Learn with APiA: Festive vocabulary to know during the Holiday season

by Au Pair in America

Improve your English with this festive vocabulary! Learn and memorize these common English words used by Americans during the Holiday season, so you can feel confident and prepared for your au pair year! 🎄🤶


Festive: Feelings of joy and celebration due to a special occasion.

Example: “The street looks very festive with the Christmas lights!”


Bauble: A small decoration to place on a Christmas Tree. Usually ball-shaped, but they come in many shapes and sizes.

Example: “The tree was decorated with colorful baubles


Carol: A traditional and joyful religious song, sang in the US around Christmas time. You may get people knocking at your door to sing carols to you!

Example: “We heard some people singing Christmas carols at the mall yesterday”


Stocking: A large decorative sock that is often hung by the fireplace, and filled with small gifts for Christmas.

Example: “I’ll buy this gift to put in her stocking!”


Gingerbread: A sweet cake or cookie flavored with spices and ginger. Often baked around the Holiday season to make gingerbread men or a gingerbread house.

Example: “We used icing to decorate the gingerbread house”


Tinsel: A long, shiny decoration made of thin strips of foil. Placed on a tree, or around the home during the Holiday season.

Example: “Let’s wrap the tree in silver tinsel this year”