- the evening or the day preceding Christmas.
Origin of Christmas Eve
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for christmas eve
It was Christmas-eve, and I had decorated the ambulance with festoons of green leaves.My Double Life
But, when Christmas-eve arrived without my coming, she did not seem disappointed.She and I, Volume 2
John Conroy Hutcheson
Christmas was approaching, and the next day, Christmas-eve, the tree was to be lighted.Complete Short Works
Howbeit, it was his duty to pass Christmas-eve with his venerable mother.Margery [Gred], Complete
On Christmas-eve, 1776, he crossed the Delaware with 2400 men.
- the evening or the whole day before Christmas Day
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