Three words about Christmas

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David (UK/Romania): Friends, cold, hot drinks.

Chris (France): Festive, merry and fun.

Sally (Spain): Fun, festive and full after Christmas dinner.

George (Korea): Family, games, food.

Ruth (Spain): Family, cosy ... laughter? Laughing?

Tamara (Ukraine): Snow, Christmas lights and Glühwein.

Kerstin (Portugal): Markets, goose, Christmas trees.

Kate (France): The first word is preparation because you've got to put the time into preparing your presents and especially your food. The second one is conviviality, and the third one is food.

Emilia (Poland): Family, Christmas tree, singing carols.

Tina (UK): Family, friends, food.

Susy (Colombia): Joy, love and family.


Christmas Day is celebrated on 25 December, and for many people it's a very important festival. In this video, our British Council colleagues from around the world say what Christmas means to them – but using just three words! Here are some of the most common things mentioned in the video.


Christmas is a time when people get back together with their families, sometimes travelling long distances to do so. For many people, it's reuniting with loved ones that really makes Christmas special.


Festive is an adjective which means enjoyable or celebratory, and it's often used to talk about Christmas. For example, we talk about the festive season (the period around Christmas), a festive atmosphere or being in a festive mood.


Christmas also makes a lot of people think of delicious Christmas food, and often we eat a bit too much and feel really full! You'll learn more about some of the special things people eat in the next step.

Over to you

  • What three words describe Christmas for you?
  • Can you describe your favourite celebration or event, using just three words?
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Submitted by clebsonsilva on Sun, 22/01/2023 - 22:00


1.Family, Jesus Christ and Food

Submitted by sprouse.steve on Sun, 22/01/2023 - 20:44


Even though, Christmas is a special time in every where, around the world and over seas; I do think that Christmas has its own meaning in every country andI would like to stay in other for christmas... Christmas is conviviality and the time to rethink about your own projects and/or dreams, acomplishements and so on. For example, In my country Chistmas is full of folklore and cultural roots,no snowmans and giant christmas trees...

Submitted by backslash001 on Mon, 09/01/2023 - 06:12


1. Family. 2. Love. 3. Peace.

Submitted by laleman on Sat, 07/01/2023 - 16:25


Hi everybody
The most important words about Christmas are:
- friendship
- helping others
- hugs to my loved ones
Happiness for all

Submitted by Vazelakis on Sat, 07/01/2023 - 05:14


Hi everyone
The three words that describe Christmas for me are :
Self-criticism and
Spare time

Submitted by Tinaho on Sat, 07/01/2023 - 03:12



Submitted by walaadahsh on Thu, 05/01/2023 - 10:45


familly . love . danc

Describing christmas in just three words, OMG.
Family, Nap, Natilla.

Submitted by 00Alex00 on Wed, 04/01/2023 - 20:26


In my case I think the words that describe Christmas the best are: Family, gifts and food

Submitted by Cherry Aye Mya… on Wed, 04/01/2023 - 05:09


I am other religious. But I am still happy at Christmas time.
Holiday - We have long holiday during that time
Santa - The gift pack that Santa brings makes me happy
Songs - I love to listen Christmas songs.

Submitted by Karla_ on Tue, 03/01/2023 - 11:20


I always remember when my parents give me my first new bicycle because the previous one belonged to my older sister.

Submitted by RabiaK on Mon, 02/01/2023 - 22:50


Birth of Christ

Submitted by keleszeynep on Mon, 02/01/2023 - 18:04


a lot of lights, cozy, exciting

Submitted by samnguyen on Sun, 01/01/2023 - 14:44


Food, my lovers, take a rest

Submitted by aysegonendi on Fri, 30/12/2022 - 23:15


family, joy, food

christmas tree, christmas lights, christmas time

Submitted by giova13 on Fri, 30/12/2022 - 21:23


Hello. My three words are: Love, trip and family.

Submitted by Onlyharoldxu on Thu, 29/12/2022 - 01:24


Snow, Christmas tree, Santa

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Submitted by clatesiq on Wed, 28/12/2022 - 20:42


Hope, family, summer vacation

Submitted by EmilyOo on Wed, 28/12/2022 - 15:25


Christmas tree

Submitted by Fanny Cecilia on Wed, 28/12/2022 - 06:09


Christmas music

Do you have a favourite Christmas song @Fanny Cecilia? We always have Christmas songs playing over the festive period, one of my favourite songs is 'Last Christmas' by Wham. An oldie but a good one!

