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- proper n. The evening before Christmas Day.
- proper n. The day before Christmas Day.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the evening before Christmas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the day before Christmas
On Christmas Eve she put her little wooden patten on the hearth before the fire, and went to sleep to dream of Saint Nicholas.
On Christmas Eve I threw in a starter log and watched my son sliding around the apartment, sock-footed on hardwood floors.
I angled the pages so we could both read the copy: A year ago last Christmas Eve Perry VanVleet, flanked by his teenaged sisters, sat in the first row of spectators in a Stamford, Conn., courtroom.
At fifteen, I recall a Christmas Eve where the descant on a particularly beautiful Christmas carol, rising sweet and true above the more familiar tune, left me with a sense of unexpected awe and a longing for something I could not name.
In the Isle of Man the wren-hunt took place on Christmas Eve and St Stephen's Day, and is accounted for by a legend concerning an evil fairy who lured many men to destruction, but had to assume the form of a wren to escape punishment at the hands of an ingenious knight-errant.
The Tree was thinking of summer days in the wood, and of winter nights when the stars shone; it was thinking of Christmas Eve and Klumpy - Dumpy, the only fairy tale it had heard and knew how to tell, -- and so the Tree burned out.
And so, it is said, ever since at Glastonbury Abbey -- the name by which that Avalon is known to-day -- on Christmas Eve the white thorn buds and blooms.
When my son was nine years old, the same age I was when my father died, I fell asleep Christmas Eve in the recliner watching Midnight Mass on TV.
The most highly prized gift Shelly received on that Christmas Eve was a giant bubble-maker, a simple device of plastic and cloth the inventor promised would create huge billowing bubbles, larger than a wide-eyed four-year-old girl.
Playing wide receiver for a team called the Falcons in a Bronx touch-tackle football league, on Christmas Eve 1994, we played a semifinal playoff game against a team called the Heat under a steady, heavy downpour.