Question 1: Why do they call it “Christmas”?

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Why do they call it “Christmas”?

Ian
Clive, why do they call it “Christmas?”

Clive
Well, Ian, do you know what communion is?

Ian
You mean when they serve bread and juice in church?

Clive
Right. To remember Jesus and the Last Supper.

Ian
That’s why they call it Christmas?

Clive
No. I’m not finished. Some churches call that “communion,” others call it “the Eucharist.” The celebration of the Eucharist is called a “mass” in those churches.

Ian
Where does Christmas come in?

Clive
Knowledge takes time, Ian. Be patient.

Ian
Sorry.

Clive
Once a year in Europe these churches would hold a mass to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Ian
How do we get to Christmas?

Clive
They called that celebration “Christ’s Mass.”

Ian
I still don’t … Oh! Christ’s Mass! Christmas!

Clive
That’s how we got the word “Christmas!”

Ian
That made me think of another question!

Clive
Save it for tomorrow.

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