watch night

Origin of watch night

First recorded in 1735–45
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watch night

noun (in Protestant churches)
    1. the night of December 24, during which a service is held to mark the arrival of Christmas Day
    2. 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
  1. the service held on either of these nights
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