Los Angeles   |   Boston   |   Santa Barbara
ELC Logo White
Los Angeles   |   Boston   |   Santa Barbara
ELC Logo White
  • My ELCMy ELC Page Icon
  • Agent's Page Icon iconAgents


ELC Los Angeles
ELC - English Language Center Los Angeles
English Vocabulary Lesson – American Holiday Season! December 16th, 2016

December in America means one can experience different types of holiday traditions. Some people celebrate Christmas and others celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated by Jewish people, Christmas by Catholics and Christians, and Kwanzaa by some African Americans. During this time of the year one might see many fir trees decorated with ornaments, wreaths made out of fir branches, Menorahs lit up, and people dressed up as Santas.

Hanukkah: is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

Menorah: is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah.


Kwanzaa: a secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.

Christmas Tree: a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance. Usually used to put gifts under the tree.

christmas tree

Gingerbread House: A little house made out of gingerbread and lot and lots of icing and candies.

Gingerbread house

Caroling: People walk around the neighborhood and sing holiday songs from door to door.

Ice skating: Many major cities open up outdoor ice skating rinks during this time of the year and rent out skates as well.

Eggnog: Holiday drink also known as milk punch or egg milk punch, is a rich, chilled, sweetened, creamy dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, whipped eggs.

Tree lighting ceremonies: Towns and cities also have tree lighting ceremonies where people gather around their town’s tree and see it being light up for the first time for the season.

Candy Cane: Peppermint candy shaped like a cane.

candy cane