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" Jingle Bells" Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way. Bells on bobtails 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
Christmas origins . Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, who was probably born between 11 B. C. and 4 B. C. Some historians connect Christ’s birth to the famous star. It guided the three wise men. Christmas is really the work of Victorians combined with a few German traditions. Until that time Easter had always been the most important festival. In 1652 the puritans actually banned Christmas. A number of pagan traditions still survive, such as carol singing, the flames of the Xmas pudding, kissing under the mistletoe, and others.
«Baby Jesus». Born this night in Bethlehem, Baby Jesus, tiny Child, Alleluia, praise the King, Baby Jesus born today. Kneel before Him as He sleeps, Baby Jesus, tiny child, Al-le-lu-ia, praise the King Baby Jesus born today. Worship Him, our Savior`s come, Baby Jesus, tiny child, Al-le-lu-ia, praise the King, Baby Jesus born today.
Christmas Day. The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years .Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before Christ was born. One of the oldest Xmas customs in Britain is decorating houses and churches with greenery. Greenery is the symbol of everlasting life. Holly-Остролист, Mistletoe- Омела белая, Rosemary-Розмарин, The Christmas Rose- Зимняя роза, The Poinsettia- Пуансеттия, Ivy- Плющ, Laurel- Лавр – are popular Xmas plants. The Xmas tree came from Germany in the 19th century.
Christmas symbols. Holly- evergreen shrubs and trees usually having prickly dark shiny leaves and red berries. Star- many people believe that strange star did appear in the sky around the time of Christ’s birth. (the star of Bethlehem) Yule log- a thick piece of wood cut from a tree. It symbolizes the victory of light over the darkness of winter. Father Christmas (Santa Claus) – the traditional bringer of gifts to children. He is transported on a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Christmas tree-an evergreen tree with slender prickly leaves decorated at Xmas time. Carol- a traditional Xmas song. Advent calendar- -an elaborate calendar with windows used to count down the days until Xmas. ( the period of 4 Sundays before Xmas) Advent wreath- a ring- shaped garland of leaves and flowers (usually holly)
Christmas stockings Father Christmas is based on a real person, St. Nicholas, which explains his other name 'Santa Claus' which comes from the Dutch 'Sinterklaas'. Nicholas was a Christian leader from Myra (in modern-day Turkey) in the 4th century AD. He was often seen, clad in red and white bishop's robes and riding on a donkey, handing out gifts to children. He was very shy, and wanted to give money to poor people without them knowing about it. It is said that one day, he climbed the roof of a house and dropped a purse of money down the chimney. It landed in the stocking which a girl had put to dry by the fire!
Carol singing The traditional period to sing carols was from St Thomas's Day (December 21) until the morning of Christmas Day. The word comes from the ancient Greek choros, which means "dancing in a circle," and from the Old French word carole, meaning "a song to accompany dancing." Englishmen have special songs which they sing during the Christmas season. The songs are known as carols and they are about when Jesus was born.
“Oh, Christmas tree !” Oh, Christmas tree! Oh, Christmas tree! Your gay green dress delights us! Oh, Christmas tree! Oh, Christmas tree! Your gay green dress delights us! You do not fade With winter’s snow, You bloom with lights When cold winds blow. Oh, Christmas tree ! Oh, Christmas tree ! Your gay green dress delights us!
Christmas turkey. A large farmyard bird roasted and eaten as the main dish at Xmas dinner in many European countries. Long ago people associated eating with wealth, health and happiness. Meals are traditionally an important part of the holidays, most notable turkey and goose.
Xmas Pudding. The traditional Xmas pudding is round and dark coloured. It is made with dried fruit, spices and brandy. You can see a spring of holly on top. Sometimes a small silver coin is put inside. Xmas pudding was a favourite dish of King George I. The Xmas pudding is also known as a plum pudding. In the 17th century people put dried currants and raisings and used the word “plum” for them.
The history of Christmas cards. The first Christmas card was created in 1794 by English artist Dobson for his friend. The present serial card appeared in 9 of December 1843. This card was drawn by the artist John Calcott Horsely by the order of the businessman of sir Henry Cole , which wanted to congratulate the grandmother. On the card size 5x3 of inch represents Christmas dinner, in which three generations of family participate, it is possible the relatives of sir Henry. In total was printed of such 1 thousand cards, which were sold on 1 shilling. Till now was kept such 12 cards, one of them was sold for the record sum.
Advent Calendar Story. Xmas is coming. It’s Tuesday today. 24 days are left till Xmas. My picture for today is a fir tree. 1 Dec 25 Dec
Reindeer Family. Look at the picture and read the names of the deer who travel with Santa Claus at Xmas night. Vixen, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer.
Christmas Pictures. (match pictures and words ) A Christmas tree, Santa Claus, A reindeer, Christmas presents, Candles, A Star, Bells, Snowmen, A Christmas pudding.
