Christmas proper adj
see Christmas, proper n.
- Holiday; seasonal; familial; relating to the celebration of Christ's birth; [fig.] childlike; idyllic; pleasing in a simple way.
- Phrase. “Christmas tree”: evergreen plant decorated with lights and ornaments to commemorate the birth of the Son of God; [metonymy] winter holiday in December.
Christmas proper n
OE Cristes mæsse, Christ's mass.
- Winter holiday season; festival of the nativity; celebration of Christ on December 25<sup>th</sup>; time of friendly greetings and gift-giving.