A good idea for a lesson at this time of year is to look back at what happened around the world over the previous 12 months. This slideshow forms the basis of a quiz about people and events that made the news in 2012. I created it for use in class with my EM Normandie students. The quiz is in two parts. To see the questions and answers for the first part (and get the hyperlinks to work), you'll have to download the PowerPoint version and check the Comments for each slide.
I put the class into teams of three students. For Part 1, I asked each team in turn to choose a question, and gave them a maximum of three points depending on how complete their answer was. If they couldn't answer, I threw it open to the rest of the class. In Part 2 (Who Is It?), the first team to give the correct answer got a point. The winning team won a packet of Hobnob chocolate biscuits (it is Christmas, after all).