did Xmas Get to Stand for Christmas?
Christian, I was told by one minister that it was not respectful to
write "Xmas" because the "X" stood as a way to
eliminate (Christ) Jesus out of the word Christmas. This was
years ago, when all this political correctness was running rapid and
they took prayer out of schools etc. Others claim that the
"X" is a way to express a disgust for the commercialization
of Christmas, and as I said above, how the real meaning of celebrating
Christ's birth has been either totally removed or overshadowed today.
the "X" actually is the descendant of the Greek equivalent
of Ch, as in "Christos" which means
"Christ." But today's society has implied that
"X" means to x-out or remove. And so Christ is removed by
using the X? The X has also symbolized an illiterate person's
signature. So to use the X with some people implies you do not know
how to spell Christ or are an imbicile?
The truth is, letter "X" has stood for Christ since
at least 1100 A.D.
Look it up in any dictionary!
The "Xmas" was first cited in 1551. Eric Partridge,
word scholar, says that the scholarly abbreviation for
"Christianity" is "Xianity."
so many people dislike Xmas and consider it crass, the use is more
often limited to to commercial literature (cards, gift wrap,
etc.) and banners.
New York Times Manual of Style and Usage states, "never
use" as a recommendation for when it's acceptable.
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