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Christmas has become a fun filled holiday for people all over the world – regardless of whether they are Christian or not. As a result many people are very familiar with the idea of Santa Claus, gift giving, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Christmas dinner of turkey and all the trimmings.
However, some people are not familiar with the reason practicing Christians celebrate this special day.
- Try to listen to the story several times WITHOUT reading the subtitles.
- Then, try to answer the questions. ( Do NOT check your answers)
- Next, go back and listen to the story while you read the subtitles.
- Answer the questions again. Check the answers.
- Read along WITH the speaker – at the same time, NOT after him. When you speak at the same time as the speaker, this is called shadow speaking.
The Nativity Story: A Reading ( medium)
The Christmas Story Comprehension: Source BBC
A Christmas Story Quiz
A more difficult Nativity story quiz
A more difficult Christmas quiz
An animated Version of the Christmas Story with words
The Very Fast Version of The Christmas Story (Video)
The Christmas Story Comic
The Christmas Story Song
The Digital Nativity Story
Fun with Christmas Vocabulary
I’m including some traditional Christmas carols that focus on the real meaning of Christmas. People have sung these carols for hundreds of years, so it is useful for you to know some of them.
Silent Night ( German Stille Nach, heilige Nacht) is the best known Christmas carol in the world. It has been translated into more than 140 languages and sung by every singer who has ever released a Christmas album. Composed in 1818 in Austria, it was declared an intagible cultural heritage by UNESCO in March 20111.
In 1914,during World War 1, soldiers on both sides called a Christmas truce for one night when one side heard the other singing silent night. All soldiers on both sides began singing the song in their own language as it was one song they all knew. That night, the enemy troops spent the evenig celebrating Christmas together singing, getting to know each other and talking about their loved ones. The next day, they went back to shooting and killing each other.
Silent Night and the Seven O’clock News
In 1966 Well known singers Simon and Garfunkel recorded two contrasting recordings: a simple arrangement of the Christmas carol "Silent Night“, and a simulated "7 O’Clock News” bulletin of the actual events of 3 August 1966.
Breath of Heaven
This song focuses on how frightened Mary was and her hopes that she could live up to the responsibilities she was going to have as the mother of God. The video features scenes adapted from the 2007 film “The Nativity Story” by New Lines Productions Inc.
O Holy Night
This song was originally written in French and is often sung at Christian services on Christmas eve. More than 100 artists have recorded this song, This version by Canadian singer Josh Groban is very powerful.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
This song focuses on what the shepherds in the field heard and saw on the first
Christmas when Jesus was born.
What Child Is This
The next two songs focus on the joy Christmas is supposed to bring and reminds us that we need to remember to keep some of that joy in our heart even when things in our life are bad.
Try to sing along with this next song as loudly as you can. Make sure you really open your mouth wide. It will help with your pronunciation, your phrasing and your speaking fluency.
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The only magic Christmas now allows is the kind we create ourselves when we pay attention to someone besides ourselves.
The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
The sad little Christmas tree Charlie buys for the school play represents all the world’s underfed, unseen, unloved, ( trees, animals, people…) .However, it can still be rescued.
Can you figure out what it means?
How Well did you Understand?
Watch the film as many times as you need to. Then see how many questions you can answer in the quiz below.
Now, can you answer the question: What is a Charlie Brown Christmas tree?
- Vocabulary Practice and quizzes from charlie Brown Christmas
- Vocabulary Charlie Brown Christmas
- Vocabulary Quiz Charlie Brown Christmas Quiz
- Quizlet Vocabulary Quiz with pictures
The True Meaning of Christmas: A Listening Quiz
- More Comprehension Quizzes to Try
- Charlie Brown Christmas Quiz 1 (easier)
- Charlie Brown Comprehension Questions
- Quizlet Trivia flashcards New
- Charlie Brown Quiz New
- 25 Charlie Brown Chrismas questions New
- Timed Charlie Brown Quiz
Now, try this song.
The Making of a Charlie Brown Christmas a 15 minute documentary on the story behind the making of A Charlie Brown Christmas featuring interviews with the people involved in the special.
It’s Your 50th Birthday Charlie Brown In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved tale, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Kristen Bell will hosts a 30 minute TV special. which includes live performances, from the memorable music of Vince Guaraldi, to Kristen Chenoweth singing “Happiness” from the “Peanuts” Broadway hit, and a performance from Matthew Morrison of an original song, “Just Like Me.” Other guests are Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men, Pentatonix, David Benoit and The All-American Boys Chorus. D
ABC Celebrates 50th anniversary of Charlie Brown Christmas radio
National Public Radio ( NPR) explores what makes this ageless special endure in interviews with experts.
