Ask different people the meaning of the word mas, and you will likely get varied answers. I had always heard it meant mass, and that Christmas meant to celebrate the mass or life of Christ. One interpretation states that that Christ-mas, means Christ with us or among us. A few years ago I was introduced to a totally different definition of this word.
A post was making the rounds on Facebook which indicated, that to say Merry Christmas, was to say happy death to Christ, because mas was derived from the mass that is traditional in the Roman Catholic church, and is referring to death. I was surprised to find that for this reason, a number of those who believe in Christ, are hostile regarding December 25th. Numerous websites agree with this view.
Recently a friend on Facebook posted that Christ-mas means to have more of Christ. I immediately thought about the phrase “No mas pantelones,” These are the words uttered by the man in the Progressive insurance commercial after the pants he is wearing catch fire and burn. In English he is saying that he has no more pants.
Taco Bell recently changed their slogan to Live mas, which means live more. Both commercials use mas in the context of meaning more. Even so there are believers in Christ who are very strong in their animosity against Christmas, along with Sunday service.
Christ, is not part of the Saviors Name, it is His title. He is Jesus/ Yeshua, the Christ, or the Anointed One. Based on whichever definition of mas you choose to associate with, when you say Christmas, you are saying the Anointed Ones death, or more of the Anointed One.
As His purpose was to come to earth to die by crucified, and it is that crucifixion and resurrection that defines Christianity, I do not see the problem, even if mas speaks of His death, without which there would be no resurrection, nor second coming to look forward too.
In the New Living Translation of Colossians 2:16, the Apostle Paul says; So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths.
While it is true that Christmas is not a celebration outlined in the bible, those who disagree with the holiday, and its name should consider the words of Paul, by not judging fellow believers who choose to observe the celebration. And visa versa.