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An easy-prep Christmas lesson

An easy-prep Christmas lesson

Goodbye 2020! Well, not quite...

If you are still teaching but need a fabulous and easy-to-prepare Christmas lesson, we’ve got you covered. All you need is a Christmassy picture, like the one above, courtesy of Pixabay.com, and a short Christmassy text to read out, like the one below. Then, follow the simple plan as outlined and voila, your last-minute Christmas lesson dilemma is sorted.

You’re welcome: )

Lesson outline:

1. Show a picture of a traditional Christmas scene with a tree, decorations and a table with a traditional meal with crackers. Ask what students can see and help with new vocabulary.

2. Read the following short passage aloud about a traditional Christmas in the UK. Ask students to listen carefully as there will be questions to follow. You can adapt the text depending on level.

In the UK, to celebrate Christmas, we typically decorate our houses and put lights on Christmas tree. On the morning of 25th December children typically open their presents. Some may go to church in the morning, too. We eat turkey with potatoes and vegetables as a traditional Christmas meal. For dessert, many have a special Christmas pudding – a hot pudding with a creamy sauce. We also pull crackers at the meal. Crackers make a BANG sound. Inside the cracker is a paper hat, a joke and a small present. Many of us listen to the Queen who makes a speech at 3pm on Christmas day every year.

3. Have students in pairs create questions about the text from the following prompts:

Christmas/what/decorate?
When/open/presents?
Typically/eat/Christmas?
Noise/cracker/make?
Inside cracker?
Time/Queen/speak?

4. With the questions created, read the text again. Afterwards students answer the questions.
Get feedback on the Q & A.

5. Pairwork: Have students ask each other the following about how they celebrate Christmas. If they don’t celebrate Christmas, ask them to describe another festivity. Students can use these prompts.

Decorate?
Presents – when/who delivers them?
Typical food?
Church/religious venue?
Any other family/country traditions?

Feedback briefly as a class.

Optional: play/sing a carol – have the words on view. Bring a cracker/crackers to class to pull.


Happy Christmas all.

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  • Author: Louisa Walsh
  • Date: Friday 11th December 2020

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An easy-prep Christmas lesson