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December 15, 2021

Christmas Words and Phrases to Enhance Your Holiday!

As the Holiday Season reaches its apex, the dark of winter explodes into a celebration of color and light. Christmas has arrived. And while it is commemorated in different ways across those parts of the world where it is celebrated, it can often be counted on to bring together families and friends for a special day.
But, with such a long history, with the first recorded Christmas celebration taking place in 336 AD, and people from so many different cultures observing the day, there is so much to learn. So, read on to find out some fun facts you may not have known about Christmas, and even pick up a Christmas related word or two that could help you in a future game of Words With Friends!

What is Christmas?

Christmas is an annual tradition, based on the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Though the exact date of Jesus’s birth remains unknown, the celebration is held every year on December 25th. Different religions celebrate Christmas later; with some orthodox branches celebrating as late as January 19th.

However, as the holiday has become more popular, Christmas has become a non-secular holiday, celebrated by people of other religions, as well as the non-religious. For these groups, Christmas is a time to come together as a family.

Christmas is a holiday which is famous for its decorations. These decorations reflect both the religious, and secular aspects of the holiday. The birth of Jesus is commemorated with images of the North Star, which led the Magi to the place where Jesus was born, as well as Nativity scenes, showing the baby Jesus in the manger. The secular celebrations focus around colorful lights, decorated Christmas trees, and depictions of Santa Claus and his elves, who work hard to bring toys for the children.

Things to do on Christmas

Attend a Religious Service

Although Christmas is now celebrated by non-Christians and Christians alike, it does hold roots as the observation of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. As such, many Christians go to a church service, either on Christmas Day itself, or on Christmas Eve, the night before.

Decorate

Part of the Joy of Christmas is the light and color it provides to the dark of winter. As such, holiday decorations can be seen in almost any Christmas-observant country, both on the streets and in the home. It is common to see streets lined by trees strung with colorful lights, and stores putting up Christmas displays. In the home, it is common to have a Christmas Tree, usually fir, covered in lights and decorations.

Sing Carols

Whether on the radio, or in person, Christmas music is unlike any other, and really sets the mood of the season. Whether traditional Christmas church hymns, old classics, or new favorites, there is sure to be a tune which gets you ready for Christmas Day!

Give Gifts

Many Christmas traditions involve the passing of gifts. Sometimes these gifts are large, wrapped and placed under a tree, and sometimes they are small, and given by hand. In some places, children are encouraged to write lists of the gifts they wish to receive, which are then sent off to Santa Claus, in hopes that he will bring them goodies!

And make sure to take advantage of all the fun gifts and events in Words With Friends! Check out our Merry Market Rewards Pass through the end of the year!

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Germany

Christmastime in Germany is marked by the markets which pop up in towns and cities. These markets sell a wide array of food and drink, including mulled wine, a German Christmas specialty, as well as a variety of hand-crafted goods.

Malaysia

Due to a low population of Christians, Christmas in Malaysia is much more secular than in other parts of the world. Public spaces will be adorned with elaborate trees and decorations, and the holiday is rung in with large firework displays!

New Zealand

Unlike countries in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas in New Zealand actually takes place in the middle of the summer. As such, many New Zealand Christmases are celebrated with a trip to the beach.

Christmas Words

Let’s take a look at fourteen useful words related to Christmas that you may be able to use in a game of Words With Friends! We’ve even included the points these words will score you in a game of Words With Friends!

  • Garland

    12 points

    A circular or spiral arrangement of intertwined material, such as flowers or leaves.

  • Mistletoe

    13 points

    A European semiparasitic green shrub with thick leaves, small yellowish flowers, and waxy-white glutinous berries.

    Fun fact: Christmas tradition involves hanging mistletoe around the house. If two people pass under the mistletoe at the same time, tradition says they have to kiss!

  • Ornament

    13 points

    Something that lends grace, beauty, or festivity.

  • Wreath

    11 points

    A decorative arrangement of foliage or flowers on a circular base.

  • Myrrh

    12 points

    A yellowish-brown to reddish-brown aromatic gum resin with a bitter slightly pungent taste obtained from a tree of eastern Africa and Arabia.

    Fun Fact: According to Christian lore, Myrrh was one of the gifts the Magi brought with them when they first visited Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the manger.

  • Frozen

    19 points

    Subject to long and severe cold.

  • Advent

    12 points

    The period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting.

  • Chimney

    18 points

    A vertical structure incorporated into a building and enclosing a flue or flues that carry off smoke.

    Fun Fact: According to Christmas tales, Santa Claus lands his sleigh, pulled by flying reindeer, on roofs. Then, he descends the chimney in order to leave his gifts under the tree. So make sure your fireplace is clear, and you’ve left milk and cookies for Santa!

  • Present

    11 points

    To make a gift to.

  • Reindeer

    10 points

    A large gregarious deer of Holarctic taiga and tundra that usually has palmate antlers in both sexes —used especially for one of the New World.

  • Sleigh

    11 points

    An open, usually horse-drawn, vehicle with runners for use on snow or ice.

    Fun Fact: The term “gravy” first appears in Middle English as gravé and is presumed to derive from French, since the word may be found in numerous medieval French cookbooks.

  • Grinch

    14 points

    A grumpy person who spoils the pleasure of others.

    Fun fact: The Grinch is a famous Christmastime character, due to the classic Dr. Seuss story ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. It is a tale of a Christmas-hating miser, who tries to ruin the holiday for everyone else, but ends up learning the true meaning of Christmas, himself!

  • Fruitcake

    20 points

    A rich cake containing nuts, dried or candied fruits, and spices.

  • Snowman

    15 points

    A snow shaped to resemble a human figure.

  • Rejoice

    19 points

    To feel joy or great delight.

  • Candy

    12 points

    A confection made with sugar and often flavoring and filling.

  • Holly

    11 points

    A spiny-margined evergreen leaves and usually red berries often used for Christmas decorations.

  • Festive

    14 points

    Of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival.

  • Elves

    10 points

    An imaginary being usually having a small human form and magical powers.

    Fun fact: In the secular lore of Christmas, all the toys which Santa Claus delivers to children on Christmas Eve are made by a team of hard-working Elves.

  • Pudding

    16 points

    A boiled or baked soft food usually with a cereal base.

The Words With Friends team wishes you a very Merry Christmas! Celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings you have in life. After all, that’s what the holiday is all about!

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