Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Xmas

Recently I have seen a few online complaining about the supposed 'War of Christmas' in one regard in particular. And that is the use of the word Xmas. They contend that 'Xmas' literally takes the 'Christ' out of 'Christmas'. As in just about all cases of Christians making claims that the holiday is under attack, they are wrong. And laughably so.

You see... Xmas is a Christian term as well, and still includes Christ. You have to know some history to understand why. The 'X' in Xmas isn't really an X, but the Greek Chi, which when translated to English has the meaning of Christ. In this way, Xmas is but a shorthand spelling of Christmas that still does include their precious Christ.

Some claim that it's a new and disrespectful term. We already covered the fact that it isn't disrespectful at all. Just like when Xian is sometimes used as an abbreviation of Christian. And it certainty isn't new... In fact, there is a history in the Church or using 'X' as an abbreviation of 'Christ' deep into the history of the church. Ever wonder why the Labarum or Chi-Rho (common symbol for Christ) looks like a monogram of an X and a P. Well, that X is the 'Chi' we've been talking about here, and the 'P' is the Greek letter 'Rho'.

Additionally, the use of 'X' for 'Christ has been used in Christian art and old manuscripts as well. There are examples of this abbreviation being used as far back as 1021.

So, Merry Xmas to my Christian friends, and try to learn the history of your own religion before you feign outrage over a non-issue. It is not an attach on your religion, but is often an opportunity to highlight how little some believers know their own religion.

-Brain Hulk

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