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ESL Christmas Lesson

by www.elcivics.com

Christmas is celebrated on December 25. It is a Christian holiday, but it is also observed by many non-religious people who participate in its secular traditions. Schools, banks, post offices, and government offices are closed on Christmas. Most malls and stores are also closed. The night before Christmas is called Christmas Eve. People celebrate Christmas by singing carols, sending cards, and giving gifts. Some people go to church on Christmas. Symbols of Christmas include nativity scenes, Christmas trees, wreaths, holly, Santa Claus, reindeer, and the colors red and green. Goodwill, compassion and peace are the values promoted this time of year. (3 pages)

Christmas Calendar Showing December 25

When is Christmas?

  • It is on December 25.

  • The evening before Christmas is called Christmas Eve.


Three Wise Men on Christmas Eve

Is Christmas a religious holiday?

  • Yes, it is.

  • But it is also celebrated by many non-religous people, too.

  • Goodwill, compassion, charity, and peace are values promoted this time of year.

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