Find out more about the history and little known facts about Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Read opinions for its success as well as about recent controversies surrounding its "religious” tone.
- Charlie Brown Christmas at 50: the Making of a Classic Soundtrack
- Factors Why Charlie Brown Christmas is So Well Loved :
- Charlie Brown Christmas: The Flop That Wasn’t
- Five Things You Don’t Know About Charlie Brown Christmas
- 50 Years Later Charlie Brown Christmas Turns Out to be a Winner After All
- Re Think review Charflie Brown Christmas True Meaning of Christmas
- 14 Blockheaded Facts ab out Charlie Brown’s Christmas
- 29 Moments of Charlie Brown
- Kentucky School District Censors Charlie Brown Christmas
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Although Dr. Seuss, a well-known children’s writer, originally wrote the story for children, it has messages for young and old.
The story and the animated video ,now shown on television every year at Christmas time, continues to delight millions of of people whether they are watching it for the first time, or the 30th time.
Now that we have officially entered the Christmas season, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to watch an important piece of North American culture.
It doesn’t matter if you live in Australia, Europe, Asia or the Middle East, you will still enjoy learning a little about a series of Christmas messages that apply to every culture or religion.
If you plan to live in North America, or if you already live here, it is even more important that you know about this story by Dr. Seuss. If you can mention any aspect of the How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or of Who ville in casual conversation, people will think you are a true American or Canada, and really “get us."
This is also a way you can get your children involved.
Read and go through the following power point on your own, or with your children
Power Point Explaining the Basic Story and characters in the Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Watch the video as many times as you need to know and answer the comprehension questions below.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas www.pisothshow.com by Yous_Pisothhttps://www.learnclick.com/mchoice/frame/2025
3. Sing-along . This is a great song to practice enunciating. Make sure you open your
mouth as wide as you can in order to let your tongue get to the right place. Sing as
slowly as the singer.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2. What role does Cindy Lou play in the story. What does she do to change the Grinch?
their things had been stolen?
4. Do you know anyone who is like the Grinch? What might some be some reasons
why that person acts that way?
7. What is the message of the story? Is there more than one message? Explain.
9. If you could give the Grinch one gift, what would it be?
11. The Grinch has a serious character flaw. He experiences a crisis and then changes for the better. Describe the Grinch’s character flaw at the beginning of the story. What crisis changes him? How does he change?
Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Mother;s Day etc. and how they are celebrated.
Readers Theatre How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is an easier version of the story written like a small play. It is perfect for students to use as a play in the classroom. The roles are broken down so that everyone can have one , two or even three parts.
- Assign roles to different students and have the practice in groups. ( If you have a large class, you could divide them into two or three groups)
- Start with having them read their lines normally, but fluently, without hesitating or stumbling.
- Go over the pronunciation of different words.
- Now, have the students put the maximum amount of expression in their voice. Practice as often as they need.
- Have them memorize their lines and be able to repeat them in the correct order.
- Perform the mini play in class
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Love is one of the main messages of Christmas.
People all over the world enjoy sharing their love with each other at this special time.
But Christmas can also be a time of loss and heartbreak – a time when people remember a love lost and the wonderfu times they had.
Although these are not traditional Christmas carols, the following songs have no become classics because they show both the joy, the sadness and the yearning that Christmas and the holiday season brings to people in love.
Here are a few songs to keep you in the mood, whether you are happy or sad. Listen, play the game. Then sing along. There’s lots of Christmas vocabulary here. Try some.
All I Want for Christmas is You:
But first, let’s try some some vocabulary review
Before you watch:
1. When you stand under this, you have to kiss someone
2. Underneath means ________________
2. This is made out of snow and often has eyes, a nose and stick arms
3. We roast these type of nuts on the fire.
4. What do people put under the Christmas tree and open on Christmas
WHAM: Last Christmas
Have you ever experienced a sad Christmas when everything reminded you of a former love? I’m sure you are not alone. As everyone knows even people whose heart is broken still get through it. The next song is about that.
Shake Up Christmas
Although this Christmas pop song was only released in 2010, it has become so popular that Coca Cola has started using it for its Christmas advertising campaign. It is easy to see why as the upbeat song encourages people to spread love and happiness at this time of year.
CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP IN RED
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Get into the spirit of Christmas by singing
One of my favourite activities during the Christmas season is singing Christmas songs and carols. In fact, one of my earliest memories is sitting outside my parents’ bedroom door at 6 a.m. on Christmas morning singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
There are hundreds of wonderful songs you can listen and sing along to. Some are traditional carols that focus on the religious aspect of Christmas. Others are popular songs that focus on what Christmas means for many different people: family, friends, home, snow, magic….
During the next few weeks, I will be posting a variety of Christmas activities to help you practice your English. Today, I will begin with a few famous Christmas songs that you may or may not already know.
Listen to the songs. Fill in the blanks. Then sing along as many times as you can. It will help you improve your listening, speaking, pronunciation and even your vocabulary.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
This song was originally written for children in order to warn them to be good boys and girls if they wanted to get presents from Santa Claus. The song has now been turned into a pop song that also appeals to young people and adults. Many different artists have sung it, but these days, Justin Bieber’s version is the most popular one. I have added the children’s sing-along version as well. Try singing along with both versions.
If you don’t live in a winter climate, this seems like an unusual song to sing at Christmas, but if you live in the northern part of North America, Christmas usually means lots of snow, and brings many happy memories for most people. This version of “Let it Snow” by Dean Martin has always been a huge favourite for millions of people in North America. I hope you enjoy it.
Jingle Bell Rock is a dance party song written in the 1950s when rock and roll was still very new. It immediately became popular because it was such a happy song and was so much fun to sing and dance to. It still remains very popular and almost everybody in North America knows the word by heart and can sing along to the words without looking at a piece of paper. Try singing along. You’ll love it.
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
Brenda Lee’s version of the song—unquestionably the best version—was performed and recorded when she was only 13 years old.
In the 14th century, the tree was decorated will all sorts of sweets and cookies and small candles were placed in decorated eggshells among the boughs. On the 12th day of Christmas, traditionally believed as the day that the Magi arrived at the manger in Bethlehem bearing gifts, the Christmas tree was shaken and all of the treats and candy would fall out of the boughs and onto the floor. The children were then allowed to eat everything that fell out of the tree and usually resulted in a sugar rush that saw the children dancing and rocking around the Christmas tree for the rest of the evening.
If you enjoyed this post, invite your friends and family to join in the fun, or post this to Facebook or any other social site you belong to in your own country.
What are some of YOUR favourite Christmas songs and activities that you would like to see here? Why do you like them?
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Christmas is coming! – a conversation (intermediate) with :
I. Pre-Listening Exercises II. Listening Exercises
III. Post-Listening Exercises
Topic : Christmas gifts
Speakers : a man and 2 children
The Christmas Gift – a narration (difficult) with :
I. Pre-Listening Exercises II. Listening Exercises
III. Post-Listening Exercises
Fred Talks about the daily routine for his family on Christmas Day in Canada (Source: ELLLO)
Christmas Tree Traditions ( ELLL0)
Anja compares Christmas tree traditions with Fred
Darren discusses how he feels about Christmas: what he enjoys about it and what aspects he finds stressful. Source ELLLO
Sharon talks about she feels at Christmas
It’s Christmas Time Listening Game
Reading Comprehension Activities PDF
From Paris to Burgundy, Christmas is the stuff of dreams – where rich sounds of medieval carols abound, simple rituals are shared by families and friends, and windows are illuminated by lights. SOURCE: ESOL Courses
German Christmas Markets
German Christmas markets are famous all over the world. This week we visit six of the oldest,most celebrated and most unusual. Today we are at probably the most famous of them all the Nuremberg Christmas Market.SOURCE: ESOL Courses
Every year, a theatrical group called The Washington Revels celebrates the holiday season and winter solstice with a festive Christmas production featuring traditional songs and dances. The award-winning group selects its themes from a different part of the country – or the world – every year. This year was Christmas as it was celebrated in rural England in the 1830s. SOURCE: ESOL Courses
When Christmas is just around the corner, most people have very little Christmas shopping left to do. But it’s a well known fact that on Christmas Eve, most of the shoppers on the streets are men. So is that last minute rush just a fun part of the Christmas shopping experience for men, and do they actually like Christmas shopping? Yvonne Archer goes in search of a few answers. (Source: BBC)
Jingle bells, jingle bells… Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? Watch this video to see how a shop is getting ready for Christmas. – Includes quiz, vocabulary and transcript. Part of Word on the Street series. – Source: learnenglishteens.uk British Council
If you walk into many London shops, you might find it difficult to believe that Christmas is still several weeks away. In this program, with the help of a market researcher, we find out why Christmas seems to be getting earlier and earlier. Source: BBC
Imagine this program is an invitation to a special kind of Christmas party – not the kind you have at home for friends – but what we call ‘the office Christmas party’, or less formally, ‘the office Christmas do’.(Source: BBC)
We’ve been out of the office to talk to people about their feelings at Christmas time. We’ve also been asking people to describe their ideal Christmas. (Source: BBC)
The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas. Radio Broadcast with transcript “
(Source: : learningenglish.voanews.com)
How to Host a Christmas Dinner New
A short instructional video listing the steps needed to host a Chrstimas dionner for family and friends. Lisdten as many times as you need to and answer the comprehension questions. Source: ESOL Courses
The Gift of the Magi by O’Henry
Listen and Read comprehension
A spoken version of the famous story of a very poor young husband and wife who each give up the most valuable thing they own in order to give the other a Christmas gift.
