The Christmas season is when friends and family gather in celebration and provides many opportunities to teach kids. Knowing the many words and their meanings associated with the Christmas season not only helps teach kids to expand their vocabulary but also provides you with plenty of word options for cards, crafts, and more.
List of Christmas Words That Start With I
Here’s a list of Christmas words starting with the letter I, including their meanings:
Frozen water that can cause a slippery surface, especially during winter.
Example: It was finally cold enough, and the lake was frozen solid; we could now go ice skating for Christmas.
A tapering piece of ice formed when dripping water freezes, and a faux icicle is used to decorate for Christmas.
Example: The icicle at the corner of the home was so giant it nearly reached from the roof to the ground; it almost looked like a fire pole for the elves to slide down when helping Santa deliver presents.
More than one icicle is often found hanging from a roof in groups.
Example: The icicles that mom used to decorate the outside of the home for Christmas almost blended in with the real icicles, which started forming when temperatures became cold enough for the water to freeze.
A slippery surface that is often caused by the formation of ice.
Example: The roads were so icy, we were glad Santa and his reindeer flew instead of driving on the streets to deliver Christmas presents.
To set something on fire, such as starting a fire in the fireplace or lighting a candle.
Example: Mom and dad ignite candles on Christmas Eve as a way to celebrate the holiday and make the home smell good.
To make something bright or to have a shining light, such as a candle lighting up a room.
Example: Rudolph’s red nose was bright enough to illuminate the night sky and help Santa deliver presents around the world to the good boys and girls.
Something that is lit with bright shining lights, such as Christmas tree lights.
Example: The living room was illuminated by the light coming from the fireplace on Christmas Eve.
To help keep an area bright with light or provide powerful insight to help clarify something.
Example: It was very illuminating when Josie tried to explain why Santa Claus was real and helped other children continue to believe.
The act of illuminating something, such as Christmas lights on a tree lighting up a room.
Example: The white Christmas lights often provide a higher illumination than the multicolored ones do.
Perfectly clean or tidy, flawless, or free from sin (according to the Roman Catholic Church).
Example: Mrs. Claus always made sure Santa’s suit was immaculate before he went out to see the children.
In a perfectly clean manner or something without mistakes.
Example: Before decorating for Christmas, we had to make sure the house was immaculately cleaned.
Expressing the idea that something or someone is enclosed or surrounded by something else.
Example: We all had to dress in our Sunday best clothing for Midnight Mass.
To embody or represent a deity or spirit in human form.
Example: For Christmas, many people celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
When you allow yourself or someone else to have something enjoyable, especially when it is more satisfying than good for you.
Example: Cookies and milk were Santa’s indulgence, and he often has way too many while delivering Christmas gifts.
Something that is enjoyed as a special treat or provides pleasure, such as decadent chocolate.
Example: The dessert table at the Christmas party looked so indulgent we could barely control ourselves when eating the chocolate treats.
Allowing yourself or someone else to enjoy the pleasure of something.
Example: As challenging as it is, I always end up indulging in too much chocolate during Christmas.
A young child or baby, such as Jesus Christ when he was born in Bethlehem.
Example: The new parents were so excited because this was their infant’s first Christmas, and they might have gone overboard with the gifts and toys.
A colored fluid used for marking, writing, drawing, or printing, such as the ink used on Christmas cards.
Example: We were sending out so many Christmas cards this year two of my pens ran out of ink.
An establishment that is known for offering accommodations, food, and beverages for visiting and traveling guests.
Example: We had so much family visiting us this Christmas from out of town we had to get several of them set up at the nearby inn.
The person who takes care of and oversees the business of an inn.
Example: The innkeeper at the local hotel went above and beyond this Christmas by decorating the inn and providing holiday gift baskets filled with goodies for every guest.
A person who is not guilty of criminal acts but can also be a person who is naive.
Example: Children are so innocent, and it is very heartwarming how much they believe in Santa Claus.
Without guilt or not being involved in an event with suffering consequences.
Example: When Katie knocked over the Christmas tree, she tried to act innocently to avoid getting in trouble.
Twisted, twined, or connected together, such as how the garland is made.
Example: We wanted to add some color to our Christmas tree this year, so we intertwined red, green, and gold garland together before hanging it on the tree.
A written or verbal request to invite someone to go somewhere or do something, such as a Christmas party invitation.
Example: We were still waiting for our invitation to my brother’s Christmas party, and I think he forgot to send us one.
The plural of invitation is often used to invite multiple people to an event or activity.
Example: We always make sure to mail out our Christmas party invitations the week after Thanksgiving to ensure everyone receives them in time to make plans to attend.
