P3: Yes, I know. By the way Russian people call him Father Frost. I like him. Every year there is a
very big Christmas tree in the center of London, in Trafalgar Square. This is a present from
people or Norway for the people of Great Britain. They send it to London every year and
London people decorate the Christmas tree. In the evening before Christmas people like to
come to Trafalgar Square to look at the trees. On the Christmas Eve the streets in London are
T: What about Moscow main tree?
P4: The main New Year tree is in the Kremlin. People find the best in Russia and put it in the
Kremlin. It’s very nice.
T: What about presents for New Year and Christmas? Are they special?
P5: It’s a wonderful time. The shops are very busy on Christmas. People want to buy a lot of
food and drink for all the Christmas pates. People buy presents for their family and friends (for
their nearest and dearest). People open their presents on Christmas morning and they all are
happy with what they get. Russian people open their presents on New Year when the clocks
strikes twelve. I promise to listen to my mum and dad.
T: Is there any special food for Christmas?
P6: For Christmas dinner people eat turkey, potatoes and green vegetables. Then they have the
Christmas pudding. At five o’clock it’s time for tea and Christmas cake. English people like to
drink tea. They drink every day. On Christmas people wish their nearest and dearest a merry
T: Who knows anything about the day after Christmas?
P7: The day after Christmas is Boxing Day. In Russia people don’t work for 10 days. Russian
people also go to their friends and give presents to each other. I like this time.
T: And now let’s speak about Russian favourite holiday – about New Year.
P8: Not all English people celebrate New Year. Those who do, celebrate it on 31
A lot of people go to Trafalgar Square to see Christmas tree. They have a New Year party at
home. On that day they wish their dearest and nearest a “Happy New Year”. When Big Ben
strikes twelve they drink a toast to the New Year.
T: And how do Russian people celebrate New Year?
P9: As we say New Year is the main holiday. We get together and when the clock strikes 12 we
drink a toast to the New Year too. Some people go to the streets, some people stay at home. As
for our family we like to celebrate it at home too.
T: There are many English-speaking countries. We have spoken about Great Britain. Now let’s
speak about America.