‘Tis the season to be jolly – The book of dreams

‘Tis the season to be jolly – The book of dreams

 

‘The Book of Dreams’ as a dad’s childhood dreams are awoken when he sees the drumkit his daughter has circled.

 

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How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

 [John  Lewis]

This year’s story is about the power of a gift. And how that gift inspired, changed and influenced the course of a little boy’s life. That little boy just happens to be Elton John. The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.

Your Song Lyrics

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

Writer(s): JOHN ELTON, TAUPIN BERNARD J P 
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‘Tis the season to be jolly #21

[PTX official]

Pentatonix (abbreviated PTX) is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.

Characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies, basslines, riffing, percussion and beatboxing, they are widely known for their covers, mostly of modern pop works or Christmas songs, sometimes in the form of medleys, along with original material.          Visit PTX HERE

 

 

“Little Drummer Boy”

Come they told me
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

A new born King to see
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

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‘Tis the season to be jolly #15

London

The UK capital has switched on the Christmas lights and London’s Hyde Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland. There are decorations and gifts galore in all the stores.

Stockholm

Above all, Christmas in Stockholm means candlelight and hearty food. As it gets dark here early, the city puts on an impressive light show. Typically Swedish: glögg, spicy gingerbread and Yule goats.

Germany

Stollen, spiced mulled wine and gingerbread: For many in Germany, these items symbolize Christmas time. But how did these treats come to represent the holidays? Experts say the answer dates back to the 14th century.

Gift giving

Gift giving is a big part of Christmas. The Viadrina Museum in Frankfurt an der Oder is now devoting an entire exhibition to this custom. Presents from decades past are on display.

Ornaments for the Christmas tree

In the 19th century, a glassblower from Lauscha decided to use glass to make ornaments for the Christmas tree. They soon became a huge success around the world and are still made by hand in Lauscha today.

Christmas Light Display

Rolf Vogt of Lower Saxony doesn’t skimp when it comes to his Christmas lights. He’s spent over 150,000 euros to cover his house in Calle with over half a million colored lights on 4.3 kilometers of cables.

Nuremberg

The southern German town of Nuremberg has been known for its gingerbread since the Middle Ages. It’s a Christmas specialty that can be enjoyed at the local festive “Christkindlesmarkt”.

Russia

It’s Christmas time in Russia, and one Christmas tradition has people braving the cold for hours on end. Competitive fishing at Christmas even managed to survive seventy years of Soviet rule. Who will catch the elusive “Christmas fish” this year?

Amsterdam

During the advent season Amsterdam’s canals are illuminated by beautiful lights. Other season’s traditions include drinking eggnog, eating delicious Pepernoten cookies and going ice-skating in front of the Rijksmuseum.

Prague

Zurich

During advent in Zurich, the city lights up like a Christmas tree. It’s a magical place, with its market, circus, and of course, cheese fondue. And what better way to digest than a stroll through the brightly-lit city?

 

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Tis the season to be jolly #12

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photography by vocabularyinchunks

A Greek Christmas Tradition

While people across the world are decorating their Christmas trees, many Greeks opt for the Greek tradition of decorating a small boat. Greece was always a maritime country and, in the past, the majority of men worked as fishermen or sea men. For many centuries, Greeks have been decorating small wooden boats in order to express their gratitude for the safe return of their loved ones who were travelling at sea for the rest of the year.

[vrisi36.com]

 

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‘Tis the season to be jolly #1

[MS]

When you’ve got an extra-special present to give, make sure the wrapping does it justice by going for bold with classic tartan paper and an impressive foliage finish made by building the present its own mini wreath

Dancing with myself

Dancing with myself

[coach]

Dancing with myself (Billy Idol)

On the floor of Tokyo

Or down in London town to go, go

With the record selection

And the mirror’s reflection

I’m dancing with myself

Oh dancing with myself

Oh dancing with myself

Well there’s nothing to lose

And there’s nothing to prove

I’ll be dancing with myself

 

19 Minutes later

19 Minutes later

[H&M]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Passengers of coach 14
  • I regret to inform you
  • Challenging weather conditions
  • Mechanical difficulties
  • Redirected to alternate tracks
  • Our estimated arrival time
  • Holiday plans and celebrations
  • We are very sorry for this inconvenience
  • Complimentary Christmas Brunch
  • Chocolate flavored beverage
  • In the cafeteria section
  • At the rear of the coach
  • Please do join us

 

One day I’ll fly away

One day I’ll fly away

 

 [John  Lewis]

One Day I’ll Fly Away

I follow the night
Can’t stand the light

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
What more can your love do for me
When will love be through with me
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

One day I’ll fly away!
Leave all this to yesterday!
Why live life from dream to dream?
And dread the day when dreaming ends

The music is One Day I’ll Fly Away performed by Vaults, the original song was by Randy Crawford.  Find the track HERE
 
Give someone a Christmas they’ll never forget

Give someone a Christmas they’ll never forget

 

  [John  Lewis]

Some Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas – this is probably the most frequently used expression. You can use it verbally or write it on a Christmas card. ‘Merry’ means happy or joyful , so the term ‘Merry Christmas’ is to wish people a happy and joyful Christmas.

