Christianity

Why X-mas Instead of CHRISTmas?

by Samuel Brooks

In the current “cancel culture” climate that we’re in, are we trying to remove Christ more by replacing Christmas with Xmas? We’re going to attempt to answer that in this post.

For those that are pushing ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’, I can understand and fully support why you’re taking that stance given the direction that our society – particularly as a country – has been going for quite some time now. However, the abbreviation ‘Xmas’ has been around for hundreds of years.

To provide some context, according to Dictionary.com, “X represents the Greek letter chi, the initial letter in the word Χριστός (Chrīstos). And what does Χριστός mean? ‘(Jesus) Christ’.” So, essentially, Xmas is saying the same thing as CHRISTmas! The only difference here is that Xmas is the shorthanded version. To be honest, I didn’t know this until one of the ministers at my church made this statement and then I researched it to be sure. It really puts things into perspective when you look up the original word and its context.

I hope you learned something new through this post like I did when I first heard about it while at a church service and then researched it. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021!

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