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- n. Advent, the period from Advent Sunday (inclusive) through the start of Epiphany.
- n. Christmastide, the Twelve Days of Christmas, starting on Christmas Day and ending on Epiphany, January 6
- n. Yuletide
- n. The winter season starting around Thanksgiving (typically Black Friday) and ending at or about New Year's Eve.
- n. The period at the end of the year when retailers promote Christmas shopping opportunities
Sude says that the CIA briefing was particularly influenced by the fact that just two month earlier, Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian on the fringes of al-Qaeda, had pleaded guilty to charges that he had planned to detonate a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport in the middle of the Christmas season of 1999.
Thus at Goslar, in the Christmas season of 1051, and in 1052, several heretics were hanged because Emperor Henry III wanted to prevent the further spread of "the heretical leprosy."
Kennan's memory of that Christmas season would always be linked with the musty, dimly lit basement of Reardon's Department Store, a faded and failing five and dime store on Water Street, where he had shopped for his fourth graders 'presents late one evening.