Let's Learn English Holiday Greeting - VIDEO
"At this time of year, the team at Let's Learn English is spending time with their families and friends.
We share the holiday traditions with you in this video."
You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch, Original Version - 1966 (HD)
"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is a Christmas song that was originally written and composed for the 1966 cartoon special
How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The lyrics were written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, the music was composed by Albert Hague,
and the song was performed by Thurl Ravenscroft.
The song's lyrics describe the Grinch as being foul, bad-mannered and sinister using increasingly creative metaphors and synonyms,
beginning with the opening line "you're a mean one, Mister Grinch"."
(YouTube) The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
Sainsbury's OFFICIAL Christmas advert 2016 -The Greatest Gift
"Presenting the new Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert – a joyous Christmas musical created in stop frame animation
featuring vocals by James Corden.
It tells the story of Dave, a hard-working and devoted Dad, who realises
that the greatest gift he can give people this Christmas is his time."
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2016 - #BusterTheBoxer
"This is the story of a little girl called Bridget who loves to bounce. When her mum and dad buy her a trampoline for Christmas,
they soon discover that she isn’t the only one with a passion for jumping."
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
"This traditional American holiday story tells of a young couple trying to make their way in life.
They struggle to find gifts for each other at Christmas time. What can they find to show their love for each other?
Like other O. Henry stories, this one has a surprise ending."
Kaufland Christmas Ad (YouTube)
"This is adorable. He’s a young Star Wars fan. She moves in next door. He’s too shy to introduce himself.
But he approaches her in his own nerdy way. Is he just too Star Wars-obsessed for her?
This is the Christmas ad for the German supermarket Kaufland. Don't worry about the language because there is no dialogue.
What we have are the universal languages of love, Christmas, and Star Wars. "
Meet people spending Christmas working with animals - VIDEO - 25 December 2015
"More than 900,000 people across the UK are having to work on Christmas Day
- and that figure does not even include volunteers with charities.
BBC Breakfast heard from some of those workers, including London Zoo penguin keeper Vicky Fyson
and Carole Margieson from the Dogs Trust in Manchester."
Tracking Santa with Technology- Text + Audio + Video - 25 December 2015
"Technology can bring magic to the Christmas season and some fun too!
Internet users can find out if they are naughty or nice, follow Santa's journey, and play fun Christmas games."
Animated English Christmas Special
"Good news! My Animated English collection* is the Christmas Number One on iTunes U!
So to celebrate this momentous achievement, here's a special animated video I made featuring some Christmas cracker jokes." VIDEO + CHRISTMAS CRACKERS + ALSO SEE + Related articles (englishblog.com) Congratulations to Jeffrey Hill!
The Great Toy Robbery
"A cartoon starring the world's most-wanted good guy, Santa Claus.
As in all Westerns, good wins over evil, but not before robbers and robbed have romped through some odd situations."
Mog’s Christmas Calamity - a lesson plan
"This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by the British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s titled
Mog’s Christmas Calamity inspired by the children’s writer Judith Kerr. In the lesson students collate vocabulary related to Christmas,
talk about Christmas customs, watch a short film and predict the ending of the film. "
Time: 90 minutes
Travail sur Mog the cat destiné à des 2nde/1ere bac pro
Créé par Anne-Laure Deschamps (Ac. Bordeaux):
"Je compte d’abord introduire Noël avec le ppt et ensuite faire la vidéo." - Do you know the names of the supermarkets? (ppt)
- Mog (docx)
Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas Advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas Calamity
"Presenting the new Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert. Mog sets off a chain of unfortunate events which almost ruin Christmas
for the Thomas family. Can she pull it all back to save the day?" (YouTube) "Mog is a fat cat who stars in a series of children’s books by Judith Kerr, published between 1970 and 2002. Mog is also the star of the Christmas ad campaign for the British supermarket Sainsbury's. The sweet animated cat accidentally starts a fire with a chain reaction beyond her control. However, in her panic she also accidentally dials 999 and summons the fire department.
The story is narrated by Emma Thompson, and author Judith Kerr appears as one of the neighbors. Sainsbury’s is partnering with publisher HarperCollins to sell the new book Mog’s Christmas Calamity and a plush toy, with proceeds going to Save the Children UK
for their literacy program." (Neatorama)
Benedict Cumberbatch heads celebrity list writing letters to Father Christmas - 7 December 2015
"Actor marks the Letters Live National Letter Writing Day with note to Santa alongside Thom Yorke, Annie Lennox and others.
LETTERS LIVE at Freemasons' Hall, London was our most ambitious series of events yet, with Benedict Cumberbatch & Louise Brealey
in starring roles. Across four nights, each show featured a unique line up of artists reading memorable letters to our sold out audiences.
