ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Christmas or Xmas-Who Put The X in Christmas?

Updated on July 2, 2017

Cookies and Broccoli For Santa!

The total opposite tastes of cookies and broccoli relate to the taste left by the words Christmas and Xmas.
The total opposite tastes of cookies and broccoli relate to the taste left by the words Christmas and Xmas. | Source

And A Merry Christmas To All

Christmas is arguably the most beloved holiday. It is celebrated worldwide and adults as well as children await the season and that special day with anticipation. Christians and atheists are united in love of Christmas. And what’s not to love? There are choirs singing hymns, children dashing through the snow to see Rudolph and Santa’s Elves are imbibing eggnog. The big guy himself is busy making toys for good little boys and girls who have dreams of sugarplums. Sales clerks are ringing up charge card sales and pocketing commissions. Evergreen trees are holding their needles with hope they will be chosen, chopped and decorated with tinsel and silver bells. Turkeys and the Christmas goose are wrapping their wrinkled necks with armor and praying to contract Avian Flu.

People are posting messages to forums, fighting in Target and picketing Wal-Mart because someone said Happy Holidays and the even more evil Merry Xmas! What is all the fuss about? Well, Christmas is about Christ, right? Some will pitch a big snowball at you for suggesting Jesus was born on any other day. But most folk agree this is the chosen day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. And they want to keep the word Christ in there to show respect and to honor Him. Others are in a rush or just not religious and shorten it to Merry Xmas. These are fighting words! Many a sacrilegious heathen has gone to jail or the hospital from defending or uttering the word Xmas.

But who put the X in Christmas? What started this war? It is not what is commonly believed. Some do use it to disassociate the holiday from Christ. But they are using His name when they do this. The convoluted past of X has much more history than most know. Retail devils did not invent it nor did godless greeting card companies.

X is the Greek letter “chi” and is the initial (first) letter of Χριστός . The Greek word Χριστός means Christ, translated Christos in the New Testament English. So X is a Christogram and has been used to represent the word Christ for centuries. A Christogram is a combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church has used X for Christ throughout its long history with no disrespect intended. It is a translation letter and has been recorded as far back as the mid 1500s. The Oxford English Dictionary is documented as having the abbreviation in 1551. The King James Bible was not even completed until 1611. The abbreviation Xianity was used for Christianity. Scholars believe this was entered into language as early as 100 AD. Translators (scribes) copied Old Testament manuscripts and meant no disrespect. The only intent was to save time and space as every word was hand written on expensive parchment so they kept to the Greek.

“Mass” is an Old English word and was used in conjunction with Cristes, Christ’s Mass and was recorded as Christemasse in 1038. As time passed and the use of the English language grew, the word Christmas grew in popularity. When English colonists came to America in the early 1620s and brought the Bible with them, it contained the translation Christ. So Christmas came to America with the pilgrims and it has become the norm to say Christmas, not Xmas.

Some people indeed use Xmas to remove the Savior from the season. Others only wish to save time. None can argue that it is abused. In our culture everyone is seeking to save a moment or two and slang has gained accepted use in social media, texting, and speech. Xmas is used for commercial purposes and to acknowledge the holiday while maintaining separateness.

Xmas will never be found in a religious setting. You will never sing in a church and see it in your hymnal and it is not uttered or written in church teachings. The traditional, cultural and religious use of Christmas is always found in worship rituals.

I do not foresee a time when the word Christian will be replaced with Xtian or Christianity with Xtianity in our society of believers and Christ followers. Since our everyday language is far removed from the Greek and Old English King James, I will not use “thee”, “thou” or “Xmas”, but will continue with my tried and true you instead of thee, your in place of thine and Christmas shall never be forfeit to Xmas.

So when you meet me in the cold winter month of late December, please greet me with Merry Christmas and gift me not with eggnog and fruitcake.

Be well friend. Happy Easter........

Dreams Of Sugarplums


John Lennon Wrote

Happy Xmas Kyoko, Happy Xmas Julian

John Lennon
So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Xmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

Yoko Ono
A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

John Lennon
And so this is Xmas (War is over)
For weak and for strong (if you want it)
For rich and the poor ones (War is over)
The world is so wrong (now)
And so happy Xmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight

Yoko Ono
A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

John Lennon
And so this is Xmas (War is over)
And what have we done (if you want it)
Another year over (now)
A new one just begun
And so happy Xmas
We hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

Yoko Ono
A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear
War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Happy Xmas

So This Is Christmas

And Your Little Doggie Too.....


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)