Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

martes, 3 de diciembre de 2019

Xmas is round the corner!!!

Christmas is just round the corner!!! Probably the best time of the year, from the point of view of family gatherings!!! 


Christmas is one of the most frequent topics in this blog (you can click on the label Christmas ) and you may be able to answer some of these questions:

  • What kind of present would you like to have for Christmas?

  • Have you ever been to London or Cambridge, or Britain in general, for Christmas? Have a look at the video our Philosophy and Robotics teacher José Luis did when we went on one of our study trips and tell me if you would ever like to go.

  • What is your favourite Christmas carol in English?

  • What things do you usually do? What things do you have to do every Christmas that you like and that you don't like?

  • What words do you know about the topic: Christmas? 

And my students in 4º ESO must remember to make a comment in this post:

Dickens & Christmas

(Book online  for you to read)

Here's a listening exercise for you to do: How long can you hold your breath?  (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

English in a Minute:  SEE, WATCH & LOOK   (BBC Learning English)

Rod Stewart - Christmas Live at Stirling Castle


6 Minute Vocabulary: More suffixes  (BBC Learning English)

The English We Speak: 'Dad dancing' - Get ready to be embarrassed! (BBC Learning English) Do you like the way your dad dances? Does he make any funny movements? What about your mum?

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  3. During the year there are many different parties, for example carnival, halloween… But in December the most important is Christmas.

    On the one hand it is a very special month, because the people who live faraway usually come home to spend a few days with her family and friends. Besides, children have the excitement that Santa Claus and the wise men will come and bring him some gift, the magic of Christmas.

    On the other hand, there are people who think that it is become a very materialistic party and we only think about gifts, and we do not think about we have a special days with all of our family. This is more present in companies where they take advantage of it to make money and they get it

    I think that we shouldn’t think that a gift is all, because we are having a good time with our loves ones., and for me, is the most special party of all the year.

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  5. Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year. At Christmas the family joins to do xmas parties like Eve or New Year's Eve.
    children love Christmas because the wise men and Santa Claus come to bring her gifts. And what will you ask for Christmas?

  6. Christmas is one of the most interesting times in the year. It's the time when you meet your family and you give them lots of presents, love and affect. Christmas is one of my favorite times in the year and every Christmas I have a very good times with relatives and friends, and so do them!

    Every year, I count the days until Christmas arrive! The best of this holidays is that you meet all you relatives that you don't meet during the year, you can visit and meet your friends, you can make presents to all of them, and the most important thing, you don't have to go to school, but you have to study a lot anyway.

    And the best things that happens in Christmas comes when it's nearly finished. This moment is when the Three Wise Men arrive to Spanish people's home. They live you all the presents you've wanted during the whole year and that's one of the best moments that happens in Christmas. But remember, they only give presents to good people.

    In England, Santa Claus is the person who comes with his great sledge carried by a lot of reindeers through the sky. Then he gets into your house by the chimney and he leaves you a great present, but only if you've been a good person during the whole year. If you've been a bad boy, Santa will live you big sack of coal! So remember be a good boy.

    In fact, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I hope this year I'll get a lot of presents and not a sack of coal.

    Realizado por Álvaro Martín Moliz 4º ESO A

  7. Christmas is one of the most interesting times in the year. It's the time when you and your family can meet everypeople, and we can ask of as we had gone this year and that we want to the next year, objetives, challenges... and because in Christmas you recevice a lot of and presents and for differents person of our family. Christmas is one of my family holidays, because I can stay more time with my family and friends, as during the year we stayed in the school and we can meet a lot of.

    Every year, I count the days until Christmas arrive. The best days to me are 24th of December, because it when I meet with my mother's family and we stay eating and dacing all together, the next day that I like it the 25th of december, because it when Ireceive the presents, other important day is the 31st of December meet with my father's family and we eat the grapes at twelve o'clock, and then we take the congralutations to for my grandmother, because her birthday, and the next importants days are the 5th and 6th of January, because the 5th we go to see the Three Kings' Cavalcade and the 6th, because it when we receive the presents.

