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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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