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Meaning of Christmas
The meaning the word 'Christmas' is derived from "Cristes Maesse", an early English phrase that means "Mass of Christ."  Christmas is a combination of the words "Christ's Mass". In the Christian calendar Christmas is the feast of the nativity of Jesus which is celebrated in Christian countries around the world on 25 December.  The day is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that he represents. It is a celebrated in peace and generosity which is directed to loved ones, friends and family.

The Meaning of Christmas
Some quotes encompass the meaning of Christmas this festive time of the year:

Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

 

Meaning of Christmas - How many people celebrate Christmas?
According to various surveys 32% of the world are Christians, which is equivalent to 2050 million people. An additional 13% of non-Christians who also celebrate Christmas which is equivalent to an additional 225 million people. So approximately 45% of all people, equivalent to 2275 million people celebrate at this special time of the year.

The Origin of the word Christmas
The origin of the word is derived from  a combination of the words "Christ's Mass", meaning the festival of the Nativity of Christ. The word has been variously spelt at different periods. The following are obsolete forms of it found in old English writings: Crystmasse, Cristmes, Cristmas, Crestenmes, Crestenmas, Cristemes, Cristynmes, Crismas, Kyrsomas, Xtemas, Cristesmesse, Cristemasse, Crystenmas, Crystynmas, Chrystmas,
Chrystemes, Chrystemasse, Chrystymesse, Cristenmas, Christenmas, Christmass and Christmes.

The meaning of the word 'Xmas'
Xmas' is a common, written abbreviation of the word 'Christmas'. Many retailers use the shortened written term 'Merry Xmas' to reduce advertising copy. The term 'Xmas' has been frowned upon in many countries for many years because it was believed that the word 'Xmas' took Christ out of Christmas, to literally "cross out Christ". However, in classical Greek, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ during the 1700's and was not meant as disrespectful word.

The words for 'Christmas in different countries
The meaning in France is the French word 'NoŽl'. In Italian by 'Il Natale', which, together with its cognate term in Spanish, is simply a contraction of 'dies natalis' meaning "the birthday." 

  • In France it has also been called 'NoŽl' or 'Nowel'. As to the derivation of the word 'NoŽl', some say it is a contraction of the French 'nouvelles' (tidings), 'les bonnes nouvelles', that is "The good news of the Gospel"
  • Others take it as an abbreviation of the Gascon or ProvenÁal 'nadaŁ', 'nadal', which means the same as the Latin 'natalis', that is, 'dies natalis', "the birthday."
  • Some say 'NoŽl' is a corruption of 'Yule', 'Jule', or 'Ule', meaning "The festival of the sun." The name 'Yule' is still applied to the festival in some countries in the Northern hemisphere.
  • Wales - the word is represented in Welsh by 'Nadolig', which signifies "the natal, or birth"

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"Merry Christmas, have a happy and prosperous New Year!"

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