No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, the lessons they teach are applicable in many aspects of your life – including your business.






Answer the questions:


  1. What are some common themes between Christmas and Chanukah?
  2. How do the stories behind Christmas and Chanukah have value in everyday life?
  3. What is the significance of community in both holidays?
  4. What does Christmas celebrate in terms of community, and how does it relate to business?
  5. How does Chanukah celebrate the power of people, and what lessons can be applied to the business world?
  6. What is the message of hope in both Christmas and Chanukah?
  7. How does the story of the oil lasting eight days during Chanukah symbolize faith?


  • applicable – relevant to a particular situation
  • humble – not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive
  • itinerant – travelling from one place to another
  • to forge – to make or produce something, especially with some difficulty
  • to subjugate – to take complete control of a group people, especially by defeating them in a war
  • to blaze a trail  – to do something that has never been done before


Practice makes perfect

Match the words in bold to their definitions below.

Between visiting friends and family, back-to-back dinners and events, it’s no wonder the holiday season is one of the most wonderful and overwhelming times of the year. For many, hunting for the best Christmas gifts adds to the seasonal angst, especially for those who don’t know where to start. Our recommendation? (…)

We’ve compiled a list of fun, luxurious and thoughtful Christmas gift ideas we’d recommend for anyone. (…) Read on to shop 64 of the best Christmas gifts available, and prepare to cross everyone off your shopping list in one fell swoop. (…)

A Festive Set Of Flutes (…)

These stunning crystal flutes (…) call for a celebration. Their scarlet red hue makes them the ultimate Christmas gift, and really, who wouldn’t want to break them out a few days later to ring in 2024?

A Premium Pair Of Wireless Headphones (…)

A truly great pair of wireless headphones simply can’t be beat. (…) Designed to play crystal-clear music precisely as the artist intended, their tech specs are unbeatable—and they offer premium comfort and style, with luxe memory foam earpads and sleek metal details that will also look great on back-to-back Zoom meetings. (…)

Blue Nile The Perfect Diamond Hoops (…)

The timeless design of these dazzling Blue Nile diamond hoops makes them well worth the investment for a special person on your list. The earrings are available in 14kt white or yellow gold with a secure, hinged snap-back closure. Designed with pavé-set diamonds, the dainty hoops come in styles as petite as 0.25 tcw, but you can opt for a variety of weights, all the way up to a stunning and dramatic 10 tcw. (…)  

A Trio Of Cheerful Cheese Knives (…)

(…) Made from stainless steel with a golden finish, their handles are decked out in a red tartan print—and you just know that they’ll be a holiday staple for years to come. (…)

A New Tablet For Work Or Play (…)

Whether you’re shopping for a parent, spouse or tricky teen, the Apple iPad won’t disappoint. The 10th generation tablet comes stocked with a 10.9-inch full-screen display, 12 megapixel front and rear camera and lightning fast processing, making it the perfect choice for gaming, binge-watching or homework. (…)

Comfy Slippers That Can Be Worn Anywhere (…)

It’s hard to find slippers more comfortable than this pair from UGG, thanks to their soft sheepskin construction and cushioned insoles. Plus, the sturdy, yet lightweight bottoms mean you can slip them on to make quick runs outside to check the mailbox or walk the dog. (…)

A Splurge-Worthy Fragrance Set (…)

If you’re planning to give the gift of perfume, consider adding Parfums de Marly’s Delina Coffret to the very top of your list. The luxe fragrance—which seamlessly blends notes of Turkish rose, lychee, peony, vanilla and cashmere wood—is consistently a bestseller for a reason. So much so, it’s worth splurging on this holiday set, which includes two bottles of Delina (one 75ml and one 30ml) that will have everyone asking what scent she’s wearing.


1. to celebrate the start of a special occasion, especially the New Year, sometimes by ringing bells

2. a main product or part of something

3. strongly built; robust:

4. a feeling of anxiety, apprehension, or insecurity

5. to be better

6. watching many or all episodes of (a TV series) in rapid succession

7. with a single, quick action or effort

8. to decide on something from two or more possibilities

9. spending (money) freely or extravagantly

10. a colour


Key: 1.ring in; 2.staple; 3. sturdy; 4. angst; 5. beat; 6. binge-watching; 7. in one fell swoop; 8. opt for; 9. splurging; 10. hue

In order to read the whole article, go to: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-personal-shopper/article/best-gifts-for-christmas


Fill in the sentence gaps with the words in bold below.


staple                 splurge                 sturdy                 humble             applicable


1. Why is this policy ………… only in public schools?


2. It was our anniversary so we decided to ………….. .


3. That ladder doesn’t look ……….. enough to hold you.


4. You’re being quite ………. about the results and your role in the project.


5. Romantic fiction and reference books are a ………… of many public libraries.


Key: 1. applicable; 2. splurge; 3. sturdy; 4. humble; 5. staple


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