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(Updated on 27/11/2013)


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Toys - Family - Holidays - Boxing Day

A Christmas Carol (Dickens)



Tongue-twisters :





  • Christmas music
    Christmas hit singles / Christmas carols /
    Christmas Songs Introduced in Theatre, Television and Film...





  • What's This? - Fall Out Boy or HERE (a little different) or KARAOKE (with the lyrics)
    "What's this? 
    They're hanging mistletoe, they kiss 
    Why that looks so unique, inspired 
    They're gathering around to hear a story 
    Roasting chestnuts on a fire..."






  • Merry Xmas (WAR IS OVER) by John Lennon (
    " And so this is Xmas
    For weak and for strong
    For rich and the poor ones
    The world is so wrong
    And so happy Xmas
    For black and for white
    For yellow and red ones
    Let's stop all the fight"

    - KARAOKE (YouTube)
    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)








  • "White Christmas" musical lesson
    "This lesson is based on a special mp3 mix [5 Mo- 5’25"] of 9 different interpretations of the same song "White Christmas " (Irving Berlin 1942)
    by various artists, of various epoques and various styles..."

  • The 12 days of Christmas
    "Listen to this traditional Xmas carol and play the game.
    Why don't you rewrite this song using items from your Xmas list?"

    Activity created by Renée Maufroid


  • The Christmas Alphabet :
    - with the lyrics
    - and a worksheet
    - the VIDEO with Cliff Richard or HERE with illustrations (YouTube)

  • Santa, Santa, high in the sky
    - a song
    You can do an activity while you listen to the song and practise Christmas words with an online game.

    (British Council)

  • Santa High in the Sky - a song with an animation (British Council)
    + Activités pour 6ème SEGPA envoyées par Sonia Périno
    (Ac. Nancy-Metz)
    avec des flashcards à la fin de la préparation.
  • A song by Judy Pancoast "The House on Xmas Street"
    "Listen to the song, pay particular attention to the lyrics.
    Now off to the game!"

    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid


  • The snowman - with an animation
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid


  • Santa's Secret Village
    "Read stories, enjoy Karaoke, send e-cards, find recipes, play games and puzzles, print stories to color"




  • Holiday Dinner Party
    "Don't forget what your guests can or can't eat this Holiday Season."


  • Merry Christmas Exclamation Point (Jon Lajoie) - a song (YouTube)
    The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
    "You know Christmas is about spending time
    With friends and family
    but just because you're not in one of those
    two categories
    Doesn't mean that I won't still do something special for you
    Because Christmas is about giving, so here's what I'll do..."







  • I'm gonna spend my Christmas with a Dalek (YouTube)
    "From the 1960's cd "Who is Doctor who." Sung by The Go Go's"
    "I'm gonna spend my Christmas with a Dalek, 
    And hug him under the mistletoe 
    And if he's very nice 
    I'll feed him sugar spice 
    And hang Christmas stocking from his big left toe..."



  • CeeLo Green "All I Need Is Love (ft. The Muppets)"  - "Cee Lo parties with Santa and the Muppets." (YouTube)
    + LYRICS :
    "I used to be sad
    Even my friends can't make me laugh
    I used to be lost
    Don't even know where I belong
    But then you came along
    Like A happy song
    Sprinkled my world with happy thoughts..."



  • Krispy Kreme - Christmas (YouTube) + LYRICS :
    "First thing on my list go figure
    Its a brand new John Cena action figure...
    Christmas Christmas come check out my wish list
    Have I been a good boy that's none of your business
    I just want some good toys can I get a witness..."





  • Video: The Beatbox Nativity (YouTube)
    "A vicar has become an internet hit after posting a video on YouTube of himself rapping the story of the Nativity."
    + LINKS (


  • Train - Shake up Christmas (YouTube) + LYRICS :
    "Once upon a time in a town like this
    A little girl made a great big wish
    To fill the world full of happiness
    And be on Santa's magic list..."


