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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

a white Christmas

Christmas day when it is or has been snowing. Growing up in south Texas, I could only ever fantasize about having a white Christmas.
See also: Christmas, white

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.
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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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The episode serious but is delightfully Christmassy ever" MIRANDA HART "It's funny how quickly Call The Midwife has been accepted as an established Christmas Day tradition," laughs Stephen McGann, (Dr Patrick Turner).
The amazing, aromatic aromas that will fill your kitchen if you make this will put you in a wonderful, Christmassy mood.
This adaptation features other stories, so dips in and out of A Child's Christmas - whenever we come back to the story we have a carol or an arrangement with the hand bells so it moves back to the Christmassy feel.
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A source said: "You can't feel Christmassy until the first is lit.
I think this should be top of the charts because not only does it have a catchy, upbeat tune but it's Christmassy, too.
But don't worry, if you and your family want to enjoy the festive magic of a Christmassy train ride, there are plenty of other options available throughout the Midlands.
It's really Christmassy, and we had a bonfire on the beach and all that.
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the chance to raise the roof of the museum's 18th Century Pen-Rhiw Chapel, with a Christmassy sing-song to remember at the 'St Fagans Songsheet' event.
Parents, pupils, teachers and all the staff, collected gifts, sold Christmassy biscuits and cakes, held a raffle, and lots more.
I watched her TV show the other night where she told viewers to put a "put a biggish knob of butter" into some Christmassy cake mix.
For a quick and easy Christmassy pop of colour, accessorise your sofa with scatter cushions varying shades of red, comfy Jemma cushion in textured, woven bands of scorching scarlet.
The Christmassy carriage spread the festive spirit through the town before ending at the Galpharm Stadium.
Cheryl's next single after Promise This is called The Flood and has been described by insiders as "a massive Christmassy tear-jerker about wreckage, drowning and natural disaster love".
And the aroma of hot chestnuts will certainly enhance the Christmassy feel.