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Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Abbreviated

Europeans in the 16th Century started using X in place of Christ’s name as abbreviation for writing Christ in Christmas. Christians monks and scholars had known Greek letter X,- Chi or Khi which represents the first letter in Greek word Christos or Kristos. The Greek and Hebrew word Kristos or Christos means Messiah and likewise means the Anointed One. Over the years Xmas was understood by the Christian Clergy to mean as Christmas. However, as time passed by, the meaning was lost and many modern Christians had the perception the X stands for unknown and thus it is a sign of disrespect.

I met a nice looking gentleman online from Greece whom I had asked about the meaning of Xristos if it means Christ. He e-mailed me back. “You’re tight about Christ. “

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