Christmas | Customs and Traditions | Christmas in Other Countries Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25 . It is a joyous holiday where families get together, give each other presents, decorate houses, sing traditional songs and go to mass . The word Christmas comes from the old English “Christes Maesse” , which means Christ’s mass . Although Christians believe that Jesus was born in the small town of Bethlehem, we don’t know the exact date of birth because stories about Jesus Christ were written down much later. By the 4th century Christians were divided into two churches: the eastern church was in Constantinople, today’s Istanbul, and the western church was based in Rome. Today, most countries celebrate the Christmas holidays from December 25 until January 6. Three wise men visit Jesus Christmas customs Giving presents is a special part of Christmas. Decorating the house is an old custom that comes from pagan times. Our traditional Christmas tree also comes from northern Europe. Words
Tell Me about Christmas - Part 1 Mulled Wine So every Boxing Day, we hold a mulled wine party for friends and family in our house. What we do – you go and buy these little sachets of spices you can get in supermarkets, and then in the morning, just get loads and loads of cheap cheap cheap red wine, the cheapest red wine that you can get; and put it in a massive massive sort of soup pot. Put some fruit juice in there, put some chopped-up fruits in there, and then add these spices and add some sugar, and just let it bubble away, let it simmer away over a few hours. And so in the afternoon, when all the friends come round, we serve it up and it’s a lovely warm drink for a cold December afternoon - very spicy, very Christmasy, and very alcoholic. Mince Pie Hello! But now, well actually up from Victorian era, they were changed to be a dessert. Christmas Pudding In my family, we always have Christmas pudding and it’s about that big. And then when you serve it, you have to switch all the lights off. Turkey Leftovers
EDUCATION in ENGLAND British children are required by law to have an education until they are 16 years old. Education is compulsory, but school is not,children are not required to attend school. They could be educated at home. Full-time education is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 16 (inclusive) across England. This can be provided by state schools, independent schools, or homeschooling. About 94 per cent of pupils in England, and the rest of the UK, receive free education from public funds, while 6 per cent attend independent fee paying schools or homeschooling. (Homeschooling numbers uncertain - BBC report) All government-run schools, state schools, follow the same National Curriculum. The school year runs from September to July and is 39 weeks long. For many areas the year is divided into six terms: September to October October to December January to February February to March April to May June to July (Some counties in England still follow the traditional three terms a year.)
The Christmas the Lights Went Out Tom Jankowitz took his coat off and threw it onto the seat in the airport lounge. He sat down and opened up his laptop computer, keeping one eye on the small television which showed the departure times of all the flights from the airport. Tom Jankowitz was tired. Tom thought that he would rather spend Christmas on his own in a hotel room with his computer. Anja Kohonen carefully checked the potatoes roasting in the oven, made sure the wine in the fridge was cold and that there was a bottle of champagne for later. Guy Domville finished his beer and walked out of the hot, smoky pub into the cold night air. Leila came out of church into the night. Rudolf Lenk was bored. Rudolf Lenk pulled a plug out. And then. Rudolf Lenk watched the lights go out. All across the world, one by one… the lights were going out. Tom Jankowitz hardly noticed as the television screen with the departure times on it flickered, then went off. A man sat down next to Tom. Guy didn’t want to go home. The end
Christmas Traditions, Christmas History, Christmas Around the World, The Christmas Story and Christmas Fun and Games! - whychristmas?com The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa Check out my New York Times post: Ideas for English Language Learners | Celebrate the Holidays ELLs learn about tamales, holiday food traditions and Three Kings Day at my latest holiday-related New York Times Learning Network post. It includes a student interactive and teaching ideas. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are all coming-up, and I thought it would be timely to create a “The Best…” list focusing on those holidays. Obviously, there are a lot more materials about Christmas out there accessible to English Language Learners than there are for the other two events, but I have found some for all of them. Also, check out The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Holiday Content Quickly & Easily andHere Are My Favorite Fun Christmas Resources (and “Feel Good” Christmas Stories For Christmas Day).The Best Christmas Videos For English Language Learners – Help Me Find More The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Christmas Christmas Around the World is a slideshow from CBS.
