Christmas- Present Simple & Continuous Mimes

Level: Beginner

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses

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Christmas Present Simple Present Continuous Mimes 

Choose one of the actions below and mime it for your partner. Can they say the sentence of what you are 

doing? 

You are cracking nuts 

You are carving a turkey 

You are eating chocolates 

You are decorating a Xmas tree 

You are opening a present 

You are ripping the wrapping paper off a present 

You are writing Xmas cards 

You are praying 

You are putting a paper hat on your head 

You are singing 

You are playing a musical instrument 

It is snowing 

You are drinking champagne 

You are cutting a cake 

You are pouring gravy on your dinner 

You are putting the dinner in the oven 

You are lighting a firework 

You are working 

You are travelling by train 

You are dressing up as Santa 

You are kissing people 

You are putting presents into a stocking (= a sock) 

You are putting presents into a shoe 

You are eating fish 

You are visiting people’s houses 

You are shopping 

You are cleaning the house 

You are watching TV 

 

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

 

Continue, but with other Xmas actions 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

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

telling them how often you and other people do this thing, e.g. “I never do this”, “My father very rarely 

does this”, “In American films, the father always does this late at night on Xmas Eve” (“You are dressing 

up as Santa”) 

 

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

 

Why do we use the Present Continuous (“You are kissing people”= be + ing) for the mimes, but the 

Present Simple (“He dresses up as Santa”= single verb, with ‘s’ after he/she/it) when you say how often 

you do things? 

 

Which tense is used with habits and repeated actions? Which tense is used with temporary actions around 

now? 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007