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    family holiday

    Hello!

    I cannot figure out what 'family holiday' in the question below means - a day that is a celebration of something special with your whole family or an occasion when you and your family take some time away from work for pleasure??

    When was your last family holiday?

    Google gave lots of hits for the second meaning; but I don't understand why we cannot refer to a day when we celebrate something together as a 'family' holiday.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: family holiday

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    I cannot figure out what 'family holiday' in the question below means - a day that is a celebration of something special with your whole family or an occasion when you and your family take some time away from work for pleasure??

    When was your last family holiday?

    Google gave lots of hits for the second meaning; but I don't understand why we cannot refer to a day when we celebrate something together as a 'family' holiday.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Generally, in BrE at least, the question "When was your last family holiday?" would refer to the last time you went away on holiday with your family.

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    Re: family holiday

    And what do you say when you refer to a day when you celebrate something?
    For example, Christmas has always been considered a family holiday in Russia. Does that make any sense?

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    Re: family holiday

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Christmas has always been considered a family holiday in Russia. Does that make any sense?
    To me , especially if extra stress is put on the word family, this means that this is a national holiday which people generally spend with their families.

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    Re: family holiday

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    I cannot figure out what 'family holiday' in the question below means - a day that is a celebration of something special with your whole family or an occasion when you and your family take some time away from work for pleasure??

    When was your last family holiday?

    Google gave lots of hits for the second meaning; but I don't understand why we cannot refer to a day when we celebrate something together as a 'family' holiday.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    In AmE we say family vacation. A family holiday would be Christmas or Thanksgiving.

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    Re: family holiday

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Generally, in BrE at least, the question "When was your last family holiday?" would refer to the last time you went away on holiday with your family.
    And possibly with an extended family (three generations and sometimes more than one 'nuclear' family).

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