Our featured Christmas story this year was written in 1892 by W. D. Howells. In the story a father tells his demanding daughter a story about a little girl who made a selfish Christmas wish. The wish came true but in so doing caused major problems for almost everyone in the world. Although told in an amusing way, you could call this a kind of Christmas horror fairytale.
English Learner Vocabulary Help
(n: Christmas pudding pl Christmas puddings) A rich steamed or boiled fruit cake, traditionally eaten with Christmas dinner.
(n: pudding pl puddings) Another word for dessert: the sweet course of a meal. 2000
(n: Christmas stocking pl Christmas stockings) A long woolen stocking hung up by children on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to fill with small presents.
(n: stocking pl stockings) One of a pair of close-fitting coverings for the legs and feet, reaching to or above the knee. 4000.
(n: cranberry pl cranberries) The fruit (berries) of the cranberry bush, used in sauces, deserts and drinks. 11000
(n: diamond pl diamonds) A very hard, usually colorless, precious stone; used especially in expensive jewelry. 4000
(n: fairy pl fairies) An imaginary creature having magical powers. (นางฟ้า) 4000
In early literature, fairies could change themselves into any form. Thanks to Walt Disney, most people today think that they all look like the picture on the left.
(n: firework pl fireworks) A small device that explodes to make a display of light and noise, often used for entertainment at special events. 5000
(n: gentleman pl gentlemen) 1. A polite word for a man. Two gentlemen arrived this morning. 2. A man who treats other people in a proper and polite way. He is a true gentleman. 2000
Used especially when speaking formally to a group of people. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
(adj: grateful) Feeling that you want to thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you. 2000
(n: hummingbird pl hummingbirds) A very small bird with colorful feathers, a long thin bill, and wings which beat very fast so that it can hover above flowers when feeding. 14000
(n: joy pl joys) A feeling of great happiness.
(adj: joyful or joyous) Filled with, showing or causing joy. 2000
(adj: merry, merrier, merriest) Very happy and cheerful; feeling or showing joy and happiness. 3000
(n: sidewalk pl sidewalks) Used in the U.S. and Canada to describe a path along the side of a street for people to walk on. Usually called pavement in the U.K. and footpath in Australia. 5000
(v: skip, skips, skipped, skipping) 1. To move forward in a happy or playful way by taking short, quick steps and jumps. (กระโดด) 2. To jump over a rope that is being turned under the feet and over the head as a children's game or for exercise. (กระโดดเชือก) 3000
(n: speech pl speeches) A formal talk given by someone who is speaking in front of a group of people. (คำปราศรัย; สุนทรพจน์) 2000
(n: temper, singular) The way that a person is feeling at a particular time; mood. He is in a pleasant/bad temper. (อารมณ์) 3000
(adj: bad-tempered) Someone who easily gets angry when things don't happen as they want.
(v: lose one's temper) [idiom] To suddenly get angry about something. (โกรธ)
(n: Thanksgiving) A major holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Traditionally, family and close friends gather to "give thanks" for what they have over a large meal, the centerpiece of which is a roast turkey with cranberry sauce. (วันขอบคุณพระเจ้า) 10000
(n: turkey pl turkeys) A large American bird related to the chicken that is hunted or raised by people for its meat. (ไก่งวง) 3000
(n: Valentine's Day) A day that people in some countries exchange cards or gifts to show affection or love, celebrated on 14th February each year. (วันแห่งความรักวันที่ ๑๔ กุมภาพันธ์) 7000