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圣诞节

How to Use the Present Perfect Tense

Date: Dec 23 2011

Themes: Holidays

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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There are a lot of reasons to love Christmas. The beautiful lights, the happy children, the caroling and the presents are just a few. Many people look forward to Christmas and love to get in the Christmas spirit. But not everybody is filled with holiday cheer at this time of year. Some people even hate Christmas and would rather skip all the festivities if they could. Find out why Jeff is one of those people.

喜爱圣诞节有很多理由。漂亮的彩灯、兴高采烈的孩子、圣诞颂歌和礼物,这些只是其中的一小部分。很多人都期盼圣诞节并喜欢感受圣诞节的气氛。但不是每个人都在每年的这个时候充满节日的兴奋。有些人甚至讨厌圣诞节,如果可能,他们想逃离所有节日。找出为什么杰夫就是其中一员。

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Devan

Devan

Jeff

Jeff

Devan:  I’m so excited that Christmas is coming up. It’s my favorite holiday. I love everything about it. I love caroling, I love the lights, I love all the cheer, and…

Jeff:  Yeah, you sound pretty festive alright.

Devan:  Yeah, I couldn’t be more excited. What about you?

Jeff:  I couldn’t feel any more opposite. I can’t stand it. Every job I’ve had for the last seven years has revolved around the busy Christmas season, or as people like to say hundreds and hundreds of times over the months surrounding Christmas, “the holidays.” The holidays, the holidays.

Devan:  And that’s not fun? Isn’t there a lot more hustle and bustle at work, and Christmas cheer, and everybody’s laughing and happy?

Jeff:  No. Just a lot of stressed out, impatient people for three months.

Devan:  Huh. I’ve never thought about it that way. I guess I’ve never worked in retail. I’ve always been the person probably bothering people like you.

Jeff:  Well, I don’t work in retail right now, but I did, and that was pretty bad.

Devan:  Thanks, Jeff. That was really depressing. You kind of ruined my Christmas spirit.

Jeff:  Yeah, no problem, Devan.

 

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Discussion

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Devan loves Christmas and gets very excited about it each year. She especially loves the cheerful, festive feeling of the holiday. She loves to get in the Christmas spirit.

Jeff couldn’t disagree more. For him, the holidays are all about stress. He worked in retail for many years, and Christmastime was always very busy because of all the extra shoppers. Jeff says that people are often hurried and impatient during the holidays, making it an even more stressful time.

Do you love the holidays, or do you think it is a stressful time of year?

 

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 julito

julito

Argentina

Buttafly, I can also relate to you, how magical were  that part of our lifes, how innocent  and happy we were , we lacked of the  so many amenities that  people  enjoy now , how we treasured  those presents  that our parents bought for us ,eventhough they might be living on a tie-budget . I will never forget  the magic of those holidays  with my  siblings and dear ones.    

01:47 PM Dec 23 2011 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

LIZAZA  .  So true, when we were children  the only  think that we had to do was to write a letter to Dear Santa Claus :  I am a good boy or girl  , please I would like  to receive a bike or doll  . And how happy we  were  when we got  them. Now is our responsability  to make true  our childrens´  dreams  , not only buying presents for them and families but also cooking , shopping , that everybody  be happy,ohh so stressful . Happy Christmas to you also.        

01:15 PM Dec 23 2011 |

No0ori_S

No0ori_S

Saudi Arabia

The holidays change the routine in my life ,, I like it and I like to get more memories about it ,, when I was a child I was more excited but Now It less excited but still good time . 

12:53 PM Dec 23 2011 |

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natashkevich

Bulgaria

I like holidays.The last year i had very exiting Christmas.I woked up in Amsterdam and slept in Johannesburg, South Africa.All xmas day i flyed by air.

12:22 PM Dec 23 2011 |

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manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

I love Chistmas time, lights, carolings and so on even if it’s a time to work more to me. In my job we can’t stop to do it so we have to do turns, beetwen Chrismas day and the new year day but it really doesn’t matter!


However I hope you all will have a great festivity and so much presents by Santa!


P.S. for Christians:- don’t forget that Christmas day is even the day when Jesus was born ;)


 

12:08 PM Dec 23 2011 |

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Lizaza

Lizaza

Belarus

when i was a child it used to be the happiest time of the year, presents, fancy dress parties, lot’s of fun
Now It’s stressful time, with all those presents to buy and parties to organize…
Oh, i sound grumpy
Merry Christmas to everyone

11:22 AM Dec 23 2011 |

MARINUS

Belarus

AS FOR ME, CHRISTMAS IS ONE OF THE BEST  HOLIDAY. AND THINK WE MUST HAVE SOME DIFFICULTS TO GET GOOD MOOD IN THE END))) 

08:35 AM Dec 23 2011 |

princealshoog

Bahrain

it’s stressful time for me becz I’m working as a shift and I can’t get’s excited like my freinds.

08:22 AM Dec 23 2011 |

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fortvijay

India

Christmas is the world festivel,In every country mood of the day was flemboyant.

07:58 AM Dec 23 2011 |

Leka_K

Leka_K

Ukraine

I do love, ‘cos I can rest at this time.

07:41 AM Dec 23 2011 |

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john andrew

Pakistan

Now it becomming more popular all around the world due to media

07:03 AM Dec 23 2011 |

bonniewang99

China

In China , children and youngster like Christmas , But it isn’t a official holidays.

06:31 AM Dec 23 2011 |

little windmilll

China

embrace the coming good day1

05:50 AM Dec 23 2011 |

carlos7007

United States

I love cristmas time, is very streesful sometimes but I love it.

05:39 AM Dec 23 2011 |

dhtt86

dhtt86

United States

I always love X’mast but for this years i have to skip my joy cuz i will spend it w/o daddy, he just recently passed away, but I still fill Jesus and Mother Maria will look after me and my  family, I strongly trust  and love them .

05:24 AM Dec 23 2011 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everybody!!!! Health, Happiness, Joy, Luck to all of you!!!! 


05:06 AM Dec 23 2011 |

bernabe

Mexico

I love holidays christmas and people appy time or family reunion.


 

04:21 AM Dec 23 2011 |

emi0808

emi0808

Philippines

I love holidays specially christmas and new year’s eve’s so special exchanging gifts, gatherings, parties and get together with my families, love ones and friends. <3 :)

01:24 AM Dec 23 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

In the past I used to love the holidays  and all the merriment  of Christmas  ,now , for whatever reasons,   fewer of  us  are sat   at the table  and I am not happy about it. 

10:23 AM Dec 22 2011 |

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