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A Christian festival observed from December 24, Christmas Eve, to January 5, the eve of Epiphany.
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an archaic or literary name for Christmas3
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(ˈkrɪs məsˌtaɪd)

1. the Christmas season.
2. the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany.
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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"
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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. Ring thanked the King courteously for this and all his other kindnesses, and as soon as he had finished eating and drinking in the hall went off to sleep in his own room.
"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.
Well, okay, even to say that is the end is a bit premature: the traditional end of Christmastide since the Middle Ages has always been on the Feast of the Presentation, often known as Candlemas, on February 2.
Also called Christmastide, "Christmas is a celebration of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, the Son of God, and through this Incarnation, the world is transfigured and restored," the Catholic Church said.
The chorus performs "This Christmastide: Rejoice," a concert of holiday music.
I don't recall how many wreaths I made that first Christmastide. I do know that many of them found their way to a front door in Paradise.
Trainer Joe Muya class="MsoNormal4.40 pm - Eighth Race - Christmastide Handicap (1,000m) class="MsoNormal1.
(22) The Christmas day plays may then be seen as a continuation of the earlier Epiphany plays as well as the angelic salutation of 1390, showing an evolving Christmastide performance.
Though bitter sweet remembrance of the happy days gone by, The days of childhood's sunshine, may sometimes dim the eye, On this happy Xmas day let us all our sorrows hide, Yes & banish all sad thoughts away during bright Christmastide. (20) Over the next few months, he practised his poetic bent more frequently.
Though he was young of years, yet would he at Christmastide suddenly sometimes step in among the players, and never studying for the matter, make a part of his own there presently among them, which made the lookers-on more sport than all the players beside.
May God's blessing come home to you and your family this Christmastide.