Christmas Dictation_intermediate

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!

Christmas traditions which started in the 19th century that are connected with Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve was believed to be a magical time, so people practised out what will happen to them in the future.
One of the traditions is shoe throwing. Stand about two metres from your door, take a shoe into your hand, , and throw the shoe in the direction of the door. If the shoe points out of the door, it means that you will get married in the following year. If the house, it means that you will stay at home.
Another custom used to predict a person's future was . Heat the lead over a fire and then pour it into water. The various resulting shapes will tell you about your future. For example, straight line means that you will have a happy life, two circles mean marriage, and one circle means that you .
Another very common tradition practised in Czech families is to cut an apple across . The star in the apple means that you will be happy and healthy. However, if you see a cross, it means that you will die. If the apple, you will probably be sick.
Merry Christmas