This is a further list of Christmas words. Our original list of Christmas vocabulary is here. This new list of ESL Christmas vocabulary words are an excellent way to teach your students to enjoy learning about the Christmas culture that their teachers grew up with, and hold so close to their heart. Also, when I was teaching English overseas, I found it was such a nice feeling to be able to celebrate by teaching Christmas words, and therefore the culture of the season, even if I wasn’t with my family back home. Enjoy these Christmas words with your students.
Christmas is a holiday in the western world which is celebrated by putting up a Christmas tree, decorating it, and by giving gifts. The meaning of the holiday is really to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and is therefore a religious holiday celebrated by Christians. Not all people or religions celebrate Christmas of course, but it is still a holiday across the western nations.
Advent: The month leading up to Christmas.
Angel: An angel is a nice Christmas symbol, which you usually see as a Christmas decoration on Christmas trees. Kids also like to make ‘snow angels’.
Bethlehem: A small town in the Middle East that is believed to have been the birthplace of Jesus Christ. This is often spoken of in the story of the first Christmas, the three wisemen, etc..
Christianity: The religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Christmas: The annual Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th.
Christmas Cake: A rich fruit cake covered with icing that is traditionally eaten on Christmas day.
Christmas Candle: A cylinder shaped object made from wax, with a central wick, made from string. Lit as decoration during Christmas.
Christmas Card: A greetings card that people send to friends and family at Christmas.
Christmas Carol: A religious song that people sing during Christmas.
Christmas Day: The birthday of Jesus Christ, 25th December.
Christmas Eve: The day before Christmas day, 24th December.
Christmas Present: A gift that is given to a friend or family member, to be opened on Christmas day.
Christmas Tree: An evergreen tree, decorated with lights and displayed during Christmas, either inside or outside. Sometimes an artificial version of these trees will be used indoors.
Christmas Cracker: A decorated tube of card, containing small gifts, that makes a cracking noise when pulled apart. Traditionally, two people will share a cracker on Christmas day, each pulling from one side of the cracker. The person who ends up with the largest piece of the cracker keeps the gifts inside.
Christmas Decoration: Paper or foil cut into Christmas themed shapes, draped over Christmas trees, or from ceilings, walls or on top of houses and other buildings. Can also be solid ornaments that are Christmas themed and placed upon any surface indoors.
Christmas Turkey: A large bird, similar to a chicken that is traditionally baked in an oven and served as the main meal on Christmas day. Normally, the Turkey will be carved and served by the head of the family.
Snowman: a large man or woman made of snow.
Eggnog: A traditional alcoholic drink, made from milk and beaten eggs and drunk by some during Christmas.
Father Christmas: Young children believe in this imaginary person, who is said to deliver Christmas presents to children on the night before Christmas day. Also known as Santa Claus, he is portrayed as an old man in a red suit, with long white hair and a white beard.
Holly: The prickly dark green leaves and red berries of this plant and used to make decorations during Christmas. Often used to create holly wreaths. A circular ornament that is pinned to doors during Christmas.
Mistletoe: The leaves and white berries of this plant are traditionally hung overhead during Christmas. Traditionally, when two people pass under the mistletoe at the same time, they are expected to exchange a kiss
The Star of Bethlehem: The star that announced the birth of Jesus and guided the wise men to find him.
Have fun learning these Christmas words.
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