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Christmas Music & Traditions in America:

This program is designed by: Inessa Voinova Dasha Prudnikova Larisa Pavlicheva Dmitriy Klimentyev Christmas Music & Traditions in America Kursk Gymnasium No 44, 2007 Sponsored by the English Language Office, U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia Voice of America - Special English Program Intermediate Listening Comprehension Course start

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Warm-up Quiz: Do you know Christmas songs? Learn the new words Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Assignment for discussion in class Christmas Music & Traditions in America

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Warm-up Quiz: Do you know Christmas songs? Learn the new words Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Assignment for discussion in class Christmas Music & Traditions in America Return to the previous activity

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? ? ? Find the sound for this song You missed! Jingle Bells ? ? ? ? ? ? No! ? ? ? Wrong! ? ? ? What?! ? ? ? Oh-oh! ? ? ? Wrong way! ? ? ? Try again! The radio program you are going to hear is devoted to Christmas music and traditions in the USA. Let us first try to see which Christmas songs are already familiar to you. In this exercise you will see the name of a song; and your task is to match it with the right sound. First, click on different sound icons ( ) to hear the song. When you find the right sound, click on the ??? button under it. If you are ready, click here: start menu back

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Jingle Bells ? ? ? Find the sound for this song You missed! Carol of the Bells ? ? ? ? ? ? No! ? ? ? Wrong! ? ? ? What?! ? ? ? Oh-oh! ? ? ? Wrong way! menu back

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Jingle Bells Carol of the Bells ? ? ? Find the sound for this song You missed! We Wish You a Merry Christmas ? ? ? ? ? ? No! ? ? ? Wrong! ? ? ? What?! ? ? ? Oh-oh! menu back

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Jingle Bells Carol of the Bells We Wish You a Merry Christmas ? ? ? Find the sound for this song You missed! "The Waltz of the Flowers" from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" ? ? ? ? ? ? No! ? ? ? Wrong! ? ? ? What?! menu back

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Jingle Bells "The Waltz of the Flowers" from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Carol of the Bells We Wish You a Merry Christmas ? ? ? Find the sound for this song You missed! Coming Home for Christmas (Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack ) ? ? ? ? ? ? No! ? ? ? Wrong! menu back

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Jingle Bells "The Waltz of the Flowers" from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Coming Home for Christmas (Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack ) Carol of the Bells We Wish You a Merry Christmas ? ? ? Find the sound for this song You missed! It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Johnny Mathis) ? ? ? ? ? ? No! menu back

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Jingle Bells "The Waltz of the Flowers" from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Coming Home for Christmas (Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack ) It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Johnny Mathis) Carol of the Bells We Wish You a Merry Christmas ? ? ? Find the sound for this song You missed! Santa Claus is coming to town (Bruce Springsteen) ? ? ? menu back

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Jingle Bells "The Waltz of the Flowers" from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Coming Home for Christmas (Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack ) It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Johnny Mathis) Carol of the Bells Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Bruce Springsteen) We Wish You a Merry Christmas Silent Night (Joan Baez) ? ? ? Find the sound for this song menu back

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Jingle Bells "The Waltz of the Flowers" from Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker" Coming Home for Christmas (Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack ) It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Johnny Mathis) Carol of the Bells Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Bruce Springsteen) We Wish You a Merry Christmas Silent Night (Joan Baez) Wonderful! In this program you will hear more about some of these songs. You will also learn about various Christmas traditions. Good luck! menu back next

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Do you know these words? When you see a word or phrase, click on the picture it denotes. Are you ready? Click here to start! menu back

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No! Santa Claus Ooops! Try again! No! No! Mistake! Wrong! You missed! Wrong way! No! Bad luck! Oh-oh! Not good! What?! menu back

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Santa Claus No! gift Ooops! Try again! No! No! Mistake! Wrong! You missed! Wrong way! No! Bad luck! Oh-oh! Not good! menu back

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Santa Claus No! evergreen trees Ooops! Try again! gift No! No! Mistake! Wrong! You missed! Wrong way! No! Bad luck! Oh-oh! menu back

