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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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CHRISSENMAS, CHRISTENMASS, CHRISTENMAS, n. Old forms of Christmas, now obs. in St.Eng. but still found in Eng. dial. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.2, Abd.9, Ags.17 1940 in form Chrissenmas. Jam.2 gives Christenmass for Abd. Also met. form Chirsenmas (Abd.16 1940).Sc. 1715 Lady Grisell Baillie The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie SHS (1911) 40:
To the servants christenmas box half a croun each.
Ags. 1833 J. S. Sands Poems 72:
Syn Christenmas was past a year, He seized, and hugg'd his treasure dear.
Ags. 1925 Forfar Dispatch (31 Dec.) 2/5:
Sic a wey a doin' it is nooadays wi' Chrissenmas!
m.Lth. 1996:
What did you get for yer Christenmas.

[Prob. an assimilation of early Eng. Cristes mæsse, to cristen, early form of christen, due to the shortening of the i, which dissociated it in sound from Christ. O.Sc. has Christinmes, Chrissenmass, 1558–1566 (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Chrissenmas n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Nov 2023 <>



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