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Join us for a British Christmas 和我们一起度过一个英国式的圣诞节

 

Christmas dinner


Turkey and all the trimmings
There are many ways to celebrate Christmas, and some British people like to go on holiday, go out for lunch to a restaurant, or spend the day with friends. But most people’s idea of a traditional Christmas involves spending a few days with their family - sometimes their extended family.
The day is the most exciting for the children. They may have spent weeks or even months dreaming of the presents they want most. Since the beginning of December, they may have opened their advent calendars, finding a new festive picture, chocolate, or small gift, to count down each day until 25th December.

On Christmas Eve, they hang up stockings, ready to be filled with presents by Santa Claus. Often a thank you gift of a mince pie and a glass of sherry will be left, as well as a carrot for those hungry reindeer.

Christmas Day itself will be spent eating lots of goodies, opening presents from loved ones, which have been waiting under the Christmas tree, and for most adults, drinking plenty of booze.

A Christmas lunch of roast turkey with all the trimmings is the main event, complete with crackers, and paper party hats. The meal will finish off with Christmas pudding, a steamed fruit pudding.

For some, a church service, or the Queen’s speech on television will be part of the family custom. For most, the afternoon and evening will be spent playing board games, or perhaps watching a family film on TV.

After the excitement of the big day, most families are happy to spend Boxing Day quietly enjoying their presents, and eating the Christmas leftovers, for example a turkey curry.

Then we can all forget about Christmas until next year… well until next September.
 

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GLOSSARY 词汇表 (收听发音, 请单击英语单词)

extended family
亲戚
stockings
(用来装圣诞礼物的)长筒袜
sherry
雪利酒
goodies
好吃的东西,糖果,点心等
Boxing Day
节礼日(圣诞节后的第一天)
the main event
(圣诞节当天)最主要的事情
advent calendar
日历(从圣诞节前24起一个倒数的日历,每天打开上面的一个小门,门里有时候有巧克力,有时候只有一张图片)
church service
教堂礼拜
custom
习俗
booze
含酒精的饮料(习语)
 festive
节日气氛浓厚的
Christmas Eve
圣诞前夜
a mince pie
(圣诞节吃的)百果馅饼
reindeer
驯鹿
loved ones
爱人 (通常指家人,亲近的人)
all the trimmings
(与火鸡一起吃的)配菜
crackers
彩包爆竹(圣诞节时的娱乐用品,是一个硬的纸筒,内装小礼品,纸帽等,用纸包裹好,两端一拉即噼里啪啦作响)
the Queen's speech
女王的演讲
board games
期盼游戏
leftovers
剩饭剩菜

 
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