Saturday, December 04, 2010

Keep the X in Xmas





For the ancient Christians, the name Christ was Greek for the Hebrew word Messiah, which meant "anointed one." The early Christians believed that Jesus of Nazareth was the long-awaited-for Jewish Messiah come to save Israel and be a light to the nations. In Greek, Christ is spelled with an X (instead of our "eks" pronunciation in English, in Greek it has a hard "k" sound to it: Xristos).

The sign of Christ was an X to the ancient Christians.

For us, we get to reclaim the name Xmas. We know what the X stands for - it's the ancient sign of Christ. Maybe there are some shopowners and other overly sensitive types you use the phrase "Xmas" as a generic way to share holiday cheer. But we know what the word really means!

So keep X in Xmas!

1 comment:

Carla Sue said...

I remember growing up, how much my mom would scold me for using "Xmas" instead of "Christmas" and as much as I tried to tell her, she didn't care to hear my explainations. But, when you are writing a billion cards or just don't have tons of time, four letters instead of nine is definately helpful. I do find it silly sometimes, though, when people vocally say "Merry Xmas" instead of saying "Merry Christmas." :)