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Christmas Scene 2

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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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What food do British people eat at Christmas?
  • Who usually cooks in your household?
  • How do you react when you get a present you don't care for very much?

Now watch to find as Stephen and Ashlie celebrate Christmas with their family...


Stephen: Morning, Ashlie. Merry Christmas!

Ashlie: Happy Christmas! Nice hat, it suits you.

Stephen: Thank you. Here you go, here’s your Christmas present.

Ashlie: Oh thanks, Stephen. It’s lovely. Just what I have always wanted. Here, I’ve got something for you, too. There you go.

Stephen: Socks! I love them. Thank you, Ash.

Ashlie: I’m so excited. It’s Christmas morning, but we have got so much to do today.

Stephen: We’re spending Christmas here this year to give Mum a rest. And the family are coming over for Christmas lunch and I’m sure my sister’s got it all planned out.

Ashlie: Yep, I’ve got a list. At 9 o’clock, put turkey on to cook. 9.30, steam pudding. 10 o’clock, peel potatoes. 10.30...

Stephen: That sounds like a lot of work for you. I think I’ll have a bit of a sit-down before everyone arrives.

Ashlie: But we’re doing this together, remember. You promised.

Stephen: I thought Christmas Day was supposed to be a holiday!

Ashlie: Well, you’ve got to do something to help out in the kitchen. I tell you what; you can do the sprouts for the main course. If that’s not too difficult for you?

Stephen: Of course it’s not too difficult.

Ashlie: OK, well, let’s get cooking then. Come on. We’ve got lots to do.

Stephen: I’ll help in a minute. I’ll just go see if there’s any of those mince pies left.


Stephen: Merry Christmas, Dad.

Dad: Hello, son.

Stephen: Merry Christmas, Mum.

Mum: Happy Christmas, Stephen, my wonderful boy! Oh... What a lovely tree. Did you decorate it, Stephen?

Stephen: Yes, Mum.

Mum: It’s lovely, you are so clever. Hello, sweetie.

Ashlie: Happy Christmas, Mum.

Mum: Happy Christmas, Ashlie. You look lovely.

Ashlie: Oh, thank you.

Mum: Lunch smells wonderful, dear.

Ashlie: Christmas lunch is hard work, isn’t it? I hope it’s as good as yours.

Mum: Oh, I’m sure it will be fine. I expect you’ve both been working so hard in the kitchen. I hope it’s not been too much for you?

Stephen: Well...

Ashlie: No, Stephen has been so much help. Come on, let’s get back to work.

Stephen: Have a seat, Dad.


Ashlie: Well, the turkey’s cooking and the potatoes are boiling. But you still have to do the sprouts. Can you sort them out?

Stephen: Yeah, sure. I love Brussels sprouts. They’re just like baby cabbages. What do you want me to do?

Ashlie: Well, you peel them and then boil them, of course.

Stephen: OK. Easy…

Ashlie: I just need to do the stuffing and check on the turkey.

Stephen: Go ahead! All under control here.

Ashlie: What do you think, is it done?

Stephen: Looks good to me, Ash. Maybe we should add some Christmas sparkle – a finishing touch!

Ashlie: Not more tinsel…

Stephen: Hey Ash, these sprouts are taking ages to peel. What do you think?

Ashlie: Err, well, I don’t think you need to do anything else to them Stephen… or else there’ll be nothing left. Let’s put them on to cook and then we’re ready.


Ashlie: Who’s for turkey, then?

Dad: It looks lovely, dear. Yes, please.

Mum: Ashlie, Stephen, did you remember the sprouts? What about the stuffing?

Dad: It’s not a proper Christmas dinner without stuffing!

Ashlie: Yes, Dad, don’t worry. Here’s the stuffing.

Stephen: ...and my sprouts are here, I did them!

Mum: Oh, I… I thought they were peas. But it all looks wonderful! You’re both so clever.

Ashlie: Come on then, let’s eat up!


Mum: Oooh – time for some presents. Here you go, both of you. I know you’re going to love your Christmas presents.

Stephen: Thanks, Mum.


Stephen: Thanks, Mum!

Mum: I made it myself. Put it on, it’s just the thing for a cold winter’s day.

Stephen: It’s really… er, cosy. I’ve never worn anything quite like it.

Mum: Ooh... you look lovely, I knew you would. It really suits you.

Stephen: What did you get, Ash?

Ashlie: Happy Christmas, everyone!


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Very fun video, great opportunity to see how Christmas day looks in London.


Hello, Team.
Could you explain to me if there is any diffenece between 'Here you go' and 'There you go'.
Why Stephen giving the present tells Ashley 'Here you go', while Ashley in the same situation tells 'There you go'?

Hi Yshc,

No, there's no difference in meaning here. In general, 'here' is more common and implies more immediacy, whereas 'there' implies some distance, but in many cases (such as this one) they mean the same thing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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.


Best wishes,


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