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Christmastide

[kris-muh s-tahyd] /ˈkrɪs məsˌtaɪd/
noun
1.
the festival season from Christmas to after New Year's Day.
2.
the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, especially in England.
Origin of Christmastide
1620-1630
1620-30; Christmas + tide1
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  • Hence the great pressure of work on railway employés, and the congested state of the traffic at Christmastide.

  • The place was crowded with revellers of the Christmastide, and geese were being diced for.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • A white-winged, invisible guest had arrived, before time, to spend the Christmastide with them.

    Grandfather's Love Pie Miriam Gaines
  • That Christmastide, then, was a time of anxiety, but not of settled gloom.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Next spring she would beg him to give Tessie the holiday that he had offered her that Christmastide in the twilight of the church.

    Aunt Jimmy's Will Mabel Osgood Wright
  • Instantly the engine was a little boy again all a-tingle with this new delicious mystery of Christmastide.

    Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman Annie Fellows Johnston
  • On some occasions the Rule was relaxed and the monks were allowed to take part in quiet games, particularly at Christmastide.

  • And how crowded they were—and cheerful too: for it was Christmastide, and people seemed to be more excited and hearty than usual.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • The growth of railway travelling at Christmastide has, indeed, been marvellous in recent years, and it becomes greater every year.

  • The contrast between the sad reality of life and the bright visions of Christmastide lend themselves to scenic effects.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
British Dictionary definitions for Christmastide

Christmastide

/ˈkrɪsməsˌtaɪd/
noun
1.
another name for Christmas (sense 3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Christmastide
n.

1620s, from Christmas + tide (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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