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Learn English: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It’s Christmas time, everyone! Please enjoy and you can learn more about Christmas and British celebrations using the visual and video below.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

You can say, “Happy Christmas”.

Or, “Season’s greetings”.

“Festive greetings.”

But we normally say, “(A very) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

The word, “Christmas”, is sometimes shortened in informal writing to “Xmas”.

“Festive” is an adjective to describe things to do with Christmas. An informal adjective is “Christmassy”.

 

Christmas is celebrated by most people in the UK, although we must remember that not everyone does.

It is celebrated in the UK traditionally as a Christian festival, but atheists celebrate too.

 

Christmas and New Year dates

24 December: Christmas Eve

25 December: Christmas Day

26 December: Boxing Day

31 December: New Year’s Eve

1 January: New Year’s Day

 

Christmas in the UK

Groups of people sing Christmas carols (songs)

People build snowmen if there is enough snow

We send Christmas cards to each other

Father Christmas (or Santa Claus)

Father Christmas delivers presents by flying with reindeer and climbing down chimneys

Christmas tree

Christmas lights / fairy lights

Presents / gifts on Christmas Day

Christmas dinner

Christmas pudding

 

Christmas visual tool

Candle – candles are often lit each day in the countdown to Christmas.

(We also have special calendars with chocolates in.)

Decorations:

Bells

Wreath

Mistletoe

Holly

Angel

Food:

Cake

Gingerbread

Candy cane

 

VOCABULARY - Christmas

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