Origin of Christmas
Examples from the Web for christmassy
Historical Examples of christmassy
There are some to whom Christmas gives no Christmassy essence.Rolling Stones
Our fare could not, by any stretch of imagination, be described as Christmassy.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons
Henry Charles Mahoney
The place cards were Christmassy; and the little brooches they had bought, were in dainty boxes tied with holly ribbon.Patty's Social Season
“How Christmassy things look,” went on Patty, gazing out of the cab window.Patty's Success
How good and Christmassy it smells, and what quantities of trees there are, then there are more coming.The Four Corners Abroad
Amy Ella Blanchard
- 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
Word Origin 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.