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【Christmas Idioms】

(Contributed by Alana)
The holidays are only a few short days away. There are lots of idioms that are used this time of year when talking about Christmas and New Year’s.

‘The holidays’ or ‘the holiday season’ refers to the time around Christmas and New Year’s when many people spend time with family and friends. There are many different days celebrated during this time, like Chanukah, Ramadan, and Kwanzaa.
Phrases like ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘What are you doing for the holidays?’ and ‘How were your holidays?’ are very common to hear at this time of year to include all of these different celebrations.

A stocking stuffer – a small gift given around Christmas. These will often be given in stockings on Christmas morning, but they can also be separate gifts that are given to people.
Trim the tree – decorate a Christmas tree. Some people will have ‘tree trimming parties’ with their families and friends for everyone to decorate a Christmas tree together. Using ‘decorate’ instead of ‘trim’ is a bit more common in modern language, but many Christmas carols still use ‘trim the tree’.
Being in the holiday spirit – feeling happy and excited about Christmas and New Year’s, as well as the days around it. Listening to Christmas carols while trimming the tree is a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth – don’t be ungrateful when you receive a gift. We should always express our thanks when we receive any gift, even if it’s not exactly what we expected. Often, parents will tell their children not to look a gift horse in the mouth!
So this holiday season, make sure to buy some stocking stuffers, trim the tree, get into the holiday spirit, and never look a gift horse in the mouth! This will make for a happy season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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