On christmas or at christmas?



For me (British), I would never say "on Christmas", because "on" is used with a day, not a period. I would say "on Christmas Day", or "on New Year"s Day", or "On Easter Sunday" but "at Christmas" or "at Easter".


Christmas can be understood to lớn be a particular day (December 25) or a seasonal celebration similar to lớn Yule. Hence, the different prepositions, on for the day, at for the seasonal celebration.

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In my experience, the phrase is usually "on Christmas day".

She is visiting her family on Christmas day, and then she"s leaving with her friends lớn go on a ski trip.

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He plans khổng lồ propose lớn her, but he wasn"t sure it would be a good idea khổng lồ do so at Christmas or khổng lồ wait until spring.



In English the preposition on is normally used for days of the week, dates, and holidays which fall on specific dates, e.g., Independence Day (Fourth of July)

I"m going away on FridayWe"re flying to Philadelphia on December 23rdWe"ll be opening our gifts on Christmas Day.They will be flying baông chồng on New Year"s Day

In American English, on is used before the expression weekend

Things khổng lồ vày in Philadelphia on the weekend


In English, the preposition at is normally used for the time of day, festive sầu periods; and in British English before the word weekend.

The Christmas Season (also called Happy Holidays) basically covers a period of three days: Christmas Eve (24th December), Christmas Day (25th December), and St Stephen"s Day (26th December). Likewise, Easter is celebrated over three days in Anglophone countries: Good Friday, Easter Sunday, & Easter Monday. When speaking about the Christmas or Easter holidays/period, the preposition at is preferred.

At nine o"cloông xã in the morning, we arrive in Philadelphia.We"re visiting friends and relatives at Christmas (the holiday period) This year, Christmas falls at the weekkết thúc.


From the trang web English Club it appears that in some English dialects, the expression on Christmas, is commonly used. However, I would not use this particular structure in a formal setting, or if one had khổng lồ sit an English language exam.

It is nevertheless a very interesting observation, and something I would have thought not possible until today.