Answer key: Global Christmas Festivities

Lesson plan: The Wonder of Global Christmas Festivities

II. While Reading Tasks


  1. picturesque |ˌpikCHəˈresk|-adjective-visually attractive, esp. in a quaint or pretty style: the picturesque covered bridges of New England.
  2. acoustic |əˈko͞ostik|-noun-(usu. acoustics) the properties or qualities of a room or building that determine how sound is transmitted in it: Symphony Hall has perfect acoustics.
  3. pilgrimage |ˈpilgrəmij|-noun-a pilgrim’s journey. • a journey to a place associated with someone or something well known or respected: making a pilgrimage to the famous racing circuit.
  4. grotto |ˈgrätō|-noun ( pl. grottoes or grottos )-a small picturesque cave, esp. an artificial one in a park or garden.
  5. procession |prəˈseSHən|-noun-a number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion, esp. as part of a ceremony or festival: a funeral procession.
  6. awe-inspiring |ˈɔ ənˌspaɪ(ə)rɪŋ|-adjective-arousing awe through being impressive, formidable, or magnificent: Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring masterpiece.
  7. revel |ˈrevəl|-verb ( revels, reveling , reveled;  -enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, esp. with drinking and dancing: (as noun reveling) : a night of drunken reveling.
  8. cathedral |kəˈTHēdrəl|-noun-the principal church of a diocese, with which the bishop is officially associated: [ in names ] : St. Paul’s Cathedral.
  9. depiction |diˈpikSHən|-noun-the action or result of depicting something, esp. in art: the painting’s horrific depiction of war | Michelangelo’s depictions of the male nude.
  10. vibe |vīb|-noun informal-(usu. vibes) a person’s emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others: a lot of moody people giving off bad vibes

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary 

Reading Comprehension

True / False

  1. F-  Each country mentioned in the article has its own way of celebrating Christmas.
  2. T-The pretty English village in Derbyshire’s Peak District is known for its walking paths.
  3. T- On weekends leading up to Christmas in Derbyshire’s Peak  people can  sing in the caves.
  4. F-From Jerusalem, many people make the pilgrimage six miles south to Bethlehem to celebrate.
  5. F- In Oaxaca, Mexico, the most awe-inspiring custom is the century-old competition known as the Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) on the evening of Dec. 23.
  6. T- Creations such as Nativity scenes, robed kings, musicians, are all carved out of the giant radishes grown locally.
  7. T- In Quebec City the 403-year-old capital of Quebec province revels in the outdoors at Christmastime.
  8. T-In Rome the larger-than-life nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is under wraps until Dec. 24 .
  9. F- La Befana, is an Italian witch said to fly around on a broomstick at Epiphany, dropping down chimneys to leave candy or lumps of coal.
  10. T- In Taos, N.M. celebrations blend Catholic and Native American traditions.