English grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension exercises

HOLIDAYS: Christmas (December 24, 25) 1

Choose the best response to complete each sentence.

1. Christmas is one of the most important holidays in the (Christian) English-speaking world. It (feasts/celebrates) the birth of Jesus Christ.

2. Giving presents is a very important Christmas (landmark/tradition). Gifts are traditionally exchanged on Christmas Day (December 25th).

3. The day before Christmas is called "Christmas " (Eve/Evening).

4. The man who brings children (and adults) presents at Christmas is called Santa (Claus/Clause).

5. You can also say "Santa" for short, or refer to him as " (jolly/jelly) old St. Nick."

6. Songs that are sung during the Christmas season are called Christmas (cares/carols).

7. The people who sing these songs are called (carolers/care-givers). Traditionally, these people went from house to house singing songs about the birth of Jesus, etc.

8. Many people feel that Christmas has become too (commercial/comparative). They feel that too much (emphasis/empathy) is put on buying gifts, causing people to forget what Christmas is all about.

9. A traditional Christmas drink called "eggnog" is a sweet beverage made (with/by) eggs.

10. Children are taught that Santa (Claus/Clause) lives in the North Pole, and has little helpers called (elves/gnomes).


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