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Christmas Preparations刊登日期: 2012.12.16
作者: Grace Tse
Jingle all the way.
Oh! What fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Recently you might have heard this song when you visited a shopping mall with Christmas lights ("illuminations" in British English). This tells you that Christmas is approaching. While Chinese New Year is the most important festival for Chinese people, Christmas is the most important one for Westerners. Therefore, it is not surprising that many Western families start to prepare for Christmas in early December.
Families start decorating their houses and Christmas trees, and writing Christmas cards to their friends and relatives. They also plan the Christmas food and presents list.
There is a tradition that on Christmas Eve, children hang a Christmas stocking by the fireplace or by their bedposts so that Santa Claus ("Father Christmas" in British English) can fill it with small presents like toys, candies ("sweets" in British English) and fruit. A small item which is suitable for putting in a Christmas stocking is called a "stocking stuffer" in American English and a "stocking filler" in British English. However, in recent years, children expect more expensive presents. What Christmas presents do you expect this year?
Most schools put on a nativity play about the birth of Jesus Christ performed by children at Christmas time. In Britain, parents or schools take children to the theatre to watch pantomimes (or "panto" informally), which are musical-comedies based on famous fairy tales such as Snow White, Cinderella and Peter Pan.
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