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A Christian festival observed from December 24, Christmas Eve, to January 5, the eve of Epiphany.


an archaic or literary name for Christmas3


(ˈkrɪs məsˌtaɪd)

1. the Christmas season.
2. the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Christmastide - period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6Christmastide - period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6
Boxing Day - first weekday after Christmas
Jan, January - the first month of the year; begins 10 days after the winter solstice
Dec, December - the last (12th) month of the year
season - a recurrent time marked by major holidays; "it was the Christmas season"
References in classic literature ?
The King was beside himself with joy, and was astonished at how clever a man Ring was in all kinds of feats, so that he esteemed him still more highly than before, and betrothed his daughter to him; and the feast for this was to last all through Christmastide.
Then, by Our Lady, Jock, thou art the fairest archer that e'er mine eyes beheld, and if thou wilt join my service I will clothe thee with a better coat than that thou hast upon thy back; thou shalt eat and drink of the best, and at every Christmastide fourscore marks shall be thy wage.
B Curry, Aughton The End of the Year BARE branches stretched out stark against a sombre sky, White in the offing while above a sullen grey, The earth below is sodden, whereon drab leaves lie, And rain spits in the wind, this dismal day, A startled jay provides a sudden colour splash, As if to prove not all is unremitting gloom, Two magpies arrow overhead in piebald flash, And squirrels, meerkat or a bookend pose, assume, A mounting melancholy marks the time of year, For all that's happened, all that is or was before, And Christmastide can offer hope and festal cheer, For love to grow and spread and take a hold once more, A time to reassess, renew and make amends, Now, as a new year opens and the old year ends.
The appearance of the sword dancers, more commonly known as the 'Bessies and Tommies', in our town reminds us of the near approach of Christmastide.
Store your beech for Christmastide, with new year holly cut beside.
Our guests really loved the 'Slow Cooker Venison Sloppy Joes' sandwiches I picked up recently" said Sally Frost, 23 an American student visiting her parents in Dubai this Christmastide.
Thanks to the generous care of many loving friends, my little ones had a Christmastide, such a vision of innocent delight as, I believe, few of them ever beheld before.
Moritz Woelk takes us back in time to a period a thousand years ago, when simple folk reverenced what they called Christmastide - that holy season of the year, when the Christ child was a living entity in tiny country churches and princely cathedrals throughout Europe, where the holy relics of the Magi, the Three Kings, were displayed to awe-inspired congregations who fell to their knees in adoration.
Let us entrust ourselves to the maternal intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, that she may help us this holy Christmastide, which is already close at hand, to see in the face of our neighbour, especially the weakest and most marginalized people, the image of the Son of God made man.
In Pynchon's monumental narrative, Mason and Dixon's expedition across America occurs as an inset story, told by a narrator named Reverend ("Revd") Wicks Cherrycoke in the Christmastide of 1786 and in the house of Cherrycoke's brother, gun proprietor Mr.
However, it is conceivable that Barber, who includes it in Christmas Eve, could have heard reference to the Gospel of John text in preaching during Christmastide.