The holidays are a large part of US culture, so it’s no surprise that English has many holiday-related idioms and expressions. Have you heard these English idioms related to the holidays? (We may have “stolen” a few of these from British English . . .)
English Idioms Related to the Holidays
Definition: An expression to show displeasure. This was made famous by British author Charles Dickens in his 1843 book, A Christmas Carol. In this book, a character named Ebenezer Scrooge often uses this expression.
Christmas is cancelled
Definition: These days, this expression is a joking way to say that you will “cancel” the holidays and not celebrate them. It’s a joke . . . because who could EVER cancel Christmas? But actually, throughout history there have been groups and leaders who have ruled Christmas as “cancelled.”
Deck the halls
Definition: To decorate (usually a building) with Christmas decor.
Definition: The happiness (cheer) that comes from the holidays.
To be a scrooge
Definition: To be a person who does not share, who is not generous, who is stingy with money. This expression also comes from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and his character, Ebenezer Scrooge.
To light up like a Christmas tree
Definition: To be happy and smile.
To make a New Year’s resolution
Definition: To set goals for the New Year (often to start a good habit or stop a bad one).
To ring in the New Year
Definition: To celebrate the New Year.