Christmas: Dismissal from celebrating the rubbed one.

Christmas: The annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus, celebrated on the 25th of December.

The word ‘Christmas’ can be traced to the old English word ‘Crīstesmæsse’, first recorded in 1038. ‘Crīstesmæsse’ combining two words; ‘Crīst’ and ‘mæsse’.

The word ‘Crist’ meant ‘The annointed one’ and was in use to describe Jesus of Nazereth from the Christian Bible. The word ‘crist’ dates back to circa 800 CE and is derived from the Latin, ‘Christus’ which in turn comes from the Greek ‘Khrīstos’ meaning ‘annointed’. ‘Khrīstos’ has its roots in the Proto-Indo-European word ‘khriein’ which meant ‘to rub’.

‘Mæsse’ is actually rooted in vulgar Latin (collogueal Latin), in the word ‘messa’ which meant ‘dismissal’, likely because the traditional Latin, Christian mass ended with the words ‘Ite, missa est’ (go, it is the dismissal).

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