Lesson 4 - R&W, Culture - HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS

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Organizing a party/writing a description of a national festival/holiday

British/American holiday blogs

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Thanksgiving in Egypt

1. To prove that it could be done, we embarked on a Thanksgiving Day feast. I mentioned to
2. our driver, Khalid, that on Thursday there would be an American holiday and that I wanted a
3. turkey.
4. As a surprise gift, on Wednesday morning he rolled up with a turkey for us, and what a
5. bird! A little more than I’d expected, with feathers, head, and a strong voice. We called it
6. Tom. It was a very kind gift, but I was a bit puzzled about how to prepare the turkey for the
7. oven; until then I had only been removing nicely cleaned turkeys from air-tight plastic bags.
8. I expressed my concern to Sidain, who told me that Khalid actually hadn't understood what
9. I wanted. Turkeys can be bought already prepared at a butcher’s, even in Egypt. Probably
10. Khalid thought we wanted to eat WITH a turkey (who can guess what strange customs we
11. foreigners have?). Nevertheless, Sidain, who understood that we wanted to EAT the turkey,
12. offered to prepare the bird for us. During the night, he whisked it away. I think he was afraid I
13. would bond with it and add it to the already huge collection of animals we kept! The next
14. morning, a turkey ready for an oven arrived, but I doubt it was our Tom, because it had
15. become smaller and breathless
16. The preparations then began. Before putting it in the oven, Ali had been boiling it for an
17. hour, and the turkey turned out very tender. Fran made breadcrumb stuffing (mashed bread
18. sticks, left over bread, some old Ritz crackers, half a danish pastry, onion, butter, basil,
19. pepper, parsley, and almonds).
20. Of all the strange things we did, apple pie was indeed the most peculiar. Apples are an
21. expensive fruit and quite a delicacy here. To cut them up and cook them in a pastry was just
22. too hard to believe. We provided another chapter in the great situation comedy "Foreigners in
23. Paradise". Cooking apples, apparently is not a piece of cake here!
24. In the evening we feasted on oven roasted turkey, with most of the trimmings: stuffing,
25. mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans sautéed in olive oil and garlic, and apple pie,
26. with a nice bottle of red wine. It was a great success. Feeling a bit like pioneers ourselves,
27. we proved that Thanksgiving traditions can be upheld, even on the edge of the Sahara desert.

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In some countries, the Christmas season consists of three days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Read about the latter and solve the quiz below the text.

Boxing Day Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. It falls on December 26th, which is also St. Stephen's Day. St. Stephen was a little known saint who was the first Christian to die for his faith.

Boxing Day is so called because, on this day, it was customary to give people gifts for their good service in the past. It also included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions and the poor.

This day has become part of the celebrations, of being with family. It is also a day to visit other relatives, to have a rest from the day before, and to play funny games. It is also possible to receive some gifts on Boxing Day.

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November 23, 2005 My Thanksgiving

I have just bought myself a copy of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season One”. I believe that 39 episodes on 3 DVDs should be enough to get me through most of Thanksgiving. Posted by Chris at November 23, 2005 01:38 PM

Comments Have a good thanksgiving!! Posted by: heather at November 23, 2005 08:01 PM Niiiice.... Happy Turkey Day. :) Posted by: dorna at November 24, 2005 07:25 AM

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