Advertisement

Christmas (n.)

"Church festival observed annually in memory of the birth of Christ," late Old English Cristes mæsse, from Christ (and retaining the original vowel sound) + mass (n.2).

Written as one word from mid-14c. As a verb, "to celebrate Christmas," from 1590s. Father Christmas is attested in a carol attributed to Richard Smart, Rector of Plymtree (Devon) from 1435-77. Christmas-tree in the modern sense is attested by 1835 in American English, rendering German Weihnachtsbaum. Christmas cards were first designed in 1843, popular by 1860s; the phrase Christmas-card was in use by 1850. Christmas present is from 1769. Christmas Eve is Middle English Cristenmesse Even (c. 1300).

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of Christmas

Christmas (n.)
period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6;
Synonyms: Christmastide / Christmastime / Yule / Yuletide / Noel
Christmas (n.)
a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland;
Synonyms: Christmas Day / Xmas / Dec "
From wordnet.princeton.edu