Christmas Tree 圣诞树
Fred and Anjia are talking about Christmas trees.
Fred: Anja, so what's it like to decorate your Christmas tree in Switzerland? （Anjia，在瑞士是怎么样装饰圣诞树的呢？）
Anja: Ah, Christmas tree! Oh, that's so nice, right? Like, I remember in my family, you know, we have the special, like space in our house just for the Christmas tree, just for Christmas time.
Fred: A special space for the Christmas tree! （一个特别的空间给圣诞树的！）
Anja: Yes, indeed! And I remember I always went with my parents to buy the Christmas tree, maybe, three days before Christmas.
（确实是的！而且我还记得我会在圣诞前三天和父母去买圣诞树。） Fred: OK, three days before. （好的，三天前。）
Anja: Yes, and we wouldn't put it actually until Christmas day, like I remember how me and my mother and the rest of my family, we went to church and then we would come back. My father wouldn't go to church and the door would be closed and then we open the door and suddenly there would be the Christmas tree. So actually, you know, like, I never knew that my father actually put the Christmas tree. Of course, it was like some angel or something like that, but actually I never decorated the Christmas tree because an angel was doing that for us... as in my father.
Fred: So when you were a young child, you always thought that some kind of angel would come down to your house and decorate your Christmas tree. 1
Anja: That's right. During the time I was in church, and did it for us. And it's really pretty, and it has a lot of lights and it's really colorful. You know some people like it one specific color: in red or blue, but our Christmas tree always had a lot of different colors. It's really nice. What about you? How is your Christmas tree like in your family?
Fred: Ah, it's just great. It's a bit different because the whole family would gather and then put up the Christmas tree together.
（噢，也是很棒！不过有一点不一样的是，我们会全家聚集在一起，然后一起装饰圣诞树。） Anja: Oh, really? （真的吗？）
Fred: We would decorate the Christmas tree together.
（是啊，我们会一起装饰圣诞树。） Anja: Yes. （哦。）
Fred: Maybe too or three days before Christmas, we would all go to the store or just use what we already had and then we would all gather together and put up the Christmas tree together listening to Frank Sinatra's best Christmas songs, and actually, the size of the Christmas tree was the most interesting part.
Anja: Oh, is it? Is it really big or...
Fred: It was a really, really big Christmas tree, and my father used to love those big Christmas trees and then it would take so much time to decorate it. Think about a fifteen foot Christmas tree, how much time you have to spend to decorate it.
Anja: Oh, wow that's a tall tree. Fred: Yeah, but it's a lot of fun.
Wish many good wishes for the holidays and the coming year. 新的一年，向你献上最诚挚的祝福。
Wishing you all the blessings of a beautiful Christmas season. 愿你拥有美丽的圣诞所有的祝福。
May its blessings lead into a wonderful year for you and all whom you hold dear.
Merry Christmas, my best friend.祝我的挚友圣诞快乐。
A Christmas greeting to cheer you, my good friend.
We will be having Christmas at Wang Ping's this year. You are welcome to join us! 今年我们要在王平家过圣诞，欢迎你也来!
Take your passion and make it come true.发挥你的热情，让理想变为现实。 I hope we can spend the holidays together.希望我们能一起过圣诞节。 Best of luck in the year to come.愿你在未来的一年里，吉星高照。 Wish all the best wishes for you.献上最美好的祝愿。
To wish you special joy at the holidays and all year.
(3)Thanksgiving Day 感恩节
In the United States, the fourth Thursday in November is called Thanksgiving Day. On that day, Americans give thanks for the blessings they have enjoyed during the year. Thanksgiving Day is usually a family day. People always celebrate with big dinners and happy reunions. Pumpkin pie and Indian pudding are traditional
Thanksgiving desserts. Relatives from other cities, students who have been away at school, and many other Americans travel a long distance to spend the holiday at home.
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in much of North America, generally
observed as an expression of gratitude, usually to God. The most common view of its 3
origin is that it was to give thanks to God for the bounty of the autumn harvest. In the United States, the holiday is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In
Canada, where the harvest generally ends earlier in the year, the holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in October, which is observed as Columbus Day or protested as Indigenous Peoples Day in the United States.
Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with a feast shared among friends and family. In the United States, it is an important family holiday, and people often travel
across the country to be with family members for the holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday is generally a "four-day" weekend in the United States, in which Americans are given the relevant Thursday and Friday off. Thanksgiving is almost entirely
celebrated at home, unlike the Fourth of July or Christmas, which are associated with a variety of shared public experiences.
（4）Now let’s talk about one of the most important festivals in China---the Spring Festival
1.When is the Spring Festival?
2.What do we often do during the Spring Festival? How do we celebrate it?
3.How did you spend your last Spring Festival?