The origins of Christmas trees can be found in the past and also in Europe we have a lot of traditions.
The main traditions come from Germany but it was with Queen Victoria that the Christmas tree became a tradition in most British families.
I found this useful page about the history describing this tradition :
For my blog created this year for my English language learners I am going to use this short video which will be given as listening activity and homework to my students:
Since I am teaching in a school of Art I would like my students to search paintings and pictures about this tradition online.
They could use the images they have found to describe them and speak about them.
Here are some nice paintings which could be described by my first year students:
Eastman Johnson [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
By William James Glackens [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Carl Larsson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The language structures will be related to descriptions of places and people. I expect them to tell me what's happening in the pictures and paintings and I would like my students to focus on adjectives that might describe what people might think and how they are feeling.
It might be interesting to check which images they like and why and how they chose them.