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Last updated at 13:05 GMT, Thursday, 19 December 2013

Festive feelings

Christmas decorations

Father Christmases and snowmen make this shop look very festive!

It's that time of the year again! Many people around the world are celebrating Christmas. For some it is a religious occasion; for others it is a chance to relax and get together with friends and family.

In 6 Minute English, Rob and Finn discuss what the festive season means to different people and explain some Christmas-related vocabulary.

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Festive feelings

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Vocabulary

greeting

friendly message usually sent at a special occasion

the festive season

the Christmas period

traditions

old customs that happen regularly and have become the usual

carols

old and well-known songs sung at Christmas

let their hair down

enjoy themselves / have a good time

catch up

talk to people you haven't seen for a long time

hopeful

believing something good will happen

thankful

grateful for something

joyous

feeling of happiness

stuffing themselves

eating lots of food

community

a group of people who have common interests, and/or live in the same area

socialise

spend time with people you like

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