Origin of watch night
First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for watch night
Then he remembered the watch-night service Bethany had asked him to attend.In League with Israel
Annie F. Johnston
Why should we be ashamed of watch-night services and good resolutions?Windfalls
(AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
My men and I were on our way to watch-night service, and saw it all from a distance.The Laughing Cavalier
We leave the conscience-stricken victim whilst we relate the result of Robin's watch-night at the mill.
You remember, too, that my announcement for the watch-night service informed you that we should watch in the new year.
- the night of December 24, during which a service is held to mark the arrival of Christmas Day
- the night of December 31, during which a service is held to mark the passing of the old year and the beginning of the new
- the service held on either of these nights
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