(Source: VOA Quiz from ESL Listening.com)
Scrooge experiences a change of heart while he reviews Christmas memories and once again discovers what it is like to feel and live in the spirit of love, kindness, and giving..
(Listen and read the classic tale of Scrooge) (Source ESL Bits.com)
Trailer for the Movie A Christmas Carol
Listening Quiz for the trailer to A Christmas Carol : Source ESL Video.com
Now that all the Thanksgiving leftovers have been eaten and the Halloween costumes have been put away, everyone is getting ready for Christmas! It’s supposed to be a Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but somehow it’s become a huge commercial holiday and the most important time of year for retailers. (SOURCE: Podcast from Melanie ESL)
The Christmas Cuckoo
A long time ago, there was village in the North Country. All its inhabitants were poor, because their fields were barren, and they didn’t have much to sell; but the poorest of them all were two brothers called Scrub and Spare. They were shoemakers. Their shack was very small. The door was low and always open, because there was no window.Continue here
(Source:John Robinson’s ESL Listening.com
Chatty Santa (chattysanta.com)
“Type what you’d like Santa to say to a particular person, and Chatty Santa will say it. Then send it to the designated person…” (SOURCE: Larry Ferlazzo)
Christmas Greeting from Santa
Send your friends and relatives Christmas greetings from Santa by clicking here
(Source: Teflteacher’s blog)
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Mistletoe, the kiss of Christmas“It’s a vintage year for the legendary mistletoe berries.” In Britain’s mistletoe-growing regions, a branch would be brought in to protect the house.any woman walking underneath could not refuse to be kissed, or she would remain an old maid.“ " (telegraph.co.uk) continue reading
- Advent Calendar Online Activities for every day
- Advent Calendar ( Interactive) with questions about Christmas from around the world (\Project Britain./com)
- Advent Calendar for Students and Kids with activities and videos ( from ESOL courses)
- December Advent Calendar with pictures and poems ( Smile- a-day.com)
Presents for Xmas (and the rest of the year!)
Matching – Flashcards (Java / non-Java) – Concentration – Word Search– with a list of terms used in these activities (with pictures)Activities created by: Renée Maufroid
- Christmas Board Game (bogglesworld
- Santa’s on line games
- Frosty’s challenge
- Christmas Mahjong
- Christmas Activities
- Trivia Quiz It’s a Wonderful Life
- Christmas Vocabulary Game from Oxford Press
- Quiz Christmas Customs
- Christmas Quiz True or False
Holidays from Different Cultures at Christ Time
Jig Saw reading Activity from Oxford University Press\
Christmas in Australia
Christmas in Brazil
Christmas in Canada
Christmas in Chile
Christmas Celebration in China
Christmas in Czech Republic
Christmas in France
The Legend of the Christmas Spider
A Christmas Lesson ( Advanced)
Papa Panov’s Special Christmas by Leo Tolstoy ( Source About .com)
A Letter from Santa Claus by Mark Twain
Gift of the Magi
Gift of the Magi comprehension questions ( advanced)
Bertie’s Christmas Eve by Saki
How Santa bar Came to SDimpson’s Bar
The Little Match Girl Hans Christian Anderson ( Intermediate)
Merry Christmas by Stephen Leacock ( Advanced)
A Child’s Christmas in Wales ( Dylan Thomas) Advanced
The First Christmas Tree by Henry Vanc Dyke ( Advanced)
A Kidnapped Santa Claus Frank Baum (advanced)
A Country Christmas Louisa May Alcott (advanced)
The christmas Present Richard Compton (advanced)
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A Pittance of Time
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the stores PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with the stores leadership role in adopting the Legions two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the stores contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven oclock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the stores clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into the following song called work called, A Pittance of Time.
