The X in Xmas reminds us of Easter
Original post made by Merry Christmas on Dec 23, 2007
Please look on this as a message of reflection, rather than one of divisiveness.
Merry Christmas to all.
on Dec 23, 2007 at 4:53 pm
The X in Xmas has nothing to do with the cross, it does have to do with an ancient Greek abbreviation of Christos--X is chi in Greek--chi-rho, which looks XP being seen in medieval and Orthodox Christian art.
Thus X-Mas is essentially Mass of Christ. It's quite holy. The X does symbolize St. Andrew's cross, whereas T or tau would be the correct symbolism of Christ's cross. St. Andrew, the story goes, asked to be crucified on an X shape because he didn't think he was worthy of being crucified on the same shape cross as the Christ. So, no, the X should not make you think of the Crucifiction, it should make you think of Christos (meaning "the anointed" in Greek).
Merry Christmas and don't jump to conclusions about 1,000-year-old abbreviations.
on Dec 23, 2007 at 4:58 pm
Lord, thank you for the never-ending stream of unexpected blessings that come from living in this special place! Merry Christmas, X-Mas, Whatever-Mas to all, and Happy Holidays of every sort!
on Dec 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm
I like to get in a Christmas mood by reading Dr. Peikoff's essay, Christmas Should Be More Commercial-