Christmas Superstitions- 1st Conditional

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Conditionals

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If you dance around a tree in the open air on New Year’s Day, you will   

a) remain healthy for the rest of the year 

b) 

c) 

 

If a girl sees a man passing her window when she first looks out on New Year’s Day, she   

a) 

b)will get married before the end of the year 

c) 

 

If you sweep the house on New Year’s Day,   

a)  

b) 

c) you will sweep the good luck out. 

 

Continue with other superstitions you know. If you are all from the same country or region, you can get 

together to test your teacher.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

First Conditionals Christmas and New Year Superstitions Bluff 

Student B 

Choose one of the questions below and tell your partner the whole sentence with three options (a, b and 

c)- the one true option that is written there and the two false options you have made up. Your teacher will 

tell you if you should write them down first and read them out or just do it as a speaking activity. 

 

If you count the number of days between the first snow and Xmas Day, that will tell you 

a) how many snowy days there will be that winter 

b) 

c) 

 

If the fourth of January is rainy, that means that April (the 4

th

 month) will   

a) 

b) be rainy too. 

c) 

 

If you take a bath on Xmas day,   

a) you will stay clean all year. 

b) 

c) 

 

If the first person to enter the house after midnight on New Year is carrying some coal, this means your 

family  

a) will be warm 

b) 

c) 

 

If you cut your animals to make them bleed, they will 

a)be healthy in the New Year 

b) 

c) 

 

If you don’t pay back your bank loans before New Year, you will 

a) 

b) 

c) be in debt all year 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

If you pour beer into the sea,   

a) the fishing will be better in the New Year 

b) 

c) 

 

Dogs that howl on Xmas Eve will 

a) go crazy 

b) 

c) 

 

If you are born on Xmas Day, you will never   

a) 

b) 

c) meet a ghost 

 

Continue with other superstitions you know. If you are all from the same country or region, you can get 

together to test your teacher. 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007