What Is the X in Xmas?


Here’s a holiday surprise that only the dictionary can provide. Do you find the word “Xmas,” as an abbreviation for Christmas, offensive? Many people do.

You won’t find Xmas in church songbooks or even on many greeting cards. Xmas is popularly associated with a trend towards materialism, and sometimes the target of people who decry the emergence of general “holiday” observance instead of particular cultural and religious ritual.

But the history of the word “Xmas” is actually more respectable — and fascinating — than you might suspect. First of all, the abbreviation predates by centuries its use in gaudy advertisements. It was first used in the mid 1500s. X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And here’s the kicker: Χριστός means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years. This device is known as a Christogram. The mas in Xmas is the Old English word for “mass.”  (The thought-provoking etymology of “mass” can be found here.) In the same vein, the dignified terms Xpian and Xtian have been used in place of the word “Christian.”

As lovers of the alphabet, we are transfixed by the flexibility of “X.” The same letter can represent the sacred, the profane (“rated X”), and the unknown (“X-ray“). What does the “X” in Xbox stand for? Find out more about the 24th letter of the alphabet, here.

What other holiday-related words would you like to know more about? Let us know, below.

FSU gives students a peek at the past.(Knight Ridder Newspapers)

Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service November 9, 2001 | Mitchell, Tia The Florida State University Union Gallery has been converted into a time machine. Current students who visited the gallery this week have been able to see how students lived and what they lived through in the university’s 150-year history. floridastatecollegenow.com florida state college

The weeklong exhibit _ titled “Alumni: Celebrating 150 Years of Student Life” _ includes replicas of four dorm rooms, pictures and other memorabilia. It was unveiled earlier this week as part of the homecoming celebration at the university.

Diane Greer, who oversees the exhibit, said it allows current students to get a “peek at the past.” “We just wanted them to see the kinds of things students might have had in their rooms at the time,” said Greer, who is also director of cultural resources. “I think dorm life is part of the history of the university that tends to be ignored.” The four dorm rooms are decorated to reflect the eras they represent _ the 1880s, 1901, the 1940s and the 1960s. In 1851, the Florida General Assembly established the Seminary West of the Suwannee River. The institution became known as the Florida State College in 1901, and in 1905 the Legislature turned it into a females-only institution. In 1947, the Florida State College for Women became coeducational and was renamed Florida State University.

Sherill Ragans, associate vice president of student affairs, suggested replicating dorm rooms after seeing a similar display at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The exhibit not only shows how student life has evolved but also points out campus traditions and newsworthy events.

Copies of front pages of several issues of The New York Times are hung on the walls. The one closest to the door is a copy of the Sept. 12 issue, which has a picture of two smoking World Trade Center towers. Other copies displayed include coverage of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and President John Kennedy, as well as Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Civil War-ending surrender.

“It’s designed to show how historical events _ both national and world events _ have shaped and influenced the lives of students at FSU and its predecessor institutions through the years,” said junior public relations student Emily Hawker, who is a member of the committee that produced the exhibit.

FSU alumna Kitty Hoffman, who will serve as one of the homecoming parade marshals, attended the opening reception Monday afternoon. Her story, told in the exhibit by a bucket of oranges, helps bring to life the university’s reputation for compassion for its students.

During the 1933-1934 school year, Hoffman was a sophomore at the Florida State College for Women. The nation was in the middle of the Great Depression, and Hoffman’s family didn’t have enough money for her to return that spring. here florida state college

“But I didn’t want to go home, so the college bought enough oranges from my father to pay my expenses for the rest of the school year,” she said.

Hoffman said she is not the only student who benefited from this compassion.

“We thought maybe somebody got through on sweet potatoes,” she said. “And it was suspected somebody got through on collard greens.” After FSU’s homecoming this weekend, the display will be on exhibit in the Student Life Building for six months.

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  1. CJunior -  October 30, 2015 - 2:20 pm

    Well I stopped reading after the hundredth comment …
    … But what I’ve gathered is that in fact the term Xmas is not meant to be offensive … But simply as an abbreviation with its relevant meaning

    And even if its as you say laziness:
    Its natural for ppl to abbr stuff … Even d tings DAT aren’t all DAT necessary

    Know what I mean
    Not meant to be offensive, but its human nature

    If you find it wrong and against your belief
    Then you don’t do it geez
    “Juss doh vex wit ppl wen dem do deh ting”
    And that just the dialect in my country and my culture
    Remember long ago they also had theirs
    And their reasons

    So if its not for you
    Then maybe you can join some ANTI-ABBREVIATION-CLUB or sumn (AAC)
    Just my stupid opinion

  2. Darby -  January 9, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    the word x-mas is offensive. this means that instead of worshiping “Christ”, I have to worship “X”. X-mas is the most offensive to me. I really hate it when people say that.

    • Annabeth Chase -  January 27, 2015 - 12:22 am

      I used to think that too, but “x” stands for christ. In Greek. the language that a lot of the bible started in

      • Bob -  May 21, 2015 - 6:27 pm

        I still think it is offensive.bleven God in a series way and I try to obay him.

        • daniela -  May 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

          Are you part of a Christian cult that doesn’t teach proper English?

          • Mike -  October 12, 2015 - 11:14 am

            oy vey…..Bob, read the article….. “obay” him? jeez…..

        • Chris -  November 8, 2015 - 8:19 pm

          I’m pretty sure “God” would be offended by your spelling.

          • Kathy -  November 9, 2015 - 5:32 pm

            and God would be offended by your judgmental ways.

    • Kat -  March 13, 2015 - 4:59 am

      You must not have read the article, very well! “X” is the Greek letter “Chi”, which is the first letter in the Greek word “Χριστός”, which just so happens to mean “Christ”, in Greek! Therefore “XMas” does mean “Christmas”! Also “X” has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years!

      • linda marie cull -  May 20, 2015 - 6:59 pm

        It is a term used by non christians mostly jews. They find the word Christian distainful. They believe in the power of words and names. When they use the term xtian they are actually showing their distain. They believe you become what you are called. We choose our kids names just because we like how it sounds. They would never do that. The term is an insult I assure you. I asked my dad about it as he is 100% Greek from Greece. It doesn’t make sense to create a word that is half English half Greek when there is already a word! and it’s not an abbreviation because they are lazy. They don’t like to say the real reason. If you look at some rabbis thoughts on the matter you will find I’m speaking the truth. Have you ever heard christians do it?

        • Ryan -  November 1, 2015 - 1:09 pm

          Linda, you’re an iduote

    • B. Will -  April 1, 2015 - 8:22 pm

      Article states: “X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years.”

      NOT in america is hasn’t. We speak English, NOT Greek.

      To abbreviate it simply as “X” is taking “Christ” out of “Christian” because people don’t want to SEE that word. The same goes for “Xmas” or “Crossing” (Xing). Christ and Cross both taken out.

      The devil has made it his task to make sure these words will be seen as little as possible by people, lest they be reminded of Jesus and the Cross.

      • hank -  April 7, 2015 - 8:54 am

        The X is like a little picture for the cross. Getting bent out of shape over something that wasn’t an issue until you made it one is not very Xtian of you. Drop that useless x and pick up some love for your enemies, because that’s the higher law that X came to preach. Love, light, and peace be with you.

        • Mike -  October 12, 2015 - 11:15 am

          Right on Hank

      • Helen -  November 11, 2015 - 8:40 pm

        Unfortunately you seem to forget that the USA is only a small fraction of this world, and a small fraction of practising Xtians.
        Maybe instead of getting angry that you don’t understand something, take the time to learn. You might find some interesting things not only about your religion, but our World as a whole.

    • kneegrow -  April 2, 2015 - 9:00 am

      You obviously didn’t ready the article…

    • cwatkins -  July 28, 2015 - 5:53 pm

      So that would be like me abbreviating Christmas as “Cmas”. Still pretty offensive since it leaves out Christ and is meant to obscure the true meaning.

    • none -  October 1, 2015 - 2:38 pm

      hope you have a merry Xmas this year. I’ll be playing my christbox One, after going to the hospital for a christ ray.

    • Janet -  November 9, 2015 - 2:32 am

      It is totally offensive and I agree with you 100%
      I don’t care nor do I buy what blogs says – funny
      how some of the foolish explanations were not
      there a few years ago. I worship Jesus. Not some
      short cut from the alphabet.

    • Lorelei -  November 10, 2015 - 12:26 pm


    • Dr. Michael Smith -  November 11, 2015 - 9:08 pm

      Friend, we are not telling you to use the letter X we are simply informing people that the letter X is not removing Christ from Christmas. It’s like we call him Jesus when in reality his hebrew name is JHVH Jevoah without the vowels and the vowels were left out because they represented weakness and there is no weakness in him, However he is no longer just jesus for he is now as Peter identifies him as the Christ the son of the living God. For all intents and purposes I perfer Christmas but I don’t get upset or angry when someone thinks they are taking Christ out of christmas, I just realize how ignorant they really are…..God bless you my friend.

  3. Melody -  January 2, 2015 - 8:34 pm

    Great, now make an article about the origin on how the date for Christmas was chosen, i.e., to convert Pagans over to Christianity since December 25th was for the Pagan holiday Yule time.

    • BARAUCHZANAR -  January 10, 2015 - 5:07 am

      to be truthful I don’t know the origin but the Day never researched it before but most important the question is asked if I was born on a Day or a holiday that is worshipped by pagans or we saying by celebrating my birthday on such a day it would be wrong?cause as far as I’m concerned every single day is a pagan holiday and were named after pagan gods forinstance if you should research it you as withe many others will come to the same realization that Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday are all Pagan names so why do we have an issue with the Day that Christians would celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ that there should even ever be an argument about it. I don’t think so not important I know in whom I believe and I know who I’m talking to and when I chose to call upon him. so the rest of it for me is history makes no sense. GOD bless.

