Christmas box. (a) A box in which presents are deposited at Christmas. (b) A present or small gratuity given to young people and servants at Christmas; a Christmas gift.Christmas carol, a carol sung at, or suitable for, Christmas.Christmas day. Same as Christmas.Christmas eve, the evening before Christmas.Christmas fern(Bot.), an evergreen North American fern which is much used for decoration in winter.Christmas flower, Christmas rose, the black hellebore, a poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which in Southern Europe often produces beautiful roselike flowers midwinter.Christmas tree, a small evergreen tree, set up indoors, to be decorated with bonbons, presents, etc., and illuminated on Christmas eve.

(Christ"mas*tide`) n. [Christmas + tide time.] The season of Christmas.

(Chris"to*cen"tric) a. [Christ + centric.] Making Christ the center, about whom all things are grouped, as in religion or history; tending toward Christ, as the central object of thought or emotion. J. W. Chadwick.

(Chris*tol"o*gy) n. [Crist + -logy.] A treatise on Christ; that department of theology which treats of the personality, attributes, or life of Christ.

(Chris"tom) n. See Chrisom. [Obs.] Shak.

(Chris*toph"a*ny) n. [Christ + Gr. to show.] An appearance of Christ, as to his disciples after the crucifixion.

(Christ's-thorn`) n. (Bot.) One of several prickly or thorny shrubs found in Palestine, especially the Paliurus aculeatus, Zizyphus Spina-Christi, and Z. vulgaris. The last bears the fruit called jujube, and may be considered to have been the most readily obtainable for the Crown of Thorns.

(Chro"ma*scope) n. [Gr. color + -scope.] An instrument for showing the optical effects of color.

(Chro"mate) n. [Cf. F. chromate. See Chrome.] (Chem.) A salt of chromic acid.

(Chris"tian*ize), v. i. To adopt the character or belief of a Christian; to become Christian.

The pagans began to Christianize.

(Chris"tian*like`) a. Becoming to a Christian.

A virtuous and a Christianlike conclusion.

(Chris"tian*ly), adv. In a manner becoming the principles of the Christian religion.

Sufferings . . . patiently and Christianly borne.

(Chris"tian*ly), a. Christianlike. Longfellow.

(Chris"tian*ness), n. Consonance with the doctrines of Christianity. [Obs.] Hammond.

(Christ"less) a. Without faith in Christ; unchristian. Tennyson.

(Christ"like`) a. Resembling Christ in character, actions, etc.Christ"like`ness, n.

(Christ"ly), a. Christlike. H. Bushnell.

(Christ"mas) n. [Christ + mass.] An annual church festival (December 25) and in some States a legal holiday, in memory of the birth of Christ, often celebrated by a particular church service, and also by special gifts, greetings, and hospitality.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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