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 Christmas Carols

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Christmas Carols

Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, usually taking place around 22nd December. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived.

The earliest carol was written in 1410. Sadly only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem. Most Carols from this time and the Elizabethan period are untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were seen as entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches! Traveling singers started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling. One carols that changed like this is ‘I Saw Three Ships’.

Many orchestras and choirs were being set up in the cities of England and people wanted Christmas songs to sing, so carols once again became popular.

 

‘I Saw Three Ships’.

I saw three ship come sailing in,

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

I saw three ship come sailing in,

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

And what was in those ships all three?

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

And what was in those ships all three?

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

Our Saviour Christ and His lady,

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

Our Saviour Christ and His lady,

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

And where they sailed those ships all three?

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

And where they sailed those ships all three?

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

All they sailed in to Bethlehem,

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

All they sailed in to Bethlehem,

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

And all the bells on earth shall ring,

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

And all the angels in heaven shall sing,

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

And all the the angels in heaven shall sing,

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

And all the souls on earth shall sing,

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

And all the souls on earth shall sing,

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

And let us all rejoice again,

on Christmas day on Christmas day.

And let us all rejoice again,

on Christmas Day in the morning.

 

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The Christmas story 😃

Long ago, about 2000 years, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl’s name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph.

The Christmas Story - Gabriel visiting Mary

The angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.’ Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant. The angel said to her ‘Don’t be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus. He will be God’s own Son and his kingdom will never end.’ Mary was very afraid but she trusted God. ‘Let it happen as God chooses.’ she replied to the angel. Gabriel also told Mary that her cousin, Elizabeth who everyone thought was too old to have children, would have a baby boy whom God had chosen to prepare the way for Jesus.

Mary said goodbye to her family and friends and went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah. Elizabeth was very happy to see Mary. She knew that Mary had been chosen by God to be the mother of his Son. An angel had already told Zechariah that Elizabeth’s baby would prepare people to welcome Jesus. He was to be called John. Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home to Nazareth.

The Christmas Story - An Angel visiting Joseph

Joseph was worried when he found out that Mary was expecting a baby before their marriage had taken place. He wondered if he should put off the wedding altogether. Then an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said: ‘Don’t be afraid to have Mary as your wife.’ The angel explained that Mary had been chosen by God to be the mother of his Son and told Joseph that the baby would be named Jesus which means ‘Saviour’ because he would save people. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel had told him to do and took Mary as his wife.

At this time, the land where Mary and Joseph lived was part of the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor Augustus wanted to have a list of all the people in the empire, to make sure they paid their taxes. He ordered everyone to return to the town where their families originally came from, and enter their names in a register (or census) there. Mary and Joseph traveled a long way (about 70 miles) from Nazareth to Bethlehem, because that is where Joseph’s family came from. Most people walked but some lucky people had a donkey to help carry the goods needed for the journey. Joseph and Mary traveled very slowly because Mary’s baby was due to be born soon.

The Christmas Story - Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus

When they reached Bethlehem they had problems finding somewhere to stay. So many people had come to register their names in the census, that every house was full and every bed was taken in all of the guest rooms. The only place to stay that they could find was with the animals. People often kept animals in the house, especially at night, and used them like ‘central heating’! People normally slept on a raised/upper level with the animals below to give them extra warmth.

So in the place where the animals slept, Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God.

In those days it was the custom to wrap newborn babies tightly in a long cloth called ‘swaddling clothes’. Jesus’ bed was the manger that the animals ate their hay from.

In the hills and fields outside Bethlehem, shepherds looked after their sheep through the long night. As the new day began, suddenly an angel appeared before them and the glory of God shone around them. The shepherds were very, very scared, but the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid. I have good news for you and everyone. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born for you. You will find the baby lying in a manger.’.

The Christmas Story - The Shepherds being visited by an Angel

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English

Part I

Of all the stars that shine in the sky, there had always been one that was brighter and more beautiful than the others. The whole sky’s planets and stars looked on in admiration (հիացմունքով)), wondering (զարմանալով, հետաքրքրվելով)) what could be the important mission that this star was to carry out. And the star itself did exactly the same, aware of its own incomparable (անհամեմատելի, տարբեր).) beauty.

Once  a group of angels came to the star:

-«Hurry. Your time has arrived,   the Lord calls upon you to carry out an important mission.»

And the star went as fast as he could and found out that her mission was to show where the most important event in history would take place.

The star was filled with pride, and dressed herself in her most beautiful costume. The star shone with such strength and beauty that she was seen from all parts of the World, and so much so that a group of wise men decided to follow her, knowing that she must be pointing to something important.

