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Christmas Christmas is on the 25th of December. It is the greatest holiday in Britain.
Christmas Traditions In Britain people have many interesting Christmas traditions. Listen to the short stories about trees and presents and other Christmas traditions.
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 ana many bright shining balls (red, blue, yellow, green, silver) from top to bottom.
Christmas Stockings In the evening of the 24th of December children hang their Christmas stockings on their beds or put them under the Christmas tree. Father Christmas (Santa Claus) 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 Holly is an evergreen plant with sharp-pointed leaves and red ber-ries. 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 holl.y and think about the spring and the sun.
Mistletoe 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..
Robin Many years ago postmen had bright red coats. They looked (ike robins. At Christmas they brought many Christmas cards. And people began to think about a robin as a Christmas bird. You can see it on almost every Christmas card.
Yuletide Yuletide begins in the middle of December and ends on the 6th of January. All the children like this wonderful time because it is the time of much fun.
Christmas Eve Christmas Eve is on the 24th of December. On this day everybody js very busy and in a hurry. Offices close at 1 o'clock, but the shops stay open late. On Christmas five children hang their Christmas stockings on their beds. They , wait for Father Christmas (Santa Claus) and other miracle
Christmas Day 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. The grownups don't go to work on that day.
Boxing Day Boxing Day comes after Christmas Day. It is on the 26th of December. People do not go to work on that day. They visit friends or go to the theatre. Everybody gives and receives Christmas cards and Christmas boxes.
Twelfth Night The Twelfth night is on the eye of the 6th of January. This is the twelfth day after Christmas Day. It is the last day of Yuletide. People eat the Twelfth cake on the Twelfth night. This is a big cake with a coin baked inside. The person who finds the coin in his piece of cake becomes the king of the Twelfth night.
European Christmas Song Contest The European Christmas Song Coi >st is held during Yuletide. Singers from L itain. France, Finland, Italy and other European countries sing Christmas songs.
Pantomime A pantomime is a traditional performance for children at Christmas. All the children have much fun when they watch fairy tales with princes, beautiful princesses and fairies ("Cinderella", "Puss in Boots", "Dick Whittington" and many others).
Player's Theatre There is a theatre in London where pantomimes are performed. It is called Player's Theatre.
Transformation Scene Every pantomime has a transformation scene. During this scene miracles happen. For example, Cinderella changes into a beautiful princess. Children like these scenes very much.
Principal Characters There are the following characters in every pantomime; the principal boy, the principal girl (who is always married to the principal boy in the end) and the dame (who is a comic figure, usually the mother of the principal boy or girl; a man often plays this role). There are also a good fairy and a bad fairy in-a pantomime.
Broker's Men They are the two clowns who usually take part in a pantomime. Children like to watch their funny tricks.
Nativity Play The Nativity Play tells the tale of Christ's Birth. Children usually perform this play themselves. They perform it at school before Christmas.
Yule Log A Yule log is a piece of wood which people burn in.the fireplace on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Decorations You know already that people use holly and mistletoe to decorate their homes. But there are many other decorations at Christmas. Listen to the short description of these decorations.
Christmas Tree Before Christmas people place the evergreen tree (Christmas tree) in their homes. Children decorate the Christmas tree with tinsel, toys, shining balls and flags. They place a shining star at the top of the Christmas tree.
Candles and Crackers On Christmas Eve people like to light candles. If there are children in the family, they often have Christmas crackers. When you pull a cracker it makes a bang and inside there is usually a Christmas hat, a small toy and a piece of paper with a joke on it.
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 (Santa Claus) You know already that Father Christmas (Santa Claus) 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 the children.
Waits Waits are a group of singers who sing carols. They sing carols, for example, in front of a Christmas tree. In small towns and villages waits often come and stand in front of the house and sing or play carols. They receive money for their singing or playing. They give the money to poor and old people.
Carol A carol is a Christmas song. People often sing carols on Christmas Eve in the streets or at home.
Christmas Dinner This is the big dinner people eat on Christmas Day. You know already that they eat Christmas pudding for Christmas dinner, and that children put holly on the pudding. They also eat a turkey for Christmas dinner. The dinner ends with mince pies.
Christmas Turkey A turkey is a traditional Christmas bird. People eat it on Christmas Day.
Mince Pies Mince pies are small round pies. Children like these sweet pies very much.
Christmas Card 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 Box 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. A Christmas box is wrapped in bright coloured paper with ribbons.
Jingle ' Bells Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh Over the fields we go. Laughing all the way.
Bells on bob-tail ring, Making spirits bright, What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight!
Jingle bells, jingle bells! Jingle all the way! Oh! What fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh! Oh!
Jingle bells, jingle bells! Jingle all the way! Oh! What fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh! Hey!
Christmas Greetings With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Wishing you every success for the New Year. Wishing you a Christmas filled with love and friendship. May your Christmas be filled with happy surprises. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. With warm and friendly wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Season's greetings.
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