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Santa Claus No! evergreen trees colored balls Ooops! Try again! gift No! No! Mistake! Wrong! You missed! Wrong way! No! Bad luck! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls No! evergreen trees Christmas tree Ooops! Try again! gift No! No! Mistake! Wrong! You missed! Wrong way! No! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls No! evergreen trees Christmas tree reindeer Ooops! Try again! gift No! No! Mistake! Wrong! You missed! Wrong way! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls No! evergreen trees Christmas tree sleigh Ooops! Try again! gift reindeer No! No! Mistake! Wrong! You missed! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls No! evergreen trees sleigh Christmas tree to sing carols Ooops! Try again! gift reindeer No! No! Mistake! Wrong! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls No! evergreen trees sleigh Christmas tree to sing carols fireplace Ooops! Try again! gift reindeer No! No! Mistake! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls No! evergreen trees sleigh Christmas tree to sing carols sweets Ooops! Try again! fireplace gift reindeer No! No! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls No! evergreen trees sleigh Christmas tree to sing carols toy soldier Ooops! sweets fireplace gift reindeer No! No! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls toy soldier evergreen trees sleigh Christmas tree to sing carols to slide down the hole in the fireplace Ooops! sweets fireplace gift reindeer No! No! menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls toy soldier evergreen trees to slide down the hole in the fireplace sleigh Christmas tree to sing carols colored lights Ooops! sweets fireplace gift reindeer menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls colored lights reindeer toy soldier evergreen trees sweets fireplace to slide down the hole in the fireplace sleigh Christmas tree to sing carols orchestra gift next menu back

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Santa Claus colored balls colored lights toy soldier evergreen trees orchestra to slide down the hole in the fireplace sleigh Christmas tree Great ! to sing carols sweets fireplace gift next reindeer menu back

TRUE, FALSE or NOT MENTIONED?:

1. Millions of Americans will celebrate Christmas on December 31st. 2. Christmas is not a religious holiday in the USA. 3. Most people buy very expensive gifts for their family members and friends. 4. At this time you can find Christmas trees in many homes and shops. 5. The majority of people will go to disco clubs the night before Christmas Day. 6. When celebrating Christmas people sing the words “ It’s the most wonderful time of the year ” three times. false not mentioned TRUE, FALSE or NOT MENTIONED? Click here to show the lyrics of Johny Mathis’s song “It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year“ JOHNNY MATHIS It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year It's the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling, And everyone telling you, "Be of good cheer," It's the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the hap-happiest season of all. With those holiday greetings, And gay happy meetings, When friends come to call It’s the hap-happiest season of all. There'll be parties for hosting, Marshmallows for toasting and Caroling out in the snow. There'll be scary ghost stories and Tales of the glories of Christmases Long, long ago. It's the most wonderful time of the year. There'll be much mistletoeing And hearts will be glowing, When loved ones are near. It's the most wonderful time of the year. Click here to hide the lyrics not mentioned false true not mentioned false true not mentioned false true not mentioned false true not mentioned false true not mentioned false true No! No! No! No! No! No! not mentioned false true false next Listen to the first part of the radio program about Christmas music and traditions in the USA. Decide if the statements you see are true, false, or they are not mentioned in the program. If you are ready to start, click here. start/stop the sound menu back

Now read the script of part 1 and fill in the gaps:

Now read the script of part 1 and fill in the gaps Millions of Americans will celebrate Christmas on December Twenty-Fifth.  It is the most widely celebrated religious holiday in the United States. For the past few weeks, Americans have been preparing for Christmas. People have been buying gifts to give to family members and friends.  They have been filling homes and stores with evergreen trees and bright, colored lights.  They have been going to parties and preparing special Christmas foods.  Many people think Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Click here to show the lyrics of Johny Mathis’s song “It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year“ JOHNNY MATHIS It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year It's the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling, And everyone telling you, "Be of good cheer," It's the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the hap-happiest season of all. With those holiday greetings, And gay happy meetings, When friends come to call It’s the hap-happiest season of all. There'll be parties for hosting, Marshmallows for toasting and Caroling out in the snow. There'll be scary ghost stories and Tales of the glories of Christmases Long, long ago. It's the most wonderful time of the year. There'll be much mistletoeing And hearts will be glowing, When loved ones are near. It's the most wonderful time of the year. Click here to hide the lyrics next start/stop the sound celebrating celebrated celebrate celebrating celebrated celebrate religiously religious religion preparing prepared prepare gifted gifts gift filling filled fill coloring colored color preparing prepared prepare most more much No! Wrong! Ooops! Really? No! No! Try again! Oh-oh! Mistake! What?! menu back

