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December 13, 2010

Taking Christ out of Christmas

by Gina

‘Tis the season for the phrase, “Put Christ back in CHRISTmas!”

But, who is taking Christ OUT of Christmas?

Some Christians cite those who use the abbreviation “Xmas” rather than typing or writing out Christmas. Here’s some food for thought…

  • The English alphabet letter “X” closely resembles and is often used in place of the Greek letter “chi,” which is the first letter in the Greek word Χριστός. This word translates into “Christ” (mas comes from the Latin-derived Old English word for mass)
  • “Xmas” or “X-mas,” along with “Xtian” and simply “X” where the letter “X” is used to replace “Christ” are abbreviations that have been used in informal religious (Christian) texts for hundreds of years.
  • Writing or typing “Xmas” is akin to writing C. Mas

Maybe I’m missing something. I fail to see how an abbreviation historically used by the church is something worth getting worked up over.

Some Christians also feel that saying “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” is somehow taking Christ out of Christmas, or on some level, ignoring “the reason for the season,” or overlooking Christ altogether. As a Christian, it is without regret or remorse that I frequently wish people, “Happy Holidays.” Call me lazy, but that seems so much easier and simpler than, “I hope you have/had a happy Thanksgiving, then a Merry Christmas, and after that a safe and happy New Years Eve/Day.” It is no secret that the majority of Americans, Christians and non-Christians alike, celebrate more than one holiday in a very short amount of time. Again, I fail to see how this simple phrase is in any way derogatory or offensive or worth a second thought.

“Put Christ back in CHRISTmas” is a phrase that often has me scratching my head. The Christians still continue to celebrate the Christian aspects of the holiday season. The non-Christians continue to celebrate the non-Christian aspects. Isn’t this the way it’s always* been? I’m a little confused.

*Not to ignore that the act of celebrating Christmas is a very modern thing for Christianity. It is not historical or even Biblical, but that’s a topic for another day.

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