Christmas or X’mas?

. Christmas has often been spelt as Xmas which, on some occasions, have incurred the ire of many Christians who hold a different viewpoint.

Dec 22, 2017

Dear Editor,
In recent years, this issue of the correct spelling of Christmas has been a fiery issue between different sections of the Christian community. Christmas has often been spelt as Xmas which, on some occasions, have incurred the ire of many Christians who hold a different viewpoint.They insist that the letter ‘X’ is an insult to Jesus Christ as Jesus should not be replaced with the letter “X.” On the other hand, many reiterate that it is totally not wrong to use Xmas.Ed, do you have any comments on this?

Andrew Quah
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Comment: The history of the word “Xmas” is actually more respectable — and fascinating — than you might suspect. First of all, the abbreviation predates by centuries its use in gaudy advertisements. It was first used in the mid 1500s. X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστ?ς (kyrios). which means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years. This device is known as a Christogram. The “mas” in Xmas is the Old English word for “mass.” In the same vein, the dignified terms Xpian and Xtian have been used in place of the word “Christian.”

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