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OED Consultant Editor Henry Hitchings unwraps the lexical history of Christmas with a little help from the Oxford English Dictionary. Read the full article here. The noun Christmas, deriving from the Old English Cristes mæsse (the mass or festival of Christ), took hold only in the early twelfth century. In his book The Seasons, Nick […]more
Modern holiday culture is so chock full of allusions to days gone by that there seems to be no end to the things you might want to investigate further: the various names for Santa, Nowell versus Noel, the connection between mistletoe and kissing, the significance of the items in the song ‘‘The Twelve Days of […]more