is xmas okay?

Have you ever been annoyed when someone shortens “Christmas” to “xmas”?  I used to think it was a sin…and felt so guilty about taking “Christ” out of Christmas.  But about 6 years ago, a pastor that I worked for showed me something that has changed my thinking about this…and given me the freedom to write xmas with no pain.

He told me that the Greek letter for Christ is actually “X”.  Therefore, xmas means the same as christmas.  I found a wikipedia explanation that gives more detail if you need it- below.

Xmas” is a common abbreviation of the word “Christmas“. It is sometimes pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but it, and variants such as “Xtemass”, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for “Mass“,[1] while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as “Christ“.[2]

There is a common misconception that the word Xmas is a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas[3] by taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”.

So, in a world that loves to shorten words to text, you can rest assured you’re not blaspheming Jesus…you’re just choosing another way to write the same thing.

Merry Christmas, or Merry Xmas.


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