Liturgical year

Christmastide (also Christmas or the Christmas season) is one of the seasons of the liturgical year of most Christian churches. It tends to be defined (with slight variations) as the period from Christmas Eve to the evening of 5 January, the day before Epiphany.[1][2] This period is also commonly known as the Twelve Days of Christmas, as referred to in the Christmas carol of the same name, or Yuletide, as in "Deck the Halls".

Many Protestant churches add an Epiphany season after the Christmas season, extending the celebration of Christmas for forty days until the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) on 2 February (or a nearby Sunday). In the Missal and Breviary of the Roman rite, since 1970, the Christmas season runs a shorter period, from Christmas Eve to the Baptism of the Lord, which depending on the place and the year can occur between 7 January and 13 January. In the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the season runs from Vespers on 24 December till Compline on 2 February.

During the season, various festivities are traditionally enjoyed and buildings decorated. In some countries the superstition has arisen that it is bad luck to leave the decorations up after Twelfth Night.

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  • Christmastide — Christ mas*tide , n. [Christmas + tide time.] The season of Christmas. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Christmastide — noun Date: 1626 the festival season from Christmas Eve till after New Year s Day or especially in England till Epiphany …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Christmastide — /kris meuhs tuyd /, n. 1. the festival season from Christmas to after New Year s Day. 2. the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, esp. in England. [1620 30; CHRISTMAS + TIDE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Christmastide — noun a) the Christmas season b) the Twelve Days of Christmas Syn: yuletide …   Wiktionary

  • christmastide — n. season of the Christmas festival …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Christmastide — Christ•mas•tide [[t]ˈkrɪs məsˌtaɪd[/t]] n. 1) rel the Christmas season 2) rel the period from Christmas Eve to Epiphany • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • Christmastide — /ˈkrɪsməstaɪd/ (say krismuhstuyd) noun the season of Christmas. {Christmas + tide time} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Christmastide —    This term refers to the period of the liturgical year that begins with the vigil of Christmas (December 24) and extends to the feast of the Epiphany (traditionally celebrated on January 6) …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Christmastide — noun period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6 • Syn: ↑Christmas, ↑Christmastime, ↑Yule, ↑Yuletide, ↑Noel • Hypernyms: ↑season • Part Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Christmastide (album) — Christmastide Studio album by Bob Bennett Released 2009 …   Wikipedia

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