December is here and many people are starting to think about Christmas. In some places preparations for Christmas such as displays in shops and lights in the streets start as early as October! I am living in Spain at the moment, last year I spent Christmas in Finland and this year I will be spending Christmas with my family in the UK. It is very interesting to experience the different traditions in different countries during Christmas time. In my family, we usually get up very early on Christmas day and open our presents. Some people go to church at Christmas and I go on my own because I am the only Christian in my family. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember the meaning of Christmas.
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The EFL SMARTblog: Merry Christmas Mr BeanTeacher'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
Christmas – Learn English with videosChildren's animation. A brother and sister deal with topics that affect their everyday lives. Lola is excited because Christmas is coming, and she and Charlie are taking turns to open the advent calendar. Script A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. If angels sang... they would sing like this. Many children love sitting on Santa's lap and tell him everything they want for Christmas. Love thy neighbour... and thy enemy.
Christmas | Customs and Traditions | Christmas in Other CountriesChristians 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
Halloween | History of Halloween | Trick or Treating | Making Jack-o'-lanternsHalloween is a festival that takes place every year on October 31. It is a time when children and adults dress up in costumes, go trick or treating and make jack-o-lanterns from empty pumpkins . Halloween goes back to the customs and traditions of the Celts , who lived between Ireland and Northern France about 2000 years ago. They were pagans who did not believe in god. In ancient Rome the festival of Pomona was held in honour of the Roman goddess of fruits and gardens. Today Halloween is celebrated mainly by children who dress up as ghosts, witches and other evil spirits . In 1950 a school class in a small American neighborhood started collecting money instead of asking for treats. In many European countries people visit the graves of their relatives on All Saints’ or All Souls’ Day . The jack-o’-lantern is closely connected with Halloween. According to an old Irish story jack -o’-lanterns were named after a man called Jack. Online Exercises Words A.D
50 holiday activities for Teaching EnglishWe 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.
The Christmas truceThe Christmas Truce of 1914 is widely seen as one of the very few uplifting moments in the futility of the First World War. In this lesson, students will learn about the truce through listening to a podcast of the stories of soldiers who experienced it. After listening to this podcast, students will focus on the speakers’ use of narrative tenses and will go on to write a diary entry from the perspective of a WWI soldier. At Christmas 1914, there were a series of unofficial truces in no-man’s land. soldiers met between the trenches, talked, exchanged souvenirs and even played football. You can access the podcast by clicking on the link below: Topic: The Christmas Truce during World War I Level: B2 Time: 90 minutes Aims: Copyright - please read All the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only.
Christmas Traditions, Christmas History, Christmas Around the World, The Christmas Story and Christmas Fun and Games! - whychristmas?comChristmas quizwebenglishCraig Morey, Lucia Why not teach your students to explain the Swedish tradition of Saint Lucia Day to foreigners they might be meeting in the future. Here is a short YouTube video explaining the basics in English. Link:Swedish Lucia for Dummies For some Lucia vocabulary and longer texts, visit Teach by Calendar