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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Definitions for Christmastide

  1. the festival season from Christmas to after New Year's Day.
  2. the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, especially in England.

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Citations for Christmastide
And then, hurrying on to the subject with confused haste, in order that a word or two might be spoken before her husband came back, she expressed her thanks and his for the good things which had been sent to them at Christmastide. Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset, 1867
I thought of my own childhood, when at Christmastide I had walked with my mother up and down this very street, so changed and modernized now; recalling that I had had definite desires, desperate ones... Winston Churchill, A Far Country, 1915
Origin of Christmastide
1620-1630
Christmastide entered English in the 1620s. Tide comes from the Old English tid meaning "point or portion of time."