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  • 1. It’s Christmastime!How do theBritish celebrateChristmas?
  • 2. ∗ Every year in December wecelebrate the birthday ofJesus Christ: It’s Christmastime!∗ How do people in Britaincelebrate this holiday?∗ They send Christmas cards.∗ They watch nativity plays.∗ There have big family get-togethers.CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
  • 3. ∗ People sing special songs called Christmas carols:Ding Dong Merrily on HighJingle BellsAway in a MangerWe Wish You a Merry Christmas∗ Children write their Santa List and they createsnowmen in their gardens.CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
  • 4. ∗ What do people say when it’s Christmas time?∗ MERRY CHRISTMAS!∗ MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!∗ HAPPY CHRISTMAS!∗ SEASONS GREETINGS!CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
  • 5. ∗ From the 1stto the 24thof december is a periodknown as Advent. Advent is a time of waiting forthe arrival of Christmas.∗ During Advent preparations for Christmas begin:∗ People decorate their homes with ornaments,Holly, Ivy and mistletoe!∗ There is an old custom that you must kiss someonestanding under the mistletoe!!ADVENT
  • 6. ∗ The mosttypicaldecoration isan evergreentree
  • 7. ∗People decorate theirChristmas Trees with:∗ Bells∗ Candles∗ Lights∗ Tinsels∗ Baubles∗ Ornaments∗ Candy canes∗ A star or an angel atthe top of the tree
  • 8. ADVENT∗ Some peoplebuy or make AdventCalendars∗ Advent calenders arecards with 24 or 25doors. Behind eachdoor is a christmaspicture. Sometimesthere is also a littlechocolate or a little gift.
  • 9. ∗ An advent candle has 24 or25 marks on it. A bit ofcandle is burned down eachday.∗ Or often people use fourcandles to represent thefour weeks beforechristmas. One candle is litthe first week, two thesecond and so on..
  • 10. Christmas Eve∗ The 24thof december isalso a very importantday.∗ Often families go carolsinging around theirneighbourhood,collecting money forcharities.
  • 11. ∗ Some families also attend amidnight church service
  • 12. CHRISTMAS EVE∗ On christmas eve children alsoprepare for Santa Claus to come!Children hang up stockings abovethe fireplace or on our beds
  • 13. Santa Claus∗ Santa claus is dressed in a red and white suit. Heis old and plump and he has a long, white beard.Father Christmas and his elves make all the toysin his workshop in the North Pole.∗ Then he flies around the world in a sleigh pulledby eight reindeer∗ Dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen, comet, cupid,donder and Blitzen. The most famous, however,is Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer!
  • 14. Santa Claus∗ Children leave mincepies and milk forSanta and carrotsfor the reindeer!∗ Santa goes downthe chimney to leavethe presents or thecoal!
  • 15. CHRISTMAS DAY∗ This is the favourite day forchildren.∗ They wake up very early in themorning to open the presentsfrom Santa in their stocking!∗ We put the family presentsunderneath the tree© Laura Gallardo Navas 2007
  • 16. CHRISTMAS DAY∗ Parents and children gather together to unwrapthe presents.∗ Later the whole family sits down for Christmasdinner.∗ What does a traditional Christmas dinnerinclude?∗ Roast turkey∗ Roast potatoes∗ Brussel sprouts∗ Cranberry sauce∗ For dessert they have rich fruity pudding which youdouse in brandy. Christmas puddings usually includeraisins, nuts and cherries.∗ Gingerbread is also typical.
  • 17. CHRISTMAS DAY∗ During lunch we pullcrackers∗ A Christmas cracker is acolourful paper tube whichcontains a banger.∗ When two people pull thecracker it snaps in half making aloud BANG.∗ Inside the cracker there arepaper crowns, jokes and littlegifts.∗ Whoever gets thebigger part keepsthe prize
  • 18. BOXING DAY∗ Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th, the day afterChristmas∗ Shops open early to sell their Christmas products at reducedprices!∗ And families gather together again, go for a walk, watchfootball matches together, go shopping…∗ The origins:∗ English families used to put Christmas leftovers in boxes.Then they gave them to poor families and churches forcharity.∗ The tradition still continues today! Employers give extramoney to their employees (“christmas bonus”) and schoolsacross the country send their Christmas Boxes full of gifts topoorer countries.
  • 19. And… what about these ThreeKings???∗ On the Twelfth Night familiesremove all the Christmasdecorations, so as not to bringbad luck upon the home!!!∗ It is on the 5th January.∗ British people don’t celebratethe Reyes Magos like in Spain,but they are considered part ofthe whole Christian tradition.
  • 20. The Three Wise Men∗ The Three Wise Men or ThreeKings, as they are called inBritain (Caspar, Melchior, andBalthazar), followed the Star ofBethlehem and gave gifts toJesus Christ.∗ What kind of gifts?∗ Gold∗ Frankincense∗ Myrrh
  • 21. CHRISTMASNow… let’s have some fun!!!
  • 22. © Laura Gallardo Navas 2007

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