Let’s talk about Xmas.
To the uninformed. the word Xmas is a crass abbreviation, an affront to Christianity, and an example of how secular humanists are actively waging war on Christmas by trying to take Christ out of Christmas.
If you are the type of person who gets upset whenever you see Xmas, you have only your own ignorance and lack of historical knowledge to thank. Xmas isn’t something that came about when you first started watching Fox News, and no– it didn’t start recently. Xmas actually dates back to — wait for it — the 1500s. Who were the first offenders? Christians. The Church itself used Xmas instead of Christmas. When you get riled up about Xmas, you’re actually wasting needless rage on a 500-year-old tradition of the church.
In fact, it was perfectly natural for the church in those days to call Christmas Xmas. X was one of the ways they wrote Christ, along with Xp and Xc. The letter X in Greek is called Chi and was synonymous with Christ dating back as far as the year 1021. Christians using the letter X to represent Christ predates Baptists, who didn’t enter the world stage until 1638. This means that both Xmas and X for Christ existed for centuries prior to the number one group that complains about people taking Christ out of Christmas by writing Xmas. There is more history behind Xmas than modern evangelism.
There is a deep history and heritage behind the usage of the Chi as a representation of Christ. The people who complain about using X as a representation of Christ, simply don’t understand the history and heritage of their own faith. That isn’t a sin, of course, but it does speak for the depth and thought process of their brand of faith.
One final thought: Another reason for the popularization of X and Xmas was due to the invention of the printing press. Typesetting in the 1500s was done by hand and could get quite costly, so typesetters would often abbreviate longer words. The printing press is responsible for the explosion of the Christian faith by putting the Bible into the hands of common people. It is also responsible for an explosion of information and education. The Internet is the printing press of our time. Use it to educate yourself about the origins of your faith and the traditions of your faith instead of flying off the handle because a talk show host somewhere told you to be angry.
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