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Christmas Discussion Topics for English Language Learners

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  • What do you plan to do over Christmas vacation?

  • Brainstorm a list of traditions associated with the Christmas holiday. Which traditions are religious in nature? Which are non-religious?

  • In your opinion, what is the best part of Christmas? Why?

  • What is your favorite winter holiday? Why?

  • Describe your favorite Christmas food.

  • Which is better, giving or getting? Why?

  • Do you buy Christmas gifts? Why or why not? If so, who do you typically buy gifts for? Where do you shop? What kinds of gifts do you buy? How much do you usually spend?

  • Do you think a Christmas gift has to be expensive in order to be nice? Why or why not?

  • Do you like to make Christmas gifts? If so, what kinds of things do you make?

  • Do you like to get homemade Christmas gifts? If so, tell about the best homemade gift you've ever gotten.

  • Is Christmas widely celebrated in your home country? If so, how is it celebrated?

  • Does your family celebrate Christmas? If so, how do you usually observe the holiday? If not, what other winter holiday(s) do you celebrate?

  • Do you consider Christmas a religious holiday? Why or why not?

  • Do you believe that Jesus Christ was actually born on December 25th? Why or why not?

  • In what ways did Christ's life influence history?

  • Do you believe that Christmas should be observed in public schools? Why or why not?

  • What is your favorite Christmas carol?

  • Do you listen to Christmas music at other times of the year? Why or why not?

  • Imagine that you have only a small amount of money in your bank account, and you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet. What will you do? Buy on credit? Buy inexpensive gifts for everyone on your list? Buy nice gifts for the one or two most important people on your list and skip the rest? Make gifts? Tell your friends and family that you won't be exchanging gifts this year?

  • What is the best gift you have ever gotten? Who gave it to you? When did you get it? What made it special?

  • Did you ever believe in Santa Claus? If so, how old were you when you stopped believing? What caused you to stop believing?

  • If you could have anything in the world for Christmas this year, what would you ask for? Why?

  • Have you ever given to a charity at Christmas time? 

  • Do you believe that people should give to charity? Why or why not?

  • Describe the "perfect" Christmas tree.

  • Have you ever been Christmas caroling? If so, tell about the experience?

  • Have you ever participated in a Christmas program? If so, tell about the experience?

  • What is your most vivid holiday memory?

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