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Where does the word nativity come from?

The word derives from the Latin 'natal' meaning birth (1200–50; ME nativite < OF nativité < LL nātīvitās)

Scrooge says 'Bah! Humbug!'? What is humbug?

‘Bah!’ said Scrooge. ‘Humbug! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money? For finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer?'

How did Dickens change the English language?

What is Hanukkah? Why the different spellings?

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival in late November or early December.