Christmas is the perfect time to get creative. That’s because the traditional vibe of the holiday makes handmade items and personal sentiments seem so fitting. But also it’s because – let’s face it – Christmas gets expensive when you don’t do at least some things yourself.
Fortunately, whether you’re scrapbooking, designing your own Christmas cards, or doing some other DIY project, there’s no shortage of yuletide inspiration to draw upon. People have been singing Christmas songs and sending good tidings for many years, and as a result, certain words and idioms have become embedded in our collective consciousness. For a holiday do-it-yourselfer, these phrases are pure gold.
We’ve mined some of that gold to create this list of festive, funny, and memorable Christmas phrases. As you’ll see, you don’t need a lot of words to invoke the Christmas spirit.
Let’s start with some of the more popular holiday phrases that are familiar to just about everyone.
- Christmas is in the Air
- ‘Tis the season
- Let It Snow
- Merry and Bright
- Deck the Halls
- Ho Ho Ho
- Let Your Heart Be Light
- Believe in the Magic of Christmas
- Better Not Pout
- Baby, it’s Cold Outside
- Peace, Joy, and Love
- Home For the Holidays
- Dear Santa…
- Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose
- Sparkle and Shine
- Good Tidings
- Under the Mistletoe
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
- Feliz Navidad
- Jingle All the Way
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Santa’s Little Helper
- Dashing Through the Snow
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
- Dreaming of a White Christmas
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
- O Christmas Tree
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- Season’s Greetings
- Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
- Eat, Drink & Be Merry
- Sleigh Bells Ring
- Fa La La La La
- On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen, on Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen
- We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Making Spirits Bright
- Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
- Walking in a Winter Wonderland
- Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night
- Christmas is Coming
Here are some cute and catchy sayings featuring Christmas-themed wordplay.
- Oh Deer, Christmas is Almost Here!
- Candy Canes, Cookies & Cocoa
- Christmas is Claus For Celebration
- Rudolph + Clarice Fur-ever
- Feeling Santa-mental
- Riding the Yuletide
- Rudolph, Frosty & Cindy Lou Who
Here are some humorous holiday phrases that remind us that Christmas is a time to make merry.
- Naughty List For Life
- Watch For Falling Reindeer Poop
- Grinches Welcome
- Which Way to the Milk and Cookies?
- Hello Christmas, Goodbye Bank Account
- Coffee, Wine & Christmas Spirit
- Wise Men Wanted
- Dear Santa… I Can Explain
- Son-of-a-Nutcracker! It’s Christmastime!
- Jolly AF
- Bah Humbug!
Here are some Christmas phrases that work particularly well for signs.
- This House is Under Elf Surveillance
- Santa Stop Here
- Reindeer Parking
- Free Sleigh Rides
- Reindeer Xing
- Christmas Trees For Sale
- This Way to Santa’s Workshop
Some of the best holiday phrases come from the Christian tradition.
- Joy to the World
- Away in a Manger
- O Come Let Us Adore Him
- Peace on Earth
- Jesus is the Reason For the Season
- Silent Night, Holy Night
- Comfort and Joy
- All is Bright
Of course, the memorable Christmas phrases above aren’t the only options for a holiday project. If you’re still on a scavenger hunt for ideas, see this big list of short Christmas greetings. For a do-it-yourselfer, Christmas is truly the gift that keeps on giving.