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Welcome to a special episode of our weekly programming here. My name is Alisa and today we are going to be talking about some holiday related words. So let’s get started.
Today’s holiday is Christmas. So Christmas Day is the 25th December every year and it’s associated with the birth of Jesus Christ, a prominent figure in Christianity if not the most prominent. We traditionally celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to people in our family, to our friends, to our partners whoever and many families also put up a Christmas tree, decorate it, decorate their house with lights, a lot of families choose to make a big Christmas dinner that’s similar to Thanksgiving which you might be familiar with if you watched our last Thanksgiving video. So it’s typically really, really special time of the year where people like to gather around with their friends and family.
Okay, good word to know around Christmas time is Wreath. Wreath is a common decoration that people will hang on their houses. It’s a circular decoration. What is wreath usually like? pine needles or pine cones as well, red ribbons, lots of red and green natural things and people hang it on their doors kind of one of the symbolic decorations for the Christmas season. Oh Wreath in a sentence, will you hang the Wreath on the door this year?
All right, the next word is Reindeer. I used to live down the street from Reindeer. That’s a true story. We had a Reindeer farm, it was called operation Santa Claus, I am not making this up. They look like deer, but they are a little bit bulkier and they have kind of bigger antlers. Reindeer are totally real in traditional tales about Santa Claus for children, the creatures that pull Santa’s Sleigh when he delivers presents around the world. The most famous Reindeer is called Rudolph. He has a red nose and all the children’s stories that they use to light the way for Santa’s Sleigh. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose.
The next word is stocking. They are usually red or maybe green. Suck, people will hang it up. Again it’s decoration. If you have a fireplace in your house, it usually goes above the fireplace or maybe you put it somewhere else and you fill it up with usually small presents like in my family, we will often put snacks or candy like a toothbrush or something like that. Something small. Stockings were hung by the chimney with care, popular traditional Christmas story. It was the night before Christmas.
Oh the next word is Mistletoe. Mistletoe is a little bit different from other traditional Christmas decorations. Mistletoe is a plant. It’s a kind of plant and I think people put it above the doorway in your house, maybe the front door or some other doorway. The tradition is that if you find yourself under the Mistletoe with another person presumably you know your partner, you have to kiss under the Mistletoe. I don’t know why that’s a tradition but it is. In a sentence, be careful who you stand under the mistletoe with, neckbeard.
The next word is Elf, elf not to be confused with the Lord of the Rings Elves who are very cool. You know what I secretly to be, I would be the shortest. An elf is a mythical creature who lives in the north pole and helps Santa to make his toys throughout the year to give to girls and boys. They are usually very, very small, they have pointy ears, they wear the green small version of Santa suit I guess and they are supposed to be very cheerful creatures. Maybe you’ve seen the Will Ferrell character Elf, check that out if you want to see an example of very whacky elf story. An elf is a very cheerful creature.
Okay and that’s the end. Those are the few words that you might encounter or like to use throughout this holiday season. I hope you have a very nice Christmas of if you celebrate a different holiday, I hope that that’s nice for you as well. Thank you very much for joining us and we will see you again soon. Bye happy holidays. Reindeer sausage is delicious. The stockings are hung by the window with care. Chimney, oh my god, I forgot all my Christmas stories, oh my god!

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