It's Christmas morning! Ashlie's got a lot to do to cook dinner for the family, but can she get Stephen to help?


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About traditions: Why they use a hat like a crown at Christmas day?

Hello Deivid_Grassi,

I'm afraid I have no idea! I'm sure it has old roots - traditional, perhaps religious origins - but I couldn't tell you where the tradition originates. Perhaps you can research this and let us know if you find a possible source yourself. I'm sure others would be interested too.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Why do British people wear King’s paper crowns on Christmas day?

It is quite common for British people to wear King’s paper crown on Christmas Day and at Christmas dinner parties. Apparently, this tradition dates back to Roman times when participant to the Roman Saturnalia celebrations – held around 25th December – used to wear hats.

The idea of wearing paper crown probably derives from the Twelfth Night celebrations, where a King or Queen used to be appointed to supervise the proceedings.

Best wishes,


Hello Deivid,

Thank you for your research! It's always interesting to learn the roots of various customs.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

They eat turkeys and for dessert, puddings.
My mother.
I don't care and would be thankful.

Hello! Would you please explain me what does mean the expresión "main course" in this episode or another way to say the same? Thanks a lot.

Hello Nusly Martinez,

Meals are often broken into courses and the main course is the most important part of the meal. For example:

Soup ('the starter')

Roast beef and vegetables ('the main course')

Chocolate cake ('the dessert')


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Many thanks for your nice answer Peter M. Now, the expression in clear for me.
Best wishes,

My mother and grandmother cook in my house.
When I get a present I don't don't care for very much, I don't hurt person who gave me and I think him.