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.

Dave scullin

Writer and poet, lives in Westlake

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.13.2011