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Very good! Click here to show the lyrics of "Silent Night"  sung by Joan Baez "Silent Night" sung by Joan Baez Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the Saviour is born Silent night, holy night Son of God, love's pure light Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth " Click here to hide the lyrics Birthday Party Father Frost Religion in America A Religious Holiday Christmas Gifts Waiting for Christmas next menu back start/stop the sound Listen to the next part of the radio program and select the most suitable heading No! No! No! No! No!

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Many Christians will must go to church the night before the holiday or on the Christmas Day. They will celebrate Christmas so as the birthday of Jesus Christ.  Christian ministers will be speak about the much need for peace and understanding in the world.  This is the spiritual message because of Christmas.  Church services will have include traditional religious sings songs for the holiday. One of the most popular it is this one, name "Silent Night."  Here it is sung by Joan Baez. Try again! next menu back E X C E L L E N T ! Read the script of part 2. Each line contains one word which should not be there. Find each word and click on it. You have to find 10 words.

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Christmas is said to be probably the most special day of the year for children . Special food, exchanging gifts, and Santa Claus are popular Christmas traditions . Boys and girls imagine Santa Claus as an old , fat and kind man. Children believe that Santa Claus wears a red suit with white fur . Young kids think that Santa Claus travels in a sleigh pulled by reindeer . Santa Claus is thought to enter each house by sliding down the hole in the fireplace . Santa Claus leaves gifts for children under the Christmas tree . ___ ___ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ No! No! No! No! No! No! No! Listen to part 3 of the radio program about Christmas music and traditions in the USA. What does it tell you about Santa Claus? For each statement, choose the most suitable option. There may be more than one correct option for each statement. Click here to show the lyrics Bruce Springsteen’s song about Santa Claus Bruce Springsteen SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town He's making a list, he's checkin' it twice He's gonna find out whose daughter you're nice Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town He sees you when you're sleeping He knows if you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good (so you'd) better be good for goodness sake Better be good for goodness sake You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town Click here to hide the lyrics next menu back grandparents children parents traditions celebrations holidays slim old young angry kind fat suit raincoat hat boots shoes uniform scarf fur car sleigh dogs reindeer plane horses through an open window down the hole in the fireplace down a small hole in the roof through a crack in the door in their socks on the Christmas tree under the Christmas tree under their pillows everywhere in the house start/stop the sound

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as… about Christmas. through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. the most special day of the year for children. under the Christmas tree. a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur. a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts. about Santa Claus. an important, but non-religious, holiday. the popular tradition of Santa Claus. down the hole in the fireplace. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is… about Christmas. through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. the most special day of the year for children. under the Christmas tree. a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur. a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts. about Santa Claus. the popular tradition of Santa Claus. down the hole in the fireplace. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably … about Christmas. through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. the most special day of the year for children. under the Christmas tree. a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur. about Santa Claus. the popular tradition of Santa Claus. down the hole in the fireplace. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably the most special day of the year for children .  One thing that makes it special is… about Christmas. through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. under the Christmas tree. a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur. about Santa Claus. the popular tradition of Santa Claus. down the hole in the fireplace. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably the most special day of the year for children .  One thing that makes it special is the popular tradition of Santa Claus . Young children believe that Santa Claus is… about Christmas. through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. under the Christmas tree. a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur. about Santa Claus. down the hole in the fireplace. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably the most special day of the year for children .  One thing that makes it special is the popular tradition of Santa Claus . Young children believe that Santa Claus is a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur .  They believe that -- on the night before Christmas -- he travels… about Christmas. through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. under the Christmas tree. about Santa Claus. down the hole in the fireplace. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably the most special day of the year for children .  One thing that makes it special is the popular tradition of Santa Claus . Young children believe that Santa Claus is a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur .  They believe that -- on the night before Christmas -- he travels through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer .  He enters each house from the top by sliding… about Christmas. under the Christmas tree. about Santa Claus. down the hole in the fireplace. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably the most special day of the year for children .  One thing that makes it special is the popular tradition of Santa Claus . Young children believe that Santa Claus is a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur .  They believe that -- on the night before Christmas -- he travels through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer .  He enters each house from the top by sliding down the hole in the fireplace .  He leaves gifts for the children... about Christmas. under the Christmas tree. about Santa Claus. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably the most special day of the year for children .  One thing that makes it special is the popular tradition of Santa Claus . Young children believe that Santa Claus is a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur .  They believe that -- on the night before Christmas -- he travels through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer .  He enters each house from the top by sliding down the hole in the fireplace .  He leaves gifts for the children under the Christmas tree . Here, Bruce Springsteen sings... about Christmas. about Santa Claus. Restore the script of part 3 by matching the beginning of each sentence with its ending. menu back

