• WordNet 3.6
    • n Christmas a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
    • n Christmas period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents
Christmas tree top Christmas tree top
Christmas tree bottom Christmas tree bottom
Christmas tree side Christmas tree side
Christmas bells Christmas bells

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree in the White House
    • n Christmas An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, peacocks and swans were sometimes served at Christmas dinners
    • n Christmas The festival of the Christian church observed annually in memory of the birth of Christ. The festival properly begins with the evening of the 24th day of December, called Christmas eve. and continues until Epiphany, on the 6th of January, the whole period being called Christ-max-tide; but it is more particularly observed on the 25th of December, which is called Christmas day or simply Christmas. In the Roman, Greek, Episcopal, and Lutheran churches Christmas is observed as a religious festival with special services. Its celebration was formerly forbidden by the Puritans, but Christmas day is now generally observed throughout Christendom by religious services, by public and social festivities, by the interchange of gifts between relatives and friends, and by the distributing of food and clothing among the poor. In most Christian communities Christmas is a legal holiday.
    • n Christmas Christmas day, the 25th day of December.
    • n Christmas [lowercase] The holly, Ilex Aquifolium, from its use for decoration on Christmas day.
    • n Christmas A box of presents at Christmas.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1659 the state of Massachusetts outlawed Christmas.
    • n Christmas kris′mas an annual festival, originally a mass, in memory of the birth of Christ, held on the 25th of December
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  • Angela Carter
    “Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through.”
  • Garrison Keillor
    Garrison Keillor
    “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    “Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.”
  • Roy L. Smith
    Roy L. Smith
    “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Christ, + mass,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Christ and Mass.


In literature:

Christmas interposed its delays too, so that Twelfth-night had come and gone when I wrote to him in the belief that he was nearly done.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
By Christmas Day we shall be, I hope, your neighbours.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Do you see your way to our making a Christmas number of this idea that I am going very briefly to hint?
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
At each place was an elaborate bonbonniere of Christmas red, decked with sprays of holly.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
Then the conversation turned upon Christmas and Christmas plans.
"Patty's Success" by Carolyn Wells
They wished him a merry Christmas, too, and then turned into their grounds.
"Tommy Trots Visit to Santa Claus" by Thomas Nelson Page
All the Christmas shopping was done during Christmas week.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Of course we'd always be together at Christmas and times like that.
"Robin Redbreast" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
She had not been up in the attic since Christmas week, when she and Rob had gone to finish his Christmas hunt.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
It hurries Christmas a lot to have a Christmas tree growing in your parlor for a whole month.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

In poetry:

'Cos I mean to get 'er 'ome
For Christmas, did the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
Merry, merry Christmas,
Be to rich and poor!
Merry, merry Christmas
Stop at every door.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Little heads so curly,
Knowing Christmas laws,
Peep out very early
For old "Santa Claus".
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"'Cos I mean to get 'er 'ome
For Christmas," said the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
"But I'm goin' to git 'er 'ome
For Christmas," said the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
"I'm goin' to get 'er 'ome
For Christmas," said the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam . . .
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Oh Christmas tree, oh dried up Christmas tree.
Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas, set on Christmas Eve 1864 as America faced an uncertain future, officially opened Dec 4 at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Get your early Christmas shopping done at Saint Clare Christmas Boutique, Sunday, November 11th, 8:00AM to 3:00PM.
The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas.
("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is the only Christmas classic included on the 12-song album.
There will be a classic Christmas cartoon movie at 3 pm with an admission of $2, and a 5:30 pm and 8 pm Christmas classic movie each with an admission of $3.
Make a lasting Christmas memory with your family as you enjoy live entertainment, a classic Christmas movie and popcorn.
The original original Christmas classic may be 1962's "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" ( Classic Media) which bills itself as the first animated TV Christmas special.
This Christmas, help the New Orleans Mission make sure everyone stays warm by donating gently used or new clothing to the 2012 Clean Out Your Closets for Christmas drive.
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree.
Low Calorie Drinks for Christmas The 12 Cocktails of Christmas.
Colleen M Bratley Creates Love Sprinkled Fun in New Christmas Book Fawn Finds Christmas.
LONACONING — Members of the Lonaconing Christmas Lighting Committee will hold the second annual Old Coney Christmas celebration Saturday.
Trace Adkins upset some viewers during his performance of 'We Three Kings' and 'The Christmas Song' at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting Wednesday night, which was broadcast nationwide on NBC.
The festive Christmas mailboxes have returned to The Callaway Bank, heralding another year of Christmas lists sent to Santa Claus.

In science:

Oscillations in ˙Ω∗ were observed before (period ∼ 10 d) and after (period ∼ 25 d) the Vela Christmas glitch, with ∆ ˙Ω/ ˙Ω∗ ≈ 0.17 (McCulloch et al. 1990).
Transitions between turbulent and laminar superfluid vorticity states in the outer core of a neutron star
Third, the knots are seen to vary in brightness, so a ‘Christmas tree light’ situation could result in a pairing of knots on images that are only neighbors.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
Christmas holidays and these full day periods are removed from the analysis.
Margin setting with high-frequency data1
DASI made the first detection of polarisation in the CMBR (Kovac et al. 2002), a result not only making the front cover of the Christmas issue of Nature in 2003, but also the front page of the New York Times.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Christmas 2005) and your first chance to read it.
Astrophysics in 2005