447 Christmas Words & Phrases That Start With Each Letter (A to Z)

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Below, we have the big list of Christmas words — an a-to-z list of words that celebrate and relate to the holiday season.

Our list is categorized by letter; scroll past the list for a fun Christmas activity using the words listed here!

A

  1. Angels
  2. Advent
  3. Antlers
  4. Assemble
  5. Away in a Manger
  6. Announcement:
    angels announced the birth of Jesus
  7. Aroma
  8. Artificial:
    type of Christmas tree
  9. Angelic
  10. Advent calendar
  11. Appreciate
  12. Attend:
    attending church and Christmas parties
  13. Acknowledge
  14. All Is Calm, All Is Bright
  15. Anticipation

B

  1. Bethlehem
  2. Believe
  3. Bring:
    gifts, or good tidings of great joy
  4. Bells
  5. Boots:
    worn in snowy weather
  6. Blessings
  7. Boxing Day:
    the day after Christmas; celebrated as a public holiday in some countries (including the U.K. and Canada) and some U.S. states
  8. Blitzen:
    one of Santa’s reindeer
  9. Bows
  10. Boxes:
    used for wrapping gifts
  11. Belief
  12. Baking
  13. Birth
  14. Buche de Noel:
    French Christmas cake
  15. Boughs
  16. Balsam:
    type of Christmas tree
  17. Beauty
  18. Born
  19. Blessed
  20. Best
  21. Beaming:
    Christmas happiness
  22. Buying
  23. Buddy:
    name of the main character in the movie Elf

C

  1. Christ
  2. Cherubs
  3. Calling birds:
    fourth gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  4. Cookies
  5. Candy
  6. Cake
  7. Candles
  8. Candy canes
  9. Cards
  10. Candlelit
  11. Cozy
  12. Cheer
  13. Carve:
    what you do to the turkey
  14. Cranberry sauce
  15. Carols
  16. Clarence:
    guardian angel character in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life
  17. Clark:
    main character in the movie Christmas Vacation
  18. Cousin Eddie:
    character in the movie Christmas Vacation

See more in our full list of Christmas words that start with C.

D

  1. December
  2. Drinks:
    served at Christmas parties
  3. Drummer boy
  4. Dressing
  5. Dasher:
    one of Santa’s reindeer
  6. Dancer:
    one of Santa’s reindeer
  7. Decorations
  8. Dashing:
    moving through the snow
  9. Decorated
  10. Dressing
  11. Deliver
  12. Deck:
    decorating the halls

See more in our full list of Christmas words that start with D.

E

  1. Epiphany:
    Three Kings Day; commemorating the kings visiting baby Jesus
  2. Emmanuel:
    “God is with us;” the name given to Christ
  3. Eggnog
  4. Evergreen:
    type of tree
  5. Ebeneezer Scrooge:
    character in A Christmas Carol
  6. Elves
  7. Entertain:
    hosting parties
  8. Expectations
  9. Elf:
    Santa’s helpers
  10. Exchange:
    trading gifts
  11. Eat
  12. Excited
  13. Eve:
    the day before Christmas
  14. Events

F

  1. Faith
  2. Four:
    number of calling birds gifted in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  3. Fruitcake
  4. Family
  5. Frosty:
    from “Frosty the Snowman”
  6. Friends
  7. Father Christmas
  8. Feast
  9. Fireplace
  10. Festive
  11. Freezing
  12. Festival
  13. Fir:
    type of tree
  14. Frankincense
  15. French hens:
    third gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  16. Flock
  17. Fun
  18. Fellowship
  19. Figurines
  20. Forgiveness
  21. Fireside
  22. Folklore
  23. Feelings

G

  1. God
  2. Gabriel:
    angel that tells Mary she will have a son, Jesus
  3. Grace
  4. Gifts
  5. Greetings
  6. Green
  7. Goodies
  8. Garland
  9. Grinch
  10. Guests
  11. Gather
  12. Gingerbread
  13. Gratitude
  14. Gold:
    color of the fifth gift, rings, in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  15. Goose:
    traditional Christmas dinner
  16. Gourmet
  17. Grace
  18. Greenery
  19. Gravy
  20. Gift-wrapped
  21. Gracious
  22. Giving
  23. Goodwill
  24. Glad tidings
  25. Gift exchange
  26. Gloria
  27. Give
  28. Go:
    go to church, parties, and to visit Santa
  29. Glory
  30. Games
  31. Glitter
  32. Gloves
  33. Glow:
    Christmas lights, fireplaces, and children’s faces
  34. Geese a-laying:
    sixth gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas

H

  1. Holy
  2. Hymns
  3. Holiday
  4. Hustle and bustle
  5. Ham
  6. Holly
  7. Home
  8. Hugs
  9. Humility
  10. Heavenly
  11. Happy
  12. Hark
  13. Honor
  14. Host
  15. Hang
  16. Ho Ho Ho:
    what Santa says before “Merry Christmas!”
  17. Heritage
  18. Harmony
  19. Hot chocolate
  20. Hot cider
  21. Home cooking
  22. Herald
  23. Hospitality
  24. Helping
  25. Hope

