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In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


'Tis the season ....

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Christmas Word™.
Use the following examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Christmas }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ DO }&\text{ LO }\\ \hline \text{ BE }&\text{ LET }\\ \hline \text{ GOD }&\text{ LAY }\\ \hline \text{ HAS }&\text{ ALL }\\ \hline \text{ JOY }&\text{ OLD }\\ \hline \text{ GORY }&\text{ BLOODY }\\ \hline \text{ RIFE }&\text{ VOID }\\ \hline \text{ SEAS }&\text{ CALM }\\ \hline \text{ WORD }&\text{ LETTER }\\ \hline \text{ CAUSE }&\text{ EFFECT }\\ \hline \text{ FIGHT }&\text{ BATTLE }\\ \hline \text{ FURRY }&\text{ WOOLLY }\\ \hline \text{ SEDGE }&\text{ LEDGE }\\ \hline \text{ CATTER }&\text{ CHATTER }\\ \hline \text{ MIKING }&\text{ FILMING }\\ \hline \text{ NESTED }&\text{ SNUGGLED }\\ \hline \text{ SEEPING }&\text{ OOZING }\\ \hline \text{ REVERIES }&\text{ DAYDREAMS }\\ \hline \text{ DOCTORESS }&\text{ DEFIER }\\ \hline \text{ PHENOMENA }&\text{ MIRACLE }\\ \hline \end{array}$$

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Christmas Words™,Not Christmas Words™
DO,LO
BE,LET
GOD,LAY
HAS,ALL
JOY,OLD
GORY,BLOODY
RIFE,VOID
SEAS,CALM
WORD,LETTER
CAUSE,EFFECT
FIGHT,BATTLE
FURRY,WOOLLY
SEDGE,LEDGE
CATTER,CHATTER
MIKING,FILMING
NESTED,SNUGGLED
SEEPING,OOZING
REVERIES,DAYDREAMS
DOCTORESS,DEFIER
PHENOMENA,MIRACLE

The puzzle satisfies the series' inbuilt assumption, that each word can be tested for whether it is a Christmas Word™ without relying on the other words.
These are not the only examples of Christmas Words™; many more exist.

What is the special rule these words conform to?



Connect the Clues

Is MANGER a Christmas Word™?
Please explain your answer!

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Christmas Words

can have Ls inserted to make Christmas-related words. (Specifically, songs from carols? I think?)

Specifically...

DOLL, BELL, GOLD, HALLS, JOLLY, GLORY, RIFLE, SEALS, WORLD, CLAUSE, FLIGHT, FLURRY, SLEDGE, CLATTER, MILKING, NESTLED, SLEEPING, REVELRIES, DOCTORLESS, PHENOMENAL

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    $\begingroup$ (Not sure about the penultimate one.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Dec 26 '16 at 0:04
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    $\begingroup$ So far so good. But unless, among other things, you know some gun related Christms tune I'm unaware of, they're not from carols. What about MANGER? $\endgroup$ – Rubio Dec 26 '16 at 0:30
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Christmas Words

Have no L (noel), but can have one (or more; specifically: two, consecutive) inserted or appended to become a new word

so MANGER

is indeed a Christmas word, because we can insert an L to make it MANGLER


Edit: This is wrong (though it seems to be close, so I'll leave it here) because DEFIER is a Not Christmas Word™

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