Christmas related idioms and phrases
Meaning: a small gift, especially one that is placed in a Christmas stocking
Example: Mary went to the store today to look for some stocking stuffers for the children.
To trim the tree
Meaning: to decorate the Christmas tree with ribbons, lights, ornaments etc.
Example: My family usually trims the Christmas tree with red and green lights and wooden ornaments.
Meaning: a Christmas with snow
Example: In London seldom do we get a white Christmas.
The holiday spirit
Meaning: excitement about the holiday
Example: December isn’t here yet and I’m already feeling the holiday spirit.
Be my guest
Meaning: a polite way to let someone know that they should help themselves to something
Example: Do you mind if I get that last piece of the fruit cake? Be my guest.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
Meaning: don’t be ungrateful for a gift you received
Example: Oh no, I don’t like historical novels. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
To beat the holiday blues
Meaning: to overcome the stress and frustration resulting from holiday preparation or resulting from the need to get back to your usual routine after a holiday
Example: When I want to beat the holiday blues I always think about the fact that soon it will be over.
Good things come in small packages
Meaning: a present should not be judged by its size, because sometimes the smallest gifts are the best
Example: At first I was saddened by the size of my gift, but I thought to myself that good things come in small packages. I was not mistaken, because inside there were keys to a new car!
Christmas comes but once a year
Meaning: Christmas comes once a year and we should enjoy it to the fullest, often used as an excuse to spend more or indulge in food
Example: Sue do you want another piece of the cake? Sure, why not? Christmas comes but once a year.
Christmas came early (this year)
Meaning: when someone receives some unexpected good news
Example: Did you hear that Janice is pregnant? Christmas came early this year for her and Matthew.
The more the merrier
Meaning: the more people there are, the better the situation will be
Example: Can I bring my girlfriend to the holiday party? Sure, the more the merrier.
Be there with bells on
Meaning: said in response to an invitation and meaning you will happily go
Example: Mom, will you come to my Christmas play at school? Of course, I will be there with bells on.
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