Guests included Joss Ackland, Ellie Bamber, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Matt Berry, Samantha Bond, Russell Brand, Simon Callow, Gemma Chan,
Olivia Colman, Lisa Dwan, Joanne Froggatt, Sally Hawkins, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Holloway, Sophie Hunter, Danny Huston,
Gemma Jones, Toby Jones, Sir Ben Kingsley, Ferdinand Kingsley, Sir Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Caitlin Moran, Nick Moran,
Andrew O’Hagan, Geoffrey Palmer, Clarke Peters, Alan Rusbridger, Colin Salmon, Greta Scacchi, Andrew Scott, Juliet Stevenson,
Tom Sturridge, Ashley Walters and Dominic West. Music by Natalie Clein, Kelvin Jones and Tom Odell."
Holiday Celebrations Kick Off with New York’s Rockettes- VIDEO - 4 December 2015
"The Rockettes have been entertaining New Yorkers and tourists from around the world since 1925.
Many American families take their children to New York to see their performances during the holiday."
Another Christmas Alone
"In this ad for the German supermarket EDEKA, an elderly man spends Christmas after Christmas alone
because his children are leading busy, far-flung lives.
And he does seem to have quite a few offspring. How many years must he keep this up?"
Half a million lights set Christmas tree record- VIDEO -28 November 2015
"An Australian man has set a new world record for the most lights on an artificial Christmas tree.
David Richards illuminated the tree in Canberra, with a grand total of 518,838 twinkling lights."
VKMTV - A Tribute to Movie and TV Scrooges SUPERCUT
"A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, one of the most famous books he ever wrote.
It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy miser who hates Christmas, and how he is transformed
into a caring, kindly person through the visitations of four ghosts.
Since its first publication in 1843, it has been adapted many times: for theatre, film, television, radio, and opera." (YouTube)
Canberra Christmas lights set world record - Article + Video - 28 November 2014
"Almost 1.2 million LED lights on 120km (75 miles) of cables have been strung
in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas presents." (BBC)
La pub de Noël 2014 de John Lewis : Monty le manchot
"Découvrez le touchant conte de Noël 2014, qui raconte une belle amitié entre un jeune garçon et un manchot.
Bien qu'ils s'amusent et jouent ensemble, le manchot éprouve une certaine solitude.
Pour y remédier, le jeune garçon va s'assurer que son ami puisse apprécier la magie de cette fête annuelle." (dailymotion.com)
The M&S Christmas TV Advert 2013 "Welcome to our Christmas fairytale.
Fall down the rabbit hole into a magical world - sparkle from head to toe with decadent lingerie, glamorous make-up and glittering accessories..." (YouTube)
Christmas Comes But Once A Year (1936)
"A group of lonely orphans are given broken toys for Christmas which is seen by Professor Grampy.
The thoughtful inventor comes up with an idea to replace the toys with better ones, making the orphan's Christmas a memorable one." (archive.org)
The Auteurs of Christmas
"Christmas morning through the eyes of a few of our favourite film directors." (YouTube)
"You will no doubt recognize the styles of most of them -if you've seen any of their movies. My favorites are Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick." (Neatorama)
UK troops abroad get Christmas box from UK4U charity
"The tradition of sending a Christmas box to UK soldiers serving abroad was first introduced by Queen Victoria in the 1800s.
Charity, UK4U, sends 22,000 British servicemen and woman, who will be abroad this Christmas, a box of goodies.
The BBC's Caroline Wyatt has been to find out how the contents of the boxes has changed." (BBC)
Christmas Ad Activity
"Here's another activity based on Christmas ads I did with my EM Normandie students (see here for an earlier one)."
+ INSTRUCTIONS + FIRST AD - EBAY PONY + SECOND AD - HALFORDS BIKE + LINK (englishblog.com)
"This is Britain" - a video Watch the video and complete the document created by Dulce Araujo (Ac Nancy-Metz) "Si vous voulez découvrir comment les petits britanniques préparent et célèbrent Noël, regardez la vidéo...
Mince pies et crackers n’auront plus aucun secret pour vous." ;) Niveau 6ème / 5ème
Asda Christmas Ad
"I used this one from Asda as part of a lesson about Christmas customs in the UK..." + TRANSCRIPT (englishblog.com)
John Lewis Christmas Advert 2012 - The Journey
"Watch the new John Lewis Christmas TV advert that celebrates the extra mile we all go to
at Christmas to find the perfect gift." The song is "The Power of Love" sung by Gabrielle Aplin. (YouTube)
Queen's Christmas message 2011 preview
"The Queen's Christmas message will focus on family, friends and community spirit
and feature the Christmas carol 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'." + a video (telegraph.co.uk)
Terry Gilliam - The Christmas Card
"Iconic animator, Monty Python alum, and one of the best darn filmmakers ever
Terry Gilliam made The Christmas Card back in 1968,
as part of an animated short called Storytime."
Who colour-coded Christmas?
"Santa's crimson and fur-lined coat? Shiny holly leaves and berries? Colourful poisonous, hallucinogenic mushrooms?
Or medieval paintings in East Anglian churches? Just how did red, green and white become the conventional colours of Christmas?" (BBC)