      • Ellie Javier -  October 25, 2015 - 10:17 pm

        Well said!

      • Helen -  November 11, 2015 - 8:46 pm

        Actually, many people that have dedicated their lives to studying and following the bible agree that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25. It was made that date to coincide with Pagan holidays so that they would be easier to convert to Xtianity (or something along those lines). If I remember correctly Jesus would have been a summer baby.

    • Ren -  January 10, 2015 - 1:04 pm

      Is there any intelligent atheists out there? Do your research genious! Dec 25 is day of the conception of Jesus.

      • An Athiest -  February 24, 2015 - 9:06 pm

        “Is there any intelligent atheists out there?”

        Yes there are, and judging by your spelling and grammar, you are not one of them. Come on man, spell check is built into this thing…

        • con -  April 8, 2015 - 11:26 am

          Everyday is Easter, Everyday is Christmas, I need to every day focus on God and then there will be no debating on when and where Christ was born. Everyday in every place Christ is born, crucified and risen, no beginning or ending.

      • David -  July 20, 2015 - 4:33 pm

        So we should be celebrating his birthday somewhere around September 25th

      • Charlie -  November 7, 2015 - 12:16 pm

        The 25th of December IS NOT the day of conception it is birthday of Jesus who was conceived nine months before.

        • James -  November 14, 2015 - 8:58 am

          December 25th is NOT Yeshua’s (Jesus) birthday. If you’re going to be a Christian, please research all things Christian and quit being ignorant. It is thought that Yeshua was conceived about six months after John. This puts conception around the middle of December.
          The word “Christ” is the translation of the Greek word Christos, which means “Anointed one”. It comes from the Hebrew word Moshiach, from that we get the word “Messiah”.
          The Christ in Christmas doesn’t even have to mean Jesus, It means whoever the particular “anointed one” of the time was.

  4. Shaun Thomas-Arnold -  December 26, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Yup, if you’re a Bible reader taking a class in Biblical Greek is a great way to discover things like this and gain a better understanding of the text. And, in my opinion, it’s a lot of fun ;-)

    • Glenn -  January 3, 2015 - 10:18 am

      I’m 63 and learning more about Archeology, I like your attitude toward learning, I plan to read those books by Homer. Wish me luck.

  5. TurningLeaves -  December 25, 2014 - 3:20 am

    Wow, and all this time I actually did think ‘Xmas’ was just a lazy modern way of slanging ‘Christmas’. I was happily mistaken, it seems!

  6. Cody -  December 24, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    To think that religion(s) can cause as much bickering, insulting and immature behaviour as this thread has, is hilarious. It is especially hilarious and even more so hypocritical, because of the supposed acceptance (etc.) they practise (more like preach).

    Incidentally, faith by definition means belief which does not at all consider evidence (therefore proof is out of the equation). As such, it isn’t something religious people should be arguing over (with others): they believe it no matter what and there isn’t evidence at all. If they would actually admit this, they could actually make things better for themselves. Ironically a religious person told me it was nothing but faith (a rare thing for them to admit that in such a way). On that note, those claiming something IS X have the burden of proving it, not those that don’t make those claims. But we just covered that, didn’t we? It isn’t based on evidence.

    Religion was always about control (of others and acceping that there are things unknown and things that we cannot control). The history books show this. Socrates and the hemlock he was forced to drink is a perfect example. Accepting? Forgiving? Other things? Nothing of the sort here, not with Socrates for sure. Yes it can happen but it certainly isn’t as much as it should be and to that it means it is preaching but not practising.

    • Elsie -  January 1, 2015 - 11:01 am

      There is proof for my faith and you are misinformed as to what a relationship with Christ is. Investigate further for the truth. Don’t go by what you,ve been told. I would suggest starting with reading “A Case for Christ” by Lee Stroble. Look for truth.

      • An Athiest -  February 24, 2015 - 9:10 pm

        Oh lordy, this is hilarious. Did you actually just tell somebody to not listen to what they’ve been told, and then immediately tell them to read a book and seek the truth? Have you had a thought of your own even once in your life, or have you always been this stupid?

        • Joe -  March 2, 2015 - 1:24 pm

          This is why I do not like comment sections, why would you write something like that, this other person is just trying to help. And yes I can’t talk about being stupid as my grammar and spelling mistakes are appauling, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be nice, could you please apologise. Thank you

      • kneegrow -  April 2, 2015 - 9:04 am

        “don’t believe everything you’re told”
        “blindly follow through faith”
        you can only pick one

  7. Doesnt matter who I am -  December 24, 2014 - 7:35 am

    People, religion isnt about how the name of a holiday is written out or the name of god. Religion isnt about worshiping god and hoping he will save you from your sins. Religion isnt about idol worship. Religion isnt about following holy books to their strict meanings or having people trying to interpret them and reinterpret them and have different factions arguing about whose interpretation is more correct. In fact religion isnt even necessarily about believing in god.
    What religion actually is, is a means through which some wise people long, long ago managed to infuse in us a way of life that is good for both ourselves, our family, friends and the rest of society. Holy books are only a set of stories or rules which try to guide the common man through simple language toward a more harmonic lifestyle. Interpreting them and reinterpreting them again and again to form different divisions in religion is unnecessary. What is important is that you live your life honestly, do not commit any crimes and always try to be calm and peacefully. That is the essence of most religions.
    Sadly, that is the fact we all forget and argue and spread discord about superficially important things like whether the term xmas is offensive, whether catholic church, protestant church or puritan church is better, and whether Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and so on are more correct.
    The idea of god is only there to make you behave like a better person. Whether or not god can save from our sins, whether or not we are punished or rewarded for our actions, whether or not god exists or not, we were asked to believe in god so that we would try to live like better human beings. I am not refuting the presence or absence of god and his necessity in religion. I am just trying to point out and remind everyone the core within religion and the concept of god and that what really matters is that we live a better life.

    • Maxwell -  December 30, 2014 - 5:40 am

      After a lifetime of Bible study I have understood that the Bible is indeed a guide to living. It was refreshing to see this thought expressed in your comment. Thank you.

  8. Lorraine -  December 24, 2014 - 5:04 am

    Actually, dictionary.com has this wrong. The use of “X” dates from centuries before 1500:

    X is the Greek letter “chi”; sound /k/.

    In medieval manuscripts, several abbreviations were standard, in order to save space on the expensive writing surfaces (parchment, vellum — both of animal skins, and expensive monetarily and in the time needed to prepare the skin).

    One of these was using X (the Greek letter), along with rho (the Greek letter that has the sound /r/; it looks like a capital “P”) to substitute for Christ. The two letters were superimposed. This abbreviation maybe found throughout a manuscript-book.

    One exception on space-saving was the inclusion of the “chi-rho” page at the beginning of the Gospels. These were quite elaborate, for the glory of Christ.

    Here is the chi-rho page from the Book of Kells, an 8th-century Irish Christian manuscript:

    These articles have more information about the Book of Kells:

    (I am a librarian,with a specialty in mediaeval manuscripts.)

    • Camillus O'Byrne -  December 29, 2014 - 3:12 pm

      No, dictionary.com does not have this wrong.

      I’m afraid you haven’t shown that the word “Xmas” dates from centuries before 1500, which is what dictionary.com claimed. The website was not claiming that “chi” only came to represent “Christ” at that time. The piece is about the abbreviation “Xmas”, not the abbreviation “X” (chi) or “XP” (chi-rho) for Christ.

      For someone that is a “specialist” in manuscripts I’m surprised you managed to confuse their meaning. You do realise you sounded rather pompous?

      Merry Xmas!

    • alvron -  December 21, 2014 - 7:47 am

      Oh my goodness!! what a lot of comments and interest!! Religion however one sees it, feels it, lives it, believes it, or NOT is a very personal thing and should be kept that way. There will always be a SMALL minority who abuse IT every which way . Whatever you believe , live it to the very best you can . Ultimately we are all humans built like each other. But what and how we choose to believe / live our lives is PERSONAL. The individual will have to deal with any consequences . Life is short people … be kind and happy with yours. be an inspiration.. have a wonderful Happy filled Christmas, Xmas, and Holidays with family and friends. x

      • Muriel King -  December 24, 2014 - 2:58 am

        Thank you for your insight and inspiration ‘Have a very merry chrisrmas

        • Muriel King -  December 24, 2014 - 3:02 am

          Thank you for your insight and inspiration ‘Have a very merry christrmas

      • Pagan -  June 21, 2015 - 10:22 am

        I agree that faith/religion/belief system is personal as well. However, there is quite a large group of people – not a SMALL minority as you suggest – that use the bible to prove that certain people should not have the same rights as others. Also not personal and quite public are the St. Patrick’s Day parades, Mardi Gras parades and even Christmas parades (all based in religion). People who complain about pride parades, are hypocritical as these celebrations have been going on for quite some time. I have volunteered for 42 years for different organizations. My husband and I were legally married with no deity present or required. We have raised our daughters to be loving people who also volunteer in the community because helping others is just the right thing to do.
        What a wonderful world this would be if we really did keep religion personal, did not force religious celebration on others, did not judge others by ancient ‘rules’ and were just kind to one another for the sake of being kind.

    • John W. Shreve -  December 26, 2014 - 5:10 pm

      I study the Bible and graduated from a Bible. Knowing about the “X,” I always used it as an abbreviation taking lecture notes.