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Many other Americans will celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday .  To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts . Christmas is probably the most special day of the year for children .  One thing that makes it special is the popular tradition of Santa Claus . Young children believe that Santa Claus is a fat, kind, old man in a red suit with white fur .  They believe that -- on the night before Christmas -- he travels through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer .  He enters each house from the top by sliding down the hole in the fireplace .  He leaves gifts for the children under the Christmas tree . Here, Bruce Springsteen sings about Santa Claus . Well done! next menu back start/stop the sound

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Click here to show the lyrics of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” "I'll Be Home For Christmas" sung by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack I'll be home for Christmas; You can count on me. Please have snow and mistletoe And presents on the tree. Christmas Eve will find me Where the love-light gleams. I'll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams. Click here to hide the lyrics next menu back start/stop the sound Listen to part 4 of the radio program about Christmas music and traditions in the USA. Decide whether these statements correspond to what you have heard. People in America do not like to spend money on Christmas gifts. Before Christmas there are usually many shoppers in American stores. Over 1/5 of all the goods are bought during Christmas sales. Christmas time is rather bad for the US economy, because people do not want to work. Some Americans prefer not to buy Christmas gifts but make them. During Christmas some people think about helping homeless and poor people in the United States and other countries. Christmas may be considered as a family holiday. Many people enjoy traveling oversees where they buy colored lights and beautiful objects to decorate their Christmas trees. Many Americans make long trips to visit their relatives on Christmas. During Christmas, Americans like to gather around the Christmas tree and open their gifts. There is a tradition to order special Christmas food (like sweets or turkey) from a restaurant. true false true false true false true false true false true false true false true false true false true false true false No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No!

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot ____ time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends ____ eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded ____ this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold ____ the year are sold during the weeks ____ Christmas.  This is good ____ stores and ____ the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends ____ eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded ____ this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold ____ the year are sold during the weeks ____ Christmas.  This is good ____ stores and ____ the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded ____ this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold ____ the year are sold during the weeks ____ Christmas.  This is good ____ stores and ____ the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold ____ the year are sold during the weeks ____ Christmas.  This is good ____ stores and ____ the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks ____ Christmas.  This is good ____ stores and ____ the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good ____ stores and ____ the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and ____ the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object ____ all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning ____ Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate ____ other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead ____ buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals ____ people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money ____ organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and ____ the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center ____ the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it ____ lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. ____ Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather ____ the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather around the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods ____ the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather around the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods on the night ____ Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather around the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods on the night before Christmas and ____ Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather around the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods on the night before Christmas and on Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be ____ their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Read the script of part 4 and fill in each gap with the appropriate preposition. Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather around the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods on the night before Christmas and on Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be with their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing ____ this holiday tradition.

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about after around at before during for from in of on to with menu back Americans spend a lot of time and money buying Christmas presents.  The average American family spends about eight-hundred dollars.  Stores and shopping centers are crowded at this time of year.  More than twenty percent of all goods sold during the year are sold during the weeks before Christmas.  This is good for stores and for the American economy. Some people object to all this spending.  They say it is not the real meaning of Christmas.  So, they celebrate in other ways.  For example, they make Christmas presents, instead of buying them.  Or they volunteer to help serve meals to people who have no homes.  Or they give money to organizations that help poor people in the United States and around the world. Home and family are the center of the Christmas holiday.  For many people,  the most enjoyable tradition is buying a Christmas tree and decorating it with lights and beautiful objects. On Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, people gather around the tree to open their presents. Another important Christmas tradition involves food.  Families prepare many kinds of holiday foods, especially sweets.  They eat these foods on the night before Christmas and on Christmas day. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be with their families.  Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack sing about this holiday tradition. next start/stop the sound Good job!