Something that looks like an enjoyable or attractive experience.
Example: The snow pile looked so inviting that the kids could not wait to go outside to play in the snow on Christmas Day.
To do something in an inviting manner, such as to attract or welcome, while encouraging to do something.
Example: The cookies the kids left out for Santa were so invitingly attractive that dad could not help himself, and he had to take one, which I bet put him on the naughty list.
Being a part of something or actively participating in an event or activity.
Example: The kids will never know their parents’ involvement in getting Santa’s gifts under the Christmas tree.
Something or someone who is impossible to repress, control, or restrain.
Example: Our kids are irrepressibly curious and always snooping throughout the house looking for their Christmas gifts.
Something or someone that is too tempting or attractive to be resisted.
Example: The turkey that was left alone on the table looked so irresistibly good that our dog couldn’t help himself, and he jumped up on the table for his own Christmas dinner.
A woody green, evergreen climbing plant that has five pointed leaves and is very waxy and shiny looking.
Example: Mom intertwined ivy in with the garland she used to decorate the fireplace mantle and around the windows of the home for Christmas.
A thought or suggestion to do something a certain way or to take a course of action.
Example: The kids have the bright idea to set up webcams focused on the Christmas tree and fireplace to capture evidence Santa exists.
The action of forming and developing new ideas or concepts or to have the ability of the mind to be overly creative and resourceful.
Example: Our son has such a wild imagination that he created new cookies for Santa, including chocolate chips, ginger, and walnuts. It was an interesting combination.
Something that only exists in the imagination, such as an imaginary friend.
Example: Chris had several imaginary conversations with Santa this year that he was confident he would get what he wanted for Christmas.
A form of a mental image or to suppose or assume.
Example: Could you imagine what life would be like if Santa Claus existed? That would make Christmas shopping so much easier.
To provide pictures or make something clear using examples.
Example: The kids wanted to make sure we bought them the proper Christmas presents; they spoke in a descriptive manner and illustrated what they wanted.
Showing a tendency to make quick, rash decisions, unable to wait for something, or having a restless manner.
Example: The kids were so impatient that they started searching the house for their Christmas presents because they knew mom hid them somewhere in the home.
To make someone feel special or make a mark using a stamp or embosser.
Example: She wanted to impress Santa that she dressed in her best outfit just to go sit on his lap, take a picture, and tell him what she wanted for Christmas.
Acting or doing something without pause or forethought.
Example: With so many amazing specials on Black Friday, it was challenging not to be impulsive and buy everything.
Discomfort in the stomach that is often associated with acid reflux or eating too much food.
Example: Christmas dinner was so amazing I ate too much causing me to have indigestion later that evening.
Having a relaxed, friendly environment or casual setting.
Example: This year’s work Christmas party was informal, but the boss suggested we all wear ugly Christmas sweaters to the party.
Damage to a person’s body or feelings or the state of being injured.
Example: The ice was so slippery that I had an injury caused by slipping on it and needed crutches during Christmas.
To use something as an alternate or substitute for something else.
Example: Mom was going to make a turkey for Christmas dinner; instead, she chose to make a ham this year.
Protection against the possibility of something happening.
Example: I always wondered if the residents of Whoville had insurance to cover everything the Grinch had stolen in the event he did not return the gifts or decorations.
Something that has extreme force, strength, or degree.
Example: The energy in the room was so intense because everyone was anticipating the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas party.
The act of carrying out research, surveying, or studying something to gather additional information and facts.
Example: We heard a strange noise on our roof Christmas Eve and dad thought it was squirrels, but went to investigate it, but we thought it was Santa.
A planned journey or travel route, but it can also mean a written out travel agenda.
Example: Mom and dad planned the Christmas Day itinerary to ensure we were able to see as many people as possible.
A person or thing that is believed to be perfect or desirable.
Example: My parents believe the ideal Christmas gift they want is a gift card to a restaurant.
A tool used to make something or perform delicate and scientific work, but it can also mean a device used to create music.
Example: The Christmas carolers this year brought along some instruments to accompany their singing around town.
Unable to take things apart or a person or thing that cannot be removed from another object or person.
Example: The twins were inseparable this Christmas season and looked adorable in matching pajamas.
Not having the ability to destroy or take something apart.
Example: Mom used so much tape to wrap the Christmas presents they almost seemed indestructible, and we thought we would never get them opened.
Existing or occurring in or between two countries, and often used to refer to something, such as traditions, in other countries.
Example: This year, we decided to teach the kids about international Christmas celebrations and how other countries celebrate the holiday.