  9. Ron Hyatt -  December 14, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Do you use 2 Big FISH, with little fish to denote 2 Christian Parents and Christian Children? GUESS WHAT- Merry FISHMAS. Same thing.

  10. […] It’s a common misconception that the term “Xmas” comes from a secular attempt to remove “Christ” from “Christmas.” The term “Xmas” actually dates back to the 16th century. And you know what? The letter X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And here’s the kicker: Χριστός means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years. This device is known as a Christogram. The mas in Xmas is the Old English word for “mass.”  (The thought-provoking etymology of “mass” can be found here.) In the same vein, the dignified terms Xpian and Xtian have been used in place of the word “Christian.” {source} […]

    • Lorraine -  December 24, 2014 - 5:06 am

      Correct, Life Made Full.

      Though,as I explain above, it dates from centuries before 1600.

    • Dr. Chronosphere -  December 24, 2014 - 9:37 am

      I am not offended by the use of this unless whoever using it doesn’t give honor to God, which would be taking His name in vain. Most people probably don’t know what it means so they would be dishonoring God.

      • An Athiest -  February 24, 2015 - 9:17 pm

        Dang dude, you’re offended pretty easily. Merry Xmas, god aint real.

  11. RingHub -  September 24, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    X mas is just a stupid name to use for christmas. I went to buy rings for my wife and the clerk was using the word x max to me. i don’t like it at all

    • becky -  November 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

      x-mas is just a lazy way to write Christmas-

      • Michaela -  December 7, 2014 - 1:32 pm

        Umm, no. As a Christian myself, I love the use of Xmas for its wonderful church history, and for the fact the X represents both Christ Himself and the cross. Honestly, we Christians can be the worst kind of ignorant. I wish we would consider things a little more deeply before we start our self-righteous rants about things we know nothing (or, to be generous, very little) about! So, no. I am not lazy, thank you very much.

        • Linda -  December 12, 2014 - 7:54 pm

          Barre — didn’t you read the article? It’s a long-accepted term. Why are you so intent upon reading disrespect where none is intended?

          • Kanes -  December 24, 2014 - 9:53 am

            Thank you Linda! At last someone intelligent!

          • linda marie cull -  May 27, 2015 - 3:55 am

            I assure you that when a Jew writes it that way, it’s an insult. They have a distain for the word. They believe writing the word Christian gives it credence. It’s like someone saying ‘I won’t even dignify that with sn answer’ they believe in the power of words. Most christians do not know this.

        • Nora -  December 21, 2014 - 12:50 pm

          Given the church history of Xmas, I feel better and do not feel it is lazy or disrespectul.

        • Geraldo -  December 21, 2014 - 8:38 pm

          I like very much your comment.

        • D-Cristen -  December 22, 2014 - 10:54 am

          i so agree with u Michaela and i’m a christian myself and b4 i heard wat xmas really meant i was offended but now that this article has cleared it up i totally accept it though i wouldn’t write it unless i really have to. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

          One thing i don’t really understand is y Christmas is pronounced Chrismas instead of Christmas (pronouncing the ‘t’)????

          • Xyla -  December 24, 2014 - 4:46 am


          • Kelly -  December 28, 2014 - 3:33 pm

            We don’t pronounce the “t” in Christmas (generally) because all spoken language does slide toward what is easier to say. Basically we ARE lazy with spoken language. It happens in all languages, at least in all I have been around. It’s the same as saying “c’mere” instead of “come here” or “gonna” instead of “going to”. And it’s why my friend Rita rolls her eyes as everyone insists on calling her “Reeda” instead of pronouncing the “t” properly.

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        • Chery -  December 24, 2014 - 7:59 am

          If Χριστός means “Christ”, then if you want to use the X use the whole name in respect. Otherwise the X means absolutely nothing other than laziness.

        • Vince -  December 24, 2014 - 11:23 am

          way to go! I really liked your comment, merry “Xmas” :)

        • Anonymous -  December 25, 2014 - 12:29 am

          I totally agree!

        • Mr.GilMan -  December 25, 2014 - 9:06 am

          Well maybe not lazy, I don’t know you, but there’s Definately some Ignorance there on Spiritual matters. If you cannot see that substituting the name of CHRIST by placing a letter X isn’t in the spirit of the anti-christ, then all I can suggest is spending some REAL time with my Saviour JESUS CHRIST.

          • bunkyjoe -  January 4, 2015 - 4:31 am

            gman, i definitely see some ignorance in your reply. maybe the good book one should be reading is the dictionary. or, we can make a meaning for your word DEFINATELY. to further edify you on x matters. constantine, after converting to the xtian cult, thus sanctioning it with the backing of the roman empire, used the cross at the end of his signature. eventually the cross, which indicated one’ s faith and bore witness to the veracity of one’s signature. however over the years it went from the upright symbol of the cross, which looks like the letter “t” to falling over and representing the letter “x.” most people were illiterate and used the “x” as their sworn testament to their signature. so you see, “x” has more of an association with xtian history than you knew. so get off the cross, someone needs the wood.

        • Nuny -  December 26, 2014 - 10:35 am

          I agree, I love the meaning it has, and cannot help but think of when Jesus carried the cross.

        • Zoe Nightshade -  January 27, 2015 - 12:34 am


      • Kanes -  December 24, 2014 - 9:51 am

        then so are ALL abbreviations.

      • Emma -  December 30, 2014 - 8:11 am

        X definition n dictionary means to cross out, move, wipe clean, cancelled, earse ect. To each his own in using x in Christmas but know for yourself and not another.

    • A. Christian -  December 9, 2014 - 10:41 am


      • jeff -  December 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

        i heart X mas

      • Pat -  December 25, 2014 - 6:22 pm

        Yeah, ridiculous because you refuse to believe it, is all. Ignorance isn’t mandatory. You CAN let go of it.

    • maryannjones -  December 24, 2014 - 9:50 am

      I know right. I know youre being serious, but I thought your post was funny. Like, I dont care what they call it, because it is a pagan holiday. Man has made up the holiday essentially for monetary profit. Man made religions and hypocricy, nonsense everywhere can deny it they want; but The Lord commanded us to remember and honor His Son’s DEATH AND RESURRECTION..and the true meaning of the SON IN THE first place. Mary XMAS, ringhub..LOL..

  12. Christmas Controversies | The Readers Bureau -  May 13, 2014 - 7:41 am

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  13. Maggie Barnes -  February 13, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    I was brought up in the Lutheran (Dad’s side) and Baptist (Mom’s side) Christian churches. I believe in Christ’s teachings of loving kindness and forgiveness.

    As I grew older, I realized that the Old Testament (the Jewish Bible) and the New Testament (the Christian Bible) are totally different in philosophy, which makes them totally different religions.

    The Old Testament is filled with anger, vengeance, and retribution, and with a “jealous” God. The New Testament is filled with love, tolerance, kindness, HUMILITY, and forgiveness, and with a God of Grace. What they teach are completely opposite.

    Christ said he came to “free us from the law” – the religion of the Old Testament – and that if we truly, in our hearts AND in our actions, loved our neighbors as we loved ourselves, and we loved all of God’s creation and lived lives that demonstrated this, then we could not sin. Of course we do sin because we cannot completely live up to this ideal. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a theme in ALL religions. We speak it and claim it, but we do not LIVE it.

    It is the same with Christianity. We speak it and claim it, but we do not LIVE it. We judge others; we speak angrily and in condemnation. We blasphemously claim to know what God “thinks” (what hubris!) and use OUR opinions of that to bash others over the head – the exact opposite of what Christ instructed us to do.

    After reading boards like this, and seeing people who call themselves Christian, I am appalled. I don’t want to lump myself in with angry, hurtful groups of people who are behaving toward others exactly the opposite way from the way the Christ instructed Christians to behave. If something is wrong, then even a group or a multitude calling it right, does not MAKE it right. You make your statement by choosing to be a part of a group/multitude like that, or not.

    Angry, hate-filled speech is not redeemed by a “blessings” or “pray for you” added on at the bottom to try to make the speech seem other than what it really is, and it does not draw people toward Christ, but actually repels good, kind, loving people away from Christ – if they think that is what His people are like.

    We need to remember and consider what picture our words and actions present to others. Christianity must not be used as an excuse to vent our own personal anger and hatred on others. If it isn’t REAL love, kindness, forgiveness, and tolerance, from deep in our hearts, AND expressed in our actions and our speech, then it is NOT Christian at all. SAYING you are Christian does not ‘make it so’ – you have to SHOW it by behaving and living like a follower of Christ’s teachings.

    Maggie Barnes

    • Darren -  August 3, 2014 - 3:44 pm

      Maggie Barnes

      When you claim that the Jewish religion is full of anger, you are preaching hate. The so-called New Testament brings with it the concept of hell, the eternal torture of people for crime of not worshiping your god.

      Jesus said “Bring the unbelievers before me and slay them.” So please stop spreading lies about Judaism, Christianity is no better.

      • Vince -  December 24, 2014 - 11:29 am

        Maggie was only stating a fact regarding the content difference between the old and new testaments, the Torah being the first five books of the OLD testament. What’s more annoying is people who isolate a completely arbitrary term or set of terms and twist them into a bastardized version of what the person INTENDED because you were to dense to conceive the entire message, or even the backbone of the message for that matter. Just to clarify, the Old Testament IS Gorey and bloody and it DOES convey a message contrary to the New Testament so take your ignorance elsewhere.

      • Daniel -  December 25, 2014 - 12:11 pm

        Darren, could you please tell me exactly where in the New Testament (book, chapter and verse) Jesus said;
        “Bring the unbelievers before me and slay them”. You’re sure you’re not confusing the New Testament with the Koran?

