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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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