Hold onto your hats, y'all, because I'm about to hop on my hobby horse and we're gonna be going a little fast, since it's Christmas Day.
So you know how a while back, folk in the US started using "Happy Holidays" as the politically correct term to use, since people were (apparently) getting offended/hurt by the word "Christmas" and its "religious implications."
Yeah... Christmas has religious implications. It's a religious holiday.
Christmas - Christ's mass - the mass of Christ.
Michealmas - Michael's mass - the mass of Saint Michael, also called the Feast of Saint Michael or the Feast of the Archangels. (Sept. 29th)
These are both Catholic holidays.
But here's the funny part. I love words, people. I LOVE words. And by extension, I love etymology (that is, the study of the origins of words).
Holiday - holi day - holy day.
You see what we did there?
We took a word that means The Feast of the Savior and replaced it with one that means Holy Day.
If you're interested in the etymology of the word "holiday," you can check it out here. It's a really interesting set of meanings, actually. :)
'Til next time, stay safe and have fun, my Inklings!