Christmas around the World

The word "Christmas" is a contraction of the words "Christ's mass," which comes from the Middle English "Christemasse" and the Old English "Cristes m├Žsse", a phrase first recorded in 1038.

In Germany, Christmas is referred to as Weihnachten, or "hallowed night."

In Spanish and French, the two languages most heavily influenced by the Latin languages of Rome, Christmas is referred to as navidad and noel, respectively. Both of these terms derive from Nativity, the birth of Christ.

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