Topics in English: Holidays (Темы по английскому: Праздники)

Holidays break up our everyday life in a pleasant way. People can stay with their families, meet friends, go somewhere to have a good time and to enjoy life. Without holidays our life would be probably boring and monotonous.
Different countries have different customs and traditions, but nearly any country celebrates the New Year, Easter, Christmas and many other special days of the year. I take holidays as the time, when I can really do something for myself or for somebody else. This is the time for hobbies, for self-development, when you don’t have to get up early, go to school or university or work.
My favourite holiday is New Year. We usually celebrate it in our country house, where all our relatives come. The most pleasant thing for me about the New Year is buying presents. I like to give presents more than to get them. It’s really a nice feeling to bring joy to my family members. It takes me usually a week to buy all the necessary things. I am not a great fan of shopping by the way. But before the New Year there are a lot of interesting things on sale. Sometimes I make something myself.
Our birthdays are our family holidays. And they are all concentrated in summer. Only my granny’s birthday is in November.
My mother is a good cook — the cakes she makes can’t be compared to those in shops, they are really tasty! It’s an old tradition in our family to cook together. Our festive board is always very rich and Mother tries to make something exquisite. And there is always a dish, taken from a traditional cuisine of some country!
I think that the main function of every holiday, no matter what holiday it is — a national or a family one, is to unite people, let them spend more time together, communicate, share ideas and emotions. It’s so important in our present life, I always remember these lines from a poem:
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare…
Remember them too. Spend more time with your family, friends and you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed. Use your holiday time to advantage. But «If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work».

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