      • Zoe Nightshade -  January 27, 2015 - 12:36 am

        Jesus never said that. Sorry.

    • Jeff -  November 7, 2014 - 6:03 pm

      The Religious Right call them teabagger’s or just Republicans. They want to rewrite the Constitution and make this a Christian Nation. Our Forefathers were all atheists and came to America to escape religious persecution. We should accept all people and all religions.

      • Ed -  December 19, 2014 - 7:29 am

        Anyone who has read the writings of our nation’s founding fathers can attest that they were not athiests, not deists, but Christian in their thought, faith and practice. I have read many of their diaries, letters and public papers, and have visited the churches they attended. They were clearly not athiests. They came to this continent so they could worship God according to the dictates of their own hearts, not in the manner dictated by the government or king.
        (I find it interesting that people often reiterate what someone else says without researching the matter themselves. Sadly, what someone else says may be biased or in error.)

      • Shirley -  December 22, 2014 - 11:09 am

        Jeff, you’re as dumb as a rock! Our Forefathers were not atheists. They wanted to escape religious persecution and have the right to worship as they wished, without persecution. I can’t believe we have such ignorance in this country.

      • Karen -  December 22, 2014 - 1:44 pm

        Jeff, history of our forefathers clearly documents that they were not atheists. In terms of religious affiliation, the men overwhelmingly held Protestant beliefs at the time and were members of various denominations. They were Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, Quaker, Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, and Dutch Reformed, but NOT one atheist. Please go back and review historical facts not fantasy.

    • Elizabeth -  December 22, 2014 - 11:41 am

      Recently completed a course in Reading the Old Testament. It was fascinating and worthwhile. Moses and Abraham et al. were extraordinary people and God shared the loving promise of salvation and the Ten Commandments.

      I am so very sorry to read of your perception.

    • Pat Irelan -  December 23, 2014 - 1:33 pm

      “Christ said he came to “free us from the law” – the religion of the Old Testament …”


      Jesus said
      ““Do not think that I have come to abolish the
      Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.”
      ["The Law" refers to the first five books of the Old Testament (also called the Pentateuch, or the Torah]

      This is Matt 5:17).

    • Mom -  December 24, 2014 - 6:09 am

      “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17

    • Vanessa -  December 24, 2014 - 9:20 am

      Maggie, that is what I thought until I learned that Jesus came to die on the cross to take our punishment for our sins. That was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophey. God’s wrath was poured on Jesus instead of us. If we accept God’s bartering we won’t have to experience God’s wrath after death. Hell was meant as punishment for the devil and God wanted to rescue us after Adam’s mistake. The writers of New Testament often quoted the Old Testament. Sorry for the lengthy explanation.

    • Ana -  December 27, 2014 - 4:02 pm

      “Angry, hate-filled speech is not redeemed by a “blessings” or “pray for you” added on at the bottom”

      It is also not redeemed by the length of the rant.

      Most of the Christians and Jews I know are wonderful people.

      Blessings! :)

    • Donna -  December 29, 2014 - 8:23 pm

      The Old Testament and the New Testament are not two different religions. The Old Testament foretold the coming of Jesus Christ. The Law was given to bring people to God. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of Man, fulfilled the Law given on Mount Sinai. The Old and New Testaments are covenants made between God and man that God always keeps and mankind breaks. The New Testament is a continuation of the Old Testament. It is SIN that causes wars and breaking God’s covenant. Sin is rebellion against God’s laws and Israel was punished for their rebellion and lost their land and became wanderers throughout all the earth because of sin. But God’s plan is coming to fruition and soon all the prophecies will be fulfilled by Christ.

    • Ren -  January 10, 2015 - 1:28 pm

      Maggie. The OT has countless prophecy on the future and the coming of Our Lord. OT is just as much if not more important than the NT.

  14. GrannyTenderstone -  January 12, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Dear ” BigFatWhiteGuyInRedCoatWithWhiteBeard – January 10, 2014 – 10:07 am ”

    I DEMAND that you show me SCIENTIFIC PROOF that there is NO GOD as you claim. You can’t do it!! So stop being hateful toward those who KNOW God and get over yourself. I don’t put down your atheism or anybody elses, and DON’T INSULT OR PRACTICE THIS SORT OF BIGOTRY AGAINST the KNOWING of others. I don’t “believe”, I KNOW FOR SURE, and if you think you can prove in a lab that God doesn’t exist, HAVE AT IT. You also CANNOT PROVE IN A TESTTUBE THAT LOVE EXISTS, but you’d be considered a total idiot if you were to say so. GOD AND LOVE are the same freaking thing, but if you choose to HATE, you’ll never understand that, so I hereby BLESS YOU WITH ENLIGHTENMENT you currently lack, and you don’t have to convert to any faith at all, you just have to stop being a bigot. THAT IS ALL.

    • Cam Adair -  December 12, 2014 - 3:12 pm

      Anyone who believes in a god is an idiot. Religions were inventions by a privileged few in order to control and subjugate the poor, and let’s face it, extort from them.

      • wejiharfuisnd -  December 17, 2014 - 2:54 pm

        I wholeheartedly agree. I actually pity those who have been fooled by the misconception they call religion. Atheists see the truth. Scientists speak the truth.

      • Elizabeth -  December 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

        Cam, my heart is sad for you because you are missing such a deeper more meaningful and loving part of life.

      • G -  December 25, 2014 - 10:25 pm

        Please provide facts to substantiate your comment, thanks.

      • Ren -  January 10, 2015 - 1:47 pm

        Jesus Christ was concieved on Dec 25 and was born Sept 29.
        Yeshua .God With Us. The Living Word. In hebrew. English translation is Jesus. Your right about a lot BUT ….Mary conceived

    • Aliie Beckman -  December 21, 2014 - 8:43 pm

      You really drank that Koolaid. You are acting like such a moron.

      If you KNOW there is a God prove it. You can’t. So shut up, fuckwit.

      • m liverr -  December 23, 2014 - 10:50 pm

        Such hateful talk because of the letter x

      • Karen -  December 24, 2014 - 8:22 am

        Please consider stopping for a moment to think about whether christians and atheists alike have the right to their beliefs and to not be persecuted for them. I am a Christian, but I would never curse at you or insult your intelligence just because we do not agree with each other. This is because I believe that God gave both knowledge and free will to us and that we are truly free to make our own decisions. I also believe that we have been commanded to love each other:
        Now, whether you believe in God or not…can we not agree that the respect of knowledge, free will, and love proves to be a very positive way to live our lives in this world?
        I don’t assume atheists lack morals and kindness and I’d like to challenge you to try to stop assuming that christians lack intelligence and critical thinking skills.
        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
        I hope your 2015 is a fullfilling and happy year.

        • Zoe Nightshade -  January 27, 2015 - 12:42 am

          Thank you for such a kind and polite comment!! Just because we disagree, and feel that we can’t agree, doesn’t mean we should insult, argue, and use rough language about each other. I heartily encourage all Christians to behave in a Christ-like manner like @Karen.

      • G -  December 25, 2014 - 10:27 pm

        Can you prove there is no God? Do you really care?

    • Poppa Bear -  December 23, 2014 - 2:48 am

      Please help me understand. How does you God hear and more so respond to the millions of prayers made to him?
      Does he have a call centre? I mean really!!

      • JuanRicardo -  December 23, 2014 - 9:13 am

        Not that you were serious, but perhaps this verse will help you understand.

        2 Peter 3:8 – But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

      • Anonymous -  December 25, 2014 - 12:34 am

        Because he is God. If God acted like a person and could only hear one thing at a time, then how could he be God?

      • G -  December 25, 2014 - 10:30 pm

        Do you really want to understand? If not, best you ask a logical and pragmatic question which shows your intelligence not your ignorance. Thanks.

      • Jem -  January 11, 2015 - 9:33 am

        Poppa, you should try talking to Him. He is always around, and for those who have their hearts open can be ” seen’ constantly. Life is full of little miracles, we are mostly too busy to pay attention. All the best to you..

  15. luna -  January 11, 2014 - 9:48 pm

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    • G -  December 25, 2014 - 10:34 pm

      You are correct – not everyone is a Christian, as not everyone is Black, White, Brown, Mexican, Portuguese, Albanian, etc.
      Adding irrelevant words that lower the bar on your assumed intellect level does not garner points. Speak CLEARLY, thanks.

  16. BigFatWhiteGuyInRedCoatWithWhiteBeard -  January 10, 2014 - 10:07 am

    You are ignorant. If there were to be a God where might he be? Why is he sitting back watching his “children” die? Why does he not intervene in the affairs of man? Is he afraid he will lose our faith? Pfft. He needs to step up and fulfil his duties and keep man from destroying themselves. And if there were a God, who knows if it isn’t a dog? Because God is dog spelled backwards….MIND=BLOWN.
    You are correct except the Santa part. My father is Santa. Because Santa is a giver, correct? My father GAVE sperm to my mother. My father GIVES child-support. I’d say that is very much like Saint Nick. Plus, he is big and has a big beard….although it isn’t white yet, it is big.


    • Shirley -  December 22, 2014 - 11:14 am

      Wow, Saphira you are one sad individual.

    • Elizabeth -  December 22, 2014 - 11:46 am

      Yes, it is difficult for us mere mortals to comprehend the vastness and greatness of a true God. Faith is required. I personally don’t have a value system where everyone must be Christian. However, a belief in an Almighty powerful and loving God – much greater than any human could ever imagine is necessary for a truly deep and meaningful life.

