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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS TREES AND PRESENTS CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS CHRISTMAS PUDDING HOLLY AND MISTLETOE CHRISTMAS DAY BOXING DAY CHRISTMAS CARD CHRISTMAS FLAGS AND HATS FATHER CHRISTMAS
TREES AND PRESENTS People began to celebrate Christmas many, many years ago. They began to decorate the evergreen tree and give presents to each other. They placed a large shining star at the top of the Christmas tree and many bright shining balls from top to bottom.
CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS In the evening of the 24th of December children hang their Christmas stocking on their beds or put them under the Christmas tree. Father Christmas puts presents into them. A Christmas stocking is not a real stocking. It is big and beautifully decorated.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING Christmas pudding was first made many, many years ago. Now it is the highlight of Christmas dinner. Children often put holly on the pudding. Traditionally a coin is placed into the pudding. It brings good luck to a person who finds it.
HOLLY AND MISTLETOE Holly is an evergreen plant with sharppointed leaves and red berries. You know already that people put holly on Christmas pudding. They also use holly to decorate their homes. It is a very old tradition. Long ago people began to put holly in their homes during the dark cold winters. They liked to look at holly and think about the spring and the sun. Mistletoe is an evergreen plant with small leaves and small white berries. On Christmas Eve there is a bunch of mistletoe in every house. Under this bunch boys kiss girls.
Christmas Day is on the 25th of December. British people celebrate this holiday with big dinners. Children have much fun. They play under Christmas trees, find presents in their Christmas stockings, eat Christmas puddings, watch pantomimes.
Boxing Day comes after Christmas Day. It is on the 26th of December. Traditionally people put their Christmas presents into boxes. That is why the day on which they give and receive these boxes is called Boxing Day.
CHRISTMAS CARD Merry Christmas ! Every English family sends and receives many Christmas cards. Traditionally there is a robin on almost every card ( and you know already that a robin is a Christmas bird ). Sometimes there is a bunch of holly on the Christmas card. You can read on the card : «Merry Christmas!»
CHRISTMAS FLAGS Before Christmas children make small flags. On these flags they paint British, American, French, German, Finnish and other flags. They hang Christmas flags on the Christmas tree or decorate the room with them. CHRISTMAS HATS Christmas hats are made of coloured paper. Children and grown-ups like to wear them at Christmas.
FATHER CHRISTMAS You know already that Father Christmas comes into children`s homes on Christmas Eve. He has a white beard and white and red clothes. He is always merry. They say he comes from the North Pole. He brings presents for children.