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We have the word "eve" to mean the day before a specific day, like a holiday. The day before Christmas is "Christmas Eve".

Is there a word that can be used to concisely say "the day after Christmas", such as "I disposed of my Christmas tree on Christmas XXXX"?

Edit: To clarify, I'm not concerned with Christmas specifically, but with a way to say "the day after a specific, named day". Therefore, "the second day of Christmas", while interesting, is not a valid answer to this question, unless you can also say "the second day of Presidents' Day", which -- although "Presidents' Day Eve" doesn't sound a lot better, either -- does not seem correct.

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    The day after Christmas is Boxing Day in the UK. I don't think there's a general word for the day after holidays in general.
    – Barmar
    Dec 30, 2014 at 19:40
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    There's a special word for the night before holidays because we often have parties then (since we don't have to go to bed early), and sometimes take off early from work. There's not as much special about the day after, so we don't need a word for it.
    – Barmar
    Dec 30, 2014 at 19:42
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    There is morrow but it is literary or archaic.
    – ermanen
    Dec 30, 2014 at 20:07
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    @WS2: Decorations? Oh, you mean the ones that are put up on the morrow of Thanksgiving? ;-)
    – Drew
    Dec 30, 2014 at 20:50
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    @Drew No, that was a Reagan-era move to allow the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January without increasing the number of federal holidays. And on the federal calendar, the Feb. holiday is still listed as Washington's Birthday.
    – choster
    Dec 30, 2014 at 22:04

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"The morrow of…"

Strictly this means "the morning of", but to talk of "the morrow" would be to talk of the coming morning, and so "the morrow" is the next day. Alas "on the morrow of Christmas" would be a tad ambiguous for this reason with it being more likely to mean Christmas morning, unless one was speaking during Christmas day.

Conversely, eve does not strictly mean "the day before" but the evening of. Since days were once reckoned from sundown to sundown, Christmas would start on what we would now consider the sundown of 24th December, and so the evening start of Christmas—Christmas Eve—happens on the day prior to the bulk of it, by the modern reckoning of dates moving upon the stroke of midnight. This goes some way to explain why some European countries have a bigger celebratory meal on the 24th than the 25, and why Hallowe'en is on the night before, rather than after All Hallows; by the old reckoning, the day had started at sundown.

"The morrow of…" is not in very common use any more. Nor for that matter is eve other than as preserved in "Christmas Eve" and the like and figurative uses like "eve of destruction".

Considering this, and the potential for considering it either as the morning during or the morning after, the simple phrase "the day after…" is much more useful.

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As per the Twelve Days of Christmas, the day after Christmas Day is the Second Day of Christmas for most churches.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a festive Christian season to celebrate the nativity of Jesus. In most Western Church traditions Christmas Day is the First Day of Christmas and the Twelfth Day falls on 5 January, but for others, the twelve days begin on 26 December and end on 6 January.
(Source: Wikipedia)

So, you would say:

I disposed of my Christmas tree on the Second Day of Christmas.

It is also know as Boxing Day in Great Britain (and former colonies).

For a generic term, I don't think there is an improvement upon morrow, other than to stick with the day after. According to N-grams, day after is preferred over morrow of:

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Interestingly, day after Christmas is much preferred over day after Christmas Day:

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  • St. Stephen's Day is the Second Day of Christmas, because Christmas is a twelve-day feast, so that positions a day within a period of more than one day, rather than indicate a day after another.
    – Jon Hanna
    Dec 30, 2014 at 23:21
  • @JonHanna: Thanks for the info. I hoped my answer was clear in that Second Day or Christmas was providing an identity for the day after Christmas to complete the sentence example specifically.
    – jxh
    Dec 30, 2014 at 23:32
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There is no word like this in English. It's available in many other languages, but not English.

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  • can you provide references or examples? Feb 19, 2015 at 19:47

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