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    Question Re: An article about Christmas

    As I write this, it’s 79 degrees outside, the hummingbirds are humming and there isn’t a Christmas tree, strand of tinsel or fairy light in view.

    My British friends have been calling – mostly after a few cups of seasonal cheer – to bemoan a very different sort of December: the cold, damp, dark days; the conveyor belt of pointless parties; the headache-inducing round of school choir and Nativity plays.
    And I’m as jealous as Hell.
    We’ve already been flogged America’s Hallowe’en, so now comes a desperate plea: Don’t let them steal our Christmas! | Mail Online
    Hi!

    Q1: Why did the writer say 'the humingbirds' are humming here? I never see any hummingbird in my life.

    Q2: What did the British friend calls?

    Q3: Does 'seasonal cheer' refer to Christmas cheers? Can I cheer for other holidays and call them seasonal cheers?

    Q4: What does "conveyor belt of pointless parties" mean?

    Q5: Why is the school choir and Nativity plays headache-inducing?

    Many thanks!


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    Re: An article about Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    we’ve already been flogged america’s hallowe’en, so now comes a desperate plea: Don’t let them steal our christmas! | mail online
    hi!

    q1: Why did the writer say 'the humingbirds' are humming here? I never see any hummingbird in my life. humming birds [which are tiny] have wing beats that are so fast that they make a humming noise, like that of bees.

    q2: What did the british friend calls? they have been calling up on the telephone.

    q3: Does 'seasonal cheer' refer to christmas cheers? Can i cheer for other holidays and call them seasonal cheers? seasonal cheer = in this context, alcohol - they have had a few drinks.

    q4: What does "conveyor belt of pointless parties" mean? one damn party after another, all just the same,. At christmas/new year, parties are being held every night.

    q5: Why is the school choir and nativity plays headache-inducing? because the callers have to find something about them to complain of - and some choirs are not very good!

    many thanks!
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    Re: An article about Christmas

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your help. Have a good day!

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