    In Spain the tradition it the 5th, because it the night when the three king magic arrive with their camels at the houses of the sapnish people and take the presents.

    And in England, Santa Claus is the person who arrive at the houses of the england people, enter in the house for the chimney and take the presents.

    In resume the Christmas for me is one of the best holidays, because I can meet with every of my family and with my friends and I recive the presents.

  8. Christmas is a very special day because distant relatives come to visit their grandparents and parents. But what I like most about Christmas is that they bring you gifts and have fun with my family. We also eat a large turkey that is on the table and more. Those days my family dances to have fun. Then comes the Magi where you take candy.
    These days are very good to have fun with the family.

  9. Every year I look forward to this moment with great enthusiasm, because it allows me to address you on Christmas Eve and wish you from the heart, together with my Family, peace, joy and prosperity. Our greatest affection and understanding are directed, in particular, to those who suffer for any cause in these emotional and familiar dates. Our gratitude to all those who, with their sacrificed work, ensure in these Holidays, and at all times, our safety, health and well-being.
    That in the new year 2020 we continue moving forward along the path of peace, stability, freedom and prosperity that we enjoy and that, with so much effort, we have achieved.

    Alexandra Pérez Moreno 1ºA

  10. Do you like the way your dad dances? Does he make any funny movements? What about your mum?

    My parents don’t go to parties, but there are some special times, for example at Christmas when we are with all my family and we make a party. My parents love music but they dance only when they go to a party. The last Christmas my mum and my dad danced all the night and it was very embarrassing, but funny . They dance dad dancing how say the video. My dad move their hands and lengs and he looked like a duck and my mum danced with their index fingers and she looked like a orchestra conductor. I'll never go to a party with them.

    Alejandra Martín Guirado 1ºA

    Christmas is my favourite time of the year, because we are all my family together and we put the christmas tree, it is a beautiful moment becouse I enjoy putting the balls in the tree with my sister. I like going to the city of Granada with my parents to see the lights in the street.

    For Christmas I would like a game for the Play Station, new clothes and some books. Like every Christmas, we decorate the house with Christmas decorations, I love meeting all my relatives and sing my favourite christmas carol Jingle Bells. I would like to go to London for Christmas.

    Alejandra Martín Guirado 1ºA

  12. I like Christmas, what I like most is spending time with family and also gifts. I love decorating the tree and putting the belen with my sister. In the square of my village you put a big tree and sing carols.

    Oliver lozano Martín 1ºA

  13. I like Christmas, and I love Christmas carols. At Christmas I have a good time. On Christmas eve and New Year Eve I have a big diner with my family. I love Christmas because I have a lot of presents.

    Ana Perez Prados 4ºB de eso

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  17. Nowadays there are people who think that Christmas is a humbug, but also there are people who think that Christmas is the best time of the year.
    I like Christmas because I like decorating my house and because I like going for dinner to my grandmother´s house on Christmas Eve and all my cousins and my uncles are there, and we spend a good time in family.
    After having dinner we stay in the living room and we usually watch television or we see a film, and for this reason I like Christmas because all the year I remember this good time. While we are watching a film we usually give the presents to each other and we open all the presents.
    In my opinion Christmas is the best time in the year for the reasons that I just given you before and because it is the only time in the year when I see my cousin because he is working all the year and he can't come to see us.
    Francisco González López 4ºA

  18. In our culture Christmas are important, there are people who think it is the most important party of the year since it is a time when you meet with your family, for me it´s an important time because I meet with my family and see part of my family that I do not see the rest of the year.

    I like Christmas because are a fun time, the people decorate them houses with garlands and lights, the families have a good time. Christmas is a time to enjoy with our family and friends since the rest of the year we are busy with other things I'm busy with school for example, some of my friends are busy for work… In this holidays we have more free time but anyway we have to do homework or study, although we have to do homework the good thing is that we can wake up at the time we want. Also at Christmas there is a custom to make gifts so you make the people you love happy with a little detail.

