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If your a Christian you should NEVER write the word "X-MAS"! Notice what your X'ing out... Its the word CHRIST. Always remember JESUS is the reason for the season. Don't be ashamed or let the world's way of doing things influence you. If it was up to them they would "X" Christ out of everything!!!
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I agree with you on principle. Absolutely, and 100%. Regardless of the origins, the secular community has taken it and used it for their own ends, thus putting us in an ideological war of literal words. However, I'm wondering if you know the origins? It is interesting, and it's always good for Christians to know their own history!


The word "Christ" and its compounds, including "Christmas", have been abbreviated in English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern "Xmas" was commonly used. "Christ" was often written as "XP" or "Xt"; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as AD 1021. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ and ρ used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for "Christ"), and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ. The labarum, an amalgamation of the two Greek letters rendered as ☧, is a symbol often used to represent Christ in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian Churches.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the OED Supplement have cited usages of "X-" or "Xp-" for "Christ-" as early as 1485. The terms "Xpian" and "Xtian" have also been used for "Christian". The dictionary further cites usage of "Xtianity" for "Christianity" from 1634. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, most of the evidence for these words comes from "educated Englishmen who knew their Greek".

In ancient Christian art, χ and χρ are abbreviations for Christ's name. In many manuscripts of the New Testament and icons, Χ is an abbreviation for Χριστος, as is XC (the first and last letters in Greek, using the lunate sigma); compare IC for Jesus in Greek.
 
Although- I do have to wonder if Microsoft knew all of that when they named one of their Windows releases "XP!"
 
I agree T-Bone! Great reminder! God bless you at Christmas and into the New Year! Can't wait for the new album!
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