Christmas cards – an English tradition

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The custom of Christmas cards began in Britain in the time of Queen Victoria – over 170 years ago ; it is inactive going well today, even if the count of cards sent each year in Britain is a distribute less than it was before the age of mobile phones, electronic mail and social media .
Christmas cards

 Still a big tradition

 Christmas cards are a big tradition in the English-speaking
world. In 2017, people in Britain sent and received about 900 million
cards. That’s an average of about twelve cards for
every person, from tiny babies to the oldest grandparents.
   The number of cards that are sent around Britain
causes an annual headache
for the postal service. Each year, the postal service has to take onseasonal staff to help with
the extra mail, and postal sorting officesare stretched to their maximum capacity and
sometimes beyond it.
 
open, simpleton, and the only English grammar book you ‘ll always need advertisements
telling people to “Post Early for Christmas”, few people get round to
sending off their cards before December 10th; and from that point on,
the postal service slows down.
    Until the age of faxes, emails and
social media, the pre-Christmas period often caused a lot of problems
for firms and industry, as “urgent” letters and documents took several
days to reach their destination by post, slowed down by the mass of
Christmas mail!

    During the month of December in Britain,
a house with no Christmas cards is like a pub with no beer; it just
does not exist  except possibly at the home of a few
radical non-Christians. For the most part, however, people of
all faiths
and of no faith join in the tradition of celebrating Christmas as a
festival, whether they do so for religious reasons or not.
    Christmas cards are an important part of
the celebrations, and virtually any British home one goes into around
Christmas time is merrily decorated not just with holly and mistletoe and paper
decorations, but also with a display of Christmas cards, received from
friends, family, neighbours, employers and a variety of other people.
    In some places, the number of Christmas
cards people receive is seen as a measure of their status among their
friends and neighbours.
    “Look at them, Cynthia dear,” says Norma
Jones, showing her cards to her neighbour who’s just come round for a
chat. “How many have you got so far? We’ve got a hundred and three
already.”
    “Oh my darling,” replies Cynthia, “Is
that all? We’ve got over a hundred and fifty! There’s not much room
left in the lounge
to put them all up…. And you know, I was at Margaret’s this morning,
and they’ve hardly got any! They can’t have many friends, can they?”

    The first cards are usually put up on
the mantel
above the fire in the lounge; then as more come in, any available flat
surface is put to use: bookshelves, the top of the T.V., window-sills,
the top of any cupboard.
    In some houses, cards are hung on
ribbons on the wall, either vertically or in long arcs across the wall.
    If the living room fills up, more cards
are hung or placed in other rooms and in the hall. By Christmas time,
the main rooms in almost any house are gaily festooned with cards
of all shapes and sizes.

    While cheap Christmas cards can be
bought from any supermarket, cards have recently become a major source
of income
for all sorts of charities.
Many people like to feel that they are doing something good by buying
Christmas cards, and charities like Oxfam*, W.W.F., Cancer Research and
Greenpeace (to name but a few) now sell millions of cards each
Christmas.
    As for the subjects of Christmas cards,
the roll,
today, is enormous. At one time, two principal themes predominated :
the Christmas story, with pictures of the virgin birth and biblical scenes; and
“traditional Christmas”, with imaginary scenes of Christmas as it might
have been in the past (but rarely was!), with lots of clean snow on the
ground, burning wood fires, horses and carriages and well-fed
happy-looking people. Today, while the traditional themes are still
popular, there is no limit to the variety of pictures on cards.

    The tradition of Christmas
cards began in Britain in 1843, just after the insertion of the
first national postal service, the “penny post”, which started in 1840.
Today, almost 200 years later, Christmas cards– sometimes
known as New Year cards – are a tradition all over the world, and not
only in Christian countries.
  And while more and more people send e-cards and
Christmas selfies to their friends and family… and even to all their
“friends” on Facebook, virtual cards are not the same as antiquetraditional
Christmas cards. You can’t hang an e-card on the wall, and you can’t
decorate a room with rows of e-cards. Thanks to phones and tablets, we
can do lots of things better than we could do them before. But sending
and receiving Christmas cards is still best done by ” snail mail”, using a
real card and a real envelope. It’s much more fun.
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Word guide