“Why” questions. Why is Christmas sometimes spelt Xmas ? The word for Christ in Greek is Xristos. The use of shortened form “ Xmas” became popular in Europe in the 1500s. Why are there oversized socks and stockings hanging on your mantel ? The original Saint Nicholas left his very first gifts of gold coins in the stockings of three poor girls who needed the money for their wedding dowries. The girls had hung their stockings on the mantel. Why is the day following Xmas day called “Boxing day” ? In English- speaking countries churches opened special boxes “alms box” in which people had placed gifts of money to poor people. Why is the red colour often used in Xmas decorations ? Red is the colour for blood that reminds us of the wounds of Christ and the stripes by which we are healed .Red is the colour of the God of love who suffered for humankind. It is the colour of His courage and His sacrifice.
Christmas greetings from a fairy to a child. (by Lewis Carroll) Lady, dear, if Fairies may For a moment lay aside Cunning tricks and selfish play, Tease at happy Christmas-tide. WE have heard the children say- Gentle children, whom we love- Long ago on Christmas Day, Came a message from above, Still, as Christmas-tide comes round, They remember it again- Echo still the joyful sound “Peace on earth, good will to men!”. . .
What we like doing in Winter. (make up word combinations) Make Drive Eat Have Drink Play Wear Break Throw Pick up Crush Ice cream Iced tea Snowmobile Snowboard Ice hockey Snowball Iced coffee Ice skates Ice Snowman Snowdrop
Merry Christmas Poem. (acrostic) The true Christmas poem. (by Jim Smith) C is for the Christ child lying in a manger. H is for Holy One who saved us all from danger. R is to Remember Him who died that we may live. I is to Inspire us that we may always give. S is for Joyful Songs and sacred hymns that praise. T is to Thank the Lord for showing us the way. M is for the Miracles that bless us each day. A is for the Almighty who always puts us first. S is for the Shepherd who guides us on the Earth. Merry Christmas Poem. (acrostic) The true Christmas poem. (by Jim Smith) C is for the Christ child lying in a manger. H is for Holy One who saved us all from danger. R is to Remember Him who died that we may live. I is to Inspire us that we may always give. S is for Joyful Songs and sacred hymns that praise. T is to Thank the Lord for showing us the way. M is for the Miracles that bless us each day. A is for the Almighty who always puts us first. S is for the Shepherd who guides us on the Earth.
Match the two halves of these Christmas superstitions. 1 To have good health in the following year… 2 A child born on Xmas Day… 3 Snow on Xmas day… 4 If you eat a raw egg before eating anything else on Xmas morning… 5 Good luck will come to the home… 6You will have as many happy months in the coming year… 1…as the number of houses. 2…means that Easter will be green. 3…eat an apple on Xmas Eve. 4…where a fire is kept burning throughout the Xmas season. 5…will have a special future. 6…you will be able to carry heavy things. 1-3, 2-5, 3-2, 4-6, 5-4, 6-1.
Christmas Poetry. I tie my love with ribbons In the glow of Christmas candles And the stars that shine above I bring you season’s greetings With my ribboned gift of love. In the joyous sound of voices Singing carols in the snow, I take your hand and tell you Of my love that seems to grow.
Dreams. Take your dreams this Christmas And decorate the tree. Look up high and once again The glowing star you’ll see. Take your dreams and carry them Into the coming year. Dreams are made of hope and love Whenever faith is near.
Many things. I love Xmas for many things Trees, candles, angel wings, Stars in the heavens, Snow covered hills, Little toy trains, Dolls in the frills. I love Xmas, ribbons of gold, Familiar carols, so very old, Sweet candy canes, bright red sled Little kids tucked snug In their beds. I love Xmas for most of all. I look forward to a neighbour’s call A friendly chat, a cup of tea. Love in the home means Xmas to me.
When Xmas comes. It’s the joy of children The warmth of love The many blessings Beneath the star above The many friends we know The neighbours living near That makes our life so special When Xmas comes each year.
What is it ? Is it the sparkle on the tree, The green wreath on the door, The present tied with ribbon red, Or is it something more ? The cheery greeting when we meet A friend along our way, The crunch of snow beneath our feet, The children in their play ? We ask ourselves, what is it ? But in the end we know It’s our love for one another That makes Xmas spirit glow.
Riddles 1What is another name of father Christmas? ( Santa Claus) 2 We decorate the tree with pretty ...... ( lights) 3 What do Englishmen eat for lunch on Christmas day? ( turkey) 4 What day is after Christmas day? (the Boxing day) 5 What do we usually give each other on Christmas day? (presents) 6 What does Santa Claus fill with presents? (Stocking) 7 In what month do we celebrate Christmas? ( December ) 8 Who helped three kings to find Jesus? ( Angel) 9 Whose birthday do the people celebrate on Christmas day? ( Christ ) 10 What do you usually put on the top of the Christmas tree? ( star ) 11 What do Englishmen usually send to the friends at Christmas? ( cards) 12 How do people call the day before Christmas? (Eve.) 13 What do usually ring in the church on Christmas day? ( Bells) Конкурс среди болельщиков. “Donkey’s tail” Правила игры: С завязанными глазами подойти к плакату с осликом и прицепить хвост на место.