Word of the day

The word for today is…

Christmas (noun) – 1. A Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus.
2. December 25, the day on which this feast is observed as a public holiday in many countries.
3. Christmastide.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Late Old English Cristes mæsse, from Christ (and retaining the original vowel sound) + mass.

Written as one word from mid-14th century. As a verb from 1590s. Father Christmas first attested in a carol attributed to Richard Smart, Rector of Plymtree (Devon) from 1435-77. Christmas tree in modern sense first attested 1835 in American English, from German Weihnachtsbaum. Christmas cards first designed 1843, popular by 1860s. Christmas Eve is Middle English Cristenmesse Even (circa 1300).

A Merry Christmas to all from Korau, Mrs Korau and our cats!


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