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Vocabulary Quiz
open gifts • unbelievably • one by one
pajamas • pancakes
  1. The movie was scary.
  2. The secretary called everybody on the list .
  3. Do you want fruit in your or do you just want syrup?
  4. We will before we eat cake.
  5. Please put on your because it's time for bed.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

843 Christmas Day
Fred talks about the daily routine for his Family on Christmas day in Canada.

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open gifts

We open gifts on Christmas morning.

Christmas gifts are wrapped in special decorative paper. When we 'open' them, we remove the paper and see what's inside the boxes.  Notice the following:

  1. Our family opens gifts on Christmas Eve.
  2. As a kid I couldn't wait to open gifts.

unbelievably excited

As a kid, I remember being so unbelievably excited.

Something that is 'unbelievable' is very surprising or difficult to believe.  Notice the following:

  1. My first rock concert was unbelievably exciting.
  2. She was unbelievably excited to meet him.

one by one

We gather around the tree, and we open the gifts one by one.

When we do something one by one, we do it in sequence; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. He answered the questions one by one.
  2. They walked into the room one by one.


We open our gifts in pajamas.

'Pajamas' are comfortable sleeping clothes.  Notice the following:

  1. It's too hot to wear pajamas in the summer.
  2. In my country, you need to wear pajamas in the winter.


We have pancakes, and we put maple syrup on them.

'Pancakes' are a thin round cake made from flour, milk, eggs and sugar that are cooked in a pan an eaten for breakfast.  Notice the following:

  1. Pancakes are fattening, but I love them!
  2. Let's have pancakes for breakfast.