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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

History and Traditions - Infographics - Advent calendars -
Cliparts, Flashcards and Pictures -
Vocabulary
- Christmas presents -
Idioms
- Superstitions -
Listening - Conversation Questions -
Interactive activities- Activities to print -
Lesson plans - Webquests -
Interactive stories -
Interactive cards
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Cards to print -
Stories to tell
- Role play - Poems -
Interactive games - Games to print -
Tongue-twisters - Songs / Carols -
Cartoons
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Recipes / Christmas Menu / Christmas Food
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Films
- Videos

(Updated on 27/11/2013)

 

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Related pages :

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A Christmas Carol (Dickens)




 

 

History and Traditions :

 

 

  • Does Santa Claus really exist ? Yes, in Indiana
    "Welcome to Santa Claus, Ind., population 2,041, the only town in all America named after the Jolly Ol’ Elf and dedicated to celebrating the evergreen virtues of Christmas."
    (nbcnews.com)
  • Mistletoe, the kiss of Christmas
    "It's a vintage year for the legendary mistletoe berries...
    In Britain’s mistletoe-growing regions, a branch would be brought inside at Christmas to protect the house. Any woman walking underneath
    could not refuse to be kissed, or she would remain an old maid. After a kiss, she would pick a berry from the branch."

    (telegraph.co.uk)
  • Christmas plants: A berry merry season - with pictures
    "Sarah Raven considers the three British plants at the heart of our traditional celebrations."
    Holly, ivy, mistletoe...
    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

 

  • Taking the plunge
    "It's difficult to understand how diving into a freezing body of water on Christmas Day ever caught on, but it has become an annual custom in Britain (brave Londoners leap into the Serpentine on Hyde Park or, pictured here, Brighton beach), Ireland (where many head for the chilly Irish Sea), and France (there's an  annual dip in Nice)."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

  • Christmas celebrations around the world
    (neatorama.com)
    "Whether you’re just interested in learning more about other cultures or want to incorporate some new traditions into your holiday celebrations, this article is filled with all you need to know about international Christmases."
    For example in Austria :

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Christmas Traditions
    "10 posters which look at 8 common Christmas traditions."
    (instantdisplay.co.uk)

 

  • The Christmas Story (Primary Resources)
    Click on TOPIC/THEME on the left, then on Christmas activities.


 

  • CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS (claus.com) -
    - "Learn the origin of some of our favorite symbols and traditions!" :
    Stockings - Sleigh & Reindeer - Ornaments - Mistletoe - Yule Log - Holly - Greenery - Gingerbread House - St. Bernard - Christmas Cards - Candles




  • How Christmas Works - Un site à exploiter pour concevoir une 'webquest' - (howstuffworks.com) -
    De plus, vous y trouverez les réponses aux questions souvent posées par vos élèves.







Infographics :

 

Advent calendars :

 

  • "Here is a fun Advent Calendar
    for you to countdown to Christmas with fascinating questions about Christmas celebrations around the world."
    (Woodlands Junior School)


 

Cliparts, Flashcards and Pictures :



Norman Rockwell - The Discovery (1956)
(confettithoughts.files.wordpress.com)

 

Christmas comes early for Royal Navy ship HMS Protector
- 22 December 2013
"The crew of the Royal Navy ship HMS Protector has
celebrated Christmas early on the ice of Antarctica."

(BBC)

 

"Deux membres du club de tir de Scottdale, en Arizona,
posent pour la photo annuelle de noël, le 10 décembre 2011."

