Alternative Spellings

Kratsmakh, Kratzmach, Kritzmach, Chritzmach, Kratsmikh


  • Tongue-in-cheek way of referring to "Christmas," especially among Jews who want to avoid uttering the name of Christ.

Example Sentences

  • "This leads to the obvious question at this time of year as to whether there is a heter to pronounce the name of Xmas, as opposed to Kratzmach or some other such corruption. It is exceedingly difficult to function in the modern workplace without uttering this word." (

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, English


קראַץ מיך krats mikh 'scratch me,' based on similar sound to English "Christmas"

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


North America



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