Crossword Puzzle Day is Saturday, December 21

The first book of crosswords was published in 1924. It became a best-seller and crosswords replaced Mahjongg as the most popular American game. Crossword puzzles enhance memory, encourage logical thinking, and correct spelling.

Some of the crossword clues are straightforward and only require a wide vocabulary. However, some contain devious clues, but there is always a logical link between the clue and the solution. Stumped? Crack open a dictionary and brush up on your vocabulary! As with anything, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Keeping our minds and bodies active is a good way to ensure a long and enjoyable retirement. So, go ahead and exercise your brain with this Winter-Themed crossword.

Crossword Clues


3. Crystals of falling snow

4. Holiday accessories used to adorn or decorate

6. Served hot, chocolaty

8. Sweet dough, dropped or cut into shapes

10. Pine, wood, decorated

13. Most famous reindeer

14. A hard, seasonal confection with a curve at one end (two words, no space)

15. Horse-drawn vehicle for snow

17. Something given, wrapped

19. A drink made of eggs, milk or cream; sugar, liquor is optional

20. A holiday plant with bright scarlet, pink, or white leaves


1. 12th month of the year

2. A medley or collection of festive songs, sung aloud in a group

5. Figure of a person made of packed snow

7. Cold season between autumn and spring

9. Circular band of flowers/foliage hung during the holidays

11. Small humans in folk lore, pointed ears 

12. Long-established customs that are passed on for generations

16. Baked food having a filling of meat or fruit

18. Any persons closely related or that comprise a single unit



Crossword Answers

ACROSS: 3. snowflake, 4. ornaments or trimmings, 6. cocoa, 8. cookies, 10. tree, 13. Rudolph, 14. candycane, 15. sleigh, 17. gift, 19.
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