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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


Christmas + eve (Wiktionary)


  • On Christmas Eve she put her little wooden patten on the hearth before the fire, and went to sleep to dream of Saint Nicholas.

    Good Stories for Great Holidays

  • On Christmas Eve I threw in a starter log and watched my son sliding around the apartment, sock-footed on hardwood floors.

    CSS: Christmas Cheer

  • 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.

    Isabel’s Bed

  • 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.

    The Language of God

  • 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.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • 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.

    Good Stories for Great Holidays

  • 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.

    Good Stories for Great Holidays

  • 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.

    CSS: Christmas Cheer

  • 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.

    CSS: Christmas Cheer

  • 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.

    One Season


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