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Etymology 1Edit

Christmas +‎ present (gift).


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪsməs ˌpɹɛzənt/


Christmas present (countable and uncountable, plural Christmas presents)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see Christmas,‎ present.
    Children believe that Santa Claus comes down the chimney to bring them Christmas presents.

Etymology 2Edit

Christmas + present (relating to now, current). Present is used as a postpositioned adjective. First popularized in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.


  • IPA(key): /ˌkɹɪsməs ˈpɹɛzənt/


Christmas present (countable and uncountable, plural Christmases present)

  1. A contemporary Christmas.
    • 1998 May 15, Janet Colsher Teitsort, Long-Distance Grandma: How to Stay Connected with Grandkids Far Away, Baker, →ISBN, page 145:
      Christmas past becomes Christmas present.
    • 2012 May 3, Stella Duffy, chapter 13, in Wavewalker, Profile Books, →ISBN, 5:
      Anita had been relieved to unload the burden of her Christmases Past following her Process but she certainly hasn't told Max any of the details of the Christmases present she'd be spending with John.

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