Season’s Greetings – this is a greeting more commonly used on winter season greeting cards rather than as a spoken phrase.  You usually see it on cards depicting white, snowy Christmas scenes.

Happy Holidays – this phrase is sometimes used on greeting cards and is used to wish someone well over the Christmas period.

Happy New Year – this is a greeting that people use on 1st January, on New Year’s Day, but many people include this phrase on a Christmas card. For example, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’.

source : English with Jo

 

A Tree-Mendous Christmas

A Tree-Mendous Christmas

Trees are the most recognizable sign of Christmas, but what do you know about them? Each acre of land dedicated to growing Christmas trees will provide the daily oxygen required by 18 people.

source : infographicszone.com
source : infographicszone.com

 [Sweet Home]

 

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DIY – Christmas Tree Napkin

DIY – Christmas Tree Napkin

 [Handimania]

NAPKIN ETIQUETTE

Placing the Napkin in Your Lap    Place the napkin in your lap immediately upon seating. If there is a host or hostess, wait for him or her to take their napkin off the table and place it in his or her lap. (An exception to this rule is buffet-style meals, where you should unfold your napkin when you start eating.)

Unfolding the Napkin    Unfold your napkin in one smooth motion without “snapping” or “shaking” it open.

The size determines how you unfold a napkin in your lap.

  • Large napkins are unfolded halfway.
  • Smaller napkins are unfolded completely and cover the lap fully.

 Don’t Tuck the Napkin    Don’t tuck a napkin into your collar, between the buttons of your shirt, or in your belt.

 Using the Napkin   Use your napkin frequently during the meal to blot or pat, not wipe, your lips. Blot your lips before taking a drink of your beverage.

 Napkin Rings   If a napkin ring is present, after removing your napkin, place the ring to the top-left of the setting. At the end of the meal, grasp the napkin in the center, pull it through the ring, and lay it on the table with the point facing the center of the table.

 Temporarily Leaving the Table   When leaving the table temporarily, put your napkin on your chair. If the chair is upholstered, place the napkin soiled side up.

 Placing the Napkin at the End of the Meal   At the end of the meal :

  • The napkin is loosely folded at the end of the meal.
  • If a plate is in the center of your place setting, when leaving the table lay the napkin to the left of the plate.
  • If the center of your place setting is empty, the napkin is laid in the middle of the place setting.
  • Leave your napkin in loose folds that keep soiled parts hidden.
  • If after-dinner coffee is served at the table, the napkin remains in the lap.
source : (Etiquette Scholar)

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DIY – Christmas Lantern

DIY – Christmas Lantern

 [Aira Tran]

Click here for template 

Here are 10 ways crafting with friends may improve mind and brain wellness :

  1. Mental challenge and problem solving

  2. Social connection

  3. Mindfulness

  4. Development of hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and fine motor dexterity

  5. Learning and teaching

  6. Focusing attention and thoughts on a task


  7. Encouraging active creativity

  8. Gives a sense of pride and achievement

  9. Teaches patience and perseverance

  10. Facilitates memory formation and retrieval

source : (by Dr. Sarah McKay)

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What the holidays would look like if kids were in charge

What the holidays would look like if kids were in charge

  [soul pancake]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • If I were in charge of Christmas
  • I would decorate the stairs, the floor  
  • I would let the elves have a day off  and let them spend time with their babies
  • Play in the snow
  • I would decorate with snowflakes
  • Ornaments hanging from its head
  • Spend quality time with your family
  • Decorate the tree

Christmas

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Christmas Myths

Christmas Myths

Watch the following Video  :

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Vocabulary to learn after watching the  video :

  • Christmas Myths
  • Where do the traditions come from
  • Advertising campaign
  • Home town
  • Officially registered
  • A celebration of love
  • According to a study
  • Major causes of
  • Make us fat
  • Put on 400g
  • Rich ingredients
  • Nutritionists agree that the unsaturated fats are unhealthy
  • Packed with energy
  • Soothe the nerves
  • Consumer survey
  • On average
  • Good old fashioned book
  • Give presents on the 25th of December
  • Set the date
  • Brought the services forward
  • Make his deliveries on the 24th