~ Tinaツ

LearnEnglish team

Submitted by lucaba7 on Mon, 26/12/2022 - 21:09



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Submitted by MARCOASMELO on Mon, 26/12/2022 - 12:37


Christmas for me is:
Family, Peace and Blue in Europe and England. Because it's cold here. In my homeland it is summer at this time and you can enjoy family and friends. In my neighborhood people go to visit their friends on the same night and share a few moments together. They share Christmas dinner and drink a glass of champagne together. Really, it's a long and charismatic evening with friends and family. The next day you enjoy a meal with the family closest to you.

Submitted by busragundogdu on Mon, 26/12/2022 - 10:47


lighting designs, Christmas tree, special food with family

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Submitted by Mokhlef on Sat, 24/12/2022 - 19:26


Family ,christmas lights ,santa clause

Submitted by eglalyousof on Sat, 24/12/2022 - 16:55



Submitted by RoseFlower on Fri, 23/12/2022 - 18:17


We celebrate EID here in Pakistan . Food ,family and fun.  Everyone is in a good mood and enjoys themselves.

Submitted by Servis29 on Fri, 23/12/2022 - 14:47


relax, shopping, food

Submitted by Soyamol on Thu, 22/12/2022 - 13:48



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Submitted by Jo Budden on Wed, 21/12/2022 - 13:49


Wow! It's so nice to read all your Christmas words! Thanks for sharing with us all! 

Best wishes, Jo
LearnEnglish team


Submitted by Fa dy on Wed, 21/12/2022 - 10:02


1- family 2- full 3- friends 4- festive

Submitted by silaatt on Wed, 21/12/2022 - 09:46


In the Turkey we say PJ, slipper and television. but my three words about christmas is love, enjoy and feeling new

Hi @silaatt,

We have a PJ day on the 26th December (Boxing Day) and tend to wear slippers, watch heaps of TV or our favourite movies again, and general slob about on the sofas! I love it ... and so does the family. Oh, and we eat 'leftovers'.

Have a lovely Christmas 
~ Tina
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Yesicalmp on Wed, 21/12/2022 - 01:12


Family, food, christmas tree.
Christmas is my favourite celebration

Submitted by samarareis on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 22:13


Food, family and Christmas tree

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Submitted by Styankee on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 21:12


Hope, Peace, Love

Submitted by ivantabora01 on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 17:00


My three xmas words: celebration, family and food.

You celebrate the xmas with tour family must of the time and you celebrate with a special food (or traditional food)

Submitted by Hudeina on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 16:50


Family food holidays

Submitted by halidbak on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 15:59


Children - Happiness - Fun

Submitted by marinamorena87 on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 12:51


I just love Christmas!
For me is Jesus, love and family
My son said happiness, family and presents.

for many people Jesus is the most important about xmas, it is very nice that you comment Jesus in this activity

My opinion about Christmas is also like your son's, Happy coming Christmas 🎉

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Submitted by AidaHossein on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 12:24


I love Christmas because December 31 is my birthday.
Family, laughing and wine

Submitted by IBROHIMOV on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 07:01


1. Christmas tree 2. Family 3 Food

Submitted by Nainher on Tue, 20/12/2022 - 02:19


Hi everyone!
The three words that describe christmas season for me are:


Cristmas season is one of my favorite holiday because my family and I always cooked delicious food typical from my country and then waiting for the new day and we're celebrate.

Submitted by mdstamataki on Mon, 19/12/2022 - 19:30


Evdoxia (Greece): Santa Claus, Christmas Tree, hot chocolate

Submitted by shimoo86 on Mon, 19/12/2022 - 19:29


Family, relaxation, food

xmas would be relax for everyone but you van remember for dome people the xmas and NEW year eve are very stressful because some people need to prepare the food, the decoration house etc.

Submitted by J.Harshada on Mon, 19/12/2022 - 16:43


cake, santa claus, jinglebells