Idioms related to Christmas - eAge Tutor

Idioms related to Christmas


December is a month of celebration and holidays. Christmas is the much-awaited festival among all other festivals. It  is a festival of sharing joy, spreading happiness and sending gifts to your loved ones. In today’s blog, we’ll explain idioms related to Christmas that will help you while conversing with friends in English.


8 Christmas idioms you must know:

1. Tis the season

Tis the season is an old way of contracting “it” and “is.” This idiom is abbreviated from a line in a Christmas carol: “‘Tis the season to be jolly.” The word “jolly” means “happy” and hence Tis the season came. However, these days it is only used in traditional songs or poetry.

E.g. I am excited for Christmas as tis the season makes me happy.

2. Ho Ho Ho!

It is a tradition wherein a fat, bearded man in a red suit slips through chimneys to leave gifts for the children. “ho ho ho” is an imitation of the old man’s laughter.

3. Christmas comes but once a year

This idiom is used as an excuse for spending excess on food or on gifts, as it comes once. However, this proverb expresses that people need to be kind to each other all year rather than just during the holidays.

4. Good things come in small packages

This idiom lets one know that the size of a gift doesn’t matter and doesn’t limit what is inside. You will not know until you open it. In the same way, a small person may have a big heart.

5. White Christmas

White Christmas is said when it snows at Christmas time. Some describe this as the prettiest holiday when it has snowed.

6. Deck the Halls

Decking the halls means decorating the halls with branches from a holy tree as per the old tradition. With years passing by, people deck their halls with blinking lights, pine branches, popcorn strung on strands of thread, and glittery garland.

7. Trim the Tree

No, it doesn’t mean cutting the tree. Trimming the tree means decorating the pine tree with ornaments, lights, and all glittery things.

8. There’s no place like home for the Holidays

This old idiom means that the best place to celebrate the holidays is with the family. Everyone returns to their parents’ home and families gather to celebrate holidays and gift-giving.

The above idioms will help you discuss idioms related to Christmas. While you read, these idioms, don’t forget to celebrate your holidays with families and friends. Merry Christmas!

Hope the above explanation helped you gain more knowledge and communications tips to use those idioms in your day to day communication to become more familiar with the vocabulary. You can even browse through our other related articles encapsulated in various categories of communication skills and usage.

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