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This is a topic that comes up every year about this time, does Xmas remove Christ from Christmas?
In my opinion, no it doesn't.
In our world today it seems like we are fighting a losing battle to keep our faith in our everyday lives. Xmas, isn't something we need to be fighting against. After reading up on the topic and talking to others who have much more insight on this debate, this is what I found.
1. Scholars and theologians consistently use X as shorthand for Christ. X is roughly a transliteration of the first letter of Christ in Greek, so there is no negating quality in the usage of the letter. It is an unfortunate accident that in our culture we also use X to indicate negation. To me, the hype over using Xmas vs Christmas is just that, hype. - Pastor D.W.
2. The X is related to Christian symbols scratched into Roman catacombs. X became a potent Christian symbol, in much the same way as the fish symbol does today.- Jonathan Crossfield
3. In years past, merchants were charged by the number of letters they used in a print advertisement. It would save money and space by changing Christmas to Xmas, easy enough to do because both meant the same thing in their eyes.
4. In today's facebook, twitter and text messaging world, word economy is important. We are so ADD that any message over three sentences loses our attention. Xmas is easier to fit in a twitter update where you only get 144 letters to get your point across. I highly doubt when someone posts Merry Xmas, they have the direct intent to remove Christ from Christmas.
Our common goal this time of year should be to spread the real meaning of Christmas. I feel like this "Xmas vs Christmas" debate is used by the other side to keep us from our true mission of the season. In the end I believe it comes down to a personal choice. If you feel comfortable using Xmas, by all means do. If your more of a Christmas person, right on, as my dad use to say "different strokes for different folks."