Christmas Day in the Morning

christmas day in the morningIt is almost the season again, and this story by Pearl S. Buck tells how doing something special to show how much you love someone can be the greatest Christmas gift of all. An old man remembers a Christmas when, as a boy, he first learned how much his father loved him. He decided that the cheap tie he had bought his father was not good enough, and came up with another gift which they both remember for the rest of their lives.

Elementary Vocabulary Help / Exercises

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Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

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festive(adj: festive) 1. Cheerful and exciting; happy, as if celebrating or on holiday. She was in a festive mood. It was a festive occasion. 2. [British] Of or relating to Christmas. The festive season: the period immediately leading up to Christmas and ending just after New Year. (ที่รื่นเริง) 6000

barn(n: barn pl barns) A large farm building that is used for storing grain and hay and for housing farm animals or equipment. The farmer keeps his tractor in the barn. (ยุ้งฉาง) 3000

breathe(v: breathe, breathes, breathed, breathing) To move air into and out of your lungs; to inhale and exhale. He was breathing hard from running. (หายใจ) 3000

cans(n: can pl cans) A closed metal container for liquids and many types of food. A can of beer/food/oil.. 2. A large metal or plastic container that has a removable top and that is used for holding liquid, trash, etc. A milk/garbage/trash can. (กระป๋อง) 3000

dad(n: dad pl dads; also daddy, daddies) [informal] A person's father Her mom and dad both said she can't go to the party.; often used as a form of address. Dad, can I borrow the car tonight? (พ่อ) 1000

desk(n: desk pl desks) A piece of furniture, often like a table, for sitting at while writing, reading etc. She kept the pile of letters in a drawer in her desk. (โต๊ะ) 2000

fool(n: fool pl fools) A person who does not have a good sense or judgment; a stupid or silly person. (คนโง่)
(v: fool, fools, fooled, fooling) 1. To speak or act in a playful way. Stop fooling about! (ทำเป็นตลก) 2. To trick or deceive. She fooled me with her story. (หลอกลวง) 2000

gift(n: gift pl gifts) Something that is given willingly, such as a present. They gave me a surprise gift on my birthday. (ของขวัญ) 2000

habit(n: habit pl habits) A usual way of behaving; something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way, often without needing to think about it. She had a habit of biting her fingernails when she was nervous. (นิสัย) 3000

hug(v: hug, hugs, hugged, hugging) 1. To put your arms around someone or something, especially as a way of showing love or friendship. (กอด) 2. To be or stay very close to something. (เข้าใกล้) 6000

luck(n: luck, uncountable) The things that happen when they are not planned or controlled by people; the state of happening by chance. (โชค)
(adj: lucky, luckier, luckiest) 1. Used to describe someone who has good luck. (โชคดี) 2. Used to describe someone or something that brings or causes good luck (นำโชค). 1000

pail(n: pail pl pails) An open container with a handle that is used especially to hold and carry water and other liquids; a bucket. (ถัง) 3000

pride(n: pride, noncount) A feeling of pleasure and satisfaction at one's achievements, possessions, family etc. She looked on with pride as her daughter graduated. (ความภาคภูมิใจ) 3000
(adj: proud, prouder, proudest) Feeling very happy and pleased because of something you have done, something you own, someone you know, etc. She felt very proud as her daughter graduated. (ภูมิใจในตนเอง) 2000

sew(v: sew, sewed, sewn, sewing) To make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing) by using a needle and thread. (เย็บโดยใช้เข็ม)
(n: sewing, noncount) 1. The act or process of sewing. I learned sewing at school. (การเย็บ) 2. Things that are used for sewing or that are being sewn. She took her sewing into the kitchen. (งานที่ต้องเย็บ) 3000

stable(n: stable pl stables) A building in which large animals are kept. (คอก สัตว์) 5000

stairs(n: stair, singular) One of the steps in a set of stairs. He tripped on the bottom stair and almost fell.
(n: stairs, plural) A series of steps that go from one level or floor to another. She ran down the stairs. He waited at the foot/bottom of the stairs. ( บันได) 1000

stream(n: stream pl streams) 1. A natural flow of water that is smaller than a river. A stream flows through the field. (ลำธาร) 2. A steady, continuous flow of people or things. A stream of air//traffic/visitors, etc. (กระแส) 3000

wonderful(adj: wonderful) 1. So surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. as to create a feeling of wonder. (อัศจรรย์) 2. Beautiful, excellent, etc. (งดงาม) 1000

flow(v: flow, flows, flowed, flowing) To move in a steady and continuous way; to move along in the way that water does. The river flowed into the sea. The traffic was flowing freely. (ไหล) 2000

(adv: forever) For all time; for an endless time. (ตลอดไป) 3000

imagine(v: imagine, imagines, imagined, imagining) To form a picture of something in your mind that is not there or not real. (จินตนาการ)
(n: imagination pl imaginations) 1. The ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to think of new things. You can find a solution if you use a little imagination. 2. Something that only exists or happens in your mind. Is it just my imagination, or is it getting warm in here? 1000

joy(n: joy plural joys) A feeling of great happiness. (ความสุขสบาย ; ความสุขสันต์)
(adj: joyful or joyous) Filled with, showing or causing joy. (ที่เปี่ยมไปด้วยความสุข) 2000

match(n: match pl matches) 1. A short thin piece of wood with a special tip that produces fire when it is rubbed against something else. He lit a match. (ไม้ขีดไฟ) 2. Someone or something that is equal to or as good as another person or thing. She has finally met her match at arguing. (คนที่เท่าเทียมกัน) 3. A contest between two or more players or teams. A soccer match. (การแข่งขัน) 1000

sob(v: sob, sobs, sobbed, sobbing) 1. To cry noisily while taking in short, sudden breaths. (สะอื้นสะอื้น) 2. To say something while doing this. (ส่งเสียงร่ำไห้) 7000

(adj: steady, steadier, steadiest) 1. Not shaking or moving; held firmly in one place or position. You need a steady hand to be a surgeon. (มั่นคง) 2. Not changing as time passes; constant. Prices have remained steady over the last month. (ต่อเนื่อง) 3. Happening or developing in a continuous and usually gradual way. There has been a steady increase in prices. (สม่ำเสมอ)
(adv: steadily) In a steady way. His work is improving steadily. (อย่างมั่นคง; อย่างต่อเนื่อง; อย่างสม่ำเสมอ) 3000