Holiday Vocab Round-up! Top 30 Italian Christmas Words & Phrases + Quizlet Practice Set!

Ciao ragazzi!

Before going on holiday break, my students asked if I would create some materials to help them practice their Italian and stay engaged with the language during the holidays…

So, here’s a round-up of the most popular Italian Christmas words and phrases. I’ve set it up the same as the “Words of the Week” (WoWs). WoWs are words we choose and practice each week from the materials we’re working on in class.

I’ve added this week’s WoWs below, to a list I created in Quizlet. If you’re already familiar with Quizlet, then you know how engaging and fun it is to use the many interactive exercises it features to build your vocabulary and strengthen your memory. Click here to access the Quizlet Christmas Round-up list and use the password JODINA.

  1. Natale: Christmas
  2. la vigilia di Natale: Christmas Eve
  3. il presepe, il presepio: Manger, nativity scene
  4. i regali: gifts, presents
  5. gli addobbi: Decorations
  6. le luci: lights (also, “le luminarie”)
  7. le palline: ornaments (lit. little balls)
  8. l’albero di Natale: Christmas tree
  9. la stella: star
  10. il vischio: mistletoe
  11. le castagne: chestnuts
  12. le caldarroste: roasted chestnuts (also called castagne arrostite)
  13. il panettone: Italian Christmas cake (dome shaped with candied fruit and raisins)
  14. le lenticchie: lentils (eaten to ensure good fortune in the new year)
  15. il cenone: big dinner, from the word cena (dinner) plus the suffix -one, indicating large
  16. la chiesa: church
  17. santa messa: holy mass
  18. Gesù Bambino: Baby Jesus
  19. Babbo Natale: Santa Claus (Father Christmas – babbo is a colloquial word originating in Tuscany and meaning dad, daddy, pops)
  20. Buon Natale!: Merry Christmas!
  21. Buone Feste!: Happy Holidays!  
  22. Auguri di stagione!: Seasons Greetings!
  23. Capodanno: New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day (lit. the head/end/extremity of the year)
  24. Buon Anno!: Happy New Year!
  25. Prospero e felice anno nuovo!: Prosperous and Happy New Year!
  26. l’Epifania: Epiphany, celebrated Jan 6th
  27. i Re Magi: the wise men (three kings, magi)
  28. la Befana: gift-bringing witch (comes on Epiphany)
  29. la calza: stocking (to hold candies and small gifts la Befana brings)
  30. i biglietti di auguri: greeting cards

Got any Italian holiday questions or words to add to the list?

Let me know if you like this and find it helpful… If I know people are using it, I’ll create more practice materials!

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16 Responses to Holiday Vocab Round-up! Top 30 Italian Christmas Words & Phrases + Quizlet Practice Set!

  1. June Gottleib says:

    Gratzie Mille Cara Jodina

  2. Rania Amin says:

    Ciao Jodina,
    Buon Natale e grazie per la lista di quizlet, la trovo molto utile.
    See you in January 🙂

  3. Marilena says:

    Che divertente! Sì, userò la lista e Quizlet. Grazie mille Jodina e buone feste!

  4. Jodina says:

    Prego June (aka Giugna)! 🙂 Buone feste!

  5. Jodina says:

    Prego Rania/Marina!
    Buon Natale, prospero anno e ci vediamo in gennaio 🙂

  6. Dianna Nunez says:

    Grazie mille Jodina.
    Buon natale e Capodanno!

  7. Jodina says:

    Prego Marilena! Buone feste a te!

  8. Jodina says:

    Prego Dianna, e` un piacere!
    Auguri di stagione anche a te!

  9. Theresa Loverro says:

    Mille grazie e tanti auguri!


  10. Jodina says:

    Prego Theresa e buon Natale!

  11. Fantastico! Happy to see you blogging. 🙂 Ci vediamo in gennaio!

  12. Steve says:

    Grazie Jodina! Buon Natale!
    See you next month!

  13. Jodina says:

    Grazie Stacy-Anna <3 🙂 Aprezzo moltissimo il tuo commento!
    See you in January.
    Buon Natale 🙂

  14. Jodina says:

    Grazie a te Stefano!
    Buone feste e buon anno!
    See you il mese prossimo 🙂

  15. Avanti Jodina che la Vittoria e’ nostra ! Roberto

  16. Jodina says:

    Grazie Roberto per le parole incoraggianti 🙂

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