Christmas poem: winning entry

19 12 2011


The top writers of this year’s Christmas poetry competition were KET students Simone (13), Davide (13) and Andrea (12)! Here is the lovely poem they wrote:

C ookies and milk are under the tree
H olly and lights are over the door
R udolph is going to fly
I ce and snow: get ready to play!
S anta is coming down the chimney
T he Christmas tree is full of stars
M any families are eating together
A nd children are opening their presents
S aying, “Merry Christmas!”

Thank you, boys!

13 01 2011

Although this article was received a bit late, we thought it was well worth including for our readers.

We commonly imagine Christmas day as a day to spend with the whole family. But if we look around, we discover that it is not so for everyone. Let’s not forget the busy soldiers on foreign missions! Will their Christmas and New Year be like ours? No, and not for their families either.

The pride of representing the tricoloured flag will not make up for the affection they’ll miss from their loved ones. The fact is that Italy remains in the front line in peace missions. While those choose this line of work know the pros and cons of the job, not spending holidays with loved ones isn’t easy for anyone.

There will be a tree and a nativity for the contingents in their ‘second family’, but day and night the soldiers are busy on missions that none of us can imagine or even know about (because every telephone call is monitored).

Thanks to the internet, we can share moments of happiness and the illusion of closeness using instant videocall from every corner of the world; so from a small Italian village a mother can see her son in Afghanistan, an American child can smile to her dad in Iraq and a Spanish woman can send a kiss to her husband in Kosovo. At the very least, this is an improvement to the past. To hear each other as if not so far away and to forget, for few minutes, that their dear ones are not with them, but on the contrary to hear and see them close by through a desktop computer.

Maybe Christmas presents will remain under the tree and in the morning, like all mornings, and in the evenings, for weeks, months, maybe even years, the family will feel incomplete, and a tear will slide down their faces. But also, feeling a bit special, they can do nothing else but to say,

“Thank you, boys!”

And I personally want to say with all my heart, to my brother in Afghanistan,

“Merry Christmas and happy new year, dear. I’m proud of you!”


by Maria Rossini, upper intermediate

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!


“Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo”


“Joyeux Noël et une heureuse nouvelle année”


“Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr”


“Feliz Navidad y un feliz año nuevo”


“Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo”


“Selamat Hari Natal, Selamat Tahun Baru”


“Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar”


“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


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

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.


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.


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!


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?