Christmas or XMas, sometimes what seems obvious really isn’t.

Posted: December 3, 2014 in Thoughts on God

When writing in particular Christmas is sometimes known as Xmas. Many people take offense at this because they feel it is taking the Christ out of Christmas. (They believe the derivation of Christmas is Christ-Mass, the Church service that celebrated the birth of Jesus.) The word Christmas is from the Greek language and alphabet, the letter that looks like an X is the Greek letter chi / ? (pronounced ‘kye’ – it rhymes with ‘eye’) which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Christos.

The early church used the first two letters of Christos in the Greek alphabet ‘chi’ and ‘rho’ to create a monogram (symbol) to represent the name of Jesus. This looks like an X with a small p on the top.

The fish is also used as a symbol of Christian believe. (Have you seen a fish sticker on a car or someone wearing a little fish badge). This symbol comes from Roman times when Jews and Christians had to hide their identity to survive. The Romans believed Caesar was a God.
Jesus wanted all people to feel as if they were God’s chosen. Jesus was a monotheist he believed in one God. He wanted to lead his followers to be ‘Fishers of Men’, so people started to use that symbol.

When Christians met, one person drew half a basic fish shape one something and the other person drew the other half of the fish. The Greek word for fish is ‘Ikthus’ or ‘Ichthys’. There are five Greek letters in the word. It can also make up a sentence of Christian beliefs ‘Ie-sous Christos Theou Huios So-te-r’ which in English means “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”. The second letter of these five letter is X or Christos!

So Xmas can also mean Christmas; but it should also be pronounced ‘Christmas’ rather than ‘ex-mas’!

  1. ID Olawunmi says:

    Thank you

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