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[kris-muh s-tahyd] /ˈkrɪs məsˌtaɪd/
the festival season from Christmas to after New Year's Day.
the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, especially in England.
Origin of Christmastide
1620-30; Christmas + tide1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


another name for Christmas (sense 3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Christmastide

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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