Christmas…

Christmas is a really interesting word: and I shouldn’t think that many people really know what it means…Christmas is a compound word originating in the term, Christ’s Mass. It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which is from Old English Crīstesmæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038 followed by the word Cristes-messe in 1131. So it’s quite an old word. So the word, Christmas, is a Christian church celebration whereas nowadays Christmas has taken on a whole range of meanings and sometimes the church  and Christ are forgotten …

Frankincense and Myrrh are two words associated with Christmas…and I was surprised to find that both of these are naturally occurring resins from trees (see below)  in the middle east! Of course, we see them as two of the three gifts brought by the Magi or three kings when they visited Christ.

Nativity (and we all loved the Ivanhoe Nativity) is a word that means ‘birth’ but we all take it to mean the birth of Jesus Christ and the depiction of the birth in schools up and down the country 🙂

Finally, a manger is a trough, is a feeder that is made of carved stone, wood, or metal construction and is used to hold food for animals. It is amazing to think of Jesus being laid in a manger to sleep after he was born, with straw to take away the roughness of the manger itself.

Let’s see if you can use any of these Christmas words…