    • G -  December 25, 2014 - 10:38 pm

      Your bitterness toward your father (donor) is showing. Whatever issues you have with him should be dealt with by a family counselor for your own and anyone in your immediate family’s good.
      Blaming God or Santa are bad excuses. Whatever it is that your father did to you is not their fault.
      Please, seek counseling and free yourself from the ugly baggage you carry around with you.

      • Ren -  January 10, 2015 - 2:07 pm

        Sad to see such anger.

  17. guidedAuspex -  January 1, 2014 - 3:13 am


    Please be joking.

    1. No one worships Santa. Santa is fictional. Most people over 10 know that.

    2. Jesus was Jewish. He was born in Jerusalem. He was not an Anglo-Saxon.

    3. Pagan is not a religion.

    4. There is no such thing as an “Ala”. There’s an “Allah”, however, which is simply the Arabic word for “God”.

    • John T. Hyde IV -  December 22, 2014 - 5:58 am

      Jesus was not born in Jerusalem … Idiot!

      • Ben -  December 24, 2014 - 9:59 am

        I’ve been watching history channel and it seems more likely he was born in Nazareth and not in Bethlehem. He was NEVER born in Jerusalem.

    • Pat Irelan -  December 23, 2014 - 1:36 pm

      Actually, “Pagan” refers to POLYtheism. pags believe in more than one god.

  18. binaryStep -  January 1, 2014 - 3:07 am

    Also, there are lots of other places that support life besides Earth. They just don’t have oxygen and stuff that we humans would need to survive.

  19. binaryStep -  January 1, 2014 - 3:06 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher

    You DO know “Holiday” means “Holy day”, right? So you are celebrating “Holiday” when you celebrate a holy day.

  20. Maxine -  December 28, 2013 - 9:04 pm

    Well, due to the fact that there are other people who need to be considered, you Christians should acknowledge the fact you aren’t the only religion in the world or even America. Religion shouldn’t be apart of school, unless its a history thing and it teaches about other religions too. God shouldn’t be apart of our pledge because there are many who believe in multiple Gods or none at all. Religion is something you keep at home. Having festival or something is cool, if you’re Christian be proud and show it but don’t force it on the rest of the world. You can keep the Christ in Christmas, because, Plot Twist: Jesus wasn’t even born on Christmas and there is nothing to point to that “fact” and celebrations around December were apart of cultures before Christianity even started (Gasp big surprise, Christianity wasn’t the first religion.). Keep it to your own lives, keep it out of schools and teachings and keep it out of government. (I’m not saying you can’t pray in school, or wear a cross or whatever, just don’t force others to do it.)

    • becky -  November 4, 2014 - 11:18 am

      most baby boomers know-religion was in school long long ago, we said the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every school day, foreigners started coming over and invading our America and pushing their religions upon us and soon no baked goods in the classroom, no more Pledge of Allegiance and prayer not allowed in schools, i never used to be racist, but the bushel basket is full of rotten apples, there is so much hate in this world right now and it is turning man against man, God created Adam and Eve, and all it took was 1 temptation to turn the world bad, you know right from wrong, you make a bad choice and it affects so many. wives cheat on husbands, husbands cheat on wives, murder and mayhem, I try to keep my heart clean and clear of hate, to each his/her own, Judge not less ye be judged. stand up for each other, protect our/your/their children. so many turning a blind eye from what is right. God help us all. God Bless America.

      • Sharon Page Glendening -  December 21, 2014 - 8:22 am

        Well said! Things seems to going to hell in a hand basket! People seem to think God is there for you only when you need him for you and yours troubles then they just forget him till they need him again! God says we have free will so the choices we make about our lives is our own, so we can not blame God if it doesn’t turn out the best if we make bad choices. I do hope and pray things do get get better in the New Year!

      • Elizabeth -  December 22, 2014 - 11:48 am

        God bless you. I wish you peace in your heart. Amen and Merry Christmas to you at this time of rejoicing.

    • G -  December 25, 2014 - 11:25 pm

      “due to the fact…”
      1. that no one in the civilized world thinks Christianity is the only ‘religion’ – because it is not a religion.
      2. Considering ‘other people’ – let’s suppose you are in a country with a two-party system. You choose one because of your BELIEF.
      3. Religion is a man-made system or organization for groups of people who think/believe the same way – although even within those groups there are divergent thinkers who break away (liberal, ultra-liberal, conservative, communists, etc.
      4. Your freedom of expression and how you live are all based on the basic principles in the Bible along with other documents that helped establish the freedoms and rights we have today . You don’t have to read it, but it will give you a better understanding of how and why our country is a republic and what the tenets are that make it our foundation.
      5. “Religion is something you keep at home”. Tell that to the millions who attend bars and gambling casino ‘religiously’. Additionally, if you suggest religion be kept at home, so should sexual preference, as it also personal and as you you said “don’t force it on the rest of the world’.
      BTW, tell that to ISIS and muslim extremists who kidnap and kill young girls or their father who stone them to death or sell them to extremists. “Religion is something you keep at home”.
      6. Agree with you about December 25th – it was a Winter Solstice Festival but that is in history, you’ll need to read that if you are interested.
      7. Christians around the world would prefer to celebrate the birth of JESUS without all the commercially non-respectful ‘profiteering’ brought on by large business conglomerates ~ but then we have “free enterprise” right?
      8. How will our children know if they are not taught the Constitution and the history of our country which includes men of noble character as well as traitors, all the ancestry before us who gave their lives so this generation and any after us can reap the harvest of their investment of blood, sweat and tears and oh yes, their faith.
      9. Faith that what they were birthing would be bigger than just within their homes but something that calls millions of people today around the world to still want to come to America.
      10. And to be clear – the only force we have now is the one under the Obama regime – but that is another issue.
      11. Appreciate what you have, for once lost, you will never get it back.
      Thanks for your time.

  21. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 25, 2013 - 11:48 pm

    Merry Christmas/Xmas everybody, and Happy New Year! BTW, when people say “Happy Holidays” to me, I reply, “Merry Christmas.” I don’t celebrate “Holiday”–I celebrate the birth of the Risen Son of God, Jesus Christ.

    @Black Equine:
    Actually, Christianity began with the birth of Jesus, so it’s not really the oldest religion. But since it’s about 2016 years old, it’s still pretty old. (Jesus was likely born around 3 B.C.) Thank you so much for your comments! God bless you!

    We don’t really know when Jesus was born, but it was probably around springtime. But we couldn’t have it overlapping with Easter. And some early bishops or cardinals or whoever they were decided that we would celebrate on December 25, which would coincide with a pagan holiday to help introduce those people to Christianity. It’s true that Jesus Christ was not His real name–Jesus is the modern equivalent, and Christ is His title, a Greek word meaning “Savior” (the Hebrew equivalent was “Messiah”). It’s also true that the 12 apostles were His closest friends. The Bible (inspired by God) _does_ have something to say about homosexuals (look in the first chapters of Genesis, and around the middle of Leviticus. God specifically says that homosexuality is a sin). Who cares whether He was white or not? Of course He wasn’t. And, just because Christianity is a fairly new religion, doesn’t mean that it is wrong. Our forefathers did not come down from heaven or anything; God formed Adam (the first man) from the dust of the earth, and Eve (the first woman) from one of Adam’s ribs. No other place in the universe is suited to life, and even if it was, anyone coming to Earth would be dead by the time they got here because it would take so long to get to Earth.

    All these comments make me sad. I should have known this would turn into a debate about religion. :( *sigh* Oh well. I guess there’s not much I can do except pray for y’all. (Which I will certainly do!)

  22. Xian -  December 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    To the Atheists and the offended: I’m sorry that among the responses by Christians there is so much misdirected energy. I’m sorry if you feel barfed on; they didn’t learn that from Yeshua/Iesus/Isa/Jesus/Yesu, who, by the way, is less mythical than you may think.

    To the Christians and the offended: remember Shaul/Paulos’ letter to the ekklessia at Thessalonika: “…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” You shouldn’t surprised by people’s offense at the Anointed One. It started as soon as he went public. He warned you that it would happen to you, too. Don’t make things worse by acting the martyr or conforming to their pattern of behavior.

    Dictionary.com is not part of a conspiracy; they’re doing business, which includes writing on interesting topics to retain readership. It’s just unfortunate that people feel the need to take everything personally and attack each other.

  23. Andreas -  December 24, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Earlier comment: Black Equine – December 23, 2013 – 11:36 am.

    (You said:) Not trying to be Politically Correct, but for all you devoted Christians who firmly believe that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, are you aware that Jesus Christ was a Jew, born in late Spring, not during the Winter Solstice?

    (I say:) Your comment above shows a clear ignorance of the truth; I have a simple answer to your folly and it derives straight from the Scriptures:
    {Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his work. He was the son, AS WAS THOUGHT, of Joseph son of Heli, son of Matthat, ….son of Seth, son of Adam, son of God. (Luke 23-38)}
    Pure ignorance leads to commentators such as yourself, commentators that turn God into a, (i) respecter of persons, (ii) a racist, (iii) a fool of your own intellect type and level. Remember, {for salvation – OUT OF the Judeans it is. (John 4:22)} Regarding the latter, that Jesus was born in late Spring, not during the Winter Solstice: So what if he was? Firstly, if he was, prove it with HARD and CLEAR evidence, not supposition of speech. Secondly, understand what Christ-mass is all about; the Greek «Χριστούγεννα» clearly defines the meaning of Christmas. It is not a celebration of ‘birth-day’ as we do with those who are still amongst us in the flesh. It is a celebration of the fact that he was born into the world around 2000 years ago, and through him, his crucifixion, his sacrifice, we; those that truly believe – are saved… Whether he was born on the 25th or not is neither here nor there…

    (You said:) Did you also know that in the original Scriptures of the Bible, his name was not Jesus Christ, but was Yeshua of Nazareth? He was not white, he had nothing to say against homosexuals and was followed by a group of men as his apostles.

