Christmas and New Year Tense Review- Mimes


Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 6th Dec 2008

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Christmas and New Year Tense Review Mimes

Choose one of the actions below and mime it. Can they guess what you are doing? (“Are you …?”)

visiting people


doing a spring clean

watching a film ( = a movie)

watching TV




cracking nuts

pulling crackers

carving a roast (e.g. a roast turkey)

telling jokes

eating sweets ( = candy)

eating grapes

putting up Christmas decorations

going for a walk

decorating a Christmas tree


ripping (= tearing) the wrapping paper off a gift (= opening a present)

writing Christmas cards

linking arms and singing Auld Lang Syne


giving a toast

putting on a paper party hat

eating/ drinking soup

singing Christmas carols (= religious Christmas songs)

make an offering of food and/ or drink 

knocking on neighbours’ doors and singing carols to them

playing a musical instrument

making a snowman

throwing snowballs

opening a bottle of champagne

cutting a cake into slices

pouring gravy on your dinner

putting some meat into the oven

lighting a firework

watching fireworks


travelling by train

dressing up in a Santa Claus costume

kissing someone

hanging up a stocking (=a large sock)

putting gifts into a stocking  

putting gifts into a shoe

eating fish

lighting candles.

putting decorations on a cake.

Written by Alex Case for © 2008

Continue the same game, but shouting “Stop” when you are sure what action it was and guessing with 

the past sentence “When I shouted ‘stop’, were you…?”

Continue the same game, but with the person guessing the sentence not looking at the list above

Continue, but with other Xmas actions

Choose one of the things above and give your partner clues about which one you are thinking about by 

telling them about you and that thing in the past, e.g. “I have done this once or twice” “I didn’t do this 

last Xmas” “I last did this 3 weeks ago”

Continue, but with other things you typically do at Xmas.

Why do we use the Past Continuous (“You were kissing people”= was/were + ing) for the past mimes, 

but the Present Perfect (“I have never kissed someone on Xmas Day”= has/ have + past participle) and 

the Simple Past (“I last kissed someone 10 minutes ago” = single verb, followed by +ed when regular) 

for the other statements.

Which tense or tenses are used with each of the following time clauses?

Twice (in my life)

At this time last year

When my mother came in and interrupted me

On Xmas Day

2 years ago

2 years before

When the clock struck 12 (three tenses possible)

Written by Alex Case for © 2008

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