Christmas Vocabulary

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This comprehensive Christmas and winter holiday vocabulary word list can be used in the classroom in so many ways. Use it to inspire word walls, word searches, puzzles, Hangman and Bingo games, crafts, worksheets, story starters, creative writing word banks, and a wide variety of elementary lesson plans in almost any subject.


  • Advent: The arrival of someone or something important. The coming (or second coming) of Jesus Christ; the month leading up to Christmas.
  • Angel: A spiritual being acting as a messenger of God (usually shown as a human being with wings).
  • Berry: A small round fruit.
  • Bethlehem: The small town in the Middle East believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
  • Candle: A cylinder of wax with a central wick (like string) which burns to produce light.
  • Chimney: A vertical pipe in a house that allows smoke and gases to escape from a fireplace (Father Christmas traditionally enters a house through its chimney).
  • Christ: The title of Jesus (also used as His name).
  • Christian: A person who believes in Christianity; also an adjective.
  • Christianity: The religion based on the teachings and person of Jesus Christ.
  • Christmas: The annual Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas Day is on 25 December).
  • Christmas cake: A rich fruit cake covered with white icing, eaten at Christmas.
  • Christmas card: A greetings card that people send to friends and family at Christmas.
  • Christmas carol: A religious song or popular hymn that people sing at Christmas.
  • Christmas Day: 25 December, the birthday of Jesus Christ.
  • Christmas Eve: The evening or day before Christmas Day (24 December).
  • Christmas holidays: The holiday period for about a week before and after Christmas Day.
  • Christmas present: A gift or present given at Christmas.
  • 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.
  • Father Christmas: An imaginary being who brings presents for children on the night before Christmas Day (also known as Santa Claus) – traditionally an old man with a red suit and white beard.
  • Fireplace: A partly enclosed space in a house where people light a fire for warmth.
  • Frankincense: A gum used for incense, one of the gifts that the three wise men gave to Jesus.
  • Gold: A yellow precious metal, one of the gifts that the three wise men gave to Jesus.
  • Holly: An evergreen plant with prickly dark green leaves and red berries.
  • Jesus: The name of Christ, the central figure of Christianity (believed by Christians to be the Son of God).
  • Joseph: The husband of Mary (the mother of Jesus).
  • Magi: The wise men from the East who brought gifts for the baby Jesus.
  • Manger: A trough for food for horses or cattle (used by Mary as a cradle or bed for Jesus).
  • Mary: The mother of Jesus.
  • Mistletoe: A parasitic plant with white berries, traditionally used as a Christmas decoration.
  • Myrrh: A gum used for perfume or incense, one of the gifts that the three wise men gave to Jesus.
  • Nativity: The birth of a person.
  • The Nativity: The birth of Jesus Christ.
  • 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.
  • New Year’s Day: 1 January.
  • New Year’s Eve: 31 December.
  • 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: An imaginary being who brings presents for children on the night before Christmas Day (also known as Father Christmas) – traditionally an old man with a red suit and white beard (Santa Claus may be based in part on the historical figure of Saint Nicholas).
  • 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 vapor 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.
  • The star of Bethlehem: The star that announced the birth of Jesus and guided the wise men to find Him.
  • 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.


  • What Christmas related words do you know?
  • For you, what were the most difficult words to learn?

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