Merry Christmas, see you next year!

24 12 2010

by Johara and Melissa

During the Christmas holidays, a lot of people will probably travel to some nice place in the world. Here is a small collection of Christmas greetings in other languages, so if you meet new people and make new international friends, you can be prepared and start by wishing them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

ITALIAN

“Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo”

FRENCH

“Joyeux Noël et une heureuse nouvelle année”

GERMAN

“Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr”

SPANISH

“Feliz Navidad y un feliz año nuevo”

PORTUGUESE

“Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo”

MALAY

“Selamat Hari Natal, Selamat Tahun Baru”

DUTCH

“Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar”

MAORI

“Ngā mihi o te wā me te Tau Hou”

Happy holidays to you all; we’ll be back in 2011!





Paris: one of the best cities on Christmas Day

20 12 2010


photo from BBC news

Paris is the capital of France and it’s one of the best cities I’ve ever visited for the Christmas holidays. Along the streets, there are a lot of fairy lights and small Christmas trees. Everything is decorated with lights and baubles. Paris has a lot of Christmas spirit and everyone is very happy around this time. One of the best places that is completely decorated is the Arc de Triomphe – it’s brightly illuminated and on the streets around it the trees are full of lights and baubles. Sometimes in Paris it snows and everything is completely covered by the snow. It seems like Father Christmas’ house. At Christmas you can also eat a lot of food like turkey, Christmas cake and mince pies. I think Christmas time, not only in Paris but all around the world, is the best period for peoples’ morale, especially for children who believe in Father Christmas and receive a lot of big presents!

by Federico, upper intermediate





Christmas

20 12 2010

by Anna

For Christmas I would like all people to become better. On Christmas day everyone stays with their family and relatives to eat a lot and exchange presents. On Christmas day I normally stay in my house in Paris with my family and friends. I like Paris during this period because there are a lot of fairy lights, snow and Christmas spirit.

image from fanpop





What are men wearing this winter?

16 12 2010

by Johara

Summer is the season where you wear as few clothes as possible, but in winter how can you not wear layers? In this post I’m going to talk about menswear, specifically, because we don’t want them to feel chilly either, do we? Whether it’s socks, jumpers, jackets, all we need in this season is COLOUR!

All summer, men were rolling up their trousers to just above their ankles:


 

In winter a few knitted items are essential. The brighter the colours, the better! Try this look to be cozy and fashionable at the same time:

 

If you prefer knitted jumpers, something that your gran could have knitted mixed with an ultra chic knitted animal pattern is perfect for you:

 

A suit is essential in your wardrobe – every man just HAS to have at least one good suit! By suit I mean a (possibly tweed) jacket, shirt, blazer, trousers, tie and a pocket for your fancy handkerchief.

 

What about a smart bow tie to look like  James Bond? These are especially great for suits that you’ll wear on special occasions!

 

And it looks like “aviator fashion” is very “IN” this winter for women and men, too! How about fancy Cufflinks?





Kris Kringle Cookies

15 12 2010

This simple Christmas sugar cookie recipe produces rich-tasting, delicious treats that are perfect for eating or gift giving.

Ingredients:

225g butter
2½  cups sugar
3 eggs
5½ cups flour
1½ teaspoons cream
2 tablespoons milk
1½ teaspoons baking soda

Mix the butter, sugar, and eggs and beat until the mixture is smooth.

Sift together the flour and cream.

Add a small portion of these sifted dry ingredients to the butter mixture, making a smooth batter (i.e. mixture).

Dissolve the baking soda in the milk, then add it to the batter mixture.

Add the remainder of the flour, making a soft dough.
Roll the dough thin and cut it into fancy shapes.

Sprinkle with coloured sugar and bake for about 7 minutes at 230°C.

by Johara





Christmas holidays

15 12 2010

by Gavino

Surely Christmas is the perfect time to forget all of life’s problems and pack your bags for a wonderful Christmas holiday to re-charge your batteries?

There are many Christmas destinations to choose from, including cold destinations and hot destinations. In particular, the most requested places are the mountains of central Europe and hot countries in Africa and South America.


COLD PLACES

Italy and France  are visited every Christmas by millions of people who are attracted by the big ski stations in the Alps. Places like Cortina d’Ampezzo and Courmayer have all the comforts you need, including sport, leisure centres, shops and in the end a lot of fun!In these cities there are some very organised ski stations that are very popular, where you can see a lot of famous skiers.Moreover, these places have a really active night life, so if you’re looking for fun, these places are perfect!


HOT PLACES

If you don’t like the cold of the snow and the freezing wind of the mountains, you can address your holiday to hot destinations like Sharm El Sheik, Capo Verde or even Honolulu or Santo Domingo. In these places, the situation is completely different: you can spend your days lying on beautiful beaches enjoying a warm breeze, or you can use the fantastic swimming pool facilities in the luxurious hotels that are avaliable. There is also a great night life in these locations and you can make a lot of friends.

So,this is what most people choose… What about you? Where will you go this Christmas?





Chocolate caliente

10 12 2010

by Johara

Here’s a delicious dessert recipe just perfect for Christmas!

It’s simple and quick to make.


Makes 6 servings 

Ingredients:

6 cups of milk
170 g sweet chocolate
170 g semi sweet chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla
dash of cinnamon

Instructions:

Heat the milk over medium flame.
Break the chocolate into pieces.
When the milk is hot, dissolve in it the chocolate pieces, moving constantly until everything is dissolved.
Increase heat and let the mixture slowly boil.
Add the vanilla and the cinnamon.
Continue beating until frothy.
Serve immediately and enjoy!