Todd: So Mark, what happens on boxing day?
Mark: On boxing day in England it's usually football day. Everybody goes and watches the football. Usually all the family go, so maybe grandad and grandma will go. In England on Boxing day, it's usually the highest attendance of the year.
Todd: Oh, really?
Mark: Yeah, so we wake up on boxing day around about 11 o'clock, usually with a big hangover because we've been drinking of Christmas day and so to get rid of the hangover, what do we do? We actually drink more alcohol so we usually go to the bar around 11. Drink a lot of beer and then go the football around about 2 and watch the game.
Todd: What's it like at the stadium?
Mark:Usually a really good atmosphere on boxing day because.. yeah and there are really big crowds and everybody is really happy cause it's Christmas so usually there's some guys dressed as Santa Clause or people are wearing like Christmas decorations and it's a really good atmosphere. Yeah.
Boxing Day in England is usually football day.
'Boxing Day' is a holiday celebrated in England. I was traditionally the first weekday after Christmas when companies gave their employees presents and the postal service delivered gifts that had been sent. Notice the following:
- Does your company celebrate Boxing Day?
- We all went to the game on Boxing Day.
That day usually has the highest attendance of the year.
When an event has a 'high attendance' it means there are a lot of people there. The 'highest attendance' means the most people who have come to an even during the year. Notice the following:
- This year's graduation ceremony had the highest attendance in
- The concert she gave in New York had the highest attendance.
We wake up usually with a big hangover from drinking the night before.
You get a hangover from drinking too much alcohol. You usually have a bad headache and sometimes feel sick in your stomach. Notice the following:
- Many people have hangovers on January 1st.
- I had such a bad hangover after my sister's wedding.
get rid of
To get rid of the hangover, we actually drink more alcohol.
When we make something go away, a thing, a person or a sickness, we are 'getting rid' of it. When we use it to talk about something it means the same as 'throw away' or that this thing becomes garbage.Notice the following:
- We are working on getting rid of things we don't use anymore.
- I am drinking lots of orange juice to get rid of this cold.
There's really a good atmosphere at the stadium, since it's Christmas.
In this case 'atmosphere' refers to the general emotional feeling of a place. Notice the following:
- The whole atmosphere in the company changed after she left.
- Being with friends is a good atmosphere to be in if you are
got rid of • atmosphere
Mark talks about what he does on Boxing Day.
Doris talks about her plans to return to England.
Aaron talks about the Australian sports he likes.
Ivan talks about how he is happy to have a better living situation.
Aaron talks about some exotic animals in Australia.