Signing for Christmas
Angel – Form the hands with the fingers held together and straight. Tap the fingertips to the shoulders with the palms facing down. Lift and twist the hands around with the palms facing forward. The sign for angel resembles angel wings.
Berry – Hold the left fist at chest level with palm facing the body and the left pinky extended from the fist and pointing toward the left. Form the letter O of the sign language alphabet with the right hand. Wrap the tips of right fingers around the tip of the left pinky and twist.
Bethlehem – Sign the letter B of the sign language alphabet in front of the chin. Form the letter B with both hands. Touch the fingertips of the hands together to form an upside down V on the left side of the body. Then touch the fingertips of the hands together to form an upside down V in the center of the body.
Candle – Form the number 1 in sign language with the left hand and the number 5 with the right hand. Hold the right hand in front of the left shoulder with the palm facing left. Touch the tip of the left index finger to the bottom of the right palm. Wiggle the right fingers.
Candy – Form the number 1 in sign language with the right hand. Place the right index finger at the corner of the lips on the right side of the mouth. Swipe the right index finger down three times.
Card - Begin by forming both hands with the middle, ring, and pinky fingers folded onto the palms. Spread the thumb and index fingers to form the letter L on both hands. Hold the hands in front of the chest with the tips of the index fingers and the tips of the thumbs touching. Pull the hands apart and stop in front of the shoulders. Lower the index fingers to the thumbs.
Carol – Hold the left hand at waist level with the left palm facing up. Hold the right hand above the left fingertips with the right palm facing down. Swipe the right hand back and forth over the left arm twice.
Christmas – Hold the left arm in front of the body across the chest with the palm facing down. Rest the elbow of the right arm on top of the back of the left hand. Form the right hand into the shape of the letter C. Place the right hand on the left elbow. Lift the right arm from the elbow in an arching motion in front of the body.
Cranberry – Fingerspell the word C-R-A-N-B-E-R-R-Y with the sign language alphabet.
Decorate/decoration - Form a flattened letter O of the sign language alphabet with both hands. Touch the fingertips together. Hold the hands in front of the body on the left side at forehead level. Twist the fingertips together twice. Move the hands to the right side of the forehead. Twist the fingertips together twice again.
Dinner – Form the letter D of the sign language alphabet with the right hand. With the index finger pointing up, tap the tips of the other fingers on the mouth twice.
Eggnog – Fingerspell the word E-G-G-N-O-G with the sign language alphabet.
Gift/present – Form the letter X of the sign language alphabet with both hands. Hold both hands in front of the body at waist level. Move both hands forward twice.
Holiday – Begin by forming both hands with the fingers and thumbs held apart and slightly curved. Hold the hands in front of the chest with the palms facing down. Tap the thumbs to the chest twice.