English Level: B1 🇨🇦

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Christmas Memories by Jorge Robleto

When I was a young boy my parents didn’t have a lot of money. They couldn’t afford to buy us expensive gifts, so there was an organization called the Salvation Army that provided Christmas gifts to children of low-income families. I remember three bags of toys from the Salvation Army lying next to our plastic Christmas tree. The anticipation was so high. I couldn’t wait for Christmas day to come so I could open up my gifts. When Christmas arrived my brothers and I would run downstairs and rip open our presents. We didn’t care these gifts were donated.

After playing with my new toys and comparing what I got with my brothers, we’d run outside to play in the snow. In my memory, there was always snow on Christmas day.

Eventually, my mother would call us back inside and after taking off our snowsuits we’d sit around the table to eat. Our Christmas meal was not elaborate or fancy, but that didn’t matter.

After dinner, my dad would pick up the guitar and play us Christmas songs while my brothers and I sang our hearts out. I’ve got this picture in my mind of my father playing the song “Feliz Navidad” over and over again for us.

When I think of Christmas, this is what I remember. Family, gratitude, love. This year, because of the pandemic, we’ve been forced to slow down this Christmas. It hasn’t been easy, but maybe this will allow us to go back to the essence of Christmas.

Family, gratitude, love.

Vocabulary Words

  1. afford (verb): have enough money to pay for.
  2. anticipation (noun): expectation or prediction.
  3. fancy (adjective): sophisticated or expensive in a way that is intended to impress.
  4. gratitude (noun): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
  5. essence (noun): the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, which determines its character.

Phrases to Remember

  1. to sing your heart out: When musicians sing their hearts out, it means that they are singing with a lot of passion or enthusiasm.

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