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Christmas ESL

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Warm UP

  1. Do you decorate your house for Christmas? How?

  2. Do you write Christmas cards? Why/why not?

  3. Have you got your favourite Christmas activities?

  4. Are there any traditional Christmas dishes in your country?

Christmas Vocabulary:

  1. Ornaments: Small, decorative items used to adorn Christmas trees.

  2. Stockings: Long, sock-shaped bags usually hung by the fireplace for Santa Claus to fill with gifts.

  3. Mistletoe: A plant often hung in doorways during Christmas, where people exchange kisses underneath.

  4. Santa Claus: Jolly, red-suited figure who brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve.

  5. Presents/Gifts: Wrapped items given to friends and family to celebrate the holiday.

  6. Christmas Tree: Evergreen tree decorated with lights, ornaments, and tinsel.

  7. Candles: Used for decoration and often placed in windows during the holiday season.

  8. Snowman: A figure made of snow, typically with a carrot nose and coal eyes.

  9. Sleigh: A vehicle used by Santa Claus to deliver gifts, often pulled by reindeer.

  10. Caroling: Going door-to-door singing Christmas songs.

Common Christmas Traditions:

  1. Decorating the Christmas Tree: Families come together to adorn a tree with lights, ornaments, and sometimes, a tree topper.

  2. Christmas Eve/Day: Many celebrate on the evening of the 24th or throughout the day on the 25th with special meals and gift exchanges.

  3. Advent Calendar: A special calendar counting down the days to Christmas, often with small treats behind each door.

  4. Christmas Dinner: Families gather for a festive meal often featuring roast turkey, ham, or other traditional dishes.

  5. Gift Exchange: Family and friends exchange presents as a symbol of love and generosity.

  6. Watching Christmas Movies: Many enjoy watching festive movies or specials during the holiday season.

  7. Midnight Mass: Some attend a special church service at midnight on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

  8. Making Gingerbread Houses: Building and decorating gingerbread houses is a fun and tasty tradition.

  9. Kiss under the mistletoe: Why do we kiss under a mistletoe? Those berries somehow brought Baldur back to life, so Frigga declared mistletoe to be a symbol of love. Mistletoe traditions have certainly evolved over time. For example, in ancient times, visitors would kiss the hand of a host under the mistletoe when they arrived. Since then, traditions have grown a bit more personal. Today, any couple caught standing underneath the mistletoe should prepare to pucker up!

Christmas Recipes:


Gingerbread Cookies:

  • Ingredients: Flour, ginger, cinnamon, sugar, molasses, butter, baking soda.

  • Instructions: Mix ingredients, roll out dough, cut into shapes, bake, and decorate.


Roast Turkey:

  • Ingredients: Turkey, salt, pepper, butter, herbs.

  • Instructions: Season the turkey, roast in the oven, basting occasionally until golden brown.


Eggnog:

  • Ingredients: Milk, cream, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, vanilla.

  • Instructions: Mix ingredients, chill, and serve cold with a sprinkle of nutmeg.


Mulled Wine:

  • Ingredients: Red wine, spices (cinnamon, cloves, orange peel), sugar.

  • Instructions: Heat ingredients on the stove, but do not boil, strain, and serve warm.


These are just a few examples of the rich vocabulary, traditions, and recipes associated with Christmas. It's a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration around the world.

CHRISTMAS WORDS AND TRADITIONS


Match the verbs Group 1

  1. decorate

  2. fill

  3. write

  4. ride

  5. light

a. a candle b. a sleigh c. a Christmas card

d. a Christmas tree

e. a stocking


Group 2

  1. kiss under

  2. pull

  3. ring

  4. eat

  5. wrap

a. bells b. presents c. Christmas crackers

d. Christmas pudding

e. the mistletoe

Discussion:

  1. Are there any unusual Christmas traditions in your country?

  2. How has Christmas changed for you since you were younger?

  3. What do you enjoy about this time of year?

  4. What do you dislike about this time of year?

Write your Christmas card

Look at the Classic Christmas Cards Messages list and write your own Christmas/Holiday wishes here.

  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  • Unwrap yourself a joyful Christmas!

  • Have a holly, jolly Christmas!

  • Merry Christmas with lots of love.

  • The best present one can hope for this year is to spend time together.

Popular Christmas Carols


Silent Night


Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing

Alleluia Christ, the Savior is born Christ, the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night Son of God, love's pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus,

Lord, at Thy birth Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


O come all ye Faithfull


Song Lyrics


O Come all ye faithful Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold Him

Born the King of Angels O come, let us adore Him O come, let us adore Him O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord!

O Sing, choirs of angels Sing in exultation Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word Give to our Father glory in the Highest

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord!

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee

Born this happy morning O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord!




Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the new-born king Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With angelic host proclaim "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the new-born king" Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings Risen with healing in His wings Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the new-born king" Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the new-born king Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled" Joyful all ye nations rise Join the triumph of the skies With angelic host proclaim "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the new-born king" "Glory to the new-born king"





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