Brush up on your Christmas vocabulary

With Christmas fast approaching, here is the chance to brush up on some English vocabulary for Christmas.

advent the arrival of someone or something important. An advent calendar is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas
Christmas the annual Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas Day is on 25 December)
Christmas carol a religious song or popular hymn that people sing at Christmas
Christmas Eve the evening or day before Christmas Day (24 December)
Christmas tree an evergreen tree (often a spruce) that people decorate with lights and ornaments at Christmas
cracker a decorated paper tube that makes a sharp noise (“crack!”) and releases a small toy when two people pull it apart
decoration something that adds beauty; ornament
egg-nog a traditional Christmas drink made of alcohol with beaten eggs and milk
holly an evergreen plant with prickly dark green leaves and red berries
manger a trough for food for horses or cattle (used by Mary as a cradle or bed for Jesus)
mistletoe a parasitic plant with white berries, traditionally used as a Christmas decoration
nativity play a play that people perform at Christmas based on the birth of Jesus
new year the start of a year; the period just before and after 1 January
ornament an object that adds beauty to something; a decoration
present a thing given to somebody as a gift.
reindeer a deer with large antlers found in some cold climates (believed to pull the sleigh for Santa Claus or Father Christmas)
Santa Claus also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or simply “Santa”, is a figure who, in many Western cultures brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24
shepherd a person who looks after sheep
sleigh a sledge or light cart on runners pulled by horses or reindeer over snow and ice
snow water vapour from the sky that falls as white flakes and covers the ground
star a bright point in the night sky which is a large, distant incandescent body like the sun
tinsel a decoration consisting of thin strips of shiny metal foil, traditionally used at Christmas
turkey a bird like a large chicken, traditionally eaten at Christmas
white Christmas a Christmas with snow on the ground
Xmas abbreviation or informal term for Christmas

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tuyet
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 13:11:48

    these words about christmas are useful. thank you so much.


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