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Reading Christmas Day –December 25—which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the founder of the Christian religion, is the biggest and the best-loved holiday in the United States. It is a time of warmth and joy, love and laughter, hospitality and good will. Each year as the Christmas story is retold and relived through music and lights, through poems and songs, through giving and getting, the Christ spirit is renewed in human hearts.celebratesfounderChristian religion laughterhospitality Whether one lives in a big city or in a tiny village, the celebration of Christmas is much the same. The ceremony of putting up the towering Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York city is repeated in the town square of every community in the country. Each family also selects its own small fir tree. Evergreens are common holiday decorations because the Romans believed them as symbols of enduring life. celebration ceremonyputting up Rockefeller Center squarecommunityselects commondecorationssymbolsenduring
Reading Santa Claus has been a very real personage to most American children. They greet him at the shopping centers and at community parties. Sitting on his lap and telling him how good they have been all year, they list what hope to find in their stockings on Christmas morning. Each family has its favorite Christmas dinner menu. Some of the dishes, such as roast turkey, corn pudding, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, are typically American.personagegreet lapstockingssuch asroast turkeycorn puddingcranberry sauce pumpkin pietypically The American poet Carl Sandburg once described a friend’s holiday mood, “…’I always like this late afternoon walk just before Christmas Eve. The faces of people are more alive than at any other day of the year. The faces say to me, …”Life is good. Merry Christmas is good. This is a time for everybody to love everybody else.”describedmoodalive Merry Christmas!
Vocabulary 1.celebrate (v.) 慶祝 celebration (n.) 慶祝 Mary celebrated her birthday with friends in her favorite restaurant. The party is held in celebration of Judy’s success. 2.founder (n.) 創立者 Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft and also the richest man in the world. 3.religion (n.) 宗教 Buddhism is one of the world’s major religions. 4.laughter (n.) 笑聲 My mother always says, “Laughter is the best medicine.” 5.hospitality (n.) 殷勤招待 We enjoyed the hospitality of friends at their country home.
Vocabulary 6.ceremony (n.) 儀式；典禮 The priest performed a wedding ceremony in the church. 7.square (n.) 廣場 There will be a fair in the town square this afternoon. 8.community (n.) 社區 Our community holds a meeting every month.. 9.select (v.) 選擇 The lady selected a vegetable dish from the menu. 10.common (adj.) 普遍的 Earthquakes are quite common in Taiwan. 11.decoration (n.) 裝飾品 decorate (v.) 裝飾 They are shopping for some decorations to put on the Christmas tree. We decorate the Christmas tree with colorful lights.
Vocabulary 12.symbol (n.) 象徵 The rose is the symbol of love. 13.enduring (adj.) 恆久的 The writer has won an enduring fame. Everyone will remember him forever. 14.personage (n.) 大人物 Almost all political personages came to the Christmas party. 15.greet (v.) 迎接；招呼 The teacher greeted us with a smile at the first class. 16.typically (adv.) 典型地 Typically, Chinese restaurants are noisy and not romantic. 17.describe (v.) 描述 The police asked me to describe how the accident happened.
Vocabulary 18.mood (n.) 心情 The bad grade put her in a bad mood all day. 19.alive (adj.) 有活力的；活潑的 The 90-year-old man is still very much alive.
Phrases 1.put up 建立；豎立 I put up a personal web page to show my paintings. 2.such as 例如 He is good at sports such as basketball and volleyball.
Vocabulary for Recognition Christian 天主教的 Rockefeller Center 洛克斐勒中心 fir tree 樅樹 lap 大腿 stockings 襪子 roast turkey 烤火雞 corn pudding 玉米布丁 cranberry sauce 藍莓醬 pumpkin pie 南瓜派
Reading Comprehension Fill in the blanks after you read the above article: December 25 is Christmas Day. People celebrate the day because __1.__ was born on this day. Evergreens are commonly used as Christmas __2.__, which the Romans believed as the symbol of __3.__ life. That is why Christmas trees are put __4.__ in every corner of the country. Children love writing to __5.__ to tell him what they hope to find in their stockings on Christmas morning. Every family gets together to enjoy its favorite Christmas dishes, __6.__ __7.__ roast turkey, corn pudding, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Everyone has a good time! Answers>>
Writing Activity Write a Christmas card to your friends. The following are some common greetings: Merry Christmas! Best Christmas greetings! Wishing you a very happy and warm Christmas! A joyful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year! A blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! Wishing you a joyous Christmas & a very happy new year! May your Christmas be filled with joy and warmth. May the wonder of Christmas shine in your heart and bring warmth to those you love.
Writing Activity May the wonder of Christmas shine in your heart and bring warmth to those you love. With many good wishes for the holiday and the coming year. Wish happiness will always come to you.
Listening Comprehension Listen to the songs and fill in the following blanks. White Christmas I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the ___1.___ tops glisten( 閃爍 ) And children ___2.___ to the sleigh( 雪橇 )bells in the ___3.___ I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I ___4.___ May your days be ___5.___ and bright And may all your Christmases be ___6.___ Answers>>
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town You’d better watch out You’d better not ___1.___ You’d better not pout( 噘嘴巴 ) I’m telling you ___2.___ Santa Claus is coming to town He’s making a list And checking it ___3.___ Gonna to find out Who’s naughty and ___4.___ Santa Claus is coming to town He knows when you you’re ___5.___ He knows when you’re awake( 醒著 ) He knows if you are bad or good So be ___6.___ for goodness sake( 緣故 ) Answers>>
Answers Reading Comprehension 1.Jesus Christ 2.decorations 3.enduring 4.up 5.Santa Claus 6.such 7.as Listening Comprehension White Christmas 1.tree 2.listen 3.snow 4.write 5.merry 6.white Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 1.cry 2.why 3.twice 4.nice 5.sleeping 6.good
Sources The article is adapted from “Christmas December 25” in Holidays U.S.A., published by English Teaching Division Information Center Service, US Information Agency, Washington DC, 1969, pp. 54-8. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town is sung by Frank Sinatra. White Christmas is sung by Louis Armstrong.