Santa Claus:he's making a list and checking it twice
Santa's Little Helper:The Simpson's dog that Homer couldn't resist betting on because of his name
Kris Kringle:in Miracle on 34th Street he insists he's really Santa Claus and is backed up by Mr. Macy and the U. S. Post Office
St. Nicholas:the stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that he soon would be there
chimney:Santa's entry of choice and where the kids carefully hang their stockings
Father Christmas:aka Santa Claus
Christmas carols:songs we hear at this time of the year
Christmas tree:some swear by fir, others by artificial; some are topped with a star, others with an angel; some are draped with icicles, others with popcorn
White Christmas:sung by Bing Crosby and composed by Irving Berlin, it's often cited as the best-selling single of all time
Christmas cactus:a jungle, rather than desert, native, this houseplant can be made to bloom at Christmas
Christmas Eve:the night before Christmas
Christmas stockings:what children hang by the chimney with care, hoping they'll find them stuffed with treats in the morning
Christmas club:a savings program to put away money for Christmas that started during the Depression
Black Friday:the often wild and woolly doorcrasher start of the Christmas shopping season
Feliz Navidad:seasonal song by Jose Feliciano or to some, simply Merry Christmas!
Xmas:an old symbol for Christmas that uses the Greek letter chi, X, since it is the first letter of Christ
Noel:another word for Christmas that comes from the French word for Christmas
manger:box or trough that cattle or horses eat from and the center of many Nativity Scenes
stable:house for horses or cattle and the setting of many Nativity Scenes
Star of Bethlehem:guide for the Three Wise Men and a perennial bulb with white flowers more formally known as ornithogalum
winter solstice:the shortest day of the year and start of winter in the northern hemisphere, celebrations of which probably led to Christmas being observed when it is today
Yule:the winter festival of old Germanic peoples that is now synonymous with Christmas in many areas
Yule log:originally a big log burned during Yule celebrations and now more often a traditional Christmas cake, also known as a Buche de Noel, made to look like a log
A Christmas Carol:1843 novel by Charles Dickens featuring the greedy Scrooge who is transformed by the visits of three Christmas ghosts
The Grinch:Dr. Seuss told the story of how this curmudgeon tried to steal Christmas from Whoville!
The Gift of the Magi:classic O. Henry short story of the self-sacrificing gifts exchanged by a poor young couple, proving them the wisest gift givers of all
It's a Wonderful Life:Frank Capra's classic 1947 film starring Jimmy Stewart who encounters both evil bankers and angels on Christmas Eve
poinsettia:although tricky to spell, the vivid bright red of this flowering tropical plant makes it a Christmas decorating fixture
mistletoe:it's an evergreen with poisonous berries but the tradition is that if you're under this you can't refuse a kiss!
candy cane:this sweet treat is red and white striped and hooked at the end
chestnuts:according to Mel Torme and others you'll find these roasting on an open fire at Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock:50's Christmas tune that notes that it's the right time to rock the night away
Jingle Bells:what you hear as you're dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh
boughs of holly:with evergreen dark green leaves and red berries, this is a natural for decking the halls
Deck the Halls:what you are exhorted to do with boughs of holly during this jolly season
Winter Wonderland:30's Christmas pop standard that suggests that in the meadow we can build a snowman, then pretend that he is Parson Brown
Frosty the Snowman:this jolly happy soul had a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal
Little Drummer Boy:50's Christmas song, rum pum pum pum, need I say more?
The Nutcracker:Tchaikovsky Christmas classic ballet with a Nutcracker that transforms into a Prince and battles the Mouse King
reindeer:Rudolph was one, even though he had a very shiny nose
North Pole:where Santa lives
Prancer:one of the eight tiny reindeer and the only one that starts with P
calling birds:what my true love gave to me on the 4th day of Christmas, as part of a 10 bird package!
golden rings:what my true love gave me on the 5th day of Christmas, along with a bunch of birds
ladies dancing:my true love gave me 9 of on the 9th day of Christmas, along with a TON of other stuff!
Virginia:little girl who was reassured that there is a Santa Claus in a well-known New York Sun editorial of 1897
Advent calendar:special calendar with 24 little doors to count down the days leading to Christmas