Today I'll be telling you a story about British Christmas traditions that includes some phrasal verbs. Watch the video for the audio and read the transcript below.
Most people look forward to Christmas every year in the UK. People usually have time off work and this allows them to spend time with their families. Even if you don’t usually get along well with your family, the holiday season often brings people closer together.
At some point in November or December, it’s common to hang up Christmas decorations and lights, both inside and outside the house. After that the lights are lit up glowing and flashing in all different colours.
During the time coming up to Christmas, the shops are packed full of people all looking to find the right gift. Sometimes you’ll see people singing along to Christmas carols in the street. It feels very festive.
Once the presents have been bought, they are wrapped up and then left under the tree until Christmas Day.
On Christmas Day, people traditionally hang out with their families at home. At some point during the day, the presents are given out from under the tree to each family member. And of course, at some point there will also be a huge Christmas dinner.
The celebrations begin again when the new year comes a week later. Not long after the new year, people will take down their decorations and store them for next year.
By this time, most people are glad that the busy holiday season is over!
Get along - To have a good relationship with someone
Hang up - To hang something up high (decorations, clothes, etc.)
Give out - To give something to more than one person
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