Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Christmas in Great Britain

In Great Britain the hustle and bustle of the season begins well before Christmas and there is barely anytime for a break until the Twelfth night. There is preparation going on of foods, the sending of Christmas cards, the decorating of houses and churches, and the readying of gifts keep everyone busy even the youngest family members.

On Christmas Eve youngsters hang up their stockings on the ends of the beds or by the chimney so that when Father Christmas comes he can leave them something.

On Christmas morning the family traditionally opens their presents and prepares for a big feast which typically is served just after midday. The table gleams with the best china and glassware, and at every place on the table there is a cracker. The meal begins with a toast, followed by the popping of the crackers. After the meal they sit down in front of the Television for the traditional Christmas speech of the British Monarch.

In the afternoon they exchange visits with neighbors other family members.

Some churches in Great Britain have a Christingle service on the fourth Sunday of Advent. This is a carol service of Scandinavian origin at which every child received an orange and candle wrapped in a red ribbon. The candle represents Jesus and the ribbon stands for the blood of Christ and the love of God embracing the world.

In Britain, children write their letters to Father Christmas and then throw them into the fireplace so they will float up the chimney and fly to the North Pole. If the lists catch fire first, they have to rewrite them.

At Christmas dinner, a plum pudding is served with little treasures hidden inside that bring their finders good luck. Britain was the first country to hang up mistletoe.

  • Homework: Grammar, unit 24
  • Reading comprehension: an exercise for the first term.
  • 2C. "Hooked on caffeine" St.B.p.29. A reading about Toyah wilcox, addicted to coffee. Questions.
  • EO: St.B.p. 28. Talk to a partner about caffeine. Do the Quiz. Communication: student A to page 114, student B to page 119. Read thoroughly the information. Go through the quiz again and tell your partner whether the statement is a fact or myth with reasons.
  • Grammar: present habit:usuallyand simple present, past habit: used to, sth that was new gfor you but now it isn´t :to be used to doing. A few examples on the board a a cople of exercises :used to/usually/to be used to doing.
  • Vocabulary: St.B.p.28 Adjectives and prepositions. e.g. keen on, mad about, fond of.
  • Homework: workbook.p. 21,22,Reading, St.B.p. 25.

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  • Homework: A reading activity. workbook p. 17,18
  • Reading exam
  • Once done the reading exercise we had the speaking exam . While some were doing the exam the rest of the class did several activities. Simple present tense for routines Exercise 1, exercise 2, exercise 3 . A/an for jobs and expressions with "have" (I´m most interested in: to have: breakfast /lunch/dinner/,to have a bath/shower/)
  • Remember the the grammar and composition exam will be next Tuesday.