    (I say:) What is your point? That those who are His must call Him Yeshua? Soon you will be telling us all (and this Satanic movement is already in the workings) that we must all speak to Him and praise Him in Modern Hebrew; that we must reject ‘Grace’ and put ourselves under the bondage of the ‘Law’ all over again… Grow up; God is Spirit and he knows the depths of the heart and one’s innermost secret thoughts: HE IS LOVE! Anything that falls short of this love, in action and in word – is NOT from God. Regarding the whole ‘Yeshua of Nazareth’ movement… I would under most circumstances not even address such foolishness, but, on this occasion, and for the benefit of those that know no better but want to: The New Testament was written in Greek: «Ιησούς» can be pronounced as one chooses to pronounce it in their own tongue; the Lord God is not a fool; He knows the innermost thoughts of every-one man; whether they are for Him or not, whether they praise Him or not, whether they love Him or not.

    (You said:) Christmas, as it is known today, is a commercialized version of what was originally a Pagan holiday, the Winter Solstice, which was a celebration of the re-birth of our beloved Sun (The big hydrogen-fueled star in our sky). The Winter Solstice is a welcoming of the longer, warmer days ahead. The Christian church is the rapist in this case, because they raped the Pagan beliefs and turned them into their own holiday. Both Christmas and Easter are originally Pagan holidays. This is a fact that cannot be disputed.

    (I say:) For the first 300 years roughly after Christ, the Christians were being greatly persecuted for their beliefs; by both the Romans, but also, and most importantly by the Judeans, who rejected him as their Messiah. Around 300 ad Rome took on ‘christianity’ as their national religion and for better or for worst decided that it would be wise to replace the pagan festival (in order to slowly destroy it) with the celebration of Christ and his birth into the world. It wasn’t a problem then, but is now. Why is that? Well, first and foremost they were celebrating Christ; no longer the pagan Gods. God of course knows the heart, so the ‘choice of day’ is neither here nor there. The whole concept of the tree and Santa Claus etc. came later and brought us to where we are today. What I am trying to say in short is, if someone wants to celebrate once a year the fact that Christ was born into the world, crucified for our sins, and show their thanks, then so be it: After all, it is something that the Christian Church as the One body that it is – has been doing for nearly 2000 years. If people want to replace the true meaning and intended purpose of the Christmas period with their own heathen inventions and traditions (Santa, etc.) then so be it. If people do not want to celebrate it, then so be it… Stop your whining, your own twisting of information, and your wicked lies.

    My own humble advice is: Everyday is a day dedicated unto our Lord God; a day to remember what He did for us. No day is worthier than the next; no food is cleaner than the next; no man is any less of a sinner than the next.

    We are all sinners: Some, made holy through Christ via deed that is in line with faith.

    We are all unclean, the tongue – the only source of it, and Christ the only cleanser.

    The Lord God made seven days. Not one, not two, not three, four, five, or even six: but seven; and the Lord God continues to do good throughout each and EVERY one of them.

    • JuanRicardo -  December 26, 2014 - 7:08 am

      @Andreas: “Everyday is a day dedicated unto our Lord God; a day to remember what He did for us” << it can't be said any better than that.

  24. Magda Stefan -  December 23, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    The X is for Xpistos in Greek which is Christ but i prefer using Christmas because i am proud of being a christian

  25. ej -  December 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Aye, we are so affected by the age of reason. Not everything in the ancient world was to be taken literally. When those persons who made decisions about how to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, who we believe to be the Christ-the anointed one of God, they worked to fit it into a yearly cycle. They based the cycle on Easter which is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It corresponds with Passover per the Gospel stories.

    So how does one do this. Well they knew it took 9 months for babies to be born. Thus it needs to be far enough away not to interfere with Easter. Then there was the image from John about the light that was coming into the world. Not to mention the fact that people were already used to celebrating that time in other traditions. It was a logical thing to do and fit with the symbolism of the faith. Relax and breath. It’s okay and works.

  26. Black Equine -  December 23, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Thanatos – December 23, 2013 – 12:20 am
    Not trying to be Politically Correct, but for all you devoted Christians who firmly believe that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, are you aware that Jesus Christ was a Jew, born in late Spring, not during the Winter Solstice? Did you also know that in the original Scriptures of the Bible, his name was not Jesus Christ, but was Yeshua of Nazareth? He was not white, he had nothing to say against homosexuals and was followed by a group of men as his apostles
    Christmas, as it is known today, is a commercialized version of what was originally a Pagan holiday, the Winter Solstice, which was a celebration of the re-birth of our beloved Sun (The big hydrogen-fueled star in our sky). The Winter Solstice is a welcoming of the longer, warmer days ahead. The Christian church is the rapist in this case, because they raped the Pagan beliefs and turned them into their own holiday. Both Christmas and Easter are originally Pagan holidays. This is a fact that cannot be disputed. Christianity is a fairly new religion in comparison to Shamanism or Druidry, some of the original forms of Paganism.
    The Greeks and Romans had multiple Gods and Goddesses in their mythology, and a good portion of their folklore were based on things they had no easy answer for that Mother Earth has provided for us since the first day Man and/or Woman stepped foot on this Earth. I’d be more likely to believe our forefathers came from another place in the Universe than from this mystical place called Heaven.

    ^^@Thanatos, I’m not exactly sure where Christmas came from, but for us Christians we celebrate it to remember Christ’s birth.
    I can’t really think that Christianity is a new religion: hello, according to Christianity the first people were technically Christians. So, at least Christians don’t think Christianity is a new religion, because it’s the oldest & truest religion (and the only religion with some truth in it, in fact).
    Some historians say that the Bible (our holy book; God’s word, written by men who were inspired by God) fails the internal test (it is not consistent with itself). However, if you really read it and really know it, and also apply Aristotle’s Dictum, you can neither say it is unreliable nor reliable, though I believe it documents history 100% truthfully. :)

  27. Black Equine -  December 23, 2013 - 11:30 am

    For us Christians (not Mormons and stuff like that ;) ), like First Baptist Christians, we celebrate Christmas because we’re remembering Christ’s birth (although we don’t know when he really was born). We know that shepherds came to his birth that night, but the wise men actually came later.

    I don’t get why people try to take CHRIST out of CHRISTMAS.

    I also don’t get why some people believe in evolution (unless God didn’t choose them). I mean, seriously: you evolutionists believe in the saying “Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” It’s supposed to mean “I’m so surprised!”. But you evolutionists believe we’re ‘evolved’ from them: therefor, the saying is much more literal for you.

    But anyways: Merry Christmas everybody! God bless!

    • wejiharfuisnd -  December 17, 2014 - 2:59 pm

      How do you not believe in evolution???? I mean there’s proof???? Are you okay??? Do you have a mental illness????? If so I’m so sorry

      • Ed -  December 19, 2014 - 7:55 am

        Proof!!?…..such as Neanderthal man, Piltdown man, Archeoptrix….all were held up for years as proof of evolution, but later all proven to be incorrect. Most were taught with a bias trying to prove evolution. Science is suppose to be about facts, observable facts, not about trying to prove one’s bias.
        Many evolutionary scientists admit they cannot explain “the spark”, that is what got it all going, what started the process. Hmm.

    • A proud LDS member -  December 22, 2014 - 12:16 am

      So what exactly is a “Mormon” if they aren’t a Christian?? Please keep your ignorant statements about things you DONT know to yourself. As an LDS member I can tell you I am VERY MUCH a CHRISTIAN. Maybe you should learn about things before opening mouth and inserting foot.

  28. Valerie -  December 23, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Regardless what you call it, Christmas is pagan in origin. That is historic. Actually it is something that shouldn’t be celebrated by Christians. The trees and the pressures to take part in the materialistic shopping and gifts is absolutely outrageous. Unfortunately people don’t usually question the rituals they take part in. If you don’t believe this, consider researching it.

  29. Ices -  December 23, 2013 - 7:38 am

    I don’t want to get in too much detail, but I’m pretty sure the reason people do not want to openly accept other religions as what people are going to believe is because it will save your life if you go through Jesus, and all other ways lead to death. It isn’t something that most people openly accept. And I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for this comment. But I love you all as my brother or sister and I hope you all are blessed this Christmas.

    *The whole “x” thing was interesting, but I still will call it Christmas, because I just love writing it out so much,”

  30. Thanatos -  December 23, 2013 - 12:20 am

    Not trying to be Politically Correct, but for all you devoted Christians who firmly believe that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, are you aware that Jesus Christ was a Jew, born in late Spring, not during the Winter Solstice? Did you also know that in the original Scriptures of the Bible, his name was not Jesus Christ, but was Yeshua of Nazareth? He was not white, he had nothing to say against homosexuals and was followed by a group of men as his apostles

    Christmas, as it is known today, is a commercialized version of what was originally a Pagan holiday, the Winter Solstice, which was a celebration of the re-birth of our beloved Sun (The big hydrogen-fueled star in our sky). The Winter Solstice is a welcoming of the longer, warmer days ahead. The Christian church is the rapist in this case, because they raped the Pagan beliefs and turned them into their own holiday. Both Christmas and Easter are originally Pagan holidays. This is a fact that cannot be disputed. Christianity is a fairly new religion in comparison to Shamanism or Druidry, some of the original forms of Paganism.

