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Christmas bonus
a rich fruitcake (usually covered with icing and marzipan) and eaten at Christmas
Früchtekuchen mit Zuckerguss zu Weihnachten
a greetings card that people send to friends and family at Christmas
a song whose lyrics are on the theme of Christmas, or the winter season in general
consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper (making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper). It is pulled by two people and much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a small bang
Weihnachtsgebäck, eine Art Knallbonbon, das zu Weihnachten benutzt wird
a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ, 25 December
erster Weihnachtsfeiertag
the day before Christmas
the holiday period for about a week before and after Christmas Day
a present given at Christmas time
a large sock which children leave out when they go to bed on Christmas Eve so that it can be filled with small presents
plum pudding: a rich steamed or boiled pudding that resembles cake
European evergreen plant with white or purplish rose like winter-blooming flowers
buying Christmas presents
an evergreen or artificial tree decorated, as with lights and ornaments, during the Christmas season
chiefly British - Santa Claus
a Christmas when it snows
weiße Weihnachten
SMALL TALK / Talking about Christmas

Christmas is celebrated differently from country to country, marked with different traditions, meals and flowers like holly and the Christmas rose, but the most traditional and commonly known Christmas celebrations are those of the UK and the U.S.A. The beginning of the Christmas holidays differs also, but where the UK and the U.S.A remain undisputed are in the two most important days of Christmas; Christmas Eve (on the 24th December) and Christmas Day (on the 25th December). The evening of the 24th December is well known as being the time when, as all are sleeping, that Father Christmas comes to our houses, fills our Christmas stockings with treats and places Christmas presents for us underneath the Christmas tree, brightly decorated with Christmas balls and other decorations.

Obviously Christmas is also very well known for being the ‘season of good will’ where, although diligently avoided, the stresses of last minute Christmas shopping, writing Christmas cards, scowling about not getting a good enough Christmas allowance from the boss, enduring the same Christmas carols playing on the radio for the 100th time in one day can test even the most patient at times. But this doesn’t stop the most of us from enjoying the wonderful Christmas delicacies, such as Christmas cake and Christmas pudding, catching up with friends, loved ones and relatives over the Christmas meal, pulling Christmas crackers together and constantly checking the weather to see if this is the year when the snow will fall and give us the white Christmas we always dream of. Whatever happens, most look forward to this special time of year and to wishing each other a very ‘Merry Christmas’.

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