AP distributes style guide of holiday termsDec. 3, 2014
Period including the four Sundays preceding Christmas.
“Auld Lang Syne”
Sung to greet the New Year, poem by Robert Burns set to Scottish music.
Ebenezer Scrooge's denunciation of holiday sentiment in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.
The last Friday in November when U.S. retail sales launch the start of Christmas shopping.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) _
Dateline for AP stories from the biblical site of Jesus’ birth.
Capitalize in reference to the Scriptures; lowercase biblical in all uses.
Post-Christmas holiday Dec. 26 In British Commonwealth countries.
Capitalize sparkling wine from that French region uncorked to celebrate New Year’s.
Christmas, Christmas Day
Dec. 25 Christian feast marking the birth of Jesus. Christmas Eve is also capitalized.
Lowercase tree and other seasonal terms with Christmas: card, wreath, carol, etc. Exception: National Christmas Tree in Washington.
Toy spinning top used in games played during Hanukkah.
Traditional Spanish greeting for Christmas.
Lowercase the biblical praise to God, but capitalize in composition titles: Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus.
Eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights starting Dec. 16 this year.
Spoilsport who steals holiday fun, based on the title character in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss.
Jesus, Jesus Christ
Pronouns referring to him are lowercase, as is savior.
happy holidays, merry Christmas, season’s greetings
Such phrases are generally spelled lowercase, though Christmas is always capitalized.
Capitalize the biblical region.
Not Kris. Derived from the German word, Christkindl, or baby Jesus.
African-American and Pan-African celebration of family, community and culture, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
The wise men who brought gifts to the infant Jesus at Epiphany, celebrated Jan. 6.
The seven-branch candelabrum from the ancient temple in Jerusalem. Also the popular term for the nine-branch candelabrum, or hanukkiah, used on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Capitalized in references to Jesus or to the promised deliverer in Judaism.
A yellowish evergreen hung as a Christmas decoration; by tradition, people kiss when standing under a sprig.
Only the first word is capitalized.
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day
Capitalized for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
A Christmas carol, borrowed from the French word for Christmas, which is capitalized.
Mythical home of Santa Claus.
Decorative plant for Christmas; note the “ia.”
Passing along an unwanted Christmas present to someone else.
Brings toys to children in a sleigh pulled by reindeer on Christmas Eve.
“A Visit From St. Nicholas”
Beloved poem by Clement Clarke Moore that begins, “'Twas the night before Christmas...”
"The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Spell the numeral in the Christmas carol.
The evening before the Twelfth Day, Jan. 6, that traditionally ends the Christmas season.
Irving Berlin's sentimental ballad immortalized by crooner Bing Crosby.
Old English for Christmas season.
Don’t use this abbreviation for Christmas.
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