I would love to talk on this topic which is still a buzz whether it is correct to call Christmas as Xmas or not.
Well, Christ birth date is still not confirmed but people observe December 25th as the day of Jesus’ birth. Starting in the 14th century, the word “Christmas” comes from the Old English word “Cristes maesse” or “Christ’s mass” which was written to form one word. It is said to be derived from the Greek word “Christos” which means Christ and the Latin word “missa” means mass.
On the other hand, the word Xmas is used as an abbreviation of the word “Christmas.” The letter “X” is derived from the Greek letter “chi,” the first letter in the Greek word for “Christ,” and “maesse” from the Old English word for “mass.” As far as evolvement of the word “Xmas” is concerned it is evolved in the mid of the 18th century.
However, lot of Christians deny the meaning of Xmas and Christmas to be same even if for the past 1,000 years, the words “Christ” and “Christmas” have been abbreviated in the English language. In the United States of America published in Boston in 1800, 5th American edition of William Perry’s Royal Standard English Dictionary has included in its list of various abbreviations as “Explanations of Common Abbreviations, or Contraction of Words” the entry: “Xmas.
However, since19th century, “Xmas” has been in use in almost every other English-language nations.
However, there is a well-recognized history of use of Χ as an abbreviation for “Christ” (Χριστός) and perhaps also a symbol of the cross. The abbreviation looks on many Orthodox Christian religious icons.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, there were common spellings used like “Xene” and “Exene” for the given name Christine . “X” or “Xt”, or “Xtina” or “Xina” for the name “Christina”. There was an American singer named Christina Aguilera, who has sometimes called by the name “Xtina”. Similarly, a noted American singer-songwriter Exene Cervenka has also been notified since 1977.
It became so popular that the usage of “X” to spell the syllable “kris” has taken the common words like “xtal” for “crystal“.
The whole problem is because numerous Christians trust they have abbreviated Christmas as “Xmas” just to observe the holiday where there is no Jesus.
It is more related to commercialization of the holiday where people will enjoy and be Merry Christmas. However, whatever it is spelled, its meaning doesn’t change and does not actually matter as long as public know what Christmas represents and what does it meant for.
Well, talking about Birth of Jesus, such facts about Xmas should be no wonder to most public as each and every year, there is a reminder by the media that Jesus was not born in the nearby days of December (25th December). In fact, a decent debate can be prepared that he was born in 5 B.C around September – October period. When the pagans had an important festival, many years ago Catholic Church has picked this date.
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