Xmas vs Christmas

Just a brief post about an annoyance on Christmas.

Too many people are just looking for a fight about the use of Xmas instead of Christmas.  Seriously, folks, before you get all upset and start spouting off about how people are trying to take the “christ” out of Christmas, do a little research.  The use of Xmas as an abbreviation for Christmas has been around at least 400 years. According to Wikipedia:

In Greek, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century.[13] Hence, Xmas is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Christmas.

It’s also documented a number of other places. Here and my favorite site, snopes, plus a news website.

It’s just an abbreviation.  Christmas is a long word.  It’s hard to put it on a billboard.  Xmas is easier.  It means the same thing.  There is nothing malicious about its use.  Saying that it is an attack on Christmas is just a lie.  Get upset about things that are important.  Or better yet…don’t.  Enjoy life.

So, with that:  I hope you all have a very merry XMAS.  Spend it with friends and family.

I am the language lover and these are my thoughts.

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1 Comment

  1. Scott Erb said,

    December 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Sometimes it seems the lower the stakes, the more bitter and angry the fight. The same goes for people who get angry when someone says “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” I’ve also noticed that in academia — there might be little lively discussion about some policy shift, but if the issue becomes parking on campus, well, everyone is quickly fired up to argue…


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