History of words and phrases
Xmas: People think of this word as a kind of modern shorthand for Christmas. But in fact, it has a long history. It appeared in print as early as 1555.
Mistletoe: The early Celts' word for a twig that brought health. Stand under the mistletoe now and get a kiss.
Yuletide: From the medieval custom to drag in a large "yule log" to be the base for the huge holiday fire.
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