Christmas words

Vocabulary words for the Christmas season.

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  1. Bethlehem
    a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born
  2. candy cane
    a hard candy in the shape of a rod (usually with stripes)
  3. caroling
    singing joyful religious songs (especially at Christmas)
  4. Christmas
    a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ
  5. Christmas cactus
    epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winter
  6. Christmas card
    a card expressing a Christmas greeting
  7. Christmas carol
    joyful religious song celebrating the birth of Christ
  8. Christmas Day
    a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ
  9. Christmas pudding
    a rich steamed or boiled pudding that resembles cake
  10. Christmas tree
    an ornamented evergreen used as a Christmas decoration
  11. Christmastide
    period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6
  12. Christmastime
    period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6
  13. decoration
    the act of adorning something
  14. evergreen
    a plant having foliage that persists and remains green throughout the year
  15. Father Christmas
    the legendary patron saint of children
  16. frankincense
    an aromatic gum resin formerly valued for worship
  17. gift
    something acquired without compensation
  18. greeting card
    a card sent to express personal greetings
  19. holiday season
    a time when many people take holidays
  20. holly
    any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
  21. merrymaking
    a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
  22. mistletoe
    Old World parasitic shrub having branching greenish stems with leathery leaves and waxy white glutinous berries; the traditional mistletoe of Christmas
  23. myrrh
    aromatic resin that is burned as incense and used in perfume
  24. Nativity
    the theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father; Christians believe that Jesus's birth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miracles; the Nativity is celebrated at Christmas
  25. nativity
    the event of being born
  26. pageant
    an elaborate exhibition or procession
  27. peppermint
    red gum tree of Tasmania
  28. poinsettia
    tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers
  29. Saint Nicholas
    a bishop in Asia Minor who is associated with Santa Claus
  30. Santa
    the legendary patron saint of children
  31. Santa Claus
    the legendary patron saint of children
  32. scrooge
    a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
  33. wassailer
    someone who enjoys riotous drinking
  34. winter solstice
    December 22, when the sun is at its southernmost point
  35. Xmas
    a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ
  36. Yule
    period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

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