Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The season of Christmas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The season of Christmas.

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  • noun The Christmas season.
  • noun The Twelve Days of Christmas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

Etymologies

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Christmas +‎ -tide (“period around a festival”)

Examples

  • Christmastide is something special to me, something sacred that has nothing to do with mythology and fable.

    December 2005

  • I present you with this golden package, which does not contain Christmastide gold and frankincense and myrrh.

    Christmas Luncheon

  • After four weeks of Advent, we follow with 40 days of Christmas called Christmastide, with the main emphasis on the time between the Nativity of our Lord and the Epiphany.

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  • [Y] From "Christmastide," published by the Chicago Kindergarten College, copyright, 1902.

    The Children's Book of Christmas Stories

  • Christmastide is the time of year when the Western media focuses some attention on the dwindling Christian population in the Middle East.

    Stephen Zunes: U.S. Deserves Its Share of Blame for Fate of Arab Christians

  • Moreover, the congregation (50-60 on a usual Sunday at 7 a.m., small probably because of the early hour) joins in singing one of three mass ordinary settings: 'Orbis factor' during the year; 'De angelis' during Christmastide, Eastertide, and on 1st-class feasts; and Kyrie XVII (Kyrie salve) during Advent and Lent.

    St. Benilde Church, Metairie, Lousiana

  • Great posts Susan and Sharon, o wise women of Christmastide.

    This just happened « Dating Jesus

  • White lights were diamond gems, stars of the Christmastide.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms

  • Following Advent and Christmastide, Epiphany is the liturgical season during which the Christian tradition has, in theory, stressed the religious inclusion that comes from God's manifestation in Christ and the revelation of that presence to humanity.

    Christopher Cocca: The Radical Welcome of Epiphany

  • Following Advent and Christmastide, Epiphany is the liturgical season during which the Christian tradition has, in theory, stressed the religious inclusion that comes from God's manifestation in Christ and the revelation of that presence to humanity.

    Christopher Cocca: The Radical Welcome of Epiphany

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  • With patience the ebb to abide

    The incoming flow will provide

    Whole shoals of good wishes

    Like new-stranded fishes

    At flood of the high Christmastide.

    December 24, 2015