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Conversation Questions

Christmas

  • Did it snow last year at Christmas?
  • Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child?
  • Did you enjoy last Christmas?
  • Do people behave differently during Christmas?
    • Do they try to be better?
    • Do you donate something (money, clothes…) to charities?
    • Do you give something to homeless people?
  • Do you attend any special religious ceremonies during the Christmas season?
  • Do you celebrate Christmas in your country?
  • Do you celebrate Christmas in a special way?
  • Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional way?
    • Do you have a traditional Christmas?
  • Do you decorate the outside of your house for Christmas?
  • Do you eat a turkey dinner for your Christmas dinner?
  • Do you enjoy Christmas time?
  • Do you enjoy singing Christmas songs?
  • Do you exchange presents with your friends at school?
  • Do you go to church on Christmas day?
  • Do you hang up a stocking?
  • Do you have a Christmas party at school?
  • Do you have a Christmas tree?
    • If so, how do you decorate it?
    • When do you put it up?
    • When do you take it down?
    • Is it real or artificial?
  • Do you have a part-time job during Christmas vacation?
  • Do you have any plans to go to a Christmas party?
  • Do you know why Christmas is celebrated around the world?
  • Do you know the history of Christmas?
  • Do you remember when you found out that Santa Claus wasn’t real/ or when your children found out? What was your/their reaction like?
  • Do you see your relatives at Christmas time?
  • Do you think Christmas is depressing? (There is a high suicide rate at this time of year.)
  • Do you think we will have a white Christmas this year?
  • Do you usually put up Christmas decorations in your house? (Do you usually decorate your home?)
    • How about at your school of the place where you work?
    • Does you school have a Christmas play?
    • Does your family have any special Christmas traditions?
    • Does your town get decorated at Christmas?
      • What kind of decorations?
    • Have you already finished your Christmas shopping?
    • Have you ever celebrated Christmas in a foreign country?
    • Have you ever made your own Christmas cards?
      • If so, how did you make them?
    • How do you usually spend New Year’s Eve? How about New Year’s Day?
    • How long do you keep your Christmas tree up after Christmas?
    • How long is your Christmas vacation?
    • How many Christmas cards did you receive last year?
    • How many Christmas cards do you send?
    • How many presents do you usually give?
    • If you are not a Christian, does the intense focus on Christmas in the U.S. make you feel bad in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?
    • If you could go anywhere during Christmas vacation, where would you go?
    • In how many languages did you write Christmas cards?
    • Is there a holiday similar to Christmas in your home country?
    • Is your Christmas tree a real tree or an artificial tree?
    • What are some popular foods for the Christmas season?
    • What are you going to buy your boyfriend/girlfriend for their Christmas present?
    • What did you do last year on Christmas Day?
    • How did you celebrate Christmas last year?
    • What do you eat on Christmas Day?
    • What do you usually do for Christmas?
    • What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?
    • What does your family eat for Christmas dinner?
    • What is Christmas like in your hometown?
      • What is Christmas like in your country?
    • What is the best Christmas present you have ever gotten?
    • What is the most expensive Christmas present you plan to buy?
    • What is the typical menu for a Christmas meal in your family? (… in your country?)
    • What is the weather like in your country around Christmas time?
    • What is your attitude toward the commercialization of the Christmas season?
      • Is Christmas becoming too commercialized?
    • What is your favorite Christmas carol?
    • What is your favorite Christmas song?
      • Are there any special songs in your country that you don’t hear here?
    • What kind of interesting things do you do for Christmas in your home country?
    • What kind of presents do you expect to get this Christmas?
    • What time do you wake up on Christmas day?
    • What time does your family open the presents?
    • What traditions do you have during the Christmas season?
    • What was the best present your received last Christmas?
    • What will you buy your parents?
    • What will you do on Christmas day?
    • What will you eat on Christmas Day?
    • What would you like to get for your Christmas present?
    • What’s your favorite Christmas song?
    • When do you do your Christmas shopping?
      • Who do you buy them for?
      • About how much do you spend per person?
    • When do you give Christmas presents? (On what day? At what time?)
    • When do you open Christmas presents? (On what day? At what time?)
    • When do you put up a Christmas tree?
      • If you don’t put up a Christmas tree, do you put up other decorations?
    • When does your family decorate the Christmas tree?
    • Where are you going for Christmas vacation?
    • Where do you think Santa Claus is from?
    • Where will you go on Christmas Day?
    • Who do you expect to receive presents from?
    • Who is Santa Claus?
      • Do you know the history of Santa Claus?
      • At what age did you begin not believing in Santa Claus?
    • Who was at your house last Christmas?
    • Who will you give presents to this year?
    • Who would you like to be with on Christmas?
    • Will you go skiing during the Christmas vacation?
    • Will you have a Christmas party at your home?
    • Will you spend Christmas vacation with your family or your friends?
    • Will you travel abroad during the Christmas vacation?
    • Would you like to go skating during Christmas vacation?
    • Why do people give out Christmas cards with gifts and presents at Christmas time?
    • Why some people do not like Christmas?
    • Do people behave differently during Christmas? Do they try to be better?
    • Do you donate something (money, clothes…) to charities?
    • Do you give something to homeless people?
    • How long do Christmas trees last?
      • Do you use an artificial tree?
    • What do you usually do on Christmas day?
    • What people usually do on Christmas day?
    • Why do people sometimes write “Christmas” with an “X”? (Xmas)
    • Do you have a big and delicious dinner on Christmas day?
    • Does it break your heart knowing that your children have grown up and this year will be their last Christmas at home?
    • If you had a million dollars, what would you do during Christmas time?
    • If you could change something about Christmas time, what would it be?
    • When do you put up your Christmas tree?
    • How is christmas celebrated in the United States?
    • Do you have a big and delicious dinner in Christmas?
    • What kind of food do you usually eat in your country?
    • Do you remember Christmas clebrations you had as a child?
    • What was the most regretful thing about this year?
    • Does it break your heart knowing that your children have grown up and this year will be their last christmas at home?
    • What did you get for Christmas? What did you give for Christmas?
    • What’s the best thing you left out for santa clause to eat on Christmas?
    • Trivia: In what 1942 movie was the song ‘White Christmas” first sung?
    • Do you ever think about the real meaning of Christmas?
    • Do you go skiing at Christmas time?
    • Whose birthday is celebrated on Christmas?
    • Which comes first, Christmas or New Year’s Day?
    • What is the significance of a Christmas tree?
      • What does it represent for you?
    End of the Year
  • How was this year?
  • Was this year better or worse than last year? How come?
  • What was the happiest thing for you this year?
  • What was the saddest thing for you this year?
  • What was the toughest thing for you this year?
  • What was the best movie for you this year?
  • What was the best music for you this year?
  • What was the best TV show for you this year?
  • What was the best place you visited this year?
  • What was the best food you had this year?
  • What was the best restaurant you went to this year?
  • What was the most useful thing you bought this year?
  • What was the most expensive thing you bought this year?
  • What was the best item of clothing you bought this year?
  • What was the biggest waste of money this year?
  • What was something you lost this year?
  • Do you have any regrets about this year?
  • Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year?
  • Do people in your country usually make New Year’s Resolutions?