Want to add some flair to your online holiday messages? Use our guide to emojis that are related to Christmas and Winter!
On iPhones, Android devices, and certain websites like Twitter and Facebook, these will show up as colorful icons. On other sites, they will appear as line drawings or possibly show up as broken symbols, so use with caution! On social media, emojis are expected, but they may not show up properly if you try to print them or use them in an email, and some brand-new emojis may only show up on the newest devices.
Santa Claus / Father Christmas 🎅
The big man! In 2016, a Mrs. Claus emoji was approved, but it will be a few years before she appears on all devices: 🤶 Another emoji approved in 2016 is the deer, which can represent Santa's reindeer: 🦌
There are also "elf" emojis, but they are more like Lord of the Rings elves instead of toy-making North Pole elves! 🧝
Snowmen ⛄ ☃ ⛇
Snowmen are kind of tricky. Some look good when replaced by an icon on a mobile phone or on social media, but when they appear as just a line drawing, they kind of look like a jelly bean with two eyes! Be sure to preview them first to make sure they show up as intended.
Christmas Tree 🎄
One of the few emoji specifically designed for Christmas. To expand the forest, you can add in some pine trees: 🌲🌲🌲
Gift-Wrapped Present 🎁
We all dream of finding perfectly-wrapped presents under the tree, so add a few of these gift boxes to your Christmas messages.
A Christmas List 📝 📜 📃
There are a few options for writing your Christmas list, depending on how long your list is going to be! Add in a halo emoji to show you've been good all year: 😇
In 'It's a Wonderful Life', it took a ringing bell for an angel to get its wings, so include one to your Christmas celebrations. Add in some music notes to show how beautiful the bell sounds: 🎶
Crosses ⛪ ✝ ☦ ☧ ♰ ♱ ✞ ✟
Emojis for the religious side of the holiday. Some of the crosses are representative of certain Christian denominations, so check the proper usage if you'd like to include them in your message. There is also a "place of worship" emoji that can represent any faith: 🛐
Baby Angel 👼
Can be used to represent a cherub or even the baby Jesus! By the time the New Year rolls around, you can use the "baby" emoji to represent Baby New Year: 👶
Stars 🌟 ☆ ★ ✰ ☄ 🌠 ⭐ ✨
Star light, star bright, let's have a sky filled with star emojis tonight!
Snowflakes ❄ ❅ ❆ ❉ ❊
Many snowflakes are available, no matter how many days you let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Friends and Family 👪
There is a default "family" emoji 👪 but there are also combined family emojis where you can choose each family member, but they only allow a default skin tone and only up to two children. Better to line everyone up on their own: 👩🏾👧🏻👨🏼👦🏾 👵👴
There's no good "mistletoe" emoji, but if you can snuggle up with a special someone using the "kiss" and "love" couples: 💏 💑
Party and Food 🎉 🍷 🍴 🍽 🥄 😋 🍲 🍗 🍜 🍨 🍮
Celebrate all through the night with these party implements — it's your holiday, you can set the table however you like, with all kinds of food emojis!
Cookies, Candy, and Cake 🍪 🍬 🍭 🍰 🍫 🍩 🎂
Delicious treats all year 'round!
Can you believe there's a chestnut emoji? Strange, but perfect to combine with the fire emoji 🔥 to make "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"!
Outdoor Winter Sports 🌨 🏔 ⛸️ 🏂 🎿 🛷
Snowy weather and winter sports are all yours to enjoy with these Winter-themed emoji. If you're in a competitive mood, you can even go curling: 🥌
Winter Clothing 🧣 🧥 🧤 🧦
If you'll be out in the snow, better wear these warm clothes!
(Image via Kevin Dooley on Flickr)