Put the X back in Xmas!

love this!

Mitch Teemley


People often assume that the term “Xmas”is an attempt to take “Christ” out of Christmas. But did you know that:

  • The term Xmasdates all the way back to the Middle Ages.

  • X is an abbreviation for Christ (it’s the first letter of Christos, Χριστόςin the Greek).

  • X is a traditional symbol of the cross.

  • By using Xmasinstead of Christmas, theologians were reminding us not just that God’s son came to earth, but why.

  • Hence the term reviled by so many for taking Christ out of Christmas was originally intended to keep him init!

P.S. Ministers were historically referred to as churchmen, or simply Xmen!(No, they don’t have superpowers. But God does. I mean, like, there was this one time when… Oh, just read the book.)

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