We’ve got a word list to help build vocabulary this season with Christmas words that start with Q! With simple descriptions and example sentences, this list is suitable for your preschoolers and kindergarteners.


Printable resources for Christmas vocabulary and phonics

Christmas Words That Start With Q

1. Quilt

Description: A quilt is a type of warm blanket made by sewing together pieces of fabric. During Christmas, many people like to snuggle under quilts because they are cozy and warm.
Example Sentence: “On Christmas Eve, Jamie wrapped herself in her colorful quilt and waited for Santa.”

2. Quince

Description: Quince is a fruit that looks a bit like a pear. It’s often used in jellies and jams, and sometimes in Christmas recipes.
Example Sentence: “Mom made a special quince jam for our Christmas breakfast toast.”

3. Quirky

Description: Quirky means something that is a little bit funny and unusual. Christmas can be a time for quirky decorations or fun traditions.
Example Sentence: “Mr. Claus wore a quirky hat with reindeer antlers that made all the children giggle.”

4. Quiet

Description: Quiet means making very little noise. On Christmas night, everything is quiet and peaceful, perfect for Santa’s visit.
Example Sentence: “The house was so quiet on Christmas night that you could hear the snowflakes falling outside.”

5. Quiver

Description: Quiver means to shake or tremble, often from cold or excitement. On a cold Christmas morning, you might quiver until you put on your warm clothes.
Example Sentence: “Annie quivered with excitement as she opened her Christmas present.”

6. Quartz

Description: Quartz is a type of shiny, hard crystal. Sometimes, Christmas decorations are made to look like quartz because they sparkle.
Example Sentence: “The quartz-like ornaments on the Christmas tree sparkled in the light.”

7. Quintet

Description: A quintet is a group of five singers or musicians. During Christmas, quintets often perform carols and festive music.
Example Sentence: “The Christmas quintet sang beautiful carols at the town square.”

8. Queue

Description: Queue means to line up or wait in a line. Sometimes, children queue to meet Santa Claus and tell him their Christmas wishes.
Example Sentence: “The children were in a queue to see Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.”

9. Quest

Description: A quest is a search or a journey to find something. In many Christmas stories, characters go on quests to find the perfect gift or the Christmas star.
Example Sentence: “The elves went on a quest to find the special star for the top of Santa’s Christmas tree.”

10. Quiche

Description: Quiche is a type of pie made with eggs, cheese, and sometimes vegetables or meat. It can be a yummy dish for Christmas brunch.
Example Sentence: “For Christmas brunch, we had a delicious quiche with spinach and cheese.”

11. Quartet

Description: A quartet is a group of four singers or musicians. They often sing Christmas carols or festive songs.
Example Sentence: “The Christmas quartet sang our favorite carols by the fireplace.”

12. Quick

Description: Quick means to move fast. Santa has to be quick to deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve.
Example Sentence: “Santa was so quick that he visited every house in one night!”

13. Quill

Description: A quill is an old-fashioned pen made from a bird’s feather. Long ago, people might have used quills to write their Christmas lists.
Example Sentence: “Grandpa told us stories of writing Christmas cards with a quill.”

14. Quirky

Description: Quirky means unusual in a fun or interesting way. Christmas is a time for quirky traditions and fun.
Example Sentence: “We have a quirky tradition of wearing funny hats on Christmas dinner.”

15. Quota

Description: Quota means a set amount of something. Santa might have a quota for the number of toys to be made by the elves.
Example Sentence: “The elves worked hard to meet their toy-making quota before Christmas.”

16. Quibble

Description: Quibble means to argue over small things. It’s important to remember the spirit of Christmas and not quibble over little details.
Example Sentence: “The siblings decided not to quibble over who would open the first Christmas present.”

17. Quaint

Description: Quaint means charmingly old-fashioned. Some Christmas traditions or decorations can be quaint and lovely.
Example Sentence: “The quaint little village was decorated beautifully for Christmas.”

18. Quarkstollen

Description: Quarkstollen is a special kind of sweet bread from Germany, made during Christmas. It has fruits and nuts in it and is very yummy.
Example Sentence: “At the Christmas market, we tried Quarkstollen, and it tasted like a holiday treat!”

19. Quietude

Description: Quietude means being quiet and calm. During Christmas, especially after a snowfall, there’s a beautiful quietude all around.
Example Sentence: “The quietude of Christmas morning made everything feel magical and peaceful.”

20. Quote

Description: A quote is a line or saying from someone else, like from a Christmas story or movie.
Example Sentence: “Our favorite Christmas quote is, ‘The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!'”

21. Quadruple

Description: Quadruple means four times as much. Sometimes, Christmas joy feels like it quadruples when you’re with family and friends.
Example Sentence: “When we all decorate the tree together, the fun quadruples!”

22. Quarrel

Description: Quarrel means to have a little argument. Sometimes people might quarrel about small things, but it’s important to make up, especially at Christmas.
Example Sentence: “The twins had a small quarrel about who would hang the star, but then they decided to do it together.”

23. Quintessential

Description: Quintessential means the perfect example of something. A Christmas tree with lights and ornaments is a quintessential part of Christmas.
Example Sentence: “The quintessential smell of pine from the Christmas tree filled the house.”

24. Question

Description: A question is when you ask something because you want to know more. Children often have lots of questions about Santa and his reindeer.
Example Sentence: “Lily had a question about how Santa’s sleigh could fly.”

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