For days, the star followed the angels, showing the way, and she was eager to discover what place she was going to illuminate. However, when the angels stopped, and with great joy said «Here it is!» the star could not believe it. There were no palaces, no castles or mansions, no gold or jewels. Only a small, half-abandoned, dirty, smelly stable  (ախոռ)).

-«Oh, no! Not that! I can not waste my shine and beauty lighting up a place like this! I was born for something greater than this!»

And though the angels tried to calm her, the star’s fury grew and grew, and she began to burn. And thus she disappeared.

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English

a feeling of respect and approval, (հիացմունքով)
to feel curiosity or doubt, (զարմանալով, հետաքրքրվելով)
a building in which domestic animals are sheltered and fed, (ախոռ)
wild or violent anger, (կատաղել)
having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance, (խոնարհ, համեստ)
the action of pausing before saying or doing something, (տատանվել)

Fury-կատաղություն

Ndering-նդինգինգ

Illuminate-լուսավորություն

estimate- գնահատական

incomparable-անհամեմատելի

eager-պատրաստակամորեն

mansions-բնակարաններ

disappeared-անհետացավ

stable- կայուն

jewels- ոսկեգործություն

 

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English

Տնային աշխատանք– Have you got many friends?  What do you value most in your best friends? Write about your friends and the way you make friendship.

I have 2 good friends, Elen and Gayane. Ellen and Gayane are also my best classmates. They are two of my closest friends. I know Elen more than Gayane. I trust them very much. I know Elen for 5 years and Gayane for 4 years.

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Close friends

Use the new phrases and expressions in your own sentences

  • close friend: a very good friend.
  • enjoy each other’s company: to like spending time with each other.
  • fair-weather friend: someone who is your friend only when you are cheerful and successful.
  • friends are like second family: that is to say your friends love you and make you feel comfortable.
  • get in touch with somebody: to contact somebody.
  • near and dear to someone: very important to someone.
  • shoulder to cry on: someone who is always ready to listen to your problems.
  • to be well-matched: to be similar to somebody in interests.
  • to have a lot in common: to have similar interests.
  • to fall for someone (to fall in love with someone): to start loving somebody.
  • to break up: to end a relationship.
  • to see eye to eye: to agree.

 

I have 2 close friends. The first is Ellen and the second is Gayane. I love to spend time with them. I like to meet other people and communicate with them. My two friends are ready to hear all of my problems, even though I do not tell my friends about it. We have three common things.

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English Regular-irregular verbs

Ex.1

be was/were been
drive drove driven
cut cut cut
stand stood stood
eat ate eaten
drink drank drunk
give gave given
feel felt felt
hide hid hidden
get got got
sit sat sat
catch caught caught
have had had
fall fell fallen
break broke broken
steal stole stolen
hurt hurt hurt
sing sang sung
bring brought brought
begin began begun

Ex. 2

lose lost lost
feed fed fed
go went gone
spend spent spent
leave left left
find found found
come came come
make made made
build built built
take took taken
speak spoke spoken
know knew known
buy bought bought
win won won
fly flew flown
tell told told
put put put
shoot shot shot
beat beat beaten
read read read

 

Ex. 3

1. He always goes to work by car. Yesterday he went to work by bus.
2. They always get up early. This morning they got up late.
3. Bill often loses his key. He lost one last Saturday.
4. I write a letter to Jane every week. Last week I wrote two letters.
5. She meets her friends every evening. She met them yesterday evening, too.
6. I usually read two newspapers every day. I only read a newspaper yesterday.
7. They come to my house every Friday. Last Friday they came, too.
8. We usually go to the cinema on Sunday. We went to the cinema last Sunday, too.
9. Tom always has a shower in the morning. Tom had a shower this morning, too.
10. They buy a new car every year. Last year they bought a new car, too.
11. I eat an orange every day. Yesterday I ate two oranges.
12. We usually do our shopping on Monday. We did our shopping last Monday, too.
13. Ann often takes photos. Last weekend she took some photos.
14. We leave at 8.30 every morning. But yesterday we left at 8.00.

Ex.4

1. Mammoths were big animals, bigger than elephants. (be)
2. Mammoths didn’t live 100 years ago. (not live)
3. Mammoths lived a long time ago. (live)
4. Mammoths didn’t eat meat. They ate grass. (not eat / eat)
5. They had two large tusks about three metres long. (have)
6. I paid by credit card. I didn’t pay cash. (pay / not pay)
7. He drank some milk. He didn’t drink any water. (drink / not drink)
8. She only spent a pound. She didn’t spend 3 pounds. (spend / not spend)
9. I saw some elephants. I didn’t see any lions. (see / not see)
10. They swam in the sea, but didn’t swim in the lake. (swim / not swim)