Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas Trivia ~ Xmas?

As a child, I remember being shocked to see the word Xmas representing Christmas.  I don't ever remember being told, but always felt like the use of the X was crossing out Jesus.  It is only in later years that I have been informed as to the reason for this:
The X is representative of the Greek first letter of the name Christ.
 The first letter of the Greek word Christos is transliterated into our alphabet as an X.  That X has come through church history to be a shorthand symbol for the name of Christ.

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