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Vocabulary in Conversation

Susan : Merry Christmas, come on in and take off your coat - it's cold out there.

Stephan : Merry Christmas. Let me take off my boots, I don't want to get snow all over the place.

Susan : Would you like some eggnog ? It's a traditional Christmas drink made with milk, eggs, vanilla and rum.

Stephan : That sounds delicious! I'd love some.

Susan : So, are you ready to decorate the tree? The kids are in the living room right now unpacking the ornaments and preparing the lights... Oh, Stephan, you're standing under the mistletoe! You have to give me a kiss.

Stephan : That's a nice Christmas tradition. I brought you a little gift. It's a CD of traditional Christmas carols from my country. I hope you like it.

Susan : Oh, how wonderful, let's put it on right now while we are decorating the tree.

Stephan : I don't really know much about Christmas in America. How do you celebrate it here?

Susan : Well, usually the family gets together on Christmas Eve and has a nice dinner. Some people go to midnight mass , others stay at home and celebrate with their families and friends. Some people open a gift or two, but my family is very traditional. We wait until Christmas morning to open the gifts from Santa.

Stephan : I have heard American children talking about Santa Claus. How do you describe him in the States?

Susan : In America, we have a very set picture of Santa Claus. He dresses in red and white clothes and travels in a magic sleigh pulled by flying reindeer . He enters your house by climbing down the chimney, and he leaves gifts under the Christmas tree and in stockings which we hang above the fire place.

Vocabulary in Writing

1. Santa knows whether you've been naughty or nice. So, you had better be good this year, or he might bring you a lump of coal.

2. As Santa landed on the roof of our house, we could hear the tapping of little reindeer hooves and a symphony of jingling sleigh bells.

3. Every Christmas, my grandmother bakes a batch of homemade sugar cookies shaped like snowmen.

4. Marie made a beautiful, decorative wreath out of pine branches and red flowers.
(A wreath is a traditional Christmas decoration made of branches twisted into the shape of a circle. It is often hung on the front door to greet visitors.)

5. The sparkling ornaments looked like stars on the Christmas tree.

6. In America, Santa Claus is usually depicted as a jolly , fat man who brings gifts to young boys and girls. Many countries believe in Father Christmas, who is usually depicted in a more dignified, spiritual light.

7. When we were in Guadalajara, we attended the most lively Christmas celebration I have ever seen. Everything was decorated in bright, festive colors and we sang and danced the night away.

8. The frosty night air and heavy snow gave way to a beautiful white Christmas with blue skies and  relatively warm temperatures.

9. The old man reminded us that Christmas was more than just a day of gift giving; it was a holy day with an ancient history.

10. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.  

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