[ 2006-12-20 07:29 ]
does the word "Christmas" come from?
Christmas = Christ - Mass =
"The Mass of Christ"
Christ = Jesus Christ
"Mass" = Roman Catholic
religious Church service of "mass".
The word "mass" probably comes
from the last words of the service of "mass", which are "you are
dismissed" = "missa est" in Latin. From the Latin word "missa" comes the
English word "mass"
Why is December 24th called "Christmas Eve"?
In old times, days
started at sunset. So the evening of the day, the "eve" happened
Then we changed to days starting at midnight. Now the "eve"
is evening of the previous day. So "Christmas Eve" is the day before
** What does the
phrase "Boxing Day" mean?
The day after Christmas day when presents are given to extended
family and friends.
Possibly dating from the Middle Ages when the
householder would give presents to the servants and tradesmen. It
is a public holiday in some Commonwealth countries.
** Why does the word "Bethlehem"
A small town in Judea near Jerusalem, where King David
was born and the birthplace of Jesus.
** What are the Christmas songs
Christmas Carols - Carols, song used in celebrations
and dances, written for and sung at