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Today I'd like to tell you a little about Christmas in my home country of England.

As you probably know Christmas is a Christian holiday, celebrating the birth of Jesus 
Christ. However, in England you could easily be forgiven for overlooking its religious 
origins. Christmas is now big buisness. Everywhere we go we are being tempted and 
encouraged to spend more and more on Christmas cards and presents, decorations and 
food and drink. If you are not careful, Christmas can be a very expensive time indeed.

Officially December 25th and 26th and January 1st are National holidays. But many 
companies close down for a long holiday, beginning some time before Christmas and 
extending until after New Year's Day.

Usually we spend Christmas day itself with family. The day begins with opening our 
presents. Many children try to stay awake all night, hoping to catch a glimpse of 
Father Christmas (Santa Claus). Our traditional Christmas lunch consists of roast 
turkey, potatoes and vegetables, followed by Christmas pudding. 

Although Christmas is usually a very happy time, it can be very lonely time for those 
with no family as most shops are closed and there is no public transport.

Shortly after Christmas comes the new year celebrations. Many people go to parties on 
new year's eve (December 31st). At midnight we pften sing the traditional Scottish 
song Auld Lang Syne.

Do you celebrate Christmas in your country? If you do, tell us what you'll be doing 
this year. If not, what is the most important holiday for you? Tell us all about it.

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Johnny @ English the international language

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