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Many people look forward to sweet treats during the Christmas holidays. Fruitcake is part of the Christmas celebration in many countries. This rich cake is made with spices, dried fruit and nuts. The best fruitcakes are 50 percent fruit and nuts. To come in America, however, fruitcake is not appealing. They don’t think it tastes good, and it’s usually stale. People who receive one often regift it rather than eat it.

celebration:慶祝、慶祝會
spice:香料
nut:堅果、核果
appealing:有吸引力的、迎合愛好的
stale:不新鮮的、走味的、令人厭倦的、缺乏新鮮感的
regift:把收到的禮物再轉送出去
gift:禮物

Christmas cookies, on the other hand, are warmly welcomed. People usually bake these fancy cookies at home. Sugar cookies are the most popular. They are cut out on Christmas-themed shapes and decorated with frosting and colored sugar. People often make plates of these special cookies to give away as gifts.

decorated:裝飾
frosting:糖霜
frost:在蛋糕上灑糖霜

Sweet and spicy gingerbread is another traditional favorite. Some people make gingerbread cookies. Others make elegant houses from gingerbread and decorate them with frosting and candy. Some towns even have contests for gingerbread house builders.

Everyone enjoys the Christmas season – especially the treats that come with the season!

spicy:辛辣的、加有辛香料的
gingerbread:薑餅
elegant:優美的、雅緻的
contest:爭奪、競賽


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