  • Christmas Songs - with AUDIO or VIDEO
  • I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (YouTube)
    + the LYRICS
    "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
    Only a hippopotamus will do
    Don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
    I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy"





  • Wikileaks Christmas Song 2010
    "Dan and Dan blow the whistle with their Wikileaks Christmas Song 2010.
    Looking for Christmas gift ideas? Worried about freedom of speech?
    Why not combine the two! Are they really going to expose all those Christmas lies?"



  • The Night Santa Went Crazy by Weird Al Yankovic (YouTube)
    + the LYRICS
    "Wo, The night Santa went crazy
    The night Saint Nick went insane
    Realized he'd been gettin' the wrong deal
    Somethin' finally must've snapped in his brain"



  • Christmas Morning Blues by Sonny Boy Williamson
    "Santa Claus, can I get you to understand?
    Now said I want you to bring my baby one of these radios
    And two or three of them little 'lectric fans"


    Listen to the song. (YouTube)
  • The Christmas Can-Can + AUDIO (
    "Christmas, Christmas time is here
    And Christmas songs you love to hear.
    Thoughts of joy and hope and cheer
    But mostly shopping, shopping, shopping!"

    + the VIDEO with the singers or with an animation (


  • What's This? - Fall Out Boy or HERE (a little different) or KARAOKE (with the lyrics)
    "What's this? 
    They're hanging mistletoe, they kiss 
    Why that looks so unique, inspired 
    They're gathering around to hear a story 
    Roasting chestnuts on a fire..."



  • Coldplay - Christmas Lights (YouTube)
    + the LYRICS
    "Oh Christmas lights, keep shining on.
    Those Christmas lights, light up the street.
    Maybe they'll bring her back to me.
    Then all my troubles will be gone,
    Oh Christmas lights, keep shining on..."


  • Thanks for Christmas by XTC
    "Thank you for the winter friendliness that's snowing down,
    All around the world...
    Children's eyes shine clearer now,
    As they decorate the trees,
    All across the seven seas."

    Listen to the song. (YouTube)

  • RUN-DMC - Christmas In Hollis (YouTube)
    - the LYRICS
    "It's Christmas time in Hollis Queens
    Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens
    Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese
    And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees
    Decorate the house with lights at night
    Snow's on the ground, snow white so bright
    In the fireplace is the yule log
    Beneath the mistle toe as we drink egg nog"

    Hollis is "a neighborhood within the southeastern section of the New York City borough of Queens."
    with "a predominantly African American community."


    It's a Rap - Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis." - An analysis by Morgan Meis (

  • Christmas Is A-Coming - Lead Belly
    "Santa Claus comes on Christmas on a Christmas Day 
    Children run and tell their pappy on a Christmas Day...
    Little children get so happy on a Christmas Day" 



  • The Who - Christmas
    + the LYRICS
    "Did you ever see the faces of the children
    They get so excited.
    Waking up on christmas morning
    Hours before the winter suns ignited...
    Peeping round the door
    to see what parcels are for free
    In curiosity."



  • Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town  by Frank Sinatra
    "He's making his list, checking it twice
    gonna find out if youre naughty or nice"

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Muppet Christmas Carol - Scrooge WITH the LYRICS

  • 12 Pains of Christmas - sung by Bob Rivers
    A parody of "The twelve days of Christmas"
    "The fourth thing at Christmas that's such a pain to me
    Sending Christmas cards
    Rigging up the lights
    And finding a Christmas tree..."


  • Christmas in the Caribbean - sung by Jimmy Buffett
    "Lights are blowing in the palm trees
    Stockings hanging from the mast
    Santa riding on a dolphin"

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Six White Boomers - Australian Christmas Carol sung by Rolf Harris (YouTube)
    - the LYRICS :
    "Early on one Christmas Day, a Joey Kanga-roo
    Was far from home and lost in a great big zoo
    Mummy, where's my mummy, they've taken her a-way
    We'll help you find your mummy son, hop on the sleigh..."









  • Last Christmas by Human Nature / George Michael :
    "Last Christmas I gave you my heart
    But the very next day you gave it away
    This year to save me from tears
    I'll give it to someone special...
    Once bitten and twice shy
    I keep my distance but you still catch my eye"
    Listen to it!





