Christmas Vocabulary

Festival Season - A Great Way to Help Your Child Learn Christmas Vocabulary

Advice for Parents or Teachers, Teaching English

by Sandra Johnson

All children love Christmas for the same reasons - holidays, lots of fun, toys and good things to eat. However, as a parent, or a teacher, it is your duty to recognize that Christmas is a great time to enhance your child's vocabulary. There are numerous tips that you can use to improve your child's Xmas vocabulary.

On Christmas in Asia:

"This time of year is always entertaining in Asia with all the drunks coming out from their company Christmas and New Years parties...it's like a free comedy show every night."

--Erin Morris

Along with flashcards, software, textbooks, storybooks and other opportunities to teach vocabulary that teachers often use, parents can do things like the following:

Let us presume you are setting up a Christmas tree. Your child is helping you out by passing out the decorations. You can improve your child's Christmas vocabulary by asking the child to describe each and every object that is being passed out. From light bulbs to decorations to fancy glitter - your child will learn new words.

Teachers could do the activity above if you have a Christmas tree in the classroom. Our school does!


The best part is that the Christmas tree lesson will be reinforced and words learned will never be forgotten. This is because the child will see the shiny object in her hand and will understand that glitter is an adjective that is used for such objects.

The biggest advantage of Christmas vocabulary lessons is that the child will quickly grasp the meaning of the words and will use them again in day today conversations. (Or at least that is what we hope for!)

Many people think of setting up formal lessons to ensure that the child understands Christmas vocabulary. Spending an hour studying is the worst way to keep your child interested during holidays.


No child is ever interested in attending classes or lessons during holidays. If you take the child out for shopping, you can improve her Christmas vocabulary by telling stories of the birth of Jesus Christ. The family time that you spend together can be used to improve your child's Christmas vocabulary and have lots of family fun as well.

As a teacher you can talk of Christ in simple terms, you can read stories about Santa as well and point out relevant vocabulary in the storybook. You can have your students write to Santa, which will help reinforce vocabulary, and you can play

Christmas games. If you want your child's Christmas vocabulary to improve very quickly, you should make use of the following teaching methods

• Seeing is believing

Recitations are good

• Encouragement for the child to make mistakes facilitates fast learning

• Friendly competition is always a good thing

• Each and every new word learned should make the child feel happy.

By incorporating these activities into your day to day routine, you can carry on lessons even after Christmas comes to an end. Though I usually move onto other things.

When you are making a new dish or are visiting a new place - you can have your child learn new words relating to the destination or the dish without any difficulty. As a teacher you can do the same.

Soon, you will find that your child or student begins to take an active interest in each and every chance to learn more. If you make learning fun, your child will seldom struggle to master languages.

There are many instances where children who are taught words in this manner quickly become comfortable with foreign languages as well. Once you reach this level, it is just a question of time before the child starts taking an active interest in improving the vocabulary.

Just make sure that you do not choose games that are far too complex for youngsters or far too simple for teenagers. Convincing teens to play along can be very difficult but you can encourage them by placing them in charge of improving the vocabulary of their siblings.






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