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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 (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

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

like turkeys voting for Christmas

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

Christmas comes but once a year

Take this opportunity to enjoy yourself to the fullest. This seemingly modern cliché actually dates from the sixteenth century, when Thomas Tusser included it as one of his Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie (1573): “At Christmas play and make good cheere, for Christmas comes but once a yeere.”
See also: but, Christmas, come, once, year
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The least Christmassy of the films we analysed was Bridget Jones' Diary, where Christmas is mentioned just four times.
b of Ththe l Cros features Actually Jones's The least Christmassy of the films we analysed was Bridget Jones' Diary, where Christmas is mentioned just four times.
Why, oh why, you ask (should you be melodramatic, or optimistic, enough to ask questions of poor, dumb printed pages), in the blithe, spring-like month of April, am I writing about The Nutcracker, that most wintry and Christmassy of balletic occasions?
The remainder gave various reasons, including that online shopping was not a Christmassy way to shop and that they did not have a credit card.
I have suggested to Lacey and the kids that we could save a lot of hassles including cleanup and disposal by taking our ornaments and lights to the lot where we made the purchase and setting up there, but none of them think it would be very "Christmassy" to put our packages under the dining-room table and go downtown when we have the urge to watch needles fall.
The display has taken three months to build and you can see it for free - you can even sit next to Santa for a Christmassy selfie...
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It's a fun production and very Christmassy. It's very traditional in its approach to the 'postcard christmas', and it's the first time we've staged it at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.