Fun Christmas facts
 The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.  "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.  If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you would receive 364 gifts  Gold-wrapped chocolate coins commemorate St Nicholas who gave bags of gold coins to the poor.  The world's tallest Christmas tree at 221ft high was put up in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.  Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.  The Queen's Christmas speech was first televised in 1957.

The Festive Season
 Las vacaciones de Navidad – The Christmas Holidays
 Nochebuena- Christmas Eve  Día de Navidad – Christmas Day  El día de San Esteban – Boxing Day

 Nochevieja – New Year´s Eve or Hogmanay (In Scotland)  El día de año nuevo – New Year´s Day  Año nuevo - New Year

 El día de Reyes – The 6th of January

It wouldn´t be Christmas without….
 El niño Jesús – Baby Jesus

 La Virgen Maria – The Virgin Mary
 José – Joseph

 Los Ángeles – The Angels

 Los Pastores – The Shephards
 El burro – The Donkey  Los Reyes Magos – The Three Wise Men

A few Christmas Symbols
 Oro, Incienso y Mirra – Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh  La estrella de Belén – The star of Bethlehem  A crib – Un pesebre  Un ramo de Navidad – A Christmas Wreath  El acebo – Holly

 Una tarjeta de Navidad – A Christmas Card  Un Árbol de Navidad – A Christmas tree  Luces Navideños – Christmas lights  Un pastel de Navidad – A Christmas cake  El muérdago – Mistletoe

 El espumillón – Tinsel  Regalo de Navidad – A Christmas Present  Adornos de Navidad – Christmas decorations  El pavo – Turkey

 El reno – Reindeer

 Cohete Chino – A cracker  Un villancico – A Christmas Carol

 La comida de Navidad – Christmas dinner
 La nieve – The Snow

 Un calendario de Adviento – An Advent Calendar
 Papá Noel – Father Christmas

Christmas Events
 La misa del gallo– Midnight Mass

 Poner el Árbol de Navidad – To put up the Christmas tree
 To bake a Christmas cake- Hornear un pastel de Navidad  Ir de compras para la Navidad - To go Christmas shopping  Construir un muñeco de nieve - To build a snowman

Christmas Expressions!
 Try to greet your friends and family in English this year! ( I´m sure they will be impressed!)
 ¡Feliz Navidad,! ¡Felices Pascuas! – Merry Christmas!  ¡Felices Fiestas! - Season´s Greetings!  ¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo! – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  ¿Qué te regalaron para Navidad? – What did you get for Christmas?

Christmas Activities
 Here are some excellent activites for you to do to help you learn about Christmas in the United Kingdom! Good Luck!
    Whose present? Christmas quiz Santa snowball shoot My favourite day

Improving your English by watching films
 One of the best ways to improve your English is to watch English films. So why don´t you watch some Christmas classics during the holiday? (I think I will watch some Spanish Christmas films too to improve my Spanish!) Here are a few films that you could watch:

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It´s a Wonderful Life Miracle on 34th Street Home Alone Elf Noel

 Maybe you can think of others?

Christmas in Scotland
In Scotland we always look for an excuse to party! So myself and my work mates in Scotland are going to meet up in Glasgow and go out and celebrate in the City Centre! We will go for dinner in a nice restaurant and then party in a nightclub!

 Also, every year at Christmas time myself and my friends from school go to George Square in Glasgow. There we go ice skating and then have lunch in a nearby restaurant. I love George Square at Christmas- it’s beautiful!  That is us keeping each other warm on the ice-rink!

Christmas time is extra special in my family because on the 22nd December it is my mum’s birthday! I am really looking forward to seeing her this year. Myself, my brothers and our respective partners will gather in my mum’s house to wish her a happy birthday, eat some party food and have a glass of champagne to celebrate! She is a very special lady to us.

 On the 24th December I go out for a nice lunch with my boyfriend. In the evening we all go to mass at our local church. I really enjoy the Christmas Vigil because I love all the hymns and it is always full of people!

 When mass has finished I go out with my boyfriend and our friends and we party the night away!. Christmas Eve is my favourite night of the whole year because everybody is in a good mood, the music is great and it is Christmas day the following day!

Christmas Day!
 On Christmas morning all of the family get up early so that we can open up our presents together.
 In the afternoon we eat Christmas dinner which includes:  Starter: Prawn Cocktail and Lentil Soup  Main Course: Turkey, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, carrots, turnip, sprouts and pigs in blankets.  Dessert: My mum always makes a lot of desserts so we can have our pick! Desserts include trifle, strawberry pavlova, Christmas cake, cheese cake……

 On Christmas night, my boyfriend and my brothers’ partners come to our house and we play party games and just enjoy each other’s company.  For me, that is exactly what Christmas is about: being with the people that you love most in the world.

And last but not least….
 I hope that you all have a wonderful, happy and safe Christmas with your friends and family! I am excited to return to Scotland to see all my family again, to go to mass together, and to exchange gifts. I also can´t wait to tell them all about your work in the Bilingual Section!  I´ll see you all in January!  Merry Christmas and keep up the hard work!

 Lauren x

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