    The Greeks and Romans had multiple Gods and Goddesses in their mythology, and a good portion of their folklore were based on things they had no easy answer for that Mother Earth has provided for us since the first day Man and/or Woman stepped foot on this Earth. I’d be more likely to believe our forefathers came from another place in the Universe than from this mystical place called Heaven.

    • JuanRicardo -  December 23, 2014 - 9:48 am

      Speaking only for myself, I am aware Christ was a Jew and was referred to by several names. It’s been 10+ years since I studied it, but my recollection is Christ’s actual birth would have been some time in our month of September (could be wrong about that.)

      Christ’s message was fairly simple so IMHO most rituals and so forth found in the Christian church are man made and as such there is nothing wrong with challenging and debating them. Faith in Christ is a personal experience and you will find that those who are strong in their faith will not be deterred by ridicule. Leave the personal attacks out and you will also find that many Christians are willing to engage challenge and debate.

      As an afterthought, “another place in the universe” is as elusive as Heaven is mystical is it not?

  31. jane -  December 22, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    Fascinating to read this :).
    As english is not my mother tongue.. I never knew that “Xmas” is / was.. perceived as a word for non-believers. Thank you heaps for the explanation..
    And as for.. nearly all your reactions for an answer of Mr. Artiga..: I am also slightly fascinated.. :) as MANY of us know HOW MANY wars started cause of religion..

    ..sometimes I wonder.. if Jews would ever know.. would they have been kill the Jesus again..? :)..Probably..

  32. Saphira -  December 22, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Sorry for my incorrect grammar. I am only 12 and my name isn’t Spahira, it’s a username.

  33. Saphira -  December 22, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    Logic is what is the problem with all you stupid atheists. You have no faith. Explain a fat, WHITE (Why white, not black. We count), man, in a red and white suit, with a white long curly beard, and a red sack “filled with people’s gifts”, that people call santa or chris cringle.

    Why don’t you use your blasted “logic” to explain how he is real, and Jesus cannot be? HUH??? I am waiting for an answer……………………that’s right there is non. You chose to follow, believe, and WORSHIP a fictional being made up in the Pagan religion in Europe, but you have no faith and blaspheme the Lord THINE GOD!

    He will always be Christ and EVERYONE’S God. No matter if you choose to accept it or not.

    I bet you don’t here rude things about that fictional “Ala” but no, everyone doesn’t have a problem bashing Jesus, now how about that. And Jesus wasn’t Jewish. Where did you come up with that?

    See, you cannot explain your idiot logic. Even scientists see things that prove the Bible is real. Seashells on a mountain? In genesis there was a great flood. Explain, tell me who takes the time and effort to plant seashells to prove a point?

    YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY! I hope you people blaspheming Christ enjoy hell.

    • Darren -  August 3, 2014 - 3:55 pm

      Not only is your grammar incorrect, everything you said was incorrect, I am sorry you are being raised with so much misinformation and hate.

      “I hope you people blaspheming Christ enjoy hell.”

      I would suggest that if you want to represent Christians in a positive way, maybe it would be better not to openly enjoy the idea of billions of people being tortured forever. It makes you and Christianity look evil and barbaric.

    • wejiharfuisnd -  December 17, 2014 - 3:03 pm

      I’m so sorry about your mental illness! It appears to be EXTREMELY difficult for you to differentiate between right and wrong. Because of your illness, I won’t argue with you. I hope you feel well soon!

      By the way, I’m also twelve. However, since it has been a year since you commented, I hope that being older has enlightened you.

    • BiengChristian -  December 21, 2014 - 7:38 pm

      I think there is something we guys should understand . if one claims himself/herself as a Christian ,he must respect everyone and practice as what God did.Though he is Almighty,they spat on him finally crucified him.you guys(Christians) i don’t feel good to write offensive words to anyone even if you think he/she deserves too.because Love ur enemies comes first before admitting as Christian. Peace !

    • Flo -  December 24, 2014 - 5:00 pm

      Saphira, Please take a copy of what you just typed ( Dec. 22, 3013-5;44pm) and take it to your pastor or priest and have him go over it with you. It’s not about the Santa clause bit. It’s about your misconception of Jesus not being a Jew. Also, have him explain to you about the name for God in Arabic. Allah. Please do this for your own good.

    • Anonymous -  December 25, 2014 - 12:56 am

      Dearest Saphira,
      Calm down. I can understand that you are quite frustrated, but you should not be saying these things. God wants us to love the people around us. By saying these rude things, you don’t just hurt them, you turn people away from God instead of sharing them the wonderful experience of being with God, at the same time you hurt yourself. We can’t force this on people. Let them see for themselves.
      God bless you

    • ??? -  December 29, 2014 - 4:17 pm

      I’m simmering with something more than anger….
      You tell us to enjoy hell?! I’m sure no one would have told you that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Now, before you make me start typing cuss words, just calm down, say sorry, and mean it!
      Being an atheist, I am NOT stupid, so DON’T say that again.

  34. Kaidy M. -  December 22, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    I’m a Christian, I’m only 14, and I live in a Christian home, all my aunts, uncles, grandparents, brothers, sisters ect are too and I’m not afraid to say that I am one. and some of these comments about God and Jesus really hurt. Some of you say ‘you couldn’t care less about Jesus’ and I don’t want to repeat what some of the other comments said.
    There IS a God and he DOES exist even if you can’t see him! one day you all have to stand before him.
    Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and I hope all of you realize this.

    • Kim C. -  December 24, 2014 - 7:10 am

      Amen Kaidy, don’t ever let anyone tell you different. Keep trusting and believing Jesus is real!!! God bless you!!!

  35. Mike -  December 22, 2013 - 6:20 am

    As a christian i find it hard to believe that the x in xmas is anything more than taking Christ out of Christmas nowadays. Although it may have begun as a much different meaning, i believe the majority of people in our world would like to see God and Jesus removed from our lives, so why should i believe differently? A few good examples would be trying to take God out of the pledge of allegiance, not allowing prayer in school, and in some schools not allowing students to wear God based clothing, yet coors light or bud light clothing is acceptable! Whether you believe in God or not, dont deny that many people would want to take Him out of our society, and furthermore if you DO believe in Jesus Christ than you should want to keep the “Christ” in Christmas as a clear-cut representation to what you believe and stand on!!! It may not matter for us whether we use xmas or Christmas but to those around us who believe ignorance is bliss we need to be a beacon of life, and the only way to do that is to have Christ present in every aspect of our lives, not just where we choose! So it should be a big deal to keep Christ in Christmas for all those who dont know the origins of “xmas”.

    • Darren -  August 3, 2014 - 4:09 pm

      “take God out of the pledge of allegiance, not allowing prayer in school, and in some schools not allowing students to wear God based clothing”

      The author of the pledge did not put god in it, that didn’t happen until the 1950s, during the McCarthy era when our government was at its most tyrannical and everyone was afraid to oppose anything. That’s also when god was put on out money. The founding fathers certainly never would have approved of such things.

      Prayer is and has always been legal in schools, saying otherwise is a lie. But government employees are not allowed to use their official positions to coerce American citizens to pray, and that is what teacher-led or group prayer in schools amounts to.

      The courts have decided that kids in school also have a right to free speech. The only ‘god-based clothing’ that can be banned are clothing that are disruptive, such as clothing that is claims that other students and their family members are doomed to burn in hell.

      • Kyle -  December 24, 2014 - 8:44 am

        “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator”

        @Darren, If the founding fathers certainly never would have approved of such things, then who is the Creator they refered to in the Declaration of Independence? Which could lead to another completely seperate argument, so I will try to stay on topic.

        Student led prayer may be legal, but Christian led prayers are strongly discouraged. My wife taught in a school that made students remove copies of the ten commandements the students had taped to their lockers, after a plaque that hung in the cafeteria for decades of the ten commandments was removed because of one parent’s legal objection, and stopped a student created and directed skit of Mercy Me’s “I can Only Imagine” because of the religious connection. Which is not a lie. Student’s individual rights to express Christian beliefs in schools is being forced out. The same school put restrictions on teachers being allowed to wear religious medallions only if they were less than 1.5 inches in size. The superintendent was placed on administrative leave for not removing a bible from his office desk.

        Merry Christmas!!

  36. Sam -  December 22, 2013 - 6:04 am

    TO: Paul Michael Artiga – Merry CHRISTmas, Happy New Year and the best of life to you! I pray that this year for Xmas, you receive the greatest Gift ever given! It can’t be bought. But you have to receive it. It is free. It was given over 2,000 years ago. But it is new for everyone who will accept it. You know what I am talking about! You have already rejected it before. He is offering it once again. All you have to do is accept it. You will become a new person.

  37. X-Mas Origin | Sammi Talk -  December 21, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    [...] mean X-Mas origin. Anyways, I was looking up a word on Dictionary.com, and it said something like The X In X-Mas. I clicked on it and found out that the X is actually the first letter of a Greek word [...]

  38. reginac7 -  December 21, 2013 - 7:11 am

    Fascinating to learn!

  39. Kamiya Akuto -  December 21, 2013 - 2:08 am

    Mr Artiga,

    I am writing this as perhaps the first atheist to comment against you on this board (on the assumption that you are also atheist, of course). First, you are by far not helping those of us who think rationally (whatever religion or non-religion they may be) with your comment. You only succeed in muddling this mess of a debate with the very same lack of evidence as those you fight against. Pray-tell, were you there to witness Mary’s “rape”? Are you a practiced historian with a degree that you can show us? If not, then your tall-tales are just as useless to me as any culture’s mythology (other than for entertainment, perhaps).

