AP Compiles Holiday Style Guide

This New Year’s Eve will you be sipping champagne or Champagne? How do you spell the Jewish holiday? Are you in favor of regifting? Or is re-gifting?

The holidays have enough stress without figuring out the correct way to reference a holiday or term.

(Photo by Cynthia Price)

To remove that holiday stress, the Associated Press has compiled a Holiday Style Guide of words, phrases and definitions to help its members and subscribers with spelling and usage of traditional terms for religious and cultural holidays in December and January.

Here are a few of them:


Boxing Day
Post-Christmas holiday Dec. 26 In British Commonwealth countries.

Capitalize sparkling wine from the French region uncorked to celebrate New Year’s.

One word.

Christmas tree
Lowercase tree and other seasonal terms with Christmas: card, wreath, carol, etc. Exception: National Christmas Tree.

Eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights starting Dec. 20 this year.

Kriss Kringle
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.

Decorative plant for Christmas; note the “ia.”

Passing along an unwanted present to someone else.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Spell the numeral in the Christmas carol

Sorry, but I can’t help with the shopping and decorating.

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