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Christmas is an important Christian holiday in Europe and North America. It is celebrated on December 25th. In the weeks before Christmas, Christmas trees are put up in homes and offices and are beautifully decorated. People dress up as Santa Clausand sit in shopping malls giving children presents. Christmas carols are played and sung in the malls and on the streets.
Families and friends usually exchange presents. Families share a Christmas meal that usually consists of roast turkey, roast potatoes and a large choice of vegetables followed by Christmas Pudding and Mince pies. Some people prefer Christmas parties where they drink beer, wineand sometimes champagne. Since shops and entertainment centers are closed, not many people go out at Christmas, unless they are going to church or to visit families. Christmas celebrations are not just on December 25th as people celebrate on Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas which is called Boxing Day. Santa Claus is part of the Christmas festivities and small children believe he bringstheir presents down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Children believe that he lives in the North Pole and travels with his reindeers to deliver presents to children around the world. Some people traditionally leave a glass of sherry for Santa and a carrot for his reindeers. There is lots of excitement on Christmas morning as children get up VERY early to open their presents.
1. List three ways peoplein England celebrate Christmas
Families share a Christmas meal
Families and friends usually exchange presents
People dress up as Santa Claus giving children presents
2. Why don’t most people go out on Christmas Day?
Because shops and entertainment centers are closed
3. What is Boxing Day?
The day after chrismas
4. What two things do children believe about Santa Claus?
He bringstheir presents down the chimney
And travels with his reindeers to deliver presents
5. Where can children see Santa Claus?
Children can see Santa Claus in the mall.
6. Why is there a lot of excitement on Christmas morning?
Because children get up very early to open their presents
7. What was the most interesting piece of information in the text? Why?
On chrismas morning because childrenopen their presents
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