[ExI] Why is xmas 'the holiday season' in America??

Kevin Freels kevin at kevinfreels.com
Sun Dec 16 17:29:14 UTC 2007

It's simply a large grouping of multiple holidays in a fairly short 
period of time. You have the winter solstice holidays such as christmas, 
hanukkah, (partial list 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_winter_festivals#Muslim )and then 
the various pre-christian traditions that were christianized such as 
yule. Then you add the new years holiday following only a week behind 
and you have a perfect recipe for using the word "Holiday" in its plural 
form. In the US, the other major holidays all fall within their own month.

Nymph0 wrote:
> On 16/12/2007, ben <benboc at lineone.net> wrote:
>> Can someone tell me why Americans refer to christmas as the 'holiday
>> season'?
> Maybe because the word holiday originally meant meant 'holy day'?
> Christian activists co-oped earlier midwinter festivals which were
> literally holy days to the jews, pagans and others of the time.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday
> Heavy splashings,
> Thee Nymphomation
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