  • Please Come Home for Christmas by Eagles :
    "Bells will be ringing this sad sad New Years
    Oh what a Christmas to have the blues
    My baby's gone I have no friends
    To wish me greetings once again
    Cries will be singing Silent Night
    Christmas carols by candlelight"
    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Santa Baby - UPDATED
    by Jhene / The Beatles / Macy Gray / Madonna... :
    "Come and trim my Christmas tree,
    With some decorations bought at Tiffany's,
    I really do believe in you...
    Hurry down the chimney tonight"

    - the VIDEO with Kylie Minogue (YouTube)






Cartoons :

Cartoon: Uncle Sam Knows What You Want For Christmas
+ Related articles



Cartoon: The Christmas Selfie
COMMENT + Related articles
"Selfie was Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013
and was defined thus: a photograph that one has taken of oneself,
typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam
and uploaded to a social media website."



Cartoon: Prince Harry's Christmas Beard
+ LANGUAGE + NOTE + Related articles


The Star Wars on Christmas
"Web cartoonist Lar deSouza drew a festive scene that we might encounter
in December in any shopping mall on Tatooine or Naboo
or wherever Vader hangs out when he's not hunting rebels. Now, you remember
what happens when he says, "I find your lack of faith disturbing"?
Things could get messy at the mall!"



Cartoon: Santa's Drone Delivery
+ COMMENT + Related articles



Cartoon: Christmas Gifts
"This cartoon by Kipper Williams from The Guardian relates to news that Internet retailers are gearing up for a bumper Christmas,..."




Cartoon: Screen Time
"This cartoon by Brighty from The Sun is a comment on the the fact that watching TV is not as popular
as it used to be, especially at Christmas time..."




Cartoon: The Queen's Christmas Message
"In the cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Express, the Queen is shown delivering her Christmas message
in front of the TV cameras..."


See Videos



Cartoon: Have A Christmas And New Year
"This cartoon by Matt from The Sun shows two officials standing outside the HM Treasury building.
They are looking at a banner which reads, "Have A Christmas And New Year."
One official says to the other, "We had to take out the words 'Merry' and 'Prosperous'"..."




Cartoon: All Flights Cancelled
"This cartoon by Christian Adams from The Telegraph relates
to the wintry weather  which is causing chaos in Britain
(and elsewhere in Europe), 
ruining the travel plans
 of thousands of air passengers..." 



Texting while flying
- a cartoon


Santa and Wikileaks - Cartoons


Christmas list - a cartoon
+ explanation + vocabulary









Christmas shopping




Unemployment Office


Christmas shopping


Happy holidays!


You've got to help me!


I said "Christmas".


Domestic spying



Who's naughty ?


Christmas cartoons
(Randy Glasbergen)
The Reindeer Go Union
(off the mark)

How to rob a snowman

I quit


I made it myself

Recipes / Christmas Menu / Christmas Food :






Films :

  • 10 great films for Christmas - with photos
    The Shop Around The Corner (1940) / Meet Me In St Louis (1944) / It's A Wondeful Life (1946) / Miracle on 34th Street (1947) /
    Scrooge (1951)
    / Trading Places (1983) / Gremlins (1984) / Die Hard (1988) / National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) / Bad Santa (2003)
  • Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
    "With their daughter away, her parents decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holidays at the last minute."
    Full movie on YouTube.








Videos :

Season’s Greetings from the Ashmolean Museum and University of Oxford


The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2013 - 25 December 2013
"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II delivers her annual Christmas message to the peoples of the Commonwealth."


Christmas Broadcast 2013 - Script



The M&S Christmas TV Advert 2013 
"Welcome to our Christmas fairytale.
Fall down the rabbit hole into a magical world - sparkle from head to toe with decadent lingerie, glamorous make-up and glittering accessories..."



Christmas Comes But Once A Year (1936)
"A group of lonely orphans are given broken toys for Christmas which is seen by Professor Grampy.
The thoughtful inventor comes up with an idea to replace the toys with better ones, making the orphan's Christmas a memorable one."



A Christmas Wish


The Auteurs of Christmas
"Christmas morning through the eyes of a few of our favourite film directors."

