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Holiday-Themed Vocabulary

December 2019

⛄Joy

  • Blithe: happy or joyous (also: cheerful indifference)
  • Ebullient: cheerful and full of energy
  • Gaiety: the state or quality of being lighthearted or cheerful
  • Jocund: cheerful and lighthearted
  • Jubilant: feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph
  • Merriment: gaiety and fun
  • Mirth: amusement, especially as expressed in laughter
  • Rejoice: feel or show great joy or delight
  • Vivacious: attractively lively and animated

🎉 Celebration

  • Fête: a celebration or festival
  • Exuberance: the celebration of something in a joyful and exuberant way
  • Jubilee: a special anniversary of an event
  • Revelry: lively and noisy festivities

🎁 🍬Gifts & Sweets

  • Bestow: confer or present (an honor, right, or gift)
  • Bonbon: a piece of candy, especially one covered with chocolate
  • Confection: a dish or delicacy made with sweet ingredients
  • Lagniappe: something given as a bonus or extra gift (i.e., a gift with purchase)

🕯 Holiday-adjacent

  • Candelabrum: a large branched candlestick or holder for several candles or lamps. A menorah is a candelabrum used in Jewish worship, especially one with eight branches and a central socket used at Hanukkah.
  • Diaspora: the dispersion of any people from their original homeland. Kwanzaa is a celebration focusing on family and community, honoring black culture in the American nations of the African diaspora. It is observed from December 26 to January 1, and culminates in gift-giving and a feast. To learn more, check out this video by my friend, Riche.
  • Magi: members of a priestly caste of ancient Persia. Also: the three "Wise Men" who bring gold, frankincense, and myrrh to celebrate the nativity of Jesus. Frankincense and myrrh are aromatic gum resins obtained from certain trees and used in perfumery, medicines, and incense. It has a woody, spicy smell. Nativity means the occasion of a person's birth.