Do you celebrate Christmas? How would you celebrate it? Besides Christmas trees, what other Christmas decorations do you know?

Watch this video to know more about the festive decorations and items you can find in the Christmas period.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Watch the video and then test your comprehension with the task below.




Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


Hello,I just finished watching the video and it carried me back to my childhood. Originally, I am from Russia and one of the most common traditions is to write down on a piece of paper your wish. You should not show it to anybody, because if you show it, it will never happen. Then you have to wait until 12 o’clock and when it is going to be 12, you have to burn this piece of paper and put it into the glass with whatever you are drinking. The people say if you do it in a right way, it will happen, but frankly speaking, I am not sure of it. Maybe because I am 30 years old, however when I was a child a believed that it works.

Currently I am living in Spain, and here there is another tradition. Instead of paper with your wish, you have to eat 12 grapes in one minute and at the same moment to think about your wish

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Hi,i can't watch the video too. even though i have downloaded the Adobe Flash Player.i am using the computer named "acer" with the operating system with windows7.Hope my problem will be solved. Thanks!

Hello Julyzhulalala,

Windows 7 on an Acer computer should work. It might be the browser that you're using. Could you try viewing this page on another browser, e.g. Chrome or Firefox? You might need to install the Flash player again. If that still doesn't work, please tell us what browser and version number you're using and I'll ask the technical team about it. Older browser versions might not display the videos properly.

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tell me, please, why ''Christmas crackers are opened by two people working together'' is true or it means ''Christmas crackers are opened by two people at the same time''

Hello wst78,

Traditionally, one person pulls on one end of the cracker, and the other person pulls on the other end, so I think both of the statements you ask about are true. If you do an internet search for 'video Christmas cracker', I'm sure you can find a video that shows how it works.

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Thank you, Kirk. I watched a video and now i know what it is and find it quite amusing.

what a pity! I can not see the video,it couldn't be shown on my computer .what's wrong with my computer? who would like to do me a favour? thanks a lot!

Hello snow45yun,

I'd recommend you download and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash player on your computer. Usually, this will solve the problem. If it doesn't, please tell us what kind of error message you see and what kind of computer and operating system you're using.

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