I

  1. Invitations
  2. Ivy
  3. In a pear tree:
    where the partridge is in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  4. Icicles
  5. Innocence
  6. Ice
  7. Inn:
    no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph
  8. Infant
  9. Incarnate
  10. Illumination
  11. Indulgence
  12. Ice castle
  13. Ice skates

J

  1. Jesus
  2. Jerusalem
  3. Joy
  4. Jingle bells
  5. Joseph:
    husband of Mary
  6. Jack Frost
  7. Journey:
    Mary and Joseph took one to Bethlehem
  8. Jolly
  9. Joy to the World
  10. Jingle Bell Rock
  11. Jubilation
  12. Jessica:
    Mrs. Claus’ first name in the Christmas TV special Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

K

  1. Kris Kringle:
    Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  2. Kids
  3. Kin
  4. King
  5. Kindness
  6. Kiss:
    what you do under the mistletoe
  7. Kevin McAllister:
    main character in Home Alone

L

  1. Lamb of God
  2. Love
  3. Lights
  4. Little Drummer Boy
  5. Lords a-leaping:
    10th gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  6. Laughter
  7. Lavish
  8. Letter to Santa
  9. Lists:
    Santa’s record of “naughty” and “nice”
  10. Lump:
    coal left in a stocking
  11. Leave:
    setting out milk and cookies for Santa
  12. Let It Snow
  13. Ladies dancing:
    ninth gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  14. Libation:
    holiday drinks
  15. Logs
  16. Loved ones
  17. Luminosity:
    Christmas lights

M

  1. Manger
  2. Mary
  3. Magi:
    wise men; three kings
  4. Mail
  5. Maids a-milking:
    eighth gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  6. Myrrh
  7. Music
  8. Mrs. Claus
  9. Mittens
  10. Merry and bright
  11. Mistletoe
  12. Miracles
  13. Minister
  14. Midnight:
    time of Christmas mass at many churches
  15. Mincemeat
  16. Majesty
  17. Magical
  18. Mom
  19. Meaningful
  20. Merry
  21. Miraculous
  22. Mirthful
  23. Make a toast
  24. Making spirits bright
  25. Max:
    dog in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  26. Meal
  27. Memories
  28. Meaning
  29. Mercy
  30. Milk:
    left out with cookies for Santa
  31. Mood

N

  1. Nativity
  2. Newborn
  3. Noel
  4. North Pole
  5. Nutcracker
  6. Nutmeg
  7. Nostalgia
  8. Night Before Christmas
  9. Newly fallen snow
  10. Nap
  11. Nuts
  12. Naughty
  13. Night
  14. Neighborly
  15. Nice

O

  1. Ornaments
  2. O Holy Night
  3. Oven
  4. Observance:
    celebrating the holiday
  5. Occasion
  6. Open:
    what you do with gifts
  7. Olive:
    the “other reindeer”
  8. Ox
  9. Objects

See more in our full list of Christmas words that start with O.

P

  1. Peace
  2. Praise
  3. Popcorn string
  4. Packages
  5. Partridge:
    first gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  6. Poinsettia
  7. Pie
  8. Prayer
  9. Prancer:
    one of Santa’s reindeer
  10. Peppermint
  11. Parade
  12. Plum pudding
  13. Post Office:
    where you mail letters and gifts to family and friends
  14. Pageant
  15. Proclaim
  16. Punch:
    drink served at Christmas parties
  17. Peace dove
  18. Pine
  19. Prophecy
  20. Presents
  21. Pumpkin pie
  22. Purity
  23. Philanthropy
  24. Pickles:
    traditional Christmas ornament
  25. Potatoes
  26. Preparation
  27. Polar Express
  28. Pipers piping:
    11th gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  29. Plenty
  30. Pear Tree
  31. Phone calls

Q

  1. Quail
  2. Quality
  3. Quince pie:
    traditional Christmas dessert
  4. Quantity:
    lots of food and presents at Christmas

R

  1. Rudolph:
    Santa’s red-nosed reindeer
  2. Ribbon
  3. Red
  4. Reconciliation
  5. Reflection
  6. Reverence
  7. Reindeer
  8. Religious
  9. Rooftop
  10. Rejoice
  11. Reflect
  12. Roasted nuts
  13. Relationships
  14. Reunions
  15. Rituals
  16. Reception
  17. Reciprocity
  18. Relish
  19. Respect
  20. Regalia:
    traditional garb worn by the Pope during Christmas Mass; distinctive clothes and ornaments
  21. Ralphie:
    main character in A Christmas Story

