Life Style / Christmas Glossary
A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens classic story about greed at Christmas. The most famous character, Scrooge, is now a synonym for a stingy person. You may hear people say, Don’t be a Scrooge.
Advent: The coming (or second coming) of Jesus Christ; the month leading up to Christmas. Also in modern days this also signifies the beginning of Christmas shopping.
Angel: A spiritual being acting as a messenger of God (usually shown as a human being with wings).
Berry: A small round fruit, also used as a common Christmas decoration.
Bethlehem: The small town in the Middle East believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
Candle: A cylinder of wax with a central wick (like string) which burns to produce light.
Carving The Bird: Cutting the meat and handing it out to people is called ‘carving’ the bird.
Chestnuts: Are commonly eaten at Christmas. There’s a famous Christmas song, Chestnuts roasting by an open fire.
Chimney: A vertical pipe in a house that allows smoke and gases to escape from a fireplace (Santa Clause traditionally enters a house through its chimney)
Christ: The title of Jesus (also used as His name)
Christian: A person who believes in Christianity; also an adjective.
Christianity: The religion based on the teachings and person of Jesus Christ.
Christmas: The annual Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas Day is on December 25th).
Christmas Cake: A rich fruit cake covered with white icing, eaten at Christmas.
Christmas Card: A greetings card that people send to friends and family at Christmas. Also usually given with any gift.
Christmas Carol: A religious song or popular hymn that people sing at Christmas
Christmas Carolers: Christmas songs and carolers are groups of people that walk down a street going from house to house singing Christmas carols. Usually the people in the house will come to the door and watch . . . View Full Definition
Christmas Dinner: A big dinner on Christmas day. Usually families gather together for Christmas dinner.
Christmas Eve: The evening of December 24, also called “The night before Christmas.”
Christmas Greetings: There are many greetings that people use at Christmas, but the most common are “Merry Christmas,” “Season’s Greetings,” and “Happy New Year,” although some people say “Happy New Year’s” whic . . . View Full Definition
Christmas Holidays: The holiday period for about a week before and after Christmas Day
Christmas Lights: Strings of lights used to decorate the Christmas tree. Many people also put up Christmas lights on houses and decorate their trees outside with lights, too. It’s quite a sight to drive aroun . . . View Full Definition
Christmas Ornaments: Are ornaments used to decorate the tree and placed around the house.
Christmas Present: A gift or present given at Christmas
Christmas Shopping: There is so much shopping to be done at Christmas that people refer to it as their “Christmas shopping.” You might hear someone say, “Have you finished your Christmas shopping?”