‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY …
It’s this time of year again … In a large part of the world it’s winter, it’s Christmas, and New Year is right round the corner.
People gather round the TV more, and there’s a lot of cooking going on.
Here’s why you need the word ‘season’ for all these situations.
The year can be marked by
- the weather
- sports and activities
• Climate often characterizes a period of the year, which is called a season.
In some parts of the world, there are four seasons: spring, summer, autumn (Am.E.: fall) and winter.
Other parts of the world might have two of them: the rainy season and the dry season.
Hotels and flights are often fully booked in high season / peak season.
It’s therefore easier and more economical to travel during off season.
• Sports and activities
The basketball season started in October.
It’s deer hunting season right now.
• Fruit and vegetables
The asparagus season is in spring.
Strawberries are usually in season from April to June.
Oysters used to be out of season from May to August.
• Festivities can mark a season, too, for example Christmas and New Year.
• “Season’s Greetings” is an expression you will often find on cards around Christmas and New Year.
• “‘Tis the season to be jolly” is the second line of the Christmas carol “Deck the Halls”. It’s one of my favourites; you can listen to a version of it here.
Do you watch your favourite series in English? If so, great job, and keep it up!
The “chapters” of a series are called episodes. A complete cycle of episodes makes a season.
Friends has ten seasons.
Stranger Things has had two seasons so far.
• During important festivities, such as Christmas, food is more important than ever.
And to give food the right taste, we must season it by adding salt, spices and herbs to it.
A mix of salt, herbs and condiments is called seasoning.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
What’s your favourite season of the year?