This may sound a little weird to some of you, but I want to keep the “X” in “Xmas”.
I realize that upon first read some of you may not like the title of this post, but I think if you take a second to read it, you may agree. I say that because when I say “X” out loud, I’m not saying the letter “ecks” but I’m saying “Christ”. Don’t believe me? Let me explain…
Now I’m not a Greek expert, but I have friends who are, and they had the joy of showing me the historical truth behind the “Xmas” abbreviation when I had expressed concerns that “Xmas” was taking the “Christ” out of Christmas. To take a look at what the “X” (Okay, this time I did say “ecks”) really means, we find ourselves looking at the Greek alphabet. In Greek, Christ is spelled Χριστός (pronounced kris-tos’). Look at the first letter. This is the Greek letter “chi.” Church history tells us that the symbol of “X” (the letter chi) has come to be a shorthand version for the name of Christ, much like somebody’s initials represent their full name. So when we speak “Xmas” it’s more accurate to say “Christ-mas” rather than “Ecks-mas”. However, in the written/typed/chizzled form, Xmas is perfectly appropriate.
So instead of arguing to “put Christ back in Christmas” I think we should take the opportunity to further explain the meaning behind “Xmas” and share Christ with those who don’t know Him as their Lord and Savior.
Click here to see what R.C. Sproul says about it “Xmas”.