Sweetest Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in October as a day to make someone happy.It is an occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember not only the sick，the aged，and children who have lost their parents，but also friends，workmates，relatives and neighbors 1
Over 60 years ago，when a Cleveland man noticed that some people，such as children who lost their parents and patients who lay in bed，too often felt forgotten and neglected， 2 He did this by giving them small gifts.With the help of his friends and neighbors，he gave those people small gifts on a Saturday in October.During the years that followed，other Clevelanders began to take part in the celebration，which came to be called “Sweetest Day”．Over time，the Sweetest Day idea of spreading cheer to the poor，the sick and children who had lost their parents was broadened to include everyone，and became an occasion for remembering others with a kind act or a small gift. 3
1．opportunity n． 机会；时机
2．relative n. 亲戚；亲属
3．neglect v. 疏于照顾；不予重视
A．he created the festival.
B．he developed in his mind the idea of showing them that they were remembered.
C．whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.
D．who also have lost their parents.
E．Soon the idea spread to other cities all over the USA.
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( )1.adult A．adj.原先的，最早的，最初的
( )2.immediately B．n.人物，角色；字，字体
( )3.gathering C．n.口音
( )4.summarise D．adj.退休的
( )5.character E．n.风俗，习惯；传统
( )6.attach F．vi.& vt.总结，概括
( )7.accent G．adv.即刻，马上
( )8.retired H．n.聚会
( )9.original I．n.成人，成年人
( )10.custom J．vt.贴；固定；附上
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1．Where did Tom Jenkins live?
2．Why was the character Fu attached upside down?
A．Because it looks cool.
B．Because people believe happiness arrives.
C．Because it means sweeping the dirt of the past year.
D．Because it means getting ready for the new year.
3．What is the most important thing for Xu Gang?
A．Setting off firecrackers.
C．Eating with families and friends.
D．Decorating the houses.
4．What does having dumplings mean for Li Yan?
A．It means they enjoy the family gathering.
B．It means playing with their grandchildren happily.
C．It means wishes for the coming year.
D．It means our life is becoming better.
1．Xu Gang is an exchange student in Shanghai.( )
2．Children were frightened by fireworks.( )
3．During the Spring Festival，train tickets or flights are easy to buy.( )
4．Li Yan and her husband are active in their work.( )
5．Li Yan does a lot of things to get ready for their children's homecoming.( )
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It was the first time for Tom Jenkins 1._________(spend)Spring Festival in China.He found the house 2._________(clean)from top to bottom to sweep away the dirt of the past year and get ready for the new year.It is believed 3._________happiness arrives to attach Fu to the door upside down.The night before the Spring Festival，people set off fireworks to scare 4._________the monster Nian.
Xu Gang usually goes back home 5. _________Spring Festival and choose 6._________(gift)to his parents 7._________(care)．His parents will tell him things 8._________have been happening.It was great to have hotpot with his families and friends.
Li Yan and her husband miss their children and grandchildren a lot.They start getting ready for their homecoming 9._________a few weeks.Her grandchildren run，shout and play and her children talk about the past year.They gather to enjoy dumplings which 10. (be)a sign of their wishes for health and happiness.