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[kris-muh s-tahyd] /ˈkrɪs məsˌtaɪd/
the festival season from Christmas to after New Year's Day.
the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, especially in England.
Origin of Christmastide
First recorded in 1620-30; Christmas + tide1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The place was crowded with revellers of the Christmastide, and geese were being diced for.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • I wish he were younger, but it will be gay at Christmastide, and my own home will be much to me.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • That Christmastide, then, was a time of anxiety, but not of settled gloom.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Instantly the engine was a little boy again all a-tingle with this new delicious mystery of Christmastide.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman

    Annie Fellows Johnston
  • In the interests of peace and goodwill, I would sanction a meeting between you and him at Christmastide.'

    Niece Catherine Mary Hampden
  • And how crowded they were—and cheerful too: for it was Christmastide, and people seemed to be more excited and hearty than usual.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • The contrast between the sad reality of life and the bright visions of Christmastide lend themselves to scenic effects.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
  • A popular subject with the writers of burlesque for Christmastide has been the time-honoured one of Cinderella.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • And at Christmastide Evelyn decked the great hall with holly and green boughs, and huge fires blazed on every hearth.

    Wandering Ghosts F. Marion Crawford
  • The fir-tree lights up brighter tips to its boughs, as children do with tapers at Christmastide.

British Dictionary definitions for Christmastide


another name for Christmas (sense 3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Christmastide

1620s, from Christmas + tide (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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