|easy||Christmas gifts||man - two children||01:11|
"nose around" = look for something private or hidden
"The kids sometimes nose around the house for Christmas gifts."
"umpteen (also, umpteenth)" = a great number of
"I have umpteen presents to buy before Christmas Eve."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Man: "Well, Christmas is almost here. So, what do you want from Santa this year?" Micky: "A toy car and walkie-talkies."
Emily: "If I can't have a Barbie radio, um, I would have some fragile dolls. And if I can't have some fragile dolls, it doesn't really matter what I get."
Emily: "Um. We could prepare some cookies for him and some hot chocolate, and, um, we could give Rudolph some, um, hot chocolate in a bowl and a cookie.." Then, the kids decide on giving the reindeer apples, oranges, and bananas.
Man: "Okay and what time do you think we should go to bed?" Emily: "Um, seven." Man: "About seven o'clock. Well, that's exciting. I'm really happy that Christmas is coming."
Man: "Wow. Well, I'm excited, and Santa is coming. And how is Santa going to get inside the house, Micky?" Micky: "Um, go down the chimney . . ." Man: "Okay, so he's going to go down the chimney, and should we prepare anything for Santa?" Micky: "Yeah!"
Do the vocabulary activities using the words from the conversation for more practice:
Is Christmas celebrated in your country? If so, in what ways? What other religious and secular traditions and holidays are held during this same season? Interview other international students or friends and research how the year-end holidays are celebrated around the world, including popular gifts that people exchange at this time of year.
Use the Internet and find at least two Web sites where they can find these gifts. Compare the prices of the same or similar item for each site. What are the shipping fees for sending the items to your location? What about the time for delivery?