What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of Christmas? I trust it's not shopping or debt! Rather, I hope it's more closely related to the spiritual significance of the season, such as Jesus
. Perhaps the image that forms in your mind at the mention of Christmas is a nativity scene
, with shepherds and magi
bringing gifts of frankincense
, gold, and myrrh
I thought it would be fun to learn the origins of terms like hallelujah and Epiphany, and how these words came to be associated with the Christmas season. I started a list, but remember, it's an ongoing project to be updated with new Christmas words each year. If you have a suggestion to add, please leave a comment below.
Image: © Bill Fairchild