Xmas Explained

What’s your view on the use of “Xmas” rather than “Christmas”?  Lately, it seems, discussion has been swirling about this spelling.  Some find it offensive while some use it freely.

Many believe Xmas to be a lazy abbreviation at best; at worst, an attempt to cancel Christ from Christmas.  Is this a modern trend?

In fact, the use of Xmas is archaic, but its image is changing since so few people are familiar with Greek these days.  Yes, the X is a Greek symbol, the uppercase Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ.  It has been used for centuries to represent the word Christ.

You can read more about this and other potentially snarly Christmas etiquette in the Peace River Record Gazette: Christmas – reason for the season – whatever the spelling.

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3 Responses to Xmas Explained

  1. The things people worry about. It’s all the same to me. Xmas is the same as Christmas to me – just a shorter way of writing it. I still call it Christmas when I read the word Xmas.I don’t say Eksmas.

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