    I pass every Christmas in my farmhouse, I love the food of the Christmas´s dinner. In a future I would pass this holidays in London or United States because I love the lights and decorations of them streets. In this country we celebrate Christmas but not as enthusiastically as in England. In Christmas we should think in the people who are not as lucky as we are. In my family if there is food left over on the 24th or the 31st the next day the family reunites to eat the rest.

    In my opinión Christmas is a good time but not the best of the year because the people who don´t have enough money for bougth gifts for her family or for the food of the Christmas´s dinner. I like it because I meet with all of my family and we passed beautiful days.

    Mari Trini Ortiz 1ºA Bach

  19. Christmas is a very important party because you meet all your family and friends.
    On twenty-fouth December, Christmas Eve,we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
    On twenty-fifth December Santa Claus brings gifts. On thirty-first December at midnight, we celebrate the beginning of a new year having 12 grapes. On first January we congratulate people and we wish each other a happy new year.
    On sixth January we celebrate the Three Wise Men , and it's when they bring us gifts too.

    Francisco José Prados Espinosa 1ºA

  20. Christmas is one of the best parties of the year, but the bad thing they have is that they last two weeks and that is a very short period. The only thing that matters is the family and enjoy.

    Oliver Lozano Martín 1º A

  21. What I like most about Christmas is spending time with family and friends who really love me. Another thing I also like this is true me in the morning of the 25th and see the Christmas tree full of gifts. That's what I like most about Christmas, apart from having a vacation.
    Rocio Avellanedas Nocete 1°A

  22. During the year, there are many parties but none of them is as important as Christmas. For me, it is a very special party because I meet with family and friends, who I have not seen for a long time and I have a great time with them every year.

    On the one hand, Christmas is a party full because I meet with family and friends, who usually work and go to school in other cities during the year. Besides, during this holiday, although I have to study and do a lot of homework, I don't have to get up early to go to school. In addition, I love the food of these holidays because it is food that I do not usually eat it so much during the year. And last, but not least, there are many gifts which I have been waiting for all the year.

    On the other hand, not everything is good because many people think that Christmas is a very materialistic party for both the gifts and because many companies and people take advantage of these parties and earn a lot of money, forgetting to be with their family and friends. In addition, many people are sad because they miss a family member who used to be every Christmas or do not have enough money to make gifts and eat a lot of food like other families. In addition, with the lottery a lot of people are very happy, but also many others get angry and lose their money.

    To sum up, Christmas has good and bad things, like all things, but I think that it has more good things because I love it.

  23. Christmas is an important time in our culture, all families gather during this time of the year and they pass time together.
    There are many parties in the year like Halloween, but Christmas is special, all places are decorated with Christmas lights and the people look happier.

    All the children are wishing Christmas for the presents, but now I prefer other type of things, for example I prefer Christmas because we spend time in family and I see cousins that don't live nearby, another positive aspect of Christmas that I love is decorating my house and going out with friends and family to see the other decorations.

    I spend Christmas at my grandomther's house every year, but sincerely I would like to spend a Christmas in London or Cambridge, I have seen a lot ot movies and I think that Crhistmas there are beautiful, all the streets are decorated and there are a lot of Christmas spirits, Christmas carols are being played everywhere and there are too many people singing it too. My favourite carol is "All I want for Christmas is you".

    In my opinion, Crhistmas is a fantastic time to spend it with your family, We should to take advantage of these dates and enjoy them. But I think that We shouldn't waste too much money on unnecessary things or toys.

    María Prados Espinosa

  24. I always love Christmas but over time I can see a change in how I felt Christmas was to how I feel it now.
    When I was a child, for me they meant only a few days of vacation and gifts on the 25th and 6th in the morning of December and I took the opportunity to order all the toys I wanted, but now I don't even care, I prefer the night of the 24th of December and the 1st of January with lots of delicious food and with the people I love a lot.
    I feel that the perfect days of vacation to be with family and forget about stress and it just to prepare to continue with the school.
    Paula González Blanco 4ºB