Briefly explain the character of Scrooge. Brainstormall the possible reasons why Christmas should becancelled this year. Write them on the board.Students then talk in pairs about whether they agreewith any of the reasons.
Christmas Tradition: Tree Decoration In 16th-century Germany fir trees were decorated, both indoors and out, with apples, roses, gilded candies, and colored paper. A fir tree hung with apples was used to symbolize the Garden of Eden — the Paradise Tree.
Christmas Comes to the White HouseView from the Grand FoyerThe tree stands in the Blue Room, and the large stone urns are filled withbirch, beech and crystal branches.
The China Room: Decorated in red and turquoise, theroom centers around a table set with china, silver andglassware from the Clinton and Reagan years.
Stae Dining Room: Vintage-style ornaments and presentswrapped with satin ribbon decorate the Christmas trees.
The White House estimates that 100,000people will visit the building this year.
XMAS ROLE PLAY: Assign each student a different Xmas character. Tell them to mill around introducing themselves and comparing notes on what it’s like being who they are. Roles might include: Santa, a snowman, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, a North Pole penguin, the Xmas tree fairy, the Christmas turkey, any other characters related to your students’ cultures …
HE MAGIC OF XMAS: What makes Xmas magical for you? Here are some categories. Talk about them with your partner and rank which in order of importance – food / presents / family / lights / shopping / alcohol / church / no work / no school / other.
THE NIGHTMARE OF XMAS: What makes Xmas a nightmare for you? Here are some categories. Talk about them with your partner and rank which in order of ‘nightmare ness’ – food / bad presents / family / shopping / alcohol / hangover / small children / Frosty the Snowman songs / cold weather / other.