Origin of Christmas
Examples from the Web for christmas
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
So this is Christmas, as the song goes, and what have we done?
This is the first Christmas I can remember when the news was all about cops and race.
And that was well before this Christmas, when he appeared to joke about Obama being a Muslim.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
Christmas was a merry day to all but the major, who did not like the engagement any better than before.Weighed and Wanting
Even at Christmas, 1597, Shakespeare's passion has reached the height of a sex-duel.The Man Shakespeare
The Christmas morning had brought Sidney half a dozen gifts.
As much as was possible, the hospital rested on that Christmas Day.
The Christmas excitement had not died out in the ward when Carlotta went back to it.
- the annual commemoration by Christians of the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec 25
- Also called: Christmas DayDec 25, observed as a day of secular celebrations when gifts and greetings are exchanged
- (as modifier)Christmas celebrations
- Also called: Christmas Day (in England, Wales and Ireland) Dec 25, one of the four quarter daysCompare Lady Day, Midsummer's Day, Michaelmas
- Also called: Christmastide the season of Christmas extending from Dec 24 (Christmas Eve) to Jan 6 (the festival of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night)
Word Origin and History for christmas
Written as one word from mid-14c. As a verb from 1590s. Father Christmas first attested in a carol attributed to Richard Smart, Rector of Plymtree (Devon) from 1435-77. Christmas tree in modern sense first attested 1835 in American English, from German Weihnachtsbaum. Christmas cards first designed 1843, popular by 1860s. Christmas Eve is Middle English Cristenmesse Even (c.1300).
A festival commemorating the birth of Jesus, traditionally celebrated on December 25 by most Western Christian churches. Although dating to probably as early as a.d. 200, the feast of Christmas did not become widespread until the Middle Ages. Today, Christmas is largely secularized and dominated by gifts, decorated trees, and a jolly Santa Claus.