WORD
GUIDE

average: middle number – headache:
big problemtake on: employ – staff:
employees – mail: letters, etc – sorting
office:
where letters are sorted by destination –
advertisements:
ads, publicity – faith: belief
– holly:
a plant with dark green leaves and red berries
mistletoe:
a plant with white berries – status: social
position – a chat: a talk – lounge:
living room – mantelpiece: shelf above a fire –
available:
that can be used – festooned: decorated
– income:
money – charities: associations
which help other people or things – range: variety
– nativity:
birth of Jesus – biblical : from
the Bible – introduction : beginning
old-fashioned :
traditional – snail mail : the
postal service (as opposed to email)
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All about Christmas cards

Exercise
1.  Put the words back in the right order.

here are some sentences from the article ; the news order has got mixed up. Put the words back into the right order.

1. no alike Christmas with a beer house with cards is no a public house

2. you how got so army for the liberation of rwanda many have ?

3. lounge the room there ‘s in much not left

4. Christmas and receiving done ” snail mail ” is by sending cards still best

Exercise 2.  Replace the following
prepositions in the extract below,

around, before, beyond, by, down, down,
for, for, for, from, in, of, of, of, of, of, of, off, on, on,
per,  round, to, to, to, to, to, to, with, until

 
The number cards that are sent Britain causes an annual headache the postal service. Each year, the postal servicing has take seasonal worker staff help the extra mail, and postal sort offices are stretched their maximal capacity and sometimes it. In 1994 the service handled approximately 1.6 billion cards ! ( or about 25 cards inhabitant Great Britain, including children ! ) malice advertisements telling people “ Post Early Christmas ”, few people get sending their cards December 10th ; and that point, the postal service slows.
the historic period faxes, emails and social media, the pre-Christmas menstruation much caused a bunch problems firms and diligence, as “ pressing ” letters and documents took several days reach their address, slowed the aggregate Christmas mail !

take a screenshot, or choose and copy into a new document exercise 3. question shape :

Make up questions for the following “ answers ” which appear in the text, starting your interrogate with ttthe prompts indicated
For exercise : About 900 million : > Question. How many ( cards did people in Britain mail in 2017 ? )
If you write more than one tune, pull open the text box using the arrow on the correct
1. answer : to help with the supernumerary mail.
question :

Why

2. answer : December 10th.
interview :

When

3. answer : holly, mistletoe and Christmas cards
doubt :

What

4. answer : On the

mantelpiece

above the fire in the lounge.
question :

Where

5. answer : It ‘s enormous.
wonder :

How big

6. answer : No, it ‘s a tradition all over the global.
wonder :

Is

For teachers

syntax : quantifiers :
This text is rich in no / a few / all / about any / some / many / much / any / lots of / few / a lot of / respective .
    Firstly get pupils to put them into an
order of magnitude from all to no. Then check that they see the
difference between much
and many
(used with non-count and count nouns), and between few (stressing the
smallness of a quantity) and a few(a neutral assessment of quantity).

    Secondly, note the affirmative use of any. In most cases, any

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is used in
negative and interrogative situations, corresponding to some in a
positive affirmation. However, any can also be used in positive
affirmations, to imply an unlimited choice.
   Five of the six uses of any in this article
have this meaning: one does not (though it may appear to). Which is it?

   Answer: barely got any, which, in spite of its appearance, is really a
negative statement (being synonymous of almost none).

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This text is rich in quantifiers : have pupils pick them out as they read through the text. They should find : first get pupils to put them into an order of magnitude from all to no. then check that they see the deviation betweenand ( used with non-count and reckon nouns ), and between ( stressing the smallness of a measure ) and ( a neutral assessment of quantity ) .Secondly, note the affirmative use ofIn most cases, is used in negative and interrogative situations, corresponding to some in a positive affirmation. however, any can besides be used in incontrovertible affirmations, to imply an inexhaustible choice.Five of the six uses ofin this article have this meaning : one does not ( though it may appear to ). Which is it ? Answer :, which, in cattiness of its appearance, is actually a minus statement ( being synonymous of about none ) .This teaching resource is © copyright Linguapress – renewed 2020Updated from an article originally published in Freeway, the intercede level English newsmagazine.Republication on early websites or in photographic print is not authorised

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