Every once in a while I stumble upon the same old discussion on the www. I’ve found several groups about the subject in question at Facebook today, and they irritated me! Some people are so small minded and they don’t even bother to check if what they say is true. But thank you ladies for giving me a subject for my blog entry today.

Time and time again I hear people say they despise the use of the word X-Mas. They even went as far as deleting email wishes from friends and tearing up Christmas cards which said: Merry X-Mas, because – according to them – those cards and the people who sent them, were condemning Christ and forgetting ‘the real reason for the season’ by not using the word Christmas.
That is SO NOT TRUE!

Now let’s get this out of the way for once and for all!

X is the Greek letter ‘chi’, the first letter of the Greek word Christos, or ‘anointed one’. Transcribers copying the Scriptures by hand in the 4th century used ‘chi’ or X as a helpful abbreviation for Christ. The cross shape added an extra level of symbolism and meaning.

So – even though it’s still 122 days, 0 hours, 38 minutes and 7 seconds till Christmas (but who’s counting?) I’ll leave you with

Merry X-mas!

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3 Comments so far

  1. Some people believe it comes from the Catholic word Mass but, it does not. Makayla Christ

    Makayla Christs last blog post..Christian Religion, Witnesses of the Jesus Resurrection

  2. Makayla Christ on August 25th, 2008 at 01:05
  3. Thank you for your reply Makayla. I wasn’t referring to the ‘mas’ part though. It’s the misconception about the X and the fact that people state their believes as true, without any reference at all, that really upsets me.
    My knowledge of the English language is not sufficient to say it in a proper way, but I found this article by Dennis Bratcher very interesting.

  4. Antoinette on August 27th, 2008 at 01:00
  5. I could not agree more… I think there are more important things in live than to moan about the way someone writes the word Christmas… It’s all in the intention not the expression 🙂

    Besides… it is only their opinion..

  6. Caroline on August 27th, 2008 at 10:12

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