English Songs Video Clip Background Information Discussion

  1. Jingle Bells Directions: Listen to the song and fill in the blanks with what you hear.

Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh what fun it is to ride one-horse In a open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh Dashing through the snow On a one-horse open sleigh Over the fields we go
all the way Laughing Bells on bob-tail ring, spirits Making bright What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh

  2. Christmas Songs

English Songs Video Clip Background Information Discussion
Christmas celebrates the birth of the child called Jesus. Christians believe Jesus was the son of God sent to earth to save the world. Many Americans go to church on Christmas. They pray and sing songs in praise of Jesus Christ. One religious Christmas song is “O Holy Night.” Leontyne Price sings it here. Here is a rather sad Christmas song about celebrating the holiday during a troubled time. Judy Garland sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” We leave you now with a song expressing the wish for a happy holiday season.
English Songs Video Clip Background Information Discussion
Directions: Listen to the passage and answer the following questions.

  1. Why do people celebrate Christmas? Because it’s the birth of Jesus, son of God sent to earth to save the world.
  2. What are the names of the songs mentioned? “O Holy Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Happy Holiday.”
English Songs
Video Clip
Background Information Discussion
Directions: Watch the video clip from He-Man and complete the following paragraph with what you have heard.
English Songs
Video Clip
Background Information Discussion
saving them The children thanked Skeletor for , but Skeletor didn’t feel well for doing it and he wished he knew why . He-Man thought that Skeletor was feeling the which Christmas spirit made him feel good. However, Skeletor said that he didn’t like to feel good and he liked to feel . At last, She-Ra comforted evil Skeletor by saying “Don’t worry, Skeletor, Christmas only comes ”. once a year
English Songs
Video Clip Background Information Discussion
How do Americans Celebrate Christmas? Millions of Americans celebrate Christmas on December twenty-fifth. It is the most widely celebrated religious holiday in the United States. People buy gifts to give to family members and friends. They fill homes and stores with evergreen trees and bright, colored lights. They go to parties and prepare special Christmas foods. Many people think Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Many Christians go to church the night before the holiday or on Christmas Day. They celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ. Christian ministers will speak about the need for peace and understanding in the world. This is the spiritual message of Christmas. Church services include traditional religious songs for the holiday. One of the most popular is “Silent Night.”
English Songs
Video Clip Background Information Discussion
Many Americans celebrate Christmas as an important, but non-religious, holiday. To all, however, it is a special day of family, food, and exchanging gifts. For many people, Christmas means traveling long distances to be with their families. 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. 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.
English Songs
Video Clip Background Information Discussion
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.
English Songs
Directions: After listening to the recording, work in groups and discuss about what Christmas spirit is. Christmas in America means different things to different people. To some people, Christmas means brightly wrapped packages under a decorated tree. To others, it means family reunions and a wonderful meal together. To Christians, it means Jesus’s birthday. Christmas also means lending a helping hand to people in need. Along with all the hubbub of shopping for presents and sending Christmas cards, many people in America take time to help others.
Video Clip Background Information Discussion
English Songs
Video Clip Background Information Discussion
In America and around the world, Christmas offers many opportunities to spread the message of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” For example, some people stand outside malls and stores collecting money for the needy. Many churches and other organizations collect toys and clothes as Christmas gifts for poor families. Going caroling is another traditional way to bring cheer to neighbors ? especially the elderly and people who can’t get out much. The Christmas spirit encourages people to help each other in many large and small ways.
Part Division of the Text Further Understanding
Parts 1
Paragraphs 1
Main Ideas The writer’s family had a bad time in the days leading up to Christmas last year. In a boring looking restaurant, most of the diners seemed to have no festive mood except for the American sailor. The Christmas gift from the American sailor changed everything and led to a most wonderful Christmas.
2
2~16
3
17~23
For Part I (Para.
  1)
Part Division of the Text Further Understanding
Monologue Directions: Suppose you were the writer, try to describe the bad experiences during the trip. The beginning and the ending are given. You can use the tips given and add your own imagination as well. Beginning: What a Christmas it was! Everything had gone wrong on our way from Paris to Nice …
  1. tourist traps
  2. a broken-down car
  3. a shabby hotel Ending: There is no Christmas spirit in our hearts.
For Part 2 (Para.2~Para.
  16)
Part Division of the Text Further Understanding
