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Monday, 27 November 2017 14:51

Episode 19 - Preparing for Christmas


Episode Description:

This episode discusses some of the ways that many Americans get ready for the Christmas holiday, which is by far the biggest holiday in the USA calendar.

Word for the Day: advent (ad-vent) (noun) non-secular: the four Sundays prior to Christmas day; secular: the arrival or start of something

Since the advent of vehicles, gas consumption has gone up.

NOTE: At 3:55, the word resouce was used. The word should have been recess. Congress takes a recess (break) during Christmas.

Listen to Episode 19 below.

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Check your listening ability:

1. Which of the below is NOT a way in which Christmas is the biggest holiday for Americans?

A. money spent

B. decorations displayed

C. vacation time

D. candy consumed


2. ____% of Americans celebrate Christmas.


3. When is the holiday season?


4. How does Mr. Dreyer define materialism?


5. What are some ways to save money on presents?


6. Which of the following is NOT a Christmas activity in the United States?

A. candlelight Christmas Eve service

B. Parades

C. fireworks

D. parties

E. live nativities


7. _________ and _________ are the colors associated with Christmas.


8. Which of the following is a reason absolute separation of church and state does not exist?

A. Christmas is a declared federal holiday.

B. The phrase "under God" was removed from the pledge of allegiance.

C. To become president, you must declare no religious affiliation.

D. The Ten Commandments are used in the Supreme Court when the Constitution fails to mention the issue of the case at hand.


9. How is Westover Avenue, in Roanoke's Grandin Village, synergetic?


10. T/F Most people stay at home for Christmas, so the roads and airports are relatively empty.


Answer Key:

1. D. candy consumed

2. 90

3. It extends from Thanksgiving (or Halloween) to New Year's Day.

4. Spending money you don't have to buy stuff you don't need to impress people you don't like.

5. Budget and only purchase using cash. Have homemade gifts. Give a relationship gift where the experience and time together is the gift.

6. C. fireworks

7. Red; green

8. A. Christmas is a declared federal holiday.

9. Neighborhood blocks all hang decorations and string lights to make for a beautiful and incredible light display.

10. False



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Scott Dreyer

A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.