What is Christmas?

  • (noun): A Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland.
    Synonyms: Christmas Day, Xmas, Dec 25
    See also — Additional definitions below


Christmas (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

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Plácido Domingo - Recordings - Christmas in Vienna
... Further information Christmas in Vienna (album), Christmas in Vienna II, Christmas in Vienna III, and Christmas in Vienna VI In 1990, the idea for a Christmas-themed concert, involving the collaboration of ... the particular charm of Austria during Christmas time ... first in what would turn out to be a series of Christmas in Vienna concerts was seen worldwide by several hundred million people ...
Dean Cain - Filmography
... IV Simon Tate Firetrap Jack/Max Hooper Also produced Rat Race Shawn Kent A Christmas Adventure From a Book Called Wisely's Tales Donner Voice 2002 Grandia Xtreme Evann Video game ... Robert Trenton Dark Descent Will Murdack The Glow Matt Lawrence TV Christmas Rush Lt ... Quinn TV September Dawn Joseph Smith A Christmas Wedding Tucker TV 2007 Urban Decay Stan Hidden Camera Dan Kovacs TV Crossroads A Story of Forgiveness Bruce Murakami TV Final Approach Jack ...
Jewish Traditions On Christmas Eve
... travel back to family homes, means that Christmas Eve is also frequently linked to social events and parties, worldwide ... and religious worship activities that are central to Christmas Eve for Christians but which Jews do not typically engage in, a series of events on the night of December ... However, Jewish people are invited to Christmas Eve parties and plenty will attend, and some host Christmas Eve parties for others ...
Christmas, Florida - Demographics
... and 304 families (the same as in the 2000 Census) residing in the Christmas CDP (Census Designated Place) ... The racial makeup of the Christmas CDP was 95.44% White, 0.43% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races ... In the Christmas Census Designated Place (CDP) as of the 2010 Census, the median age was 41 years old (up from 37 years old in the 2000 Census) ...
... They are also known as "The Twin Cities' Christmas Superstation" and play Christmas music from the day after Thanksgiving through midnight on Christmas Day, competing with 102.9 Lite FM ... In 2008, KQQL started the Christmas music earlier than ever, on the weekend of November 15 ...

More definitions of "Christmas":

  • (verb): Spend Christmas.
    Example: "We were christmassing in New York"

Famous quotes containing the word christmas:

    Please to put a nickel,
    Please to put a dime.
    How petitions trickle
    In at Christmas time!
    Phyllis McGinley (1905–1978)

    Frankly, I do not like the idea of conversations to define the term “unconditional surrender.” ... The German people can have dinned into their ears what I said in my Christmas Eve speech—in effect, that we have no thought of destroying the German people and that we want them to live through the generations like other European peoples on condition, of course, that they get rid of their present philosophy of conquest.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)

    The fourth day of Christmas,
    My true love sent to me
    Four colly birds,
    —Unknown. The Twelve Days of Christmas (l. 13–15)