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How are you doing? Ready for Christmas? What’s your Christmas going to be like? Are you going to be on your own or with family? I think in Brazil the overwhelming majority of people spend this holiday with their family. Even people who don’t like their family spend Christmas with their family. I think it is probably the same in every country where Christmas is a major holiday. Here in England, it’s all about Christmas now. I’m at a café and they’re playing Christmas songs. The adverts are all over, everywhere you look, and I hear from many people that they’re attending Christmas parties and lunches.
What’s your end-of-the-year ritual, so to speak…? Do you have to join Secret Santa in the office? Is there an office party that you, well, have to attend? Back when I had an office job, there was always a little party at the end of the year. I remember I was never too excited about it because it was… in the office, which was a downer for me, and the food was usually not that great either.
Last year was my first Christmas after moving to London and I almost spent it completely on my own, which to me, to be honest, is not that big a deal. Someone had told me that London would be completely empty around Christmas, which is, of course, an exaggeration, but in early December last year I began to realize that everyone I knew was going away. Some were going back to their home countries, some had simply booked a vacation during the holidays and so on.
In the end, a few days before Christmas, I came across a cheap plane ticket to Brazil and ended up buying it and spending about six days in my home country. This year I’m going to a friend’s house. She lives outside of London so I’ll have to hop on a train to get there. And check this out: there’s no train service connecting her city to London on Christmas day, or on the next day, the 26th! I was kinda surprised to see that. That means I’m coming back home only on the 27th.
So I’ve done my Christmas shopping: a few presents, and then wrapping paper, gift tags and ribbon. And a nice pecan tart to take to my friend’s. It’s the twenty-third today and the streets aren’t as busy now as they have been for most of the year. Whatever the case may be for you, I wish you a great end of the year :) but here’s what I wish you the most: huge progress in your English learning! If you’re taking a few days off over the holidays, slowing down a bit – why not take the opportunity to have another look at your favorite Inglês Online tips?
Let me know what your Christmas plans are, and talk to you next time!
the overwhelming majority = a enorme maioria
so to speak = por assim dizer
Secret Santa = amigo secreto
a downer = algo que te desanima, deprime
not that big a deal = nada demais
ribbon = fita para embrulhar presente
to my friend’s = para a casa da minha amiga
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