The word "Christmas" means "Christ's Mass". It comes from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse. "Cristes" is from the Greek Christos, and "mæsse" is from the Latin missa. "Xmas" is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas.
Band Aid recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" exactly 25 years ago. Great song, terrible session — like a Christmas reunion gone terribly wrong. Come on down to the pub to remember the funny disasters of Christmas!
At a time when British retailers are spending big on their Christmas campaigns, UK shopping giant Asda casts staff in its TV ads and eases the recession blues with a £16 million present to make the Advent season a little merrier for its workers.