from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The season of Christmas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The season of Christmas.

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

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


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



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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