrɪstiən/
Christmas is a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, son of God, but it is celebrated by many non-Christians around the world too.
Jesus Christ /ˌdʒiː.zəs ˈkraɪst/
Mary = the Mother of Jesus
Joseph = the Husband of Mary
Santa Claus = Father Christmas
Monk /mʌŋk/ ## nun
Santa’s magic reindeer pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve so he can deliver presents to all the good children throughout the world.
Elf - Santa's elves
Gingerbread man /ˈdʒɪn·dʒərˌbred/
Evans was just sitting there rocking and singing a song about the gingerbread man.
He looked like the snowman from Frozen.
While watching old Christmas videos, Kate notices a strange arm appear out of the fireplace.
Santa enters each home through the chimney, which is why empty Christmas stockings are hung there in hopes that he soon would fill them with presents.
“naughty list” ## “nice list”
Santa Claus keeps a “naughty list” and a “nice list” to decide who deserves gifts on Christmas morning, and parents often use these lists to ensure their children are on their best behavior.
the lure of fame/power/money
Santa Claus leaves presents under the Christmas tree for everyone who is in his list.
Artificial tree /ˌɑːrt̬əˈfɪʃəl/
The first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century, though earlier examples exist.
Pine tree /paɪn/
My Dad bought a small pine tree and brought it home to decorate for Christmas.
Fir tree /ˈfɝː/
I don't really like artificial Christmas trees, because they don't have that charming fresh smell as a real fir tree.
Foods on Xmas day:
Pig in blankets
Roast chicken/ duck
Boiled/ mashed potatoes
The church bells rang out to welcome in the New Year.
The people of this world are like the butterflies in front of a candle's flame.
Candy cane /kændi keɪn/
Stockings can be filled with candy canes and other treats or small toys.
The present was decorated with a large pretty bow.
He tied up the present with a bright red ribbon.
Almost everywhere I could see Christmas wreaths hanging on the front doors.
The fireplace was decorated with a sparkling garland, candles, bows and stockings.
I plan to hang some tinsels from the top, so that the Christmas tree will look more attractive.
A beautiful hand-made angel was fixed at the top of the Christmas tree.
I prefer to use the Christmas lights in my bedroom instead of a night lamp.
My mother told me to collect the holly in the wood to make a Christmas wreath for the front door.
They colored fir cones, added ribbons with bows and hung them on the Christmas tree.
Ivy is used to make Christmas decorations such as garlands and wreaths.
Kissing under sprigs of mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition, but this little plant’s history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands of years.
Custom = habit /ˈkʌstəm/
As part of the early custom, men were allowed to steal a kiss from any woman caught standing under the mistletoe, and refusing was viewed as bad luck.
We were caroling at the festival on Saturday, and we couldn't have two of our best singers fighting.
"What a feast!" she said, surveying all the dishes on the table.
Christmas is a great time for family reunion.
Even though I don't have my own family, singing carols and watching Christmas fireworks together with the other citizens in the main square every year gives me that wonderful feeling of togetherness.
Jolly = joyful = cheerful = happy
I love the bright yellow you've painted the children's room - it makes it look really jolly.
Gift-giving, mainly centered around children, has been an important part of the Christmas celebration since the early 19th century.
Activities on Xmas:
Write a letter to Santa
Throw a Xmas party
Build a snowman
Decorate a Xmas tree
Go sledding - Go sand sledding at Red or White sand dunes
Go walking/ hiking/ trekking
Go ice skating
Attend a church service
Go shopping for fun gifts
Hit the street to see the light displays
Try a new dessert
Read a bedtime story
Hang mistletoe in every doorway
Make a DIY gift for someone
Make a Xmas songs playlist
Make paper snowflakes
Take a ride to see the holiday decorations and lights in the neighborhood .
Watch Christmas films
Make Xmas tree ornaments
Bake some Xmas cookies
Design Xmas cards
Take a family photo
Sip some hot chocolate
Wear a Santa hat in public
More useful words and expressions:
to bring some festive cheer
A pre-written holiday greeting
I'm not good at finding the right words, that's why buying pre-written holiday greetings is the best variant for me.
To write a letter to Santa
When I was a kid, I wrote a letter to Santa every year.
To leave cookies and milk for Santa
Children often leave cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for his reindeer on Christmas Eve.
to attract somebody with the lure of a peek at something
Every year all stores try to attract children and their parents with the lure of a peek at a “live” Santa Claus.
1. Do you celebrate Christmas in your country?
2. When do you celebrate it?
3. What do you know about Santa Claus? Is he popular in your country?
4. Did you believe in Santa when you were a kid? Did you write letters for him?
5. Do you decorate your house for Christmas? How do you decorate your Xmas tree?
6. What kind of Christmas tree do you prefer: an artificial or a real one?
7. Do you know any Christmas traditions?
8. What do you usually give presents/ gifts to your relatives and friends on Christmas day?
9. Do you like to go shopping at Christmas?
10. What do you usually do for Christmas?
11. Do you hang up a stocking?
12. Who do you usually celebrate Christmas with?
13. Do you have a family reunion at Christmas?
14. Do you like to stay at home or to go out at Christmas?
15. Do you like to stay up late at Christmas?
16. What foods do you usually eat at Christmas?
17. Have you ever celebrated Christmas in a foreign country?
18. Do you like watching Christmas movies during the Christmas week?
19. Do you know any Christmas songs? Can you sing them?
20. What is the weather like in your country around Christmas time?
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