Expressions

10 Holiday Idioms and Phrases



1. To beat the holiday blues 
● Meaning: to overcome the stress and frustration resulting from holiday preparation or resulting from the need to get back to your usual routine after a holiday. 
Example: When I want to beat the holiday blues I always think about the fact that soon it will be over. 
2. Christmas came early (this year) 
● Meaning: when someone receives some unexpected good news. 
Example: Did you hear that Janice is pregnant? Christmas came early this year for her and Matthew. 
3. The more the merrier 
● Meaning: the more people or things there are, the better a given situation will be. 
Example: 
– Can I bring my grandma to the holiday party? 
– Sure, the more the merrier. 
4. Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle 
● Meaning: don’t get stressed out trying to make Christmas perfect. 
5. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth 
● Meaning: don’t be ungrateful when you receive a present, even if it’s not exactly what you wanted 
Example: 
– Oh no, I don’t like historical novels. 
– Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. 
6. Good things come in small packages 
● Meaning: the size of a gift doesn’t determine what’s inside; in the same way, a small person may have a big heart 
Example: At first I was saddened by the size of my gift, but I thought to myself that good things come in small packages. I was not mistaken, because inside there were keys to a new car! 
7. It’s the thought that counts 
● Meaning: it’s the kindness behind an act that matters, however imperfect or insignificant it may be. 
– Oh, I got another pair of socks. Couldn’t grandma care more about my Xmas presents? 
– Don’t be picky. It’s the thought that counts. 
8. The holiday spirit 
● Meaning: excitement about the holiday. 
Example: New Year isn’t here yet and I’m already feeling the holiday spirit. 
9. Be my guest 
● Meaning: a polite way to let someone know that they should help themselves to something. 
Example: 
– Do you mind if I get that last piece of the fruitcake? 
– Be my guest. 
10. Be there with bells on 
● Meaning: said in response to an invitation and meaning you will happily go. 
Example: 
– Mom, will you come to my Christmas play at school? 
– Of course, I will be there with bells on.

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