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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
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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
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Yes, capitalize the names of holidays:

Christmas
Thanksgiving
Independence Day

... and so on.

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