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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 their 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

like turkeys voting for Christmas

Said of people who choose or accept a situation that is not in their interest or will be directly harmful to them. Turkeys are often prepared for a Christmas meal. So now you have people, like turkeys voting for Christmas, supporting policies that would see their work security and health benefits eliminated.
See also: Christmas, like, turkey, vote

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 Christmas

BRITISH
If someone's action or choice is like turkeys voting for Christmas, it will have a very bad result for them. Lawyers supporting non-legal methods of solving disputes are like turkeys voting for Christmas. The idea that drivers would choose to have speed limiters in their cars would be like turkeys voting for Christmas. Note: In Britain and some other countries, people traditionally eat turkey at Christmas.
See also: Christmas, like, turkey, vote

like turkeys voting for Christmas

used to suggest that a particular action or decision is hopelessly self-defeating. informal
See also: Christmas, like, turkey, vote

a white ˈChristmas

a Christmas when it snows
See also: Christmas, white

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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Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev James Jones - both rich and poor were drawn to the Christ child to worship Him Archbishop Patrick Kelly - may Christmas joy be yours Picture: COLIN LANE
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If I were back home I would spend Christmas Day at the beach.
Asking Conrad to write on Christmas was like asking Dickens to write on the Narcissus.
Christmas in Kabul had exactly the right atmosphere, enhanced by deep snow outside, the moonlight gleaming on the distant Hindu Kush.
A bedazzling scheme of Christmas decorations is now in place at the city's shopping centre, with a spectacular Christmas tree as the central feature encapsulating a traditional sense of festivity, with lush green foliage and delicate pea lighting.
LIVERPOOL THE RETURN OF BLACKLER'S SANTA A giant Father Christmas, which delighted generations of Liverpool children in his former home at Blacker's Department Store, goes on display for the first time in 20 years at the Museum of Liverpool from Tuesday, November 15.
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.