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ID number:360773
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Published: 12.05.2008.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used
Table of contents
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  Etymology   
  Christmas day   
  Christmas tree and other decorations   
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Etymology

The word "Christmas" is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass." It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse
The words used to refer to the holiday in Spanish (navidad), Portuguese (natal), French (noël), Italian (natale), and Catalan (nadal) refer to the Nativity of Jesus.
Christmas is sometimes shortened to Xmas.
(The letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ (Χριστός).)
Roman letter X, was used as an abbreviation for Christ.
Christmas day
The date as a birthdate for Jesus is merely traditional, and is not widely considered to be his actual date of birth…

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