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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS (Only 4 Days to Christmas!)

There are many words related to Christmas and the holiday season. Here are just a few. You can find these and more at http://canada-esl.com/christmas/christmas.html

Mistletoe - There’s a fun tradition that North Americans follow during Christmas. Mistletoe is often hung from a doorway between two rooms. If someone stands under the mistletoe, it is customary for someone else (usually a member of the opposite sex) to kiss him/her.

Christmas ornaments – are ornaments used to decorate the tree and placed around the house.

Manger – historically, a small wooden trough that animals ate hay from. Jesus was put in a manger after he was born, so some people set up a manger with a plastic baby in it and animals around.

Stockings – literally, ‘socks.’ People hang stockings in front of a fireplace. Small presents are placed in stockings and usually opened on Christmas morning.

Reindeer – Santa rides in a sleigh that is pulled by reindeer. The most famous reindeer is Rudolph, the red-nose reindeer.

If you would like more information on WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca

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