Christmas Special

Christmas – The English English Podcast Episode 8

Glossary (in chronological order)

gather – to collect things or people, bring together
grey area – not one thing or another thing (neither black nor white = grey)
stocking – big sock or legging used for holding presents at Christmas
lumps – a piece of something such as coal or solid sugar
pillow cases – the cover of your pillow – a pillow is the thing you rest your head
on when you sleep.
walnuts – big nuts that look like a brain when you open them
grappled with – had difficulty with a decision or problem
fair – consistent with rules, logic or ethics
spill the beans – an expression that means saying something that was secret or
private
log – part of a tree that has been cut – usually cylinder shaped
antlers – a horn with parts like branches that grow on the head of a deer
weird – strange
reenact – perform a historical event in the present
roll – to travel or be moved on wheels

Listen and then put the words above into the sentences below:

They wouldn’t ………………… , would they?
Roller-skates are the things that you put on your feet that have four wheels on
them so you can just sort of …………. along the ground.
In order to celebrate we all have to ………….. in one place.
You got …………… of coal for Christmas every year so that was fine.
But those ………….. are really heavy.
The presents are too big to fit in ……………….
They fill this ……… with sweets and different bits and pieces.
The Swiss are …………….
Is it ………… on the child because then they’ll be under pressure to reveal or not
reveal to their friends at school?
In the Philippines Christians …………. the arrival of the first Christians.
My mum actually decorated some special extra large ………………..
This a question that my parents ……………. when we were maybe two years old.
He gives …………….. and tangerines.
It’s a ………………

Comprehension questions

Where did Beth’s family get their tree?
What’s the difference between the presents you get from American Santa or UK
Santa?
What were the true traditions from around the world?

Conversation questions

How does your family celebrate Christmas?
How are the presents organized in your house?
Have you heard of any strange traditions around the world?

Merry Christmas from Taylor School!

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