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    make one's Christmas

    Nowadays, time is against us, but there is still one easy way for you to make someone’s Christmas this year a personalised card from M&S new website.

    What does the underlined part mean? Is it naturally written?

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    Jason

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    Re: make one's Christmas

    Yes, it is perfectly natural and idiomatic. To make someone's Christmas (or any other day) is to do something that makes that day extremely pleasant and enjoyable. For example, if I have been anticipating some bad news and my wife comes home to tell me the news is good rather than bad, I might say "You just made my day."

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    Re: make one's Christmas

    not a teacher

    Here, "make" means to provide a highlight for a day or an event, or to make it satisfying, successful, happy.
    So, to "make someone's Christmas" means to add something to their Christmas that will ensure it's an especially happy or satisfying occasion. Although, in my opinion, it's a big claim for an M&S Christmas card.
    A better example might be: "When his long-lost brother arrived unexpectedly, it just made his Christmas!"

    There is a famous scene in the film Sudden Impact where Clint Eastwood says to a villain, "Go ahead, make my day". He is taunting the bad guy to shoot a female hostage, so that Clint (Dirty Harry) has an excuse to shoot him – which would apparently be the highlight of Dirty Harry's day.

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