A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS
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Christmas and religion discussion questions
What do you think about non-religious Xmas cards, e.g. ones with a snowman on the
outside and “Happy Holidays” written on the inside?
Do you think people who aren’t Christian and people in non-Christian countries should
avoid celebrating Christmas?
Which of these religious things do you think it is okay for non-religious people to take part
in during Christmas?
- A carol service
- Carol singing
- Midnight mass
- A candle-lit Christmas service
- Sending Christmas cards with religious imagery like the Three Wise Men and baby
Jesus in the stable
How much of the Christmas story (Jesus born in a stable, Three Wise Men guided by a
star, shepherds, etc) do you think actually happened that way? Does it matter? Does the
historical truth of the story interest you?
Do you think it is okay for someone who isn’t a Christian to refuse to work on Christmas
Is Xmas or Easter more important in your country? Is there much difference? Why do you
think that is?
Many children nowadays think that Xmas is Santa’s birthday rather than Jesus’ birthday.
Do you think that this is a serious problem? What would you say to your own young child if
they thought that?
If you were a Christian, how would you feel about the fact that many Xmas traditions (e.g.
holly, mistletoe, the date of Christmas Day, the name “Yule”) have pagan (= pre-Christian)
Do you think that Xmas is becoming secularized and/ or commercialized? Is the same
happening to any other festivals and holidays in your country? What are your views on
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