Your Lucky Christmas Charm
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We all wait for Christmas. Presents, food, family meetings and other fantastic things which happen only at that time.
Write down the name of a person you want to buy a present for. Change all the Polish letters into international ones, e.g.: Ł=L, Ó=O, Ż=Z. Now write a number for each letter (use the table below) and add up the numbers as long as there’s only one number left.
1 A J S
2 B K T
3 C L U
4 D M V
5 E N W
6 F O X
7 G P Y
8 H Q Z
9 I R
a – 1, n – 5, m – 4, j – 1, e – 5, k – 2
1+5+5+1+4+1+1+5+2= 25 = 2+5= 7
Then add numbers from the date that the person will get the present, e.g.:
24.12.2006 = 2+4+1+2+2+0+0+6 =17=1+7=8
Now add the „name” number and „date” number together : 7+8 =15 = 1+5 =6
„6” is the lucky Christmas charm of Anna Majek. Now read her description which is 6 – Sleigh Bell.
Now check what the best present is for your friend!
1. Reindeer – He/she likes sports and can’t sit down for five minutes without moving. The best present will be something that involves exercise e.g. Twister game or sports equipment.
2. Snowman – This person loves to feel comfortable. You’ll make him/her happy by giving something that is connected with his/her hobby. Find out what their favourite hobby is.
3. Mistletoe (jemioła) – He/she love the companionship of other people very much. Learn if he/she is going to a party soon and buy something she/he may wear: a necklace, earrings, a nice hat or anything they may like.
4. Santa Claus – This person prefers giving rather than receiving. You’re really lucky with him/her! Whatever you’ll prepare for them, they’ll be happy.
5. Elf – This modest (skromny) person will like any present, but if you want to make him/her extremely excited, buy some rare and luxurious sweets.
6. Sleigh Bell – A person interested in art music and culture issues. Make him/her happy by buying a book or a small piece of art. It doesn’t have to be a Picasso. It can be a small handmade figure or a painting by somebody unknown.
7. Bauble (świecidełko, błyskotka) – He/she has a lot of friends because they are very honest and polite at the same time. Ask straight away what she/he’d like to get or if you want to surprise him/her, ask other people what the person may like.
8. Christmas Fairy (wróżka) – It’s a very wise person. The present that would always make him/her happy is a book. Before you buy one though make sure that she/he doesn’t already have it.
9. Christmas Tree – It’s a lover of variety. He/she won’t be disappointed if you give him/her many small presents instead of a big one. For example, a colourful pen, a notebook, some sweets, a photo frame etc., in one box.
Wstaw poszczególne słowa z ramki w odpowiednie luki.
ghost; number; past; life; education; effects; born; point; something; change; whether; actors; guide; financial; poverty
Charles Dickens was ____________ (1) in Landport, Hampshire. Dickens’s father was a clerk in the navy pay office. He was well paid but often ended in ______________(2) troubles. In 1814 Dickens moved to London, and then to Chatham, where he received some ____________(3).
CHRISTMAS CAROL (1843) is one of Dickens’s most loved works, which has been adapted onto the screen a _______________(4) of times. The character of Ebenezer Scrooge, the ”squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching” miser, has attracted such _______________(5) as Seymour Hicks, Albert Finney, Michael Caine, George C. Scott and Alastair Sim. The story deals with two of Dickens’ recurrent (powtarzający się) themes, social injustice and ________________(6), the relationship between the two, and their causes and ___________(7). The first edition of A Christmas Carol was illustrated by John Leech. The story is so familiar we can almost forget the ___________(8). It’s never too late to change.
In Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser is shown his _____________(9), his present, and if he does not change, his future. The first ghost reminds him how he once enjoyed life’s pleasures. The second _______________(10) shows Scrooge his current state. The final ghost foretells (przepowiada) the likely outcome (wynik, rezultat) of his _____________(11). A Christmas Carol is not so much a Christmas story as a New Year’s story. For those of us who want to ____________(12) the course of our life, for those of us who want this year’s resolutions to actually mean _______________(13), we need to go through an Ebenezer-like process. ____________(14) your life is a bad life or an abused life or a flat life, you can use the ideas from this simple story as a ______________(15) to breaking the patterns which lead to bad ends.
1 – born; 2 – financial;
3 – education; 4 – number; 5 – actors; 6 – poverty; 7 – effects;
8 – point; 9 – past;
10 – ghost; 11 – life;
12 – change; 13 – something; 14 – whether;
15 – guide