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Christmas comes, but once a year

  • December 12, 2011
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Holidays are scattered throughout the year to keep mankind from throttling each other in boredom, so use this season to relax and have some fun!

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Visit Friends and Family
Christmas is a time for appreciating those we care for. Take some flowers to your mom, or spend quality time with someone you haven’t seen for a while.

Send Christmas Cards
A pretty card brightens the darkest day, and sitting down to fill out a small box of them warms the spirit. Even a few Christmas postcards to one or two special people will spread “good cheer.”

Eat Turkey
By 4 p.m. on Christmas Day, seventy-five percent of America will be passed out on the couch, bellies stuffed, watching television in a “turkey coma.” Rise up and join them! Or rather, lie down and join them. Turkey is comparatively low in calories–perfect for gleeful gorging.

Give Presents
Again, Christmas is about showing friends and family that they are loved. Even the hardest heart melts to see the happiness on a loved one’s face when opening a Christmas gift.

Make a Wish
Christmas is a magical time of year. The next time you see a lighted tree twinkling in the darkness of your neighborhood, make a wish!

Pull a Cracker
Fireworks are not just for summer–there are Christmas “crackers” that look like big, jolly-colored Tootsie rolls, popular across the pond. Grasp it at both ends and yank. Bang! Inside is a small gift.

Light a Candle
People often light candles at Christmas in remembrance of departed or absent loved ones. If your spouse or kids are elsewhere, if you’re missing a parent, light a candle and spend some time with your happiest memories of that person.

Kiss Under the Mistletoe
It an old tradition to kiss to anyone standing under a sprig of mistletoe. Some not only follow this tradition, they cheerfully linger under it. Hang a piece in a doorway of your home for the holidays, and include some when decorating for holiday parties.

Sing a Carol
A rousing Christmas song can fire up the spirit, especially if sung in the shower, but if you’re asked to go caroling with friends, it can be great fun.

Hug Santa
An icon of love and giving, wrap that big man in the red suit in a hug the next time you see him, and it will probably make his day as well as yours.

Vocabulary for Christmas

Carol: a Christmas song.

Chimney: a brick column that vents fireplace smoke through the roof. Santa is said to climb down the chimney to deliver toys to the children.

Christmas Eve: the day before Christmas.

Egg Nog: a traditional holiday drink made with eggs, often containing rum.

Mistletoe: a leafy plant with white berries.

Reindeer: a cold-climate relative of the caribou. Nine are said to pull Santa’s sleigh: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph.

Sleigh: an open-topped vehicle pulled by livestock, having runners instead of wheels. Santa loads his with a bag of toys for the children.

White Christmas: a Christmas where snow has fallen.

Xmas: abbreviation for Christmas.

Have you heard any Christmas-related terms or traditions that you are unfamiliar with? Please post them!

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