Friday, December 14, 2007

Why Christmas is abbreviated as Xmas.

The "X" in Xmas stands for the Greek letter "Chi," the first letter in the Greek word for Christ. Over time, the letter "X" came to stand for the name of Christ. The practice gained very wide usage in the mass emdia duringt he twentieth century - but not, as many erroneously believe, because of any squeamishness about using the word "Christmas." Often, Xmas simply fits better in a headline.

~~The Everything Christmas Book 1994

While I am more comfortable always using Christmas this allows for some thought about the whole taking Christ out of the holiday. Blessings to all.