(20minutes.fr)

 

Christmas Time Around The World - PHOTOS
(theatlantic.com)

 

Christmas guns - ads
(retronaut.co)

 

Santa Claus 2012 - PHOTOS
(blogs.sacbee.com)

Christmas trees around the world
(online.wsj.com)

Cool Christmas Lights
Pictures and videos from around the world.
(collthings.co.uk)

 

 

The Twelve Shoppers of Christmas
Which one are you ?
(geekculture.com)

 

 

PHOTOS : Christmas comes to the White House
- a slideshow
(time.com)

 

Best Christmas trees
around the world

- 20 photos
(nydailynews.com)


Ready for Christmas- Slideshow
(nytimes.com)

 


A Christmas superstore
- Slideshow (nytimes.com)
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (bronners.com)

 

 

Christmas shopping
(sondag.devils-elbow.com)

 

Buying the presents

 

Decorating

 

 

Christmas Flashcards
(British Council)

 


Christmas drawings

(bluebison.net)


Monkeys decorating a christmas tree
with the help of some hummingbirds.

 


Christmas Flashcards

(bogglesworldesl.com)

 

FLASHCARDS
(mes-english.com)


Christmas Clip Art
(uk.dk.com)

 

Christmas Images
(esl-library.com)
Click on Flashcard Library.

 


Nativity

(gurney.co.uk)


 

Christmas Clipart
(about.com)



CLIPARTS

"Scenes from the Nativity"

(jsmagic.net)
[Animals] [Angels] [Bells & Bows]
[Buttons & Bars] [Fireplaces] [HodgePodge]
[Lights & Candles] [People] [Santas] [Signs]
[Snowpersons] [Toys & Gifts] [Trees] [Wreaths]
[Christmas In Black & White]


 

Christmas Resources for Teachers
(Teacher Planet) :
Lessons and Units - Worksheets - Clip Art...

 

 

 

Vocabulary :

 

 

  • Christmas Vocabulary
    Vocabulary included: Santa Claus, Present, Reindeer, Candle, Christmas Tree, Elf, Star, Bells, Sleigh, Chimney, Candy Cane and Stocking.
    (teacherslove.blogs.sapo.pt)

 

  • Christmas Alphabet
    " A Christmas related item for each letter of the alphabet."
    (instantdisplay.co.uk)


 

 

 

  • Christmas Words - a list (iteslj.org) :
    General Words / Food / Flowers / Religious / Christmas Tree / Shopping / Santa Claus / Feelings / Reindeer Names


Christmas presents :

 

Idioms :

 

Superstitions :

  • Common superstitions (csicop.org) :
    • To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck
    • Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve

     

Listening :

 

  • AUDIO-LINGUA :

    ** Jenny : Christmas foods ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 12 décembre 2013
    Jenny tells us what foods she used to eat when she was a little girl for Christmas.
     http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3724

    ** Jenny : Christmas songs ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 12 décembre 2013
    Jenny talks about the Christmas spirit in Great Britain : songs, carols, shopping, lights, etc.
    http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3726

    ** Jenny : Christmas presents ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France) - 12 décembre 2013
    Jenny remembers how she used to feel on Christmas Day when she was little.
    http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3725

    ** Travis : what happened to Christmas ? ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : B2 - par  Travis (Connecticut, USA) - 8 décembre 2013
    According to Travis, Christmas has become a shameful business.
    >  http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3723

     ** Jenny : the tradition of Christmas crackers  ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France)
    - 8 décembre 2013
    There is no Christmas dinner without crackers in Great Britain.
    http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3721

    ** Jenny : the history of Christmas crackers ** - Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 - par  Jenny (an English woman living in France)
    - 8 décembre 2013
    Jenny tells us how the Christmas crackers became the tradition it is today in lots of countries in the Commonwealth.
     http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article3722


  • Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus - AUDIO + SCRIPT
    "The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • AUDIO-LINGUA : Christmas in New-Zealand :

    ** Sarah : Christmas dinner in New Zealand **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
    For dinner, you usually have a barbecue (steack, sausages, kebabs).
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2789

    ** Sarah : Christmas lunch in New Zealand **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
    In New Zealand, people eat on the beach, outside. It is a light meal because it is warm.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2788


    ** Sarah : Christmas breakfast in New Zealand **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
    On Christmas day, they have a special breakfast : Kiwi fry up.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2787


