festive season

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the period immediately leading up to Christmas and ending just after New Year
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What is the festive season?

Festive season is an informal name for the period leading up to and including the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

The term festive season can be used to mean the same thing as holiday season, but the holiday season is often thought to include Thanksgiving. In contrast, the festive season is usually thought to start around the beginning of December. Still, some people begin to decorate or engage in festive season festivities immediately after Thanksgiving or even before.

For people who celebrate Christmas, the festive season can mean about the same thing as the Christmas season or Christmastime. But, similar to the terms holiday season and the holidays, the term festive season is typically used to encompass all of the holidays that occur during this time, regardless of whether the person using the term festive season celebrates them or not.

The festive season is so named because it’s a time of year associated with being festive—decorating, gathering with loved ones, and having parties.

Example: I start feeling all warm and fuzzy as soon as festive season begins.

Where does festive season come from?

The phrase festive season has been used since at least the 1800s. The first records of the term holiday season also come from the 1800s, but it is now much more popularly used. A more recent term that uses the word season in the same way is spooky season, which refers to the period leading up to Halloween.

Festive season is not an official designation—it’s just an informal way of referring to the period where there are a lot of holidays to be celebrated. For that reason, it doesn’t have an official start date. However, most people who partake in the festivities of festive season feel strongly about when it begins for them personally.

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How is festive season used in real life?

Festive season is not as commonly used as holiday season, but it has gained popularity in recent years.



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Is festive season used correctly in the following sentence? 

Festive season can be a stressful time of year, but I like to focus on the simple things, like spending time with family.

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