customs-and-culture Every November 5th, on a cold winter’s night, the dark skies of England are lit with bright fireworks and filled with the smell of wood smoke. People recite the famous lines: “Remember, remember the fifth of November,Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.” By Charlotte Mountford riends and families gather in private gardens or public parks to light bonfires and set off the fireworks – ‘rockets’, ‘sparklers ’, ‘catherine wheels’ and more. This is called ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ or ‘Bonfire Night,’ which is quite an unusual tradition, and all because four hundred years ago, on November the fifth, 1605, a man named Guy Fawkes tried to assassinate the King of England and all his government. Fawkes’ plan is known as the “Gunpowder Plot.” Like most plots, wars and conspiracies of the age, his motive was religion: Catholics had been fighting Protestants in England for decades, and though both were Christian, each side bitterly persecuted the other. Your Comments
1r adv_Christmas shopping Christmas shopping in London. There’s nowhere like it in the world. When the West End Christmas lights go on and the big shops reveal their special Christmas window displays, it’s time for the festivities to begin. Fortnum & Mason, here in Piccadilly, has been selling the finer things in life around the world for over three hundred years. From chocolates to china, luxury goods are what Fortnum & Mason specialise in. Today’s an important day. Paul Symes is the head of visual presentation and the creative force behind the Fortnum & Mason Christmas window display. Amandeep: This is so exciting, Paul. Paul: It’s all about dancing, burlesque, theatre, shows and glamour and style. Amandeep: And what are the challenges involved in designing something to this scale? Paul: One of the challenges is trying to get it all to fit. Amandeep: So Paul, you’re about to reveal your Christmas shop window. Paul: Very, very. Amandeep: Andrea, when did Christmas shopping become such an important tradition?
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The EFL SMARTblog: Merry Christmas Mr Bean Teacher's note; The activities in the worksheet at the bottom of this post are based on the full episode available on DVD or on cannot be embedded here). This post contains some exercises based on the embeddable youtube clips. The answers are in the worksheet. DVD availablehere Mr Bean celebrates the traditional British Christmas: the baubles, the crackers, the nativity scene, the carols, the presents, the turkey and the mistletoe... they are all here. You are going to discuss Christmaswatch the Christmas Mr Bean episode and do some activitiesfind Christmas words in a word search exercise write the story in the past tensefind out more about the typical British Christmas and some of the Christmas things in the video. Discuss Do you celebrate Christmas? Watch clip 1 Answer the questions in the interactive exercise after you watch Did Mr Bean have any Christmas decorations? Now do exercise 1 (the answers to questions 9 and 10 are in the next clip) Watch clip 2
British Life and Culture in the UK - Woodlands Junior School MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR BEAN! Exercise2: look at this list of things people usually do at Xmas: in what order did Mr Bean do them? Decorate the Xmas tree Put the stockings up, by the fireplace Open the presents Have Xmas dinner Buy decorations Pull crackers Exercise 3:put a tick (V) next to the correct answer and a cross (X) next to the wrong ones A) Mr. 2. some Xmas decorations 3. a turkey B) While he was there, he played: 1. with a crib 2. computer games 3. table-tennis C) Outside Harrod’s Mr. 2. his cousin 3. his girlfriend D) He won a turkey at a: 1. chemist’s 2. butcher’s 3. supermarket E) He wrote some Xmas cards to: 1. his girlfriend 2. his family 3. himself F) Mr. 2. some chocolates in his stocking 3. a red sock in his stocking G) His teddy bear found: 1. a football 2. some chocolates 3. two eyes H) When Mr. 2. ready 3. on the table I) Mr. 2. model ship 3. poster J) When Mr. 2. excited 3. very angry K) When Mr. 2. went to sleep 3. pulled a Xmas cracker Exercise 4: Complete the tables
Christmas Below, you will find a wide range of ideas and resources to help you when you are teaching children at Christmas time. If you have any relevant resources to share, please email them and I will add them to this page. Thank you! Favourite Christmas Activities - Share your ideas for Christmas lessons and activities to use throughout the festive season. Advent Acrostic - Use this poster as a starting point for getting children to write their own acrostic poems. Contributed by Justin Stretch. Donkey's First Christmas - Foundation Lesson Plan - A lesson plan for children aged 4-5, based on the book Donkey's First Christmas (available here). <A HREF=" Merry Christmas Banner - A long banner with the text 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'. Find ideas and resources linked to popular Christmas books!
50 holiday activities for Teaching English We have loads of holiday related materials. Get a start on our Christmas page or in our resources. Also some nice full lessons in our Lessons In A Can or purchase hundreds of resources for the holidays in our store. Also you can subscribe to Digital Resources for one lifetime fee to get hundreds of thousands of lesson materials/ideas. However, since I'm busy making Christmas lists, thought I'd make a nice one to share with fellow teachers and inspire with a few things in my brain for teaching lessons related to Christmas. So here is my brain purge. Get all the 50 lists. 50 Holiday Activities for The English Language Classroom Make snowflakes and angels. 101 Questions about Christmas. Decorate the classroom. Write Christmas cards to a classmate. Write a letter to Santa Claus. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Play Christmas carol “Pass The Paper”. Sing some Christmas carols. Simon Says. Watch the incredible short film: The Snowman. Go Christmas Shopping! Learn Christmas Vocabulary.