    ** Sarah : Christmas tree and decoration in New Zealand **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
    Sarah explains that they have pine trees with traditional decorations in New Zealand too, even if it's summer.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2786


    ** Sarah : Christmas in New Zealand, a family tradition **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
    In New Zealand, you spend Christmas with your family. You go to a beach house and you stay until New Year's Eve.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2785


    ** Sarah : Christmas in New Zealand in beach houses **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 13 décembre 2012
    New Zealander people go to the beach for Christmas and spend their vacations in beach houses.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2783

 

  • ** Sarah : Weather in New Zealand for Christmas **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sarah (Wellington, New Zealand) - 7 décembre 2012
    In New Zealand, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, but it's summer and it's hot !
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2782

    ** Sam : my Christmas list **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sam (Southampton, England) - 7 décembre 2012
    Sam tells us what presents she is going to ask Father Christmas.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2781


    ** Sam : my best Christmas present ever **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 par  Sam (Southampton, England) - 7 décembre 2012
    Sam remembers one of the best Christmas present she ever received and why it was such a nice present.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2780


    ** Sam : Christmas in England **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Sam (Southampton, England) - 7 décembre 2012
    Sam explains the main Christmas traditions in England, before Christmas day (advent calendars, christmas services),
    on Christmas day (food, crackers, stockings, late night shopping).
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2779


    ** Kate : Christmas decorations in the UK **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : A2 par  Kate (Manchester, UK) - 7 décembre 2012
    Kate explains how British people celebrate Christmas : decorations outside and inside the house.
    -> http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2778

  • Christmas in England
    Une fiche de travail sur un enregistrement de Audio Lingua,
    envoyée par Elisabeth Pellegrino
    (Ac. Dijon)

  • Fichiers audios sur le thème de Noël - une compilation - Différents niveaux
    "Audio Lingua propose des enregistrements authentiques autour de la fête de Noël.
    Pour les trouver, choisissez votre langue, puis tapez « Christmas » dans le moteur de recherche."

    (anglais.ac-versailles.fr)

  • Christmas vocabulary (learningchocolate.com)

 

  • Fichiers audios sur le thème de Noël avec Audio Lingua - Niveaux A2 / B1 / B2
    (Elisa Gy - Ac. Versailles)

  • English Village
    Steven talks about the village he is from in England.
    "The last time I went back was Christmas... I saw old friends and family and did the usual Christmas things..."
    - with a Comprehension Quiz
    (elllo.org)

  • Words and Their Stories: Santa Claus
    The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas. Transcript of radio broadcast: 19 December 2009
    "Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever...
    Santa Claus also has some other names: Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Pelznickel."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Council axes real Christmas tree
    "A council has axed its traditional town centre fir Christmas tree and put up a £14,000 fake one instead...
    Shoppers told the BBC that the 33ft (10m) tree looked more like a "huge traffic cone" or "a witch's hat"."

    "Shoppers in Poole (in Dorset) give their views of the new Christmas tree."
    (BBC)



    Listen to the news. (curseur => 7'16)
    (BBC)

    30 éléments de description des habitants
    (sabironlangues.typepad.fr)

  • Advent
    "Find out about Advent, Christmas shopping and other things people in Britain do before and during the festive season."

    + Vocabulary explained
    (BBC Learning)

 

 

 

  • The Snowman - an animated story read to you (British Council)

 

  • CLAUS.COM - a fun site! Explore the village!




  • Christmas is coming! - a conversation (intermediate) with :
    I. Pre-Listening Exercises
    II. Listening Exercises
    III. Post-Listening Exercises
    Topic : Christmas gifts
    Speakers : a man and 2 children

    (esl-lab.com)
  • The Christmas Gift - a narration (difficult) with :
    I. Pre-Listening Exercises
    II. Listening Exercises
    III. Post-Listening Exercises
    (esl-lab.com)