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I always thought the names of holidays were proper names, and should thus be capitalized "Christmas", "Thanksgiving", etc. However, I recently made a typo when talking about Christmas (Christmsa), and my spelling checker corrected it to be lower case "christmas". It knew what word I wanted, but made it lower case, where it would usually recognize incorrect capitalization.

So I wondered: Is my spelling checker wrong? Or is capitalization of holiday names not a requirement?

And either way, any insight on why the spelling checker would be this way?

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Is your spell checker MS Word by chance? – Mitch Nov 8 '12 at 17:17
Probably just a bug in the spellchecker. FWIW, my version of MS Word properly corrects "chritmsas" to Christmas. – Lynn Nov 8 '12 at 19:36
Because spellcheckers are dumb. – pazzo Dec 3 '14 at 3:44

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Yes, capitalize the names of holidays:

Independence Day

... and so on.

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Further, most terms containing "Christ" (as a reference to the head of the Christian church) are capitalized -- Christian, Christianity, Christ-like, Christendom, Christmas tree, etc. It's actually a little jarring (for someone raised in US Christian culture) to be looking at, say, Norwegian Christmas materials and see lower-case terms use. – Hot Licks Dec 2 '14 at 22:19

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