We're approaching Christmas, so it's good to check on what makes a real British Christmas compared to celebrations in other countries. Here's another Anglophenia video which gives the top ten of British Christmas traditions, confronting most of them with American ones. Take a look...
Check your understanding after watching & listening. Answer the following questions:
1) HOW DOES FATHER CHRISTMAS GET HIS LETTERS IN BRITAIN?
2) WHERE DO THE BRITISH HANG THE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS?
3) WHAT IS A CHRISTMAS CRACKER?
4) WHAT MUST YOU DO WITH A CHRISTMAS HAT?
5) WHAT DO BRITISH HAVE FOR DINNER ON CHRISTMAS?
6) WHAT'S A CHRISTMAS PUDDING?
7) WHAT DOES THE QUEEN DO EVERY CHRISTMAS DAY?
8) WHAT'S BOXING DAY? WHY IS IT CALLED BOXING DAY?
9) WHAT HAPPENS ON BOXING DAY NOWADAYS?
10) WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE DOWN THE CHRISTMAS TREES?
Video HOW TO HAVE A BRITISH CHRISTMAS:
More about Christmas in the video below:
More about it all: CHRISTMAS IS COMING (from English With a Twist)
ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS ON THE VIDEO:
1) In England, letters to Father Christmas aren't sent by post, instead they're burnt in fires which supposedly take them directly to the North Pole.
2) Christmas stockings are hung on the beds, close to the person sleeping.
3) Christmas crackers are a colourful cardboard tube filled with tiny prizes, a paper crown and/or jokes, which are pulled by each side to break.
4) Paper crowns must be worn on your heads.
5) Turkey, pork sausages, roast potatoes and Brussel sprouts are the typical food eaten at the Christmas dinner.
6) A Christmas pudding is a dense boiled cake of dried fruits, spices and soaked in alcohol and made months before Christmas.
7) She gives her yearly speech about the year's past events on TV.
8) Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. It's called so either because workers used to receive presents from their bosses or because people had to prepare them in boxes for the poor.
9) It's a holiday now and people go shopping for bargains.
10) The British say that the Christmas tree and decorations should be taken down within 12 days after Christmas to be lucky.