Christmas In The Us

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Christmas In The Us

  1. 1. CHRISTMAS Elizabeth Therese Gaughan English Language Assistant IES La Arboleda American Traditions
  2. 2. History of Christmas <ul><li>The historical root of Christmas is religious: the birth of Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, Christmas isn’t religious for all Americans. Many non-Christians celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday. </li></ul><ul><li>Is this the same in Spain? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Christmas Activities <ul><li>Decorating the Christmas tree </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Viewing Christmas light displays </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing Santa at the mall </li></ul><ul><li>Going to parties </li></ul><ul><li>Baking cookies </li></ul><ul><li>Following Advent calendars </li></ul><ul><li>Caroling </li></ul><ul><li>Listening to Christmas music </li></ul><ul><li>Watching Christmas movies and TV programs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Traditional TV Shows <ul><li>Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer </li></ul><ul><li>Frosty the Snowman </li></ul><ul><li>A Charlie Brown Christmas </li></ul><ul><li>How the Grinch Stole Christmas </li></ul>
  5. 5. Santa Claus <ul><li>Dates back to Saint Nicholas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 th century Greece </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Famous for giving gifts to the poor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The modern American image of Santa comes from an 1823 poem. </li></ul><ul><li>Santa lives at the North Pole with his wife, Mrs. Claus . </li></ul><ul><li>Elves work in Santa’s workshop making presents for children all year long. </li></ul><ul><li>Santa is always watching and writes children’s names on his “ Good List ” or “ Bad List ”. </li></ul><ul><li>The night of December 24 , Santa flies around the world with his magic reindeer to deliver presents to children. </li></ul>
  6. 6. My Family’s Traditions <ul><li>On Christmas Eve (December 24), we go to Mass then have a turkey dinner at home. </li></ul><ul><li>After dinner, everyone opens one present, which is always a new pair of Christmas pajamas. </li></ul>
  7. 7. My Family’s Traditions <ul><li>We set out our stockings for Santa to fill. </li></ul><ul><li>My dad reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. </li></ul><ul><li>The kids write short letters to Santa and leave the letters with cookies and a glass of milk. </li></ul>
  8. 8. My Family’s Traditions <ul><li>In the morning, we wake up early to see if Santa visited us during the night. </li></ul><ul><li>First we open our stockings, then we open presents. </li></ul><ul><li>Even the pets get presents! </li></ul><ul><li>We spend the whole day at home enjoying our gifts, eating, and watching Christmas programs on TV. </li></ul>

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