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Beginner Level

Christmas ESL Lesson Plan

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Christmas Teachers Notes


These activities are designed for begginer level or lower intermediate classses.

Suggested Flashcards to Accompany the Unit


Baby Jesus in the manger, Christmas tree, Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, holly, mistletoe, candy cane, angels,
Christmas ornaments, etc.
Activity One Reading on Christmas and Comprehension Questions
Begin by introducing any difficult vocabulary you feel the students may encounter. You may choose to have the students
read the passage silently, or have the students take turns reading aloud in order to monitor pronunciation. After reading the
passage, break the students into pairs and have them practice asking and answering the comprehension questions. At the
end of the oral practice, have the students write the answers. Review again orally with the whole class.
Activity Two Vocabulary Unscramble -

1. Christian 2. family 3. tree 4. decorations 5. North Pole 6. birth 7. gifts 8. turkey 9. stockings 10. Santa
11.Christmas 12. pagan
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Activity Three Christmas Survery


Have your students conduct the survey. When they are finished, have some of them share their answers with the class.
Activity Four Christmas Writing

Have your students write about what Christmas is like in their country. If Christmas is not common or if they
do not celebrate Christmas, ask them to write about another special holiday. When students have finished, ask
them to pass their papers to a partner to read.
Follow up
As an extra activity, have your students work in small groups and write a short Christmas story. When they are
finished, ask some of them to read their story to the class.
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Christmas

Christmas is celebrated on December 25. It is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in many countries.
Christmas is a very important day for Christians because it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Christmas season lasts for almost a month. In many countries, streets, homes and shops are filled with
colorful Christmas lights and decorations. Shopping centers are very crowded as people buy gifts for their
family and friends. The Christmas season is one of the busiest shopping seasons around the world.

Many Christmas customs come from pagan festivals long ago. Thousands of years ago, celebrations were often
held around the time of the winter solstice. People were often afraid when the sun disappeared during the long,
cold nights of winter. When the days began to grow longer, they celebrated the return of the sun by making
bonfires, serving large festive meals, and exchanging gifts. After Christ was born, many of these traditions were
combined with the celebration of Christmas.

Santa Claus is probably the most recognized non-religious symbol of Christmas. He is a jolly, old man with a
long white beard, big stomach, and red suit. Young children in Canada and the United States believe that Santa
Claus lives in the North Pole where he makes toys. On Christmas Eve, (December 24th), he travels through the
sky on a sled pulled by reindeer. He lands on the roof of peoples homes, enters through the chimney, and leaves
gifts for the children.

Christmas is also an important time to visit family. Families often get together, and sing Christmas carols,
decorate the family Christmas tree, hang stockings by the fire, and exchange cards and gifts. Of course, food is
also a very important part of the Christmas celebration. Stuffed turkey with mashed potatoes is a very traditional
meal served at Christmas dinners.

Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Reading Comprehension
A. True or False? Write T if the answer is true and F if the answer is false.
1. The Christmas season lasts for almost 2 months. __________
2. Many Christmas customs come from pagan festivals. __________
3. Santa Claus wears a blue suit. __________
4. In Many countries Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. __________
Now write 3 more True or False statements about the reading and ask them to your partner or your class.
1. ______________________________________________________________________ __________
2. ______________________________________________________________________ __________
3. ______________________________________________________________________ __________
B. Practice asking and answering the following questions with your partner. Then write the answers in
your notebooks or on the back of this paper.
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Why is Christmas a very important holiday for Christians?


How long does the Christmas season often last?
Where do many Christmas customs come from?
Who is the most non-religious symbol of Christmas?
What does Santa Claus look like?
What do children in Canada and the US believe about Santa Claus
What do families often do on Christmas?

C. Do you know any other interesting things about Christmas? Write three Christmas questions below,
then ask your partner or your class.
1. ________________________________________________________________
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2. ________________________________________________________________
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3. ________________________________________________________________
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Christmas Vocabulary
Unscramble the words below, and then find them in the Word Search.
1. anhcstiri________________

2. ilamfy________________

3. rete________________

4. ornsdatioec________________

5. onrth olep________________

6. birth ________________

7. iftsg________________

8. rktuey________________

9. skingstoc ________________

10. ntasa ________________

11. tmchrisas ________________

12. panag________________

Christmas Word Search

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Christmas Survey
Find a partner and ask the following four questions. There are two blank lines below. Use these lines to add
two more questions to the survey. After you have conducted the survey, join another pair and tell them about
your partners plans for Christmas this year.
1. Do you celebrate Christmas in your country? ___________________________________________
2. Are you going to have a Christmas dinner this year? ___________________________________________
3. Who is going to come to the dinner? ___________________________________________
4. What food is going to be served? ___________________________________________
5. _________________________________________________________________________________?
6. _________________________________________________________________________________?
7. _________________________________________________________________________________?
8. _________________________________________________________________________________?

Christmas In Your Country


Is Christmas celebrated in your country? If so, write a couple of paragraphs about what Christmas is like where
you come from. When you are finished, share it with the class or with your partner. If you dont celebrate
Christmas, write about another holiday or tradition in your country.
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