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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés

Advent Adviento
candle vela
carol villancico
Christmas Navidad
Christmas card tarjeta de Navidad
Christmas day día de Navidad
Christmas Eve Nochebuena
Christmas Eve service (US) misa de gallo
Christmas lights luces navideñas
Christmas sale ofertas de Navidad
Christmas tree árbol de Navidad
cracker cohete chino
Father Christmas (GB) Papá Noel, Santa Claus
fireworks fuegos artificiales
gift regalo
holly muérdago, acebo
Merry Christmas Feliz Navidad
midnight mass (GB) misa de gallo
nativity pesebre
New Year Año Nuevo
New Year's Day día de Año Nuevo
New Year's Eve Nochevieja
pyrotechnics pirotecnia
reindeer reno
rocket cohete
Santa Claus (US) Papá Noel
Season's Greetings Felices Fiestas
Silent Night Noche de Paz
turkey pavo
Twelfth Night Noche de Reyes
wreath guirnalda, corona
Xmas abreviatura de Christmas, Navidad


Christmas in England

  • Advent is the period of four weeks before Christmas. The Advent calendar originated in Germany. It consists of a card with 25 little doors, which are opened each day until Christmas. Behind each door there is a Christmas scene and usually a piece of chocolate for the kids.

  • Christmas Eve is on December 24th. It's the night when Santa Claus (in the USA) or Father Christmas (in the UK) comes and fills the children's stockings with presents.

  • Christmas Day is on December 25th. People usually go to mass and have a meal together with their family or friends. The Queen gives a traditional speech.

  • Boxing Day is on December 26th. People give presents to servants and friends. In the UK it's a public holiday. It originated in medieval times, when every priest was supposed to open the alms box and distribute the money or gifts to the poor people.

  • Twelfth Night is on January 6th. There's a period of Twelve Days after Christmas, during which people gathers with friends and have parties. The "Three Kings' Day" is not celebrated in England or USA.

  • Read about the origins of the word "Xmas"
  • Read about the origins of the word "Christmas"
  • Read about the origins of the word "Toast"


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