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Riddles I am cold, I am white, I am funny. I live in winter. I don’t live in summer. I have a head, eyes, a nose, arms.But I am not a man. I am made of snow. What am I? What year has only one day? What man cannot live in the house? What is it that we have in December that we don’t have in any other month? Which month of the year is the shortest? It is white. It is cold. You can ski on it. What is it? Traditions and Customs Christmas is celebrated in all over the world. In Britain people have many interesting Christmas traditions. They decorate Christmas trees and their homes, give presents to each other, have traditional Christmas dinner. All children like this wonderful time because it is the time of much fun. Christmas Eve is on the 24th of December. On this day everybody is busy and in a hurry. Offices close at 1 o’clock, but the shops stay open late. Children hang their stockings and wait for Santa Claus. Everybody gives and receives Christmas cards and Christmas boxes. Symbols of Christmas 1. Christmas Tree Before Christmas people put the evergreen tree in their homes and decorate it. They place a large shining star at the top of the Christmas tree and many bright shining balls (red, blue, yellow, green, silver) from top to bottom. 2. Santa Claus The Dutch were the first to speak of a merry old man in red and white clothes, with eight flying reindeer. He lived near the North Pole, filled stockings with presents, and came down the chimney. They called him Sinte Klass. 3.Christmas Stockings In the evening of the 24th of December children hang their Christmas stockings on their beds or put them under the Christmas tree. Santa Claus puts presents into them. A Christmas stocking is not a real stocking. It is big and beautifully decorated. Activities presents fur- tree stocking reindeer carol snowman candle Santa Claus cracker On the IceSlide, slide, the ice is strong.Quickly, quickly slide along!Slide along and don’t be slowIn the cold your face will glow!Slide along, slide very fast,It’s a shame to be the last! Snow The snowflakes are falling By ones and by twos, There is snow on my coat And snow on my shoes. There is snow on the plants And snow on the trees, And snowflakes all round me Like many white bees. The snowman.Come to the gardenAnd play in the snowMake a white snowmanAnd help him to grow!“What a nice snowman!”The children will say.“What a fine gameFor a cold winter day!” We Make a Snowman. We make a snowman Big and round, big and round, Big and round! We put the snowman On the ground, on the ground, On the ground! Around the Christmas Tree. Singing, dancing merrily, Round the Christmas Tree. Merrily, merrily, merrily, Round the New Year Tree! Merry Christmas, My friends! Merry Christmas today! Let us dance hand in hand I will show you a way! Snow.The cold, white snow falls softly downOn the tree tops fare and brown,In the still night, when all’s asleep,Falling, falling thick and deep,In the country, in the town,Falling, falling softly down! At the Christmas Party.Christmas Day, happy day!We are all glad and gay!We all dance, and sing and say“Welcome, welcome,Christmas Day!” Russian New year is celebrated on the 31st of December. It is a pleasant tradition connected with Happy New Year to give gifts, to put a New Year tree and to prepare supper. At 12 when a chiming clock beats people start to celebrate New year . It is necessary to listen to the speech of the Russian president. There are many holidays and traditions in Russia. One of them is Shrovetide. Russian people celebrate at the end of February or at the beginning of March. They say “good bye” to winter on this holiday.During “Shrovetide week” we always cook pancakes. It is a tradition to cook pancakes and eat them with fish, caviar, honey, sugar, butter. Shrovetide