Christmas Idioms

A white Christmas

It refers to the snow on the ground on Christmas day.

  • Australians can never have a white Christmas. (= It almost never snows in Australia.)

Christmas came early this year

This is an expression used to say that something really good happened earlier than expected.

  • For example, if you have already received your gifts, Christmas has come early for you.

Good things come in small packages

This expression is used to mean that gifts are valuable regardless of the size of their package.

  • Puppies and kittens always remind me that good things do come in small packages.

Deck the halls

To deck the halls is to decorate your home for Christmas.

  • I decked the halls well in advance because all my children were coming home for Christmas.

Lit up / done up like a Christmas tree

Christmas trees are full of colorful and bright decorative items. When a person is lit up like a Christmas tree, they are overly dressed.

  • It doesn’t matter whether it is a Sunday or Monday, she is always lit up like a Christmas tree.

The proof is in the pudding / the proof of the pudding is in the eating

This is an expression used to mean that in order to judge the quality of something you have to test it or use it first.

  • Critics might think that he is a bad actor but his movies are all blockbusters. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Eat, drink and be merry (enjoy yourself)

  • Now that all the guests have arrived, let’s eat, drink and be merry.

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