What is Christmas?

  • (verb): Spend Christmas.
    Example: "We were christmassing in New York"
    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 ... as a capital of music and the particular charm of Austria during Christmas time ... On 23 December 1992, the first in what would turn out to be a series of Christmas in Vienna concerts was seen worldwide by several hundred million people ...
... They are also known as "The Twin Cities' Christmas Superstation" and play Christmas music from the day after Thanksgiving through midnight on Christmas Day ... In 2008, KQQL started the Christmas music earlier than ever, on the weekend of November 15 ...
Dean Cain - Filmography
... Williams TV Phase 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 ... Robert Trenton Dark Descent Will Murdack The Glow Matt Lawrence TV Christmas Rush Lt ... Bobby 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 Bender TV Smallville Dr ...
Jewish Traditions On Christmas Eve
... travel, and travel back to family homes, means that Christmas Eve is also frequently linked to social events and parties, worldwide ... Due to the family gathering 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 ... However, Jewish people are invited to Christmas Eve parties and plenty will attend, and some host Christmas Eve parties for others ...
Christmas, Florida - Demographics
... from 420 in the 2000 Census), 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) ...

More definitions of "Christmas":

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

Famous quotes containing the word christmas:

    I saw three ships come sailing by,
    Come sailing by, come sailing by,
    I saw three ships come sailing by,
    On Christmas Day in the morning.
    —Unknown. As I Sat on a Sunny Bank. . .

    Oxford Book of Light Verse, The. W. H. Auden, ed. (1938)

    I heard the bells, on Christmas Day,
    Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
    The words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1809–1882)

    The eleventh day of Christmas,
    My true love sent to me
    Eleven ladies dancing,
    —Unknown. The Twelve Days of Christmas (l. 76–78)