10 phrases-a-flying this holiday season!

10 phrases-a-flying this holiday season!

Ho-Ho-Ho! It’s the most wine-derful time of year and it’s that time of year when we all start to feel a little more santa-mental! Don’t mind the puns, but let’s be honest, they’re tree-mendous!

Of course, this means, it’s time for another holiday themed blog where I show you some new holiday phrases to branch out your English skills!

So, here are ten phrases to keep your English skills tip-top this Christmas season:

1. It’s the thought that counts.

Sometimes, people will buy us presents that maybe, we didn’t want or need, or if they’re clothes, they didn’t fit. But they were trying to be kind and give you a gift. So, we use this phrase.


My aunt bought me this perfume I don’t like, but it’s the thought that counts.

2. Good things come in small packages

This means that it doesn’t matter the size of something because that doesn’t determine its value.


Kid: I only got this tiny box for Christmas.

Mum: Good things come in small packages. Don’t complain until you’ve looked inside.

3. The more the merrier

This phrase is used to say that the more people there are, the better the occasion will be.


John: Can I invite Karen?

Sarah: Sure! The more the merrier!

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4. Be my guest

This is a polite phrase we use to let someone know they should help themselves to whatever they like.


John: Can I have some of the pies?

Sarah: Of course, be my guest.

5. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

We use this phrase to tell someone they shouldn’t be ungrateful for a gift they receive.


John: But I don’t like red t-shirts.

Karen: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

6. Beat the holiday blues

This is when we overcome all the stress and frustration which may result from trying to prepare for the holidays such as buying presents and decorating.


When I beat these holiday blues, I’m going to sit back and relax, and enjoy a glass of wine!

7. Looks like Christmas has come early this year!

This is something we say when we receive unexpected good news or a gift.


Karen: I just won £500!

Sarah: Wow! It looks like Christmas has come early this year for you!

8. Christmas comes but once a year.

We say this when we need an excuse to eat more food, relax more or do something we wouldn’t normally do.


Sarah: I really shouldn’t eat anymore chocolate!

Karen: Oh please! Enjoy yourself, Christmas comes but once a year.

9. The holiday spirit

When we get excited for the Christmas holiday.


Let’s get into the holiday spirit!

10. All the trimmings

We use this phrase to say that we have done more than normal to make something good such as with food or with decorations.


Wow! Look at all of this food! You’ve got all the trimmings! There is cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets, bread sauce…

So there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at some of those English phrases! If you would like to learn more, get in touch with one of our fabulous tutors right here.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!