Christmas is a holiday that's celebrated on December 25th. For religious Christians, Christmas is a celebration of Christ's birth.

In the Western world, may people celebrate Christmas, some of them for religious reasons and others in a more secular way. Christians observe rituals at Christmas including church attendance and reenactments of Bible stories surrounding the birth of Christ. Non-religious observers exchange presents, tell stories about Santa Claus, and usually decorate a lighted Christmas tree. In Old English, it was Cristes m├Žsse, or "Christ mass." It's been written as a single word since the fourteenth century.

Definitions of Christmas

n a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland

Christmas Day, Dec 25, Xmas
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quarter day
a Christian holy day; one of four specified days when certain payments are due
feast day, fete day
a day designated for feasting
holy day of obligation
a day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion
legal holiday, national holiday, public holiday
authorized by law and limiting work or official business

n period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

Christmastide, Christmastime, Noel, Yule, Yuletide
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a recurrent time marked by major holidays

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