Archive for December, 2017

Eggnog

One holiday tradition that seems to receive divided opinion among our ESL students is a beverage known as Eggnog. It may be the name that, although accurate, throws people off. In America we’re used to cooking our eggs in all forms. Still Eggnog is enjoyed all around the country as well as Hancock International College especially this time of year….

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With Candy Canes…

Candy comes in all different forms with every holiday celebrated and in America we love our candy canes. Our ESL students helped decorate our Hancock International College Christmas Tree with many Candy Canes and although the students knew the flavor they didn’t know their origin. Here’s some information about where Candy Canes come from. Whychristmas.com says, “The Christmas Candy Cane…

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What’s Cookie-ing?

There’s no shortage of cookies going around Hancock International College today. Sadly our ESL students will have to miss out but I’m sure they’re having their own parties to celebrate the holidays with cookies galore! Today is National Cookie Exchange day so we’re taking a look at what it’s like to share these fun holiday treats. Website.com says, “You’ll no…

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Holy Holly Day

Hancock International College is quieter with the students on break for the holidays. That doesn’t change that today is actually Holly Day! Our ESL students might not celebrate this day, and most Americans probably don’t either. Still this is another tradition that symbolizes Christmas and so we’re sharing history about this pretty little plant that has a rich past. Checkiday.com…

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Chestnuts Roasting

Most all Americans have heard the Christmas song lyrics, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” but not many have actually tasted roasted chestnuts this day in age. Out of curiosity I wanted to find out about the history of chestnuts in America for our ESL students and those of us at Hancock International College who may not know much about…

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Hot Chocolate

Some like it hot and some like it cold. Like how many of our ESL students prefer warm water rather than the American tradition of cold water. A holiday tradition is for Americans to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and sometimes even a peppermint stick inside. We at Hancock International College are no exception to this sweet…

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Gingerbread Houses

American families have many different traditions around the holidays. Some have games, feasts, vacations or events. Some…like a few of us here at Hancock International College… make Gingerbread houses. Our ESL students have seen them before. Epicureandculture.com, “Gingerbread has been around for thousands of years, since the times of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. During its early days, it was…

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America’s Online

The Christmas season in America is all about shopping online these days. These days online shopping is becoming more and more prevalent. And it’s putting brick and mortar stores out of business! Our ESL students are still having to deal with the foot traffic of shoppers when they’re not at Hancock International College, but in years to come shopping will…

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Letter Writing Day

This time of year families at Hancock International College begin to send and receive Holiday Greeting Cards. Writing letters of course used to be an everyday occurrence but this day and age has become rare and thus even more meaningful. Our ESL students might even want to try sending a picture and a card back home to share their joy…

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Jolly Old Saint Nick?

Americans know the name Saint Nick to mean Santa Clause. Like many words in the English language, our ESL students sometimes get confused by Santa’s many names! This man however is not Santa Clause but his actions may have had some influence. As Hancock International College gets closer to Christmas we wanted to share about some history behind what made…

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