Christmas Phrases in American English

Posted On: December 25, 2015

Let’s take a look at some common English phrases that refer to Christmas. 

Meeting Santa in Small Town USA

“What are you waiting for… Christmas?” 

Have you heard this question and wondered what it meant? Probably if someone is made to wait a really long time, especially in anticipation or excitement, they would ask, “What are you waiting for… Christmas?” It’s typically asked as an exasperation when someone is impatient or irritated and things are going too slow. It can be said anytime of the year! 

“It’s Christmas, already?!” 
This can be said with an exclamation or a question mark at the end. Usually, it’s said with both punctuation marks. Why? Usually, in the U.S., people start saying this in August or September when they see the Christmas decor for sale alongside the back to school or Halloween decor. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas merchandise display

“Christmas is upon us!” 
Christmas Tree Decorations

This is often said as a stress relief when things are overwhelming and stressful due to holiday planning, family visits, travel, and all the fervor of the holiday is in full swing. Most popular Hollywood Christmas movies thrive on this theme! 

“Home for the holidays.” 
While this phrase is said during the Christmas season, it can refer to any of the holidays that happen between mid November up until mid January including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the New Year. So, during this time of year, we may hear a generic greeting of Happy Holidays in place of specific greetings like Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. 

“Santa Claus is coming to town!” 
Though this phrase is really the title of a song, parents sometimes use it to ‘scare kids’ to behave during this time of the year. It’s both a threat and a promise!

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Phrases and Idioms about Time in the US 

Photo credits: Santa by Krishna Kumar (Santa and elf sighting, Dushore, PA, 2013)
Others: Jennifer Kumar. Click on the photo to see a bigger size.




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