S

  1. Stuffing
  2. Sleigh
  3. Sacred
  4. Scrooge
  5. Sales
  6. Season
  7. Spirit
  8. St. Nick:
    Santa Claus
  9. Snowball
  10. Snowbound
  11. Star
  12. Serve
  13. Share
  14. Shop
  15. Shortbread:
    type of cookie
  16. Sing
  17. Snooze
  18. Snow
  19. Surprise
  20. Symbols
  21. Sugarplums
  22. Sweets
  23. Silver bells
  24. Snacks
  25. Snowflake
  26. Snowfall
  27. Snow angel
  28. Sleigh bells
  29. Snowman
  30. Star
  31. Stockings
  32. Stocking stuffer
  33. Sack
  34. Scents
  35. Spices
  36. Stable
  37. Stress
  38. Seconds:
    another serving at Christmas dinner
  39. Swans a-swimming:
    seventh gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  40. Sleep
  41. Skate
  42. Santa
  43. Santa’s helpers
  44. Santa’s Workshop
  45. Secret Santa:
    anonymous gift swap
  46. Snow globe
  47. Sparkle
  48. Songs
  49. Snug:
    cozy in bed
  50. Shepherd
  51. Shine
  52. Sentiment

T

  1. Three kings
  2. Tinsel
  3. Tradition
  4. Turkey
  5. Triumphant
  6. Toys
  7. Tree
  8. Tree skirt
  9. Tree stand
  10. Trimmings
  11. Trumpets
  12. Thanks
  13. Trim the tree
  14. T’was the Night Before Christmas
  15. Trips:
    visiting family
  16. Togetherness
  17. Traffic
  18. Tiny Tim:
    character in A Christmas Carol
  19. Toboggan
  20. Tranquility
  21. Twinkling
  22. TV:
    where you watch Christmas specials and movies
  23. Turtle doves:
    second gift in The Twelve Days of Christmas
  24. Trinkets
  25. Toyland
  26. Tin soldier
  27. Thoughtfulness
  28. Tannenbaum:
    fir Christmas tree
  29. Tolerance

U

  1. Unity
  2. Understanding
  3. Unique
  4. Unwrap
  5. Unbox
  6. Up on the Rooftop
  7. Unselfish
  8. Universality

V

  1. Vixen:
    one of Santa’s reindeer
  2. Vacation
  3. Vanilla
  4. Values
  5. Virgin:
    Mary, mother of Jesus
  6. Virtue
  7. Vocalists
  8. Volunteers
  9. Visions:
    of sugarplums
  10. Visits

W

  1. Wreath
  2. Worship
  3. Wrapping paper
  4. Winter
  5. Wine
  6. Walnuts
  7. Waiting
  8. White
  9. Warm
  10. Wondrous
  11. Wise men
  12. Wrapping
  13. Wreath
  14. Wenceslas:
    character in the traditional carol Good King Wenceslas
  15. Whimsy
  16. Wassail:
    hot mulled cider
  17. Whoville:
    town in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  18. Welcome

X

  1. Xmas

Y

  1. Yule
  2. Youth
  3. Yuletide

Z

  1. Zest:
    citrus shavings added to Christmas recipes
  2. Zealous:
    enthusiastic for Christmastime

Activity: Christmas Mad Lib

For a fun and interactive way to use our list of Christmas words, we’ve created a Mad Lib story below!

With a group of friends or family, choose words from our list or off the top of your heads to add to the blank spaces.

You can choose the words at random or by looking for certain word types, like nouns.

One person should write the words into the blank spaces without showing the story to those choosing the words.

Once you’ve filled in every blank space, read the sentimental (but nonsensical) story out loud!

Little Timmy’s _____ Christmas

Timmy lived on a _____ street in the countryside of _____. Though his parents shared his home, it was the _____ that really raised little Timmy.

As the Christmas holiday approached, he couldn’t wait to give (Timmy’s guardian) the gift he’d made by hand: a _______.

Timmy took the (gift) with him everywhere — on the bus, to school, and to the corner market where he always liked to buy ____ in the evening.

Two days before Christmas, little Timmy was walking the neighborhood with a friend when he was struck by a craving for (item he buys from corner market).

“Hey ____,” he exclaimed, using his friend’s nickname. “Let’s stop here for a moment!”

Inside the store, Timmy couldn’t help clearing the shelf of (item he buys from the corner market).

He couldn’t just get one for himself — he needed one for (friend’s name), one for each of his parents, three for ____, and he couldn’t forget (Timmy’s guardian).

As he placed the items on the counter, the cashier said, “That’ll be $50.”

Shocked, Timmy dug through his backpack, hoping to find a few spare bills. Alas, all he had was his handmade (gift).

“Did you make that? My wife would love it!,” the cashier said excitedly. “Are you willing to trade?”

Timmy shook his head and said, “I know Christmas isn’t about gifts, but this (gift) is for someone very special.”

The cashier understood, and in the Christmas spirit, gave Timmy the hoard of treats and let him keep his (gift).