"You will no doubt recognize the styles of most of them -if you've seen any of their movies. My favorites are Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick."



- The Gift of the Magi à partir de 26'32 (O' HENRY)



Reuters Video: Aussie family decks the house in half a million Christmas lights + TRANSCRIPT
"An Australian family reclaims the world record for most Christmas lights on a house. Sharon Reich reports."

+ ACTIVITY + ALSO SEE + Related articles


Merry Christmas Mr Bean - activities
"The activities in the worksheet at the bottom of this post are based on the full episode available on DVD or on youtube...

You are going to :
- discuss Christmas
- watch the Christmas Mr Bean episode and do some activities
- find Christmas words in a word search exercise
- write the story in the past tense
- find out more about the typical British Christmas and some of the Christmas things in the video."


"Thanks to a team of merry WestJetters and the power of technology, we've learned that miracles really do happen."



Britain - Christmas

This is Britain - Christmas - a worksheet (with answers)
- to go with the video

Created by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)

Video “This is Britain : how Sally’s family celebrate Christmas” - A WORKSHEET + ANSWERS
Created by Dulce Araujo (Ac. Nancy-Metz)

101 dalmatians - the series - Christmas Cruella - part 1
(A parody of 'A Christmas Carol')



"How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the Nativity."




UK troops abroad get Christmas box from UK4U charity
"The tradition of sending a Christmas box to UK soldiers serving abroad was first introduced by Queen Victoria in the 1800s.
Charity, UK4U, sends 22,000 British servicemen and woman, who will be abroad this Christmas, a box of goodies.
The BBC's Caroline Wyatt has been to find out how the contents of the boxes has changed."




This is Britain - Christmas
with a worksheet and a diaporama observation quiz
sent by Isabelle Boresy (Ac. Amiens)



Christmas Ad Activity
"Here's another activity based on Christmas ads I did with my EM Normandie students (see here for an earlier one)."





"This is Britain" - a video
Watch the video and complete the document created by Dulce Araujo (Ac Nancy-Metz)
"Si vous voulez découvrir comment les petits britanniques préparent et célèbrent Noël, regardez la vidéo...
Mince pies et crackers n’auront plus aucun secret pour vous." ;)

Niveau 6ème / 5ème


Asda Christmas Ad
"I used this one from Asda as part of a lesson about Christmas customs in the UK..."




Reuters Video: Germany’s Christmas decorations a hit
"Makers of traditional hand-made Christmas decorations at ''Kaethe Wohlfahrt'' in Bavaria attract visitors from around the world,
especially from the United States and Asia. Tara Cleary reports."




Reuters Video: Santas take over Sydney + TRANSCRIPT
"Thousands of Santas converge on Sydney for the Santa Claus Festival. Kilmeny Duchardt reports."


The 8 Weirdest TV Christmas Specials of All Time - with VIDEOS



John Lewis Christmas Advert 2012 - The Journey
"Watch the new John Lewis Christmas TV advert that celebrates the extra mile we all go to
at Christmas to find the perfect gift."

The song is "The Power of Love" sung by Gabrielle Aplin. 




Queen speaks of hope in 2011 Christmas Day message - 25 December 2011
Watch the Queen's Christmas message in full.


Queen's Christmas message 2011 preview
"The Queen's Christmas message will focus on family, friends and community spirit
and feature the Christmas carol 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'."

+ a video

Queen's Christmas Day speech to focus on family - 24 December 2011
"The Commonwealth is a family of 53 nations, all with a common bond, shared beliefs, mutual values and goals."


See Cartoons



Terry Gilliam - The Christmas Card
"Iconic animator, Monty Python alum, and one of the best darn filmmakers ever
Terry Gilliam made The Christmas Card back in 1968,
as part of an animated short called Storytime."



The Snowman
"is a children's book by English author Raymond Briggs...
(It) has become a part of British and international Christmas popular culture."

+ Re-tell powerpoint + Worksheets + Short PPT



Singing Christmas Hedgehogs - INTERACTIVE



Who colour-coded Christmas?
"Santa's crimson and fur-lined coat? Shiny holly leaves and berries? Colourful poisonous, hallucinogenic mushrooms?
Or medieval paintings in East Anglian churches? Just how did red, green and white become the conventional colours of Christmas?"




