What is the X in X-mas?
1580s, from Italian bazarra, ultimately from Persian bazar (Pahlavi vacar) "a market."
originally, a public market district of a Persian town. From Persia the term spread to Arabia (the Arabic word suq is synonymous), Turkey, and North Africa. In India it came to be applied to a single shop, and in current English usage it is applied both to a single shop or concession selling miscellaneous articles and to a fair at which such miscellany is sold, sometimes for charity