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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #54424: Christmas
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    Christmas


                                 

     

    Saint Nicholas

        It is believed that St. Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. near Myra (Turkey)

    He was a friend to the poor . He became a bishop and continued helping people all his life.

    He is the subject of many legends.

        According to one of them he is said to have restored to life three children

         who had been chopped up and put in salt by a butcher. 

        Santa Claus

       Later in some countries St. Nicolas became Santa Claus. People say that now he lives

         on the Arctic Circle in Santa Claus' village near Rovaniemi (north of Finland).

            There he makes toys for children with the help of the elves.

      On December 24th he travels  around the world by sleigh. His sleigh is pulled by a team of eight

      flying reindeer. Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, is the leader of the team.

      During that night Santa Claus delivers Christmas gifts. He uses the chimneys of the houses to put

      the parcels in front of the fire-place or under the Christmas Tree. 

        The fir tree is beautifully decorated with Christmas balls, bells,

       lights, tinsel and there is often a star on the top.

     Holly and     mistletoe are also traditional Christmas decorations.

      On Christmas morning when the little ones discover the lighted tree and unwrap their parcels,

       it is marvellous to see their eyes full of joy and amazement.

     

                                                                           

                                                             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.

                                                                                                             (Eddie Pola, George Wyle, 1963)

                                                                            

                                                              





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    1. In England Santa Claus is also known as .

    2. Santa Claus' little helpers and toy makers are called .

    3. What does Santa Claus use to deliver his presents?

    4. Santa's means of transportation is powered by .

    5. What colour is Rudolph's nose?

    6. How does Santa Claus usually enter a house ?

    7. Which day does he deliver the gifts? on .

    8. This plant is a symbol of winter. It has red berries and green leaves with sharp points.

    9. Kissing under it has long been a part of Christmas tradition.

    10. The original Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was born in .









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