Ho Ho Ho! It’s Christmas time and Dan and Jennifer are sharing some of their favorite Christmas traditions, past experiences and memories, and Dan’s sharing some interesting information about his birthday and Boxing Day!
If you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s OK! This episode will still be culturally educational for you, and help you with some conversation points this season.
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Language Focus: Boxing Day
In the UK the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. The reason it has this strange name is that back in the 1700s richer people gave boxes of gifts to their employees. Inside the box would be gifts, money and maybe leftover food from the day before. Nowadays Boxing day is more associated with shopping and post-Christmas sales but it is also an important day in the town where I live, Scarborough.
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Idioms and Expressions
scrooge: a mean or selfish person who does not give away money, or celebrate any holidays/special times
bah humbug: [interjection] used to express dislike or disgust for the Christmas/holiday season
stupid o’clock: exaggerated time meaning very late
to get the facts straight: to get the truth correct; to understand the real truth
put a foot wrong: [UK] to not make any mistakes
cover was blown: [passive form of to blow one’s cover] when the identity of someone is no longer secret or hidden; secret information is public
lo and behold: [interjection] expresses wonder or surprise
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What's your favorite holiday and why?
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