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Christmas disease

Hemophilia (or haemophilia) B, a blood-clotting disorder in which a mutation of the Factor IX gene leads to a deficiency of Factor IX (or Christmas factor), a serine protease of the coagulation system. Both the factor and the disease are named for Stephen Christmas (not the holiday), the first patient discovered to have the condition in 1952. We haven't let our daughter participate in any more physical sports since she was diagnosed with Christmas disease last year.
See also: Christmas, disease

Christmas graduate

A college or university student who discontinues his or her education after the end of the first term (i.e., around Christmastime). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. While I firmly believe in the importance of continued education, there are always a few Christmas graduates each year for whom college is just not well suited.
See also: Christmas, graduate

Christmas tree bill

In the US Congress, a minor bill that attracts many additional (and often unrelated) amendments attached to it, thus likened to ornaments hung upon a Christmas tree. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. If one really wants to see how corporate interests pervade the political process, one must simply examine the numerous amendments of the so-called Christmas tree bills that crop up each year.
See also: bill, Christmas, tree

cancel (one's) Christmas

slang To kill someone. As soon as that guy becomes a liability, I'll get Ray to cancel his Christmas, no problem.
See also: cancel, Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year

A phrase that defends enthusiastic celebrations of Christmas, on the basis that Christmas only happens once a year. I know the amount of gifts is a little excessive, but Christmas comes but once a year, right?
See also: but, Christmas, come, once, year

cancel someone's Christmas

Sl. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld or jocular; the idea is that the dead person will not live until Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I'm gonna cancel his Christmas. Willie threatened to cancel Richard's Christmas if Richard didn't pay up.
See also: cancel, Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year.

Prov. Since Christmas only happens once a year, we should treat it as a special time by being good to others or by indulging children. Christmas comes but once a year, so we urge you to give to those less fortunate through this Christmas charity campaign.
See also: but, Christmas, come, once, year

like turkeys voting for (an early) Christmas

  (British & Australian humorous)
if people are like turkeys voting for Christmas, they choose to accept a situation which will have very bad results for them
Usage notes: Turkeys are large birds which are often eaten on Christmas Day.
Teachers agreeing to even larger class sizes would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.
See also: Christmas, like, turkey, vote

cancel someone’s Christmas

tv. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld. The dead person will miss Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I’m gonna cancel his Christmas.
See also: cancel, Christmas

Christmas tree

n. a drunkard. (From being lit like a Christmas tree.) A well-dressed Christmas tree sat in the corner—lit up, of course.
See also: Christmas, tree
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A Christmas Fair at Zion Wesleyan Reform Chapel raised pounds 400 for chapel funds.
He will be with us for lunch on Christmas Day, along with his parents, my dad and step-mum and my sister-in-law Vicky.
THE Christmas market was soooo christmassy - chestnuts, an open fire, a retro stall dedicated to the kind of one-off must have presents of Christmasses past - Cabbage Patch dolls, Tamagotchi, Tracy Island.
MIDsoMer MurDers Christmas eve ItV 8pm Considering the number of killings that take place in Midsomer, you wouldn't choose to spend the festive season there.
David Curtis and his Orchestra of the Swan have a crowded Christmas schedule, both out in the region and right at the hub of the country's musical activity.
Well, it wouldn't be Christmas without one of mum's Christmas dinners would it?
Meanwhile, TV guide compiler Jeff Banks has issued his list of all-time Christmas turkeys.
And Max predicts, "This is gunna be the Christmas to end all Christmasses".
PENSIONER Fred Hunt last night opened his heart on behalf of all those who will spend Christmas alone and said: "it means nothing to me.
IT HAS gained some nine million online views in just three days, garnered countless newspaper column inches and now this year's John Lewis Christmas advert has already spawned the inevitable raft of parodies.
All that can be stated with certainty is the new king will be sleeping in a stable on Christmas morning, just like the (first and) last King, and he won't be found at Seven Barrows.
I KNOW that complaining about repeats at Christmas is starting to become a little repetitive itself.
My eldest child still doesn't like the idea of Christmas because of it.