Chatterbox #38 – Christmas

Happy Holidays wherever you are! This year we asked what people wanted to know about the holiday season in Canada and we got some questions! In this episode, Harp and Maura answer these questions, talking about clementines and whether Christmas or New Year’s is the bigger holiday. They both also share some memorable moments from their past including Harp’s Y2K scare and Maura’s Christmas kitty!


Expressions included in the learning materialsHappy Holidays Culips

  • The holidays
  • Turkey dinner with all the trimmings
  • Clementines
  • More Christmas food
  • Christmas v.s. New Year’s
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas carols
  • Presents and gifts
  • Unspoken agreement
  • To exchange presents
  • Canada Post and Santa Claus’ address
  • Y2K
  • To put down your foot
  • It’s better to be safe than sorry

Sample transcript

Maura:  Usually if it’s a close friend or family member, you might want to spend a little bit more money, but really it’s hard to say for sure. A lot of the time as well, people don’t exchange presents.
Harp: It’s usually an unspoken agreement with the person if you’re going to give them a gift or not.
Maura: Sometimes you might be surprised when someone gives you a gift that you weren’t expecting. I personally don’t exchange gifts with a lot of my friends. That’s because we don’t need to spend all that money. We don’t need to buy each other a gift, and we just spend time together instead, so a lot of people chose to do that.
Harp: Yeah. Same thing with my friends. Sometimes we’ll exchange presents that we’ve made for each other. One of my favourite gifts that my friend ever gave to me was a hand knit scarf, so she made it, it wasn’t expensive.

Audio/Learning Materials: Culips, Photo: Ryan King