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Last updated at 18:20 GMT, Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas gifts

Every week we ask you a different question. Hear what people in London say, then join the conversation!

Is it best to give or receive presents?

Join the conversation. Is it best to give or receive presents?

The Express English team

This is what some people in London told us.

Many people get more satisfaction from giving than receiving presents as they watch the reaction of someone they pick the perfect present for.

Asked about the worst gift she has ever received, a woman mentioned things that the giver pulled out of his closet. A re-gift.

Did you know?


The Christmas tree was first popularised in Britain by Prince Albert in the 19th century, who brought the tradition over from Germany.

Language tip

The humorous expression 'like turkeys voting for (an early) Christmas' is used when someone accepts a situation which will have a negative outcome for them.

Cultural tip

Mistletoe is a plant that grows on the branches of some trees and is used in Britain and the United States as a Christmas decoration. People often kiss under it. Some hold the superstition that failing to kiss someone ensures a year of loneliness.

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