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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Nov 12, 2010.
Do you use the abbreviation "X-mas" for Christmas?
Traditionally the "X" means Christ as it is the chi in the Greek form of Christ's name Christos. In Church History the use of XMas is a proper shorthand for Christ's Mass or Christmas as we understand it.
If anyone objects, it is a perfect time to give them an explanation of the history of the various ways the name of Jesus has been written/represented through the ages.
I use "xmas," alot in my informal writing, especially in file and folder names.
I do now. I grew up in a home where it was viewed as "worldly" by removing Christ out of Christmas. I'm so glad I'm out of that legalistic grip
Yes. Now that I'm free from the repressive, misinformed baptist tradition of my childhood.
Ancient history is irrelevant. It was formal writing when printing was relatively new and expensive, but now it's considered shorthand. Why? Because using X-mas fell out of common practice. The relatively recent resurgence of using X-mas instead of Christmas, has it's roots in the campaign to secularize society.
I just never worried about it.
I always write the whole word. We see so little usage of Christ's name (except for swearing) I figure I might as well use it properly when given the opportunity.