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Before hearing part 5 of the radio program about Christmas music and traditions in America, read some information about Christmas carols and greetings. Have you ever head about Christmas carols? They are religious songs sung at Christmas. At Christmas time groups of people sing carols, both indoors and outdoors. They usually collect money for homeless and poor people. Sometimes carol singers, especially children, go along the streets from each house singing carols and asking for money. However, there is a Christmas carol which is not a song or a hymn, it is a story told more than a century and a half ago by one of the most wonderful story-tellers of the world – Charles Dickens, the famous English writer. GREETINGS * Season’s greetings and best wishes for Christmas * Remembering you at Christmas With a cheery note to say – May you spend the festive season in a most delightful way! * With Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year * Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year * With Christmas Greetings and all Good wishes for the New Year menu back next

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Now listen to part 5 of the radio program about Christmas music and traditions in America. What does it tell about “caroling”? menu back next start/stop the sound Click here to show the lyrics of "Carol of the Bells" Carol of the Bells performed by the choir of Trinity Church in Boston Hark! how the bells, sweet silver bells all seem to say throw cares away. Christmas is here, bringing good cheer to young and old meek and the bold Ding, dong, ding, dong, that is their song with joyful ring all caroling one seems to hear words of good cheer from ev'rywhere filling the air oh how they pound, raising the sound! o'er hill and dale telling their tale gaily they ring While people sing songs of good cheer Christmas is here! Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas! Merry,merry,merry,merry Christmas! On, on they send, on without end their joyful tone to ev'ry home. Ding, dong Ding, dong, booooooong! Click here to hide the lyrics Click here to see the script of part 5 Another Christmas tradition is to go "caroling."  A group of people walks along the street.  At each house, they stop and sing a Christmas song, called a carol.  Student groups also sing carols at schools and shopping centers.  Let us listen to the choir of Trinity Church in Boston sing "Carol of the Bells." Click here to hide the script

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Artists and children dance together. A popular Christmas ballet. Now you are going to hear a part of this ballet. A fairy tale about a young girl and a prince. No! Listen to the last part of the radio program. And restore the order of its outline. start/stop the sound Try again! Oops! 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 menu back next

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Artists and children dance together. A popular Christmas ballet. Now you are going to hear a part of this ballet. A fairy tale about a young girl and a prince. start/stop the sound menu back next Now you may read the script of part 6. Many Americans take part in some of the traditional performances of the season.  One of the most popular is a story told in dance: "The Nutcracker" ballet.  The music was written by Russian composer Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky in eighteen ninety-one. The ballet is about a young girl named Clara.  Clara is celebrating Christmas with her family and friends.  One of her Christmas presents is a little device to open nuts -- a nutcracker.  It is shaped like a toy soldier.  She dreams that the nutcracker comes to life as a good-looking prince. Professional dance groups in many American cities perform the ballet at this time of year.  They often use students from local ballet schools to dance the part of Clara and the other children in the story.  This gives parents a chance to see their children perform. We leave you with "The Waltz of the Flowers" from "The Nutcracker."  It is played by the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Eugene Ormandy. Click here to hide the script Click here to see the script of part 6

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menu back ASSIGNMENT FOR DISCUSSION IN CLASS We hope you liked this lesson about Christmas music and traditions in America. Now get ready for class discussion. Imagine that you have decided to make a great Christmas party for the whole class. You have also split responsibilities so that everyone may be involved in the preparation for the party. Divide the class into groups (or individual students) responsible for: 1) food and drinks, 2) music and songs, 3) entertainment program (including interesting quizzes), 4) gifts, 5) wall paper devoted to the celebration. At home, each group (or individual student) should think about the aspect they are responsible for. Then, all the ideas should be presented and discussed in class. Using drawings, photos or other illustrations of your ideas will certainly make your discussion more interesting. Good luck! 

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