Holiday puns every communicator should avoid

Don’t wear out the season with grating word play. Here are some tragic missteps to avoid when writing about the holidays this year—heck, any year.

Be ready for it.

Now that Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, the holiday marketing marathon begins.

For the next few weeks, there will be no escaping the holiday slogans, puns, jingles and wordplay. Some of it will be clever; some, not so much.

Below are a bunch that fall into the “not so clever” group. You might even call them ho, ho, horrible. You better watch out.


Yule love this

Be the ghost of Christmas present

Fleece Navidad

Let’s get elfed up

Get caroled away: Give the gift of music

Brace your elves

You’ll love our new Santa-tizer

Do you suffer from Tinselitis?

All I want for Christmas is ewe.

Don’t be shellfish this Christmas

Hairy Christmas?

Bros before ho-ho-hos

Just wanted to sleigh have a Happy Holiday.

Jolly holly-days to you and yours!

The time is near. Give a big cheer.


Santa Paws is here

Bark! The Herald Angels Sing

Dachshund through the snow

Have yourself a yappy Christmas

Have a very Meowy Christmas

Dog bless us, every one.

Questionable claims

These gifts will boost your elf-esteem

If you don’t believe, you won’t receive.

Find your holiday happy place at Lake Ridge Mall.

Our bells are jingling!

Unwrap the feels

Hope this season finds you all wrapped up in happy!

Christmas is the day that holds all time together

Nothing says holidays like a cheese log.

Laura Hale Brockway is a writer and editor from Austin, Texas. Read more of her posts on writing, editing, and corporate life on PR Daily and at


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