"5 short idents we made for E4 on the topic of Christmas.
The general idea was to surprise people with something really anti-christmas
and transform something boring into something amazing..."
ex. : The reindeer :


Pingu celebrates Christmas
"Niveau 5eme, pour commencer à aborder le présent en Be + ING et "would like".

DAY 1 :
- On va regarder la vidéo
- Puis à nouveau, en faisant des pauses au moment des actions.
- Recap à l'aide du powerpoint
- Petit jeu de mime pour fixer le temps.
A la maison, ils devront faire la trace écrite à l'aide des images et des verbes non-conjugués à l'aide des deux fiches
(on pourra commencer ensemble s'il reste du temps).

DAY 2 :
- Correction de la trace écrite (donc pour une fois, pas de contrôle oral de début d'heure)
- Repassage de la vidéo jusqu'à la première occurence de "would like"
 - Passage à la partie "would like" du powerpoint
- Pour fixer, what would you like for Christmas?
- Recap de la trace écrite (fiche fournie)
- Ecriture d'une lettre à Santa."

Séquence créée et envoyée par Géraldine Lemal (Ac. Amiens)



Exploitation de la Video – Pingu at Christmas Time
Fiche envoyée par Corinne Degezelle
Voir la video



Hunters in the Snow


- TV series

Watch the episodes
about Christmas.


Tell Me about Christmas - Part 1
"In this video, get to know some of the traditionally served Christmas food
in the UK, like mulled wine, mince pie, Christmas pudding, etc."

+ The transcript
+ Interactive activities
+ Activities on paper

(British Council)



The Digital Story of the Nativity
"How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the Nativity.
Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google,
Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon...
Times change, the feeling remains the same."



Simon's Cat in 'Santa Claws'
"A curious cat discovers Christmas."




Strange Christmas Traditions

"Ruled a legal holiday in 1894,
Christmas has had
its fair share of strange traditions."



John Lewis Christmas Advert 2010
"UK retail store chain John Lewis has launched “A Tribute To Givers”,
the Christmas 2010 advertising campaign. The TV ad, filmed in Scotland,
shows a variety of people going that extra mile to make gift-giving special."



Snow Globes - Coca-Cola 2010 Christmas Commercial 
"The long version of Coca-Cola's 2010 Holiday commercial featuring Train's "Shake Up Christmas"."


+ the LYRICS :
"Shake up the happiness 
Wake it up/ Wake up the happiness 
Come on y'all 
It's Christmas time"




Barack Obama delivers
his Christmas message

"US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have offered Christmas
wishes to US citizens, including a special
thanks to the military.
Their comments came during Mr Obama's weekly address,
in which his wife took part for the first time."



The Queen's Christmas message
"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II delivers
her annual Christmas message
to the peoples of the Commonwealth."


Merry Christmas!

Prep and Landing - Official Trailer
- Walt Disney Animation Studios



A Christmas Carol (Part 1)
This "animated version of Charles Dickens' timeless tale, "A Christmas Carol" features
an all animal cast..." 



Coca-Cola 'Christmas Girl' TV Ad




Toy retailers unveil top picks
for Christmas

"Nothing on the list costs more than £50, and there are many familiar names on it. Spin-off toys from television and films are again very popular."


A Christmas Carol
"The excellent 1971 animated version
of the Charles Dickens classic.
Animated in the style of 1800s engravings
by the great Richard Williams Studio."




Oxfam Unwrapped
Putting an end to bad presents
this Christmas.



Christmas Videos




Christmas News
- an animated card



Christmas In Heaven
Monty Python


12 Days of Christmas
Indian style!


Happy New Year


Marks And Spencer
- Christmas Food 2006

Merry Christmas Mr. Bean - pt. 1


Merry Christmas, Mr Bean
- Parts I, II, III and IV

sent by Delphine Le Jouan

SEE : Activities to print


Merry Christmas!

by Sheri Razaq

"It's that time of year again.
Video Nation contributors
share their thoughts and
of the festive season.
Watch by clicking on them..."