Dialogue Directions: Work in pairs. Make the second part into a short dialogue and role-play it. It can either be a dialogue between the husband and the wife or between the American sailor and the French flower woman.
For Part 3 (Para.17~Para.
  23)
Part Division of the Text Further Understanding
Rearrange the Order of the Sentences
  1. My wife waved her flower in time to the music.
  2. People crowded in from the street.
  3. My wife and our sons sang with uninhibited enthusiasm.
  4. The old flower woman jumped up and waved the note.
  5. The Germans ordered wine for everyone.
  6. The piano player began to sing “Good King Wenceslaus.”
  7. Everyone stopped eating.
7-4-6-1-3-5-2
Detailed Reading
Christmas time does not stop bad things from coming our way and leaving us in a bad mood. A flower from an American sailor in a far from ideal restaurant, however, changed a gloomy Christmas Eve for its unhappy diners into a joyful celebration. Read the following text and see how Christmas spirit touched the hearts of those concerned.
A Sailor’s Christmas Gift William J. Lederer
Detailed Reading
Last year at Christmas time my wife, three boys, and I were in France, on our way from Paris to Nice. For five wretched days everything had gone wrong. Our hotels were “tourist traps”; our rented car broke down; we were all restless and irritable in the crowded car. On Christmas Eve, when we checked into a shabby hotel in Nice, there was no Christmas spirit in our hearts. It was raining and cold when we went out to eat. We found a boring looking little joint carelessly decorated for the holiday. It smelled greasy. Only five tables in the restaurant were occupied. There were two German couples, two French families, and an American sailor, by himself. In the corner a piano player monotonously played Christmas music.
Detailed Reading
I was too stubborn and too tired and miserable to leave. I looked around and noticed that the other customers were eating in stony silence. The only person who seemed happy was the American sailor. While eating, he was writing a letter, and a halfsmile lighted his face. My wife ordered our meal in French. The waiter brought us the wrong thing. I scolded my wife for being stupid. She began to cry. The boys defended her, and I felt even worse. Then, at the table with the French family on our left, the father slapped one of his children for some minor fault, and the boy began to cry. On our right, the German wife began scolding her husband. All of us were interrupted by an unpleasant blast of cold air. Through the front door came an old French flower woman. She wore a dripping, ragged overcoat, and dragged herself in on wet, rundown shoes. Carrying her basket of flowers, she went from one table to another.
Detailed Reading
“Flowers, monsieur? Only one franc.” No one bought any. Wearily she sat down at a table between the sailor and us. To the waiter she said, “A bowl of soup. I haven’t sold a flower all afternoon.” To the piano player she said hoarsely, “Can you imagine, Joseph, soup on Christmas Eve?” He pointed to his empty “tipping plate.” The young sailor finished his meal and got up to leave. Putting on his coat, he walked over to the flower woman’s table. “Happy Christmas,” he said, smiling and picking out two flowers. “How much are they?” “Two francs, monsieur.” Pressing one of the small flowers flat, he put it into the letter he had written, then handed the woman a twenty-franc note.
Detailed Reading
“I don’t have change, monsieur,” she said. “I’ll get some from the waiter.” “No, ma’am,” said the sailor, leaning over and kissing the ancient cheek. “This is my Christmas present to you.” Straightening up, he came to our table, holding the other flower in front of him. “Sir,” he said to me, “may I have permission to present this flower to your beautiful daughter?” In one quick motion he gave my wife the flower, wished us a Merry Christmas, and departed. Everyone had stopped eating. Everyone had been watching the sailor. Everyone was silent. A few seconds later, Christmas exploded throughout the restaurant like a bomb. The old flower woman jumped up, waving the twenty-franc note. Hobbling to the middle of the floor she did a lively folk dance and shouted to the piano player, “Joseph, my Christmas present! And you shall have half, so you can have a feast, too.”
Detailed Reading
The piano player began to sing loudly “Good King Wenceslaus,” beating the keys with magic hands, nodding his head in rhythm. My wife waved her flower in time to the music. She was radiant and appeared twenty years younger. The tears had left her eyes, and the corners of her mouth turned up in laughter. She began to sing, and our three sons joined her, bellowing the song with uninhibited enthusiasm. “Gut! Gut!” shouted the Germans. They jumped on their chairs and began singing the words in German. The waiter embraced the flower woman. Waving their arms, they sang in French. The Frenchman who had slapped the boy beat rhythm with his fork against a bottle. The lad climbed on his lap, singing merrily too. The Germans ordered wine for everyone. They delivered it themselves, hugging the other customers.
Detailed Reading
One of the French families called for champagne ? made the rounds, kissing each of us on both cheeks. The owner of the restaurant started “The First Noel,” and we all joined in, half of us crying. People crowded in from the street until many customers were standing. The walls shook as hands and feet kept time to the Christmas carols. The miserable evening in a dull restaurant ended up being the very best Christmas Eve we had ever experienced just because of a young sailor who had Christmas spirit in his soul. He released the love and joy that had been smothered within us by anger and disappointment. He gave us Christmas.
Our hotels were “tourist traps
 

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