Christmas- Modals of deduction

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Christmas around the world modals of deduction 

Country number 1- Some people eat turkey at Xmas 

 

Some other people eat goat 

 

Xmas isn’t a public holiday 

 

This is because only half of the country is Christian 

 

Some people decorate their homes and churches with Xmas trees 

 

Palm fronds are also a popular decoration 

 

Country number 1 is Nigeria 

Country Number 2- The real Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) was born and lived in this country.    (It can’t 

be _____________, because it hadn’t been discovered yet) 

In this country, people in Santa Claus outfits can often be seen selling lottery tickets etc. until the 31 

December. 

This is because it is not a Christian country and people often confuse Xmas and New Year. 

 

The bird that Americans and British eat at Xmas was named after this country, even though the bird 

comes from somewhere else.   

Country number 2 is Turkey 

Country number 3: Xmas presents are traditionally brought by a witch called Befana (It can’t be 

__________, because Santa brings presents there). 

Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) is buried in this country.   

 

There are some famous fairs where you can buy traditional Xmas decorations such as wooden figures for 

nativity scenes. 

The most famous market for this is in a city whose name comes from Greek and means “New City” 

 

The name in Greek for that city was Neo Polis 

 

Country number three is Italy 

 

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Country number 4- Even though only 1% of people in this country are Christian, nowadays most 

families give Xmas presents and have some kind of Xmas decorations in their houses. 

There is no traditional Xmas dinner in this country. Instead, Xmas is considered the most romantic time 

of the year for couples to go out for dinner. 

In this country, shopping centres often take down their Xmas decorations on Xmas Day, so they can put 

the traditional New Year decorations up in their place. 

The New Year decorations are made of pine and bamboo. 

 

Only Christians do anything religious on this day in this country. For people of other religions, New 

Year’s Day is much more important. 

Unique to this country, Xmas cakes are usually made with fresh fruit and fresh cream. 

 

The first recorded Xmas celebration in this country was in 1552, but it did not become popular amongst 

most people until the 20

th

 century. 

Xmas Day is not a holiday in this country, so most people work. The 23

rd

 December is a public holiday, 

as it is the Emperor’s birthday, and most people also take time off around New Year. 

Country number 4 is Japan 

Country 5- Xmas presents aren’t received until after Xmas Day in this country. 

 

The day for presents is the 6

th

 of January, when the 3 Wise Men bearing presents. 

 

Nearer Xmas, children can receive sweets etc. by breaking a paper filled container above their heads with 

a stick 

This is called a piñata 

 

Some of the Xmas traditions in this country come from Spain 

 

Country five is Mexico 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Country 6- In this country, the President turns on the lights of a huge Xmas tree in the capital city. (It 

can’t be ________________, because they don’t have a President) 

Santa Claus was first given his red clothes in this country. 

 

In this country, the Xmas pudding is eaten with hot brandy sauce 

 

In this country, some people decorate their Xmas trees with popcorn. 

 

Turkeys were first discovered in this country 

 

Country 6 is the USA 

Country 7- In this country, roast turkey is eaten with cranberry sauce (a kind of jam). 

 

Although few people go to church on Xmas day in this country, the singing of religious songs etc. is still 

very popular around Xmas. 

Xmas cake in this country is a heavy fruit cake covered with marzipan and thick white icing, similar to a 

wedding cake. 

It is considered bad luck to leave your Xmas decorations up after 6

th

 January in this country 

 

In this country, Xmas decorations are often made from holly. 

 

In this country, they traditionally say “Father Xmas” rather than Santa 

 

Country 7 is Britain 

Country 8- Santa Claus is known as “Santy” in this country 

 

Potatoes are eaten with the Xmas dinner 

 

In fact, there might be more than one potato dish served 

 

Country 8 is Ireland 

 

 

 

 

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Country 9- The song Silent Night was first sung in this country. (It could be _____________, because 

there is a versions of that song in French too) 

Baked carp is the traditional Xmas dinner in this country 

 

The baby Jesus brings the Xmas presents in this country 

 

Country 9 is Austria 

 

Country 10- In this country there are two versions of Santa- Pere Noel and St. Nicholas 

 

The local version of Santa comes and brings presents on Dec 6

th

 

Pere Noel is the French name 

 

The people who speak Dutch don’t use the French name 

 

Country 10 is Belgium 

 

 

 

 

   

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007