Misconceptions about the “X” in Christmas

“Xmas” is not a secular plan to “take the Christ out of Christmas.” “The usual suggestion is that ‘Xmas’ is … an attempt by the ungodly to x-out Jesus and banish religion from the holiday.” However, X stands for the Greek letter Chi, the starting letter of Χριστός, or “Christ” in Greek. The use of the word “Xmas” can be traced to the year 1021 when “monks in Great Britain…used the X while transcribing classical manuscripts into Old English” in place of “Christ”. The Oxford English Dictionary’s “first recorded use of ‘Xmas’ for ‘Christmas’ dates back to 1551.”

Tomorrow, Misconceptions about the Law    Rita Bay

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2 responses to “Misconceptions about the “X” in Christmas

  1. Thanks for reminding me about that one, Rita – it’s a huge misconception!

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