Christmas is the busiest time of year for shops in the UK.
Many shops stay open till late in the run up to Christmas, so that people who work in the daytime can have extra time to shop for Christmas decorations and gifts.
Most department stores decorate their windows with elaborate displays and lights. Some of the bigger stores even have a Grotto where kids can visit Santa to make last minute requests for toys and have their photo taken with him!
Not everybody enjoys the Christmas season, however. In a survey conducted by a mail order catalogue a few years back, 20% of women polled claimed to hate the festive season. On average, the women surveyed spent almost 300 hours preparing for Christmas, so maybe that had something to do with it. They also spent, on average, 11 hours clearing up after Christmas Day; perhaps that had something to do with it as well! Despite this, 70 per cent of women polled in the survey felt that the time they spent preparing for Christmas was worthwhile.
Many shops these days begin promoting Christmas months before the holiday - sometimes as early as September! Because of this, some people feel that Christmas has become too commercial and that people have forgotten its true meaning.
True or false? Some people believe that Christmas has become too commercialised.
Which of these words has a similar meaning to the word 'promoting'?
1. buying 2. advertising 3. preparing
Which of these words has a similar meaning to the verb 'poll'?
1. analyse 2. survey 3. compare
hich of these phrases has a similar meaning to the word 'preparing'?
1. getting ready 2. making good 3. going forward
True or false? Everybody enjoys the Christmas season.
True or false? The average woman polled in the survey spends 11 hours preparing for Christmas.
True or false? Some shops in the UK begin promoting Christmas months before the holiday.
Which of these words has a similar meaning to the word 'elaborate'?
1. interesting 2. pretty 3. ornate
Which of these expressions has a similar meaning to 'the busiest'?
1. most hectic 2. the franticest
How do you feel about Christmas? What is your preparation? Have you started getting ready for Christmas yet, or do you think it's still way too early?
Simply write your answers and opinions and you have to submit it before New Year! :)