[Grammar] at Christmas

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Ashiuhto

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I'm confused by the following sentences. Are they acceptable? Please help me correct them.

1. I got a lot of presents on last New Year.
2. I got a lot of presents last New Year.
3. I got a lot of presents on New Year last year.

4. I went to Japan in my last summer vacation.
5. I went to Japan last summer vacation.
6. I went to Japan during summer vacation last year.

7. I played computer games on last Halloween.
8. I played computer games at Halloween.
9. I played computer games on Halloween last year.

10. I went to see a movie on last Christmas.
11. I went to see a movie last Christmas.
12. I went to see a movie at Christmas last year.
 
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I'm confused by the following sentences. Are they acceptable? Please help me correct them.

1. I got a lot of presents on last New Year.
Incorrect. You could say "on New Year's day last year."

2. I got a lot of presents last New Year.
Correct.

3. I got a lot of presents on New Year last year.
Appears to be identical to number one, except for the absence of bold face in "on".

4. I went to Japan in my last summer vacation.
Best considered incorrect. "In" would be a very unusual usage with "summer vacation."

5. I went to Japan last summer vacation.
Acceptable.

6. I went to Japan during summer vacation last year.
Better than number 5. Sounds natural.

7. I played computer games on last Halloween.
Incorrect. All these ONs are wrong.

8. I played computer games at Halloween.
Okay.

9. I played computer games on Halloween last year.
Correct and more precise than number eight.

10. I went to see a movie on last Christmas.
Incorrect.

11. I went to see a movie last Christmas.
Correct and natural.

12. I went to see a movie at Christmas last year.
Correct and natural.
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