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.

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

Christmastime
One word.

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

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

Kriss Kringle
Not Kris. Derived from the German word, Christkindl, or baby Jesus.

Kwanzaa
African-American and Pan-African celebration of family, community and culture, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

poinsettia
Decorative plant for Christmas; note the “ia.”

regifting
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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