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  • Writer's pictureTricia Scheer

The True Meaning of Noel

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

What does Noel mean? Noel is another word for Christmas, the Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Most Christians celebrate the holiday on December 25th as you know! It's a very special time of year for me celebrating the birth of Lord Jesus our Savior!

A term signifying the holiday season, Noël comes to us from the Latin verb nasci, meaning “to be born.” In the book of Ecclesiastes, the birth of Jesus is called natalis. A variation of this word, nael, made its way into Old French as a reference to the Christmas season and later into Middle English as nowel.

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