- The Christian holiday which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
- 25th December an English quarter day.
- The season (traditionally from the 24th of December to the 6th of January) around the celebration of Christ's birth.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Christ"mas (?), n. [Christ +
mass.] 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.
Christmas box. (a) A box
in which presents are deposited at Christmas.
(b) A present or small gratuity given to
young people and servants at Christmas; a Christmas gift. --
Christmas carol, a carol sung at, or
suitable for, Christmas. -- Christmas day.
Same as Christmas. -- Christmas
eve, the evening before Christmas. --
Christmas fern (Bot.), an evergreen
North American fern (Aspidium acrostichoides), which is
much used for decoration in winter. -- Christmas
flower, Christmas rose, the black
hellebore, a poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which in
Southern Europe often produces beautiful roselike flowers
midwinter. -- Christmas tree, a small
evergreen tree, set up indoors, to be decorated with bonbons,
presents, etc., and illuminated on Christmas eve.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Christmas, the festival in celebration of the birth of Christ now
celebrated all over Christendom on 25th December, as coinciding with an
old heathen festival celebrated at the winter solstice, the day of the
return of the sun northward, and in jubilation of the prospect of the
renewal of life in the spring.
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