Video tip: Season’s Greetings

Video tip: Season’s Greetings

Teaching tip

Watch and enjoy Lynda’s video about writing Christmas letters.





Tip: If you would like to do some extension activities with these letters, then how about the following?


Send a reply

When students have written their letters ask another student to write a reply. Give some helpful phrases:

Thank you for your _________ letter.

I was pleased to hear that you are ...

And it was good to know that your ...

I was surprised that you …

I am sorry that…

Best wishes

Make a phone call

Instead of writing a letter in reply, ask students to make a phone call. I’ve just received your letter – it was lovely to hear from you. Tell me more about your...


Who wrote it?

Write a few examples from Christmas letters from the famous, for example:

  1. Melania and I have travelled a lot this year. We have been to a lot of countries. Some really great countries.
  2. Our lovely little boy Archie was born in May and my mom came from America to help with the birth.
  3. I’ve had a busy year like the other 67 years I’ve done this job.


Key: a) Donald Trump, b) Meghan Markle, c) Elizabeth II


Ask students to write a line from a Christmas letter from someone famous: Angela Merkel, Friedrich Merz, Barack Obama, Theresa May, Vladimir Putin, Ursula von der Leyen. Or any other famous people students can think of. Each student should read out their sentences and the rest of the class should guess the author.

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