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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Good afternoon everyone.
Talking about the food is a nice subject,people in my country eat a lot of steak on holidays now he's depends which kind of holiday it is.Sometimes we can have chicken roast sometimes at to turkey roast sometimes pork roast sometimes lamb.
And in my household usually cooks my wife,but sometimes I cook for my family as well,although when we have guests we prepare together the meal and the desserts as well.
Talking about the presents I think it doesn't matter what kind of present did you receive.And I think what is matter is that that person is giving you a present and that present was bought for you of course the person was thinking of you when they choose the present.
When I get a present that I don't like or I don't need that kind of present, I just say thank you,it's really kind of you, but you shouldn't bother of me.

As far as I know, British people eat a big Turkey but I don't remember of the other dishes.
Both of my wife and I cook at Christmas. Usually she works on sweet things (desserts and chocolate) and I cook salty dishes.
If I receive a present I don't care for very much, I try to keep polite and accept it with a big smile. Later I'll give it to someone else.

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.


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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,