XMAS

Many at this time of year would like to cause confusion and division. They don’t specifically do this out of spite, but out of ignorance of the etymologies of words. I am speaking of the “Don’t take Christ out of Christmas” crowd.

Most of these people are well-meaning, but misinformed individuals. Xmas is not something new to the 20th century. The earliest use, “X’temmas” meaning Christmas, dates to around 1551 in English since shortened to Xmas. An even earlier reference to Christmas is Xp̄es mæsse in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle around 1100. This is an Anglicization of Greek.

X itself, in this context, refers to the letter chi in Greek, an abbreviation used by the early church for Christ. This abbreviation is still used by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant denominations to refer to Christ. In many manuscripts of the New Testament, Χ is an abbreviation for Χριστος (Christos in English), as is XC.

My biggest problem with this thinking is that people will blindly follow their pastor’s lead without checking to see if he even knows what he is saying. This is a case of the blind leading the blind. For when you look to find evil or whatever under every rock, you will surely find it or interpret it as such since that is what you seek.

And for those who would say that I am looking only on the Internet, I have known these things stated above for over 30 years. I first researched it in the late 70’s in a book, namely The Encyclopaedia Britannica. I’ve just used the Internet out of convenience for all those who read this.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas
http://www.cresourcei.org/symbols/xmasorigin.html
http://www.ligonier.org/blog/why-is-x-used-when-it-replaces-christ-in-christmas/

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