The presents, the food, the holiday cheer—Christmas is just about here. Are you excited? While some of us don’t know a life without Christmas, others from other countries and cultures might not understand how important Christmas and its traditions are to those who celebrate the wintertime holiday.
We can all understand the lavish dinners, the Christmas trees, and the presents—but what about the idioms and phrases that surround such a popular holiday? For those who don’t celebrate Christmas or aren’t aware of its customs, a lot of these holiday-specific terms might not make any sense at all.
In this blog, Pronunciation Workshop—a leader in online English pronunciation courses—will take a look at some of the most common Christmas-related idioms and phrases. Learn them now, and try therm out during the holiday season!
Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Often used as an excuse to overindulge during the holiday season, this phrase means that, because of the rarity of a situation, it’s important to take advantage of good fortune while you can. That good fortune might not come around for awhile.
White Christmas - Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? That means you want some snowfall on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.
Cancel One’s Christmas - To kill someone. We never promised that all of these Christmas phrases would be cheerful.
Meet Me Under The Mistletoe - If a handsome man or woman says this to you at a Christmas party, it means that they want to give you a big old smooch on the lips. Congratulations… or watch out!
‘Tis The Season - This phrase is here to remind us that the Christmas season is upon us, and it’s also here to say “It’s the Christmas season, so why not have another cookie? Why not spend a little extra on Christmas gifts.” Christmas is not like other times of the year, so feel free to indulge and give freely and really enjoy the season to its fullest. After all, Christmas comes but once a year.
Bah, Humbug! - A classic line from fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol.” this phrase is used to let people know that you do not like the Christmas happenings and Christmas cheer around you. If you utter this phrase, realize that you’ll be accused of being a total Scrooge who is ruining the holiday cheer around you.
Trim The Tree - This is not a phrase about actually trimming a tree. Rather, it’s a phrase used to describe decorating a tree with garland, lights, ornaments, and of course, candy canes.
Like Turkeys Voting For Christmas - A phrase used to describe a person or a group who votes for or advocates for something against their own best interests. That Christmas turkey sure is delicious, though.
Christmas Tree Bill - A bill in US Congress that starts as a simple bill, but attracts many unrelated and unimportant additions, much like ornaments being added to a Christmas tree.