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Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ (celebrated on December 25); Yule; period before and after Christmas, period around December 25th; Christian church season from December 24th to January 6th
surname of a child with Christmas disease
spend Christmas (e.g.: "My daughter Christmassed with her friends")

Christmas Christmas Day and its festival are a curious blend of Christian, Jewish, Roman, Western pagan, and perhaps other institutions. It arose as a Christian festival as part of the adaptation of the early Christian Church to the world in which it grew up. The accounts given of the birth of Christ present obvious difficulties against regarding this date as that of his actual birth, and it was looked upon rather as a commemorative festival. Before the 5th century there cannot be said to have been any general consensus as to the date, the choice wavering between that of Epiphany on January 6th, the 25th of March, and the 25th of December. According to Chrysostom, the choice of the first of these dates was due to Western influence; and it is true that the Romans held their Saturnalia at the same time.
The celebration of the winter solstice, often identified with that of the new year, is virtually universal and denotes among Christians the mystic birth of the Christ; the significance has, however, with the Christian Church, been divided between Christmas and Easter. Besides its application to the death and rebirth of the year, and to death and regeneration both cosmic and human, the symbol has special reference to the esoteric rite and exoteric drama performed in the Mysteries at this epoch, where the candidate for initiation was placed in a tomb or coffin, or on a cruciform couch, where his body remained entranced during the experiences of his liberated self, until rebirth or resurrection on the third day.
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\christ"mas\ (?), n. [christ + mass.] an annual church festival (december 25) and in some states a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality.
box. (a) a box in which presents are deposited at christmas. (b) a present or small gratuity given to young people and servants at christmas; a christmas gift.
carol, a carol sung at, or suitable for, christmas.
day. same as christmas.
eve, the evening before christmas.
fern (bot.), an evergreen north american fern (aspidium acrostichoides), which is much used for decoration in winter.
rose, the black hellebore, a poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which in southern europe often produces beautiful roselike flowers midwinter.
tree, a small evergreen tree, set up indoors, to be decorated with bonbons, presents, etc., and illuminated on christmas eve.
1. period extending from dec. 24 to jan. 6 [syn: christmas, christmastide, christmastime, yule, yuletide, noel]

2. a christian holiday celebrating the birth of christ; a quarter day in england, wales, and ireland [syn: christmas, christmas day, xmas, dec 25]
v : spend christmas; "we were christmassing in new york" [syn: christmas]

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n. QISmaS

Christmas (, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

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A gift given at Christmas.
Churches used to collect money in boxes for distribution to the poor. This happened the day after Christmas Day and gave Boxing Day its name.

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1. period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6
(synonym) Christmastide, Christmastime, Yule, Yuletide, Noel
(hypernym) season
(part-holonym) December, Dec
(part-meronym) Boxing Day
2. a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
(synonym) Christmas Day, Xmas, Dec 25
(hypernym) legal holiday, national holiday
(part-holonym) December, Dec
1. spend Christmas; "We were christmassing in New York"
(hypernym) spend, pass
(derivation) Christmas, Christmastide, Christmastime, Yule, Yuletide, Noel

(an) Nollaig f., (an) Nodlaig f., Nollag
Christmas Eve (December 24): Oíche f. Nollag f. (24 Nollag)
Christmas Day (December 25): Lá Nollag (25 Nollag)
Happy Christmas!: Nollaig shona (duit)!
A prosperous and pleasant Christmas: Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit

CX (Internet),
CX (ISO 3166),
CXR (ISO 3166),
KT (FIPS 10-4)

This is the Christian celebration of Jesus' birth to Mary. By the end of the fourth century, most churches celebrated this holiday on December 25th, but the date is not fixed according to any scriptural information.

An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality.

Dreamer's birth

regularly train guard smb. hold of one's testicles (wrestling, etc.) hold in which one grabs the opponent's testicles (Christmas hold is "a handful of nuts", i.e. nuts testicles) overdressed; garish have extreme good fortune to be a bit slow in the head. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street) to be confused (a country bloke confused at all the lights of Sydney's Pitt Street)
be pleased with oneself; be elated sarcastic expression used to belittle someone who is showing off

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