Why Christmas traditions have changed

You are carrying out a project on festivals and special celebrations with your French partner school. You created a short presentation and your class has put together some questions and answers. Listen to the audio then try to answer the questions that follow. Follow up activity - How would you answer these same questions?

Selon toi, pourquoi les fêtes changent?

Il y a plein de raisons. Les gens travaillent beaucoup plus et n’ont pas beaucoup de temps de se détendre, passer du temps en famille ou de cuisiner de grands repas. En plus les familles s’éloignent et il devient de plus en plus difficile de se réunir. Par exemple ma sœur habite dans le sud de l’Angleterre. Sans doute les jeunes ne s’intéressent pas toujours à continuer les traditions en famille et sont plutôt tentés à sortir avec les amis.

Question

According to her, what problems do families now face?

The answer is she says people work more and don't have much time to spend with family. More families are moving away so it's difficult to get together.

She says les gens travaillent beaucoup plus et n’ont pas beaucoup de temps de... passer du temps en famille. En plus les familles s’éloignent et il devient de plus en plus difficile de se réunir.

Question

Why does she say young people are changing the traditions?

She says young people are not always interested in continuing the family traditions and are instead more tempted to go out with friends.

She says sans doute les jeunes ne s’intéressent pas toujours à continuer les traditions en famille et sont plutôt tentés à sortir avec les amis.

Translate

According to you, why have festivals changed ?

There are lots of reasons. People work a lot more and don’t have a lot of time to relax, spend time with their family or to cook big meals. Furthermore, families don’t live so close and it is harder to get together. For example my sister lives in the south of England. Without doubt young people are not always interested in continuing the family traditions and are more tempted to go out with their friends.

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