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This simple red flower continues to be one of most visible ways people can show that they remember and thank the millions of men and women who gave up their lives for their countries in World War 1, World War 11 and all other wars.
The association between the poppy and war dead goes back to the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s when soldiers noticed that poppies seemed to thrive on the graves of soldiers who had died in battle in Flanders, a region of northern France and Belgium.
In 1915, Colonel John McCrae, a medical officer serving in Belgium, made the same connection between the fields of poppies and the young soldiers who had been killed in battle. This inspired him to write In Flanders Field during a break from working with the wounded.
The poem, one that almost every Canadian, British, Australian and New Zealand child can recite from memory, reflects what McCrae saw and heard while working to save dying and injured soldiers during a deadly battle.
On April 22, 1915, the Germans used deadly chlorine gas against Allied troops in a desperate attempt to create movement on one side or the other. Although they were suffering from the terrible effects of gas, the Canadian soldiers continued to fight and hold the line for another 16 days.
In the trenches where he was caring for hundreds of wounded and dying soldiers, McCrae was so deeply affected that wrote a letter to his mother.
The letter to his mother
“The general impression in my mind is a nightmare. We have been in the most bitter of fights. For seventeen days and seventeen nights none of us have had our clothes off, nor our boots, except occasionally.
"In all that time while I was awake, gunfire and rifle fire never ceased for sixty seconds…And behind if all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed, and a terrible anxiety lest the line should give way,” he wrote.
Wild poppies were already beginning to bloom between the crosses marking the many graves. Although he couldn’t help his friend, or any of the others who had died, McCrae spoke for them in this poem. It was the second last poem he was to write.
In November 1918 as the armistice ended World War 1, Moina Michael, an American teacher working at the YMCA Overseas War Headquarters read McCrae’s appeal "to keep faith with the dead" and vowed that she would always wear a poppy as a sign of remembrance. Following her two year campaign to have the United States adopt the poppy as a national symbol, the U.S proclaimed it as its national emblem of Remembrance.
The following year, Anna Guerin, a Frenchwoman, sold millions of poppies to raise funds for rehabilitation in areas of France. She also sent women to London to sell poppies and persuaded Earl Haig to adopt it as a memorial symbol for the British Legion.
In 1921 the Canadian Legion joined its British counterpart and officially adapted the poppy as its symbol of Remembrance.
First, wearing a poppy is one very visible way to show respect and admiration for the men and women who sacrificed their lives in order to help us retain the freedom and rights we take for granted.
Also when you buy and wear a poppy, you will be helping military families, and veterans in need and their families.
Where does the money go in Britain?
Last year the poppy campaign in Britain raised more than £40 m ( that’s about about $70 million Canadian). The Royal British Legion said it spends £1.7m a week on care and support for military families, including grants, employment advice and funding, emotional support, tribunal and inquest advice, care homes and family breaks. This includes the families of veterans returning from Afghanistan. or any other area of conflict.
Where does the money go in Canada?
Last year, the sale of poppies raised about $16.5 million in Canada.
The legion distributes about 18 million poppies a year via its members, veterans, military cadets and through direct mailings. Assuming all are given out to Canadians, it amounts to average donations of less than a dollar per available poppy.
The basic purpose of Poppy Funds is to provide immediate assistance to ex-servicemen and women in need. This may include food, shelter or medical attention for them or their families. Also, education bursaries are granted to children and grandchildren of ex-service personnel.
Poppy funds can be used for low-rental housing and care facilities, community medical appliances and medical research, drop-in centres, meals-on-wheels, transportation and related services for veterans their dependents. Facilities and services are often extended to the elderly or disabled in the community as may be available.
Online Reading Quiz: The Poppy
PDF Reading Comprehension Quiz: The Poppy
PDF Answer Key Reading Comprehension: The Poppy
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Write your answer in he comment box below
1. Do YOU think it is still important to wear a poppy? Why or why not?
2. What else should people do instead? Explain
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