    Second, you’re clearly only angry at the religion the holiday represents, not the holiday itself. If this were any other holiday I’m sure that you would ignore it, but instead you choose to attack friend and foe alike on a topic that neither endorses nor rejects Christianity. This is merely a lesson in etymology, you know, no need to pick sides.

    And lastly, your writing skills are simply atrocious. How you come off to anyone as educated, as you are oh-so-desperately trying to demonstrate, is beyond me. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was your first visit to the site.

    To everyone else, Happy Holidays, whatever you may celebrate.

    • Kay Kay -  December 21, 2014 - 12:32 pm

      Well said….. Thank you!!!

  40. Vad spellor -  December 20, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    Im sorry i said that :(

    Lets forget about it and enjoy Christmas!!!!!!!


  41. Grace -  December 19, 2013 - 6:04 am

    I always thought that X in xmas meant variable for x because people didn’t like to write out christ in christmas but i was wrong…
    I’m glad that my hypothesis is wrong after all!

  42. Sthi Bash -  December 19, 2013 - 2:02 am

    If you have a product you need to constantly improve it so it does not disappear in the minds of the consumers…

  43. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 19, 2013 - 12:10 am

    @Paul Michael Artiga:
    Mary was WHAT?! Where did you get your information? And why do you appear to hate Christ? You don’t see air, but you know it’s all around you; it’s the same with Christ. It’s true that He died, but 3 days later He rose from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), and is alive in heaven today. No matter whether you believe in Him or not, Christmas is still about Him, not about gifts or family time. True, spending time with family and giving gifts are important parts of the season, but they are not the real meaning of Christmas. “For unto us a child is born, and unto us a Son is given.” Jesus Christ is the Reason for the season. I will be praying for you to find peace in the One you have rejected this Christmas season.
    In love,
    A faithful Christian

    • Poppa Bear -  December 23, 2014 - 2:56 am

      A loving God?? Why did he send me and thousands of others to war to kill our fellow man?
      To all the historians out there, please tell me of a war that didn’t involve religion.

      Religion broke up my marriage because my children were brain washed…

  44. kiesha -  December 18, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    to: Paul Michael Artiga.

    You’re being really immature. If you do not want to believe in Jesus then that is your choice. I will not force it on you. But, Christmas/Xmas is about Jesus. You celebrate him with your family and you can exchange presents. But Christmas is not about gifts. Not at all.

    You believe Mary was raped? Where did you get that information from? You don’t believe that. You just choose to believe in anything but Jesus so you go about believing in nonsense like that.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas.

  45. Rebecca -  December 18, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    I think that we all believe what we want to believe. Some people may believe that it is Christ some may not. We shouldn’t care what others may think. Some people my want to believe its not Christ. Its just what you what to believe in, and no one should make-fun of you. You can be right and you can be wrong. We (the people) get to pick what we what to do, and how to make Christmas or Xmas.

  46. Barack Obama -  December 18, 2013 - 10:41 am

    A very interesting topic.

  47. HIYHERO:TFNSHDOGRSFE -  December 18, 2013 - 10:39 am


  48. Wesley -  December 18, 2013 - 1:28 am

    Dear Mr. Paul Michael Artiga,

    You appear to be filled with pride and hate. May you find rest for your soul in whose name you dishonor and despise in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  49. Paul Michael Artiga -  December 17, 2013 - 4:29 am

    Xmast is all about gifts and family time
    Christ – i could careless for someone i don’t see and someone that has been dead for so long nor for a “Jew” and a story that was pass down from generation generation cause and wildly exaggerated.

    I myself a born christian but im more practical and think out side the box on this case “books” alot so share nonsense

    Here’s i mind binding for you.

    Did you know that Virgin Marry is Not a Virgin?
    She got “RAPE” and her family made this lie that she has been bless upon with a child of the all mighty, so they won’t be embarrassed of the situation the fact that her “Father” got her pregnant.

    It’s incest i tell you. More logical speaking that is.
    -that’s my real name hunt me down if you got offended ^_^
    send me emails too

  50. 7777(777 is banned i think so new name) -  December 16, 2013 - 10:47 pm

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  51. Shinenux -  December 16, 2013 - 4:52 am

    I honestly never really cared. It just meant Christmas, and after reading I’m so surprise about all the fuss people make about one simple little thing.

    • ??? -  December 29, 2014 - 4:20 pm

      Hear, hear! Agreed. So sad.

  52. Hannah -  December 16, 2013 - 4:51 am

    I write Xmas out of respect to other people’s religions, and because I am not a practicing christian, I feel a little uncomfortable saying “christ”mas. X is more of a sign that I am athiest.

  53. Fiona -  December 16, 2013 - 12:48 am

    I just thought it was a kind of variation of Criss-Cross (X) and the pronunciation of Christmas (kris-muh s), hence the abbreviation “Xmas”. That’s what I reasoned as a child and still hold onto that belief today.
    To me it has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with literation.

  54. Christine Nguyen -  December 15, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    To all the people who are using the argument, “We speak English, not Greek”, do you people even understand what English is?

    English is the bastard child of a multitude of languages. We use French words, German words, words with Latin roots and words with Greek roots. We are literally a soup of different languages with variations in pronunciation and spelling here and there. Why do you think the rules of the English language are so incredibly inconsistent and evil?

    So please, get over it, because people who say Xmas really mean Christmas anyways. Christmas spirit is not measured in the words, but the sentiments behind them.

  55. Sin Jeong-hun -  December 15, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    > Jesus – December 15, 2013 – 4:33 pm

    Yes, most intelligent people know that Jesus most likely did not exist and he was just a story like that of Dionysos. But I think we do not have to abandon Christmas all together. Nobody in right mind believes Santa exists but we can enjoy the day.

    Just let your children know that Christmas is just a holiday originated from Christianity (well, Mithraism to be more precise) that people can enjoy but Christianity is not true.

  56. Ricardo -  December 15, 2013 - 6:42 pm


    If Xmas is Christ+mas,

    Shouldn’t “Chrstian” be Xian (as Christ + ian)?


    • Darren -  August 3, 2014 - 4:14 pm

      Many people do write Xtian or Xian.

    • Anonymous -  December 25, 2014 - 1:06 am

      Hahahahaha! Cool math, but Xmas came after Christmas. By the way, Xian is the pronunciation of a Chinese city.

  57. Dr. Tom Miller VI -  December 15, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Why would you replace Christ with an “X” instead of “C”, that makes absolutely no sense. No one in their right mind would put a Greek word or letter for that fact in an english phrase. Most of the general population does not even know this. That is pretty ignorant because most people believe it is a replacement for Christ.

  58. Jesus -  December 15, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Jesus is a lie. Stop being idiots. Christmas is a stupid ass excuse by the church to convert pagans. The fact that you get your panties in a bunch regarding some mythical fucking creature that may or may not exist. Christmas is blatant materialism manufactured by corporations. If you really believed in GAWD then you’d do something about it rather than indulge yourself. You’re not that special, get over it. Do something with your lives and aid a third world nation or educate yourselves. Religion sucks.

  59. Kendra -  December 15, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    So many of you people are just being ridiculous over this. Just because people are using xmas instead of Christmas doesn’t mean that they’re attempting to change the fundamental nature of the holiday, just that they’re lazy people typing in the language we call texting, or advertisers trying to fit a long word on a small advertisement. It. Does. Not. Matter!
    So, you people should just stop freaking out over this, and rest assured that when people say xmas, they still mean Christmas.

  60. Lori -  December 15, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    I think that it is important that we use the word “Christmas” because it is important to make it clear that we are referring to Christ. After all, He is the real reason for the season. There isn’t really anything wrong with using the word Xmas; however, it does help to disguise the Reason for the season (for those of us who are not as informed as “some guy” thinks we should be). Besides, we speak English and not Greek.

  61. Melissa -  December 15, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    In my opinion it’s pretty simple. (Algebra people would understand)
    1) X+Mas = Christ+Mas
    2) X+Mas = Christ+Mas
    -Mas -Mas
    3) X = Christ

  62. shhitsasecret -  December 15, 2013 - 11:16 am

    I thought the x in xmas was an abbreviation for Christ with regard to his sacrifice on the cross?

    • Anonymous -  December 25, 2014 - 1:07 am

      Me too >_<

    • Gali -  December 25, 2014 - 10:09 am

      that’s actually an interesting opinion

  63. Christmas czy Xmas? – Olga, the teacher -  December 15, 2013 - 11:00 am

    [...] skrót Xmas (/ˈɛksməs/ lub /ˈkrɪsməs/) za obraźliwy – wystarczy poczytać komentarze na stronie blog.dictionary.com. Inni twierdzą, że X oznacza krzyż albo pierwszą literę imienia Xavier, jak zbawca. Nie [...]

  64. Lilly -  December 15, 2013 - 9:09 am

    I don’t know why you guys are making such a big deal out of this. I am a Christian myself, and honestly all this arguing is making me laugh more than it should. Try not to let this little [possibly fake] tidbit of information ruin your day, people.
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you guys :)

  65. Sharon -  December 15, 2013 - 8:47 am

    In my opinion – Jesus is the real reason for the season. I am not an avid church goer but I do believe in God. And I think to much emphasis is put on Xmas. I use it and it does not mean in any way (for me) that I am not spiritually connected. I honestly do not think that every word is the bible is accurate but this in no way does not mean that it – should not be read and used as a basic for one’s lives. I actually believe that – God is Love – which means to me – we should respect all people and not be so quick to judge. After all – our judgement is can probably – be mirrored back to us – He who is without sin – Cast the first stone – NO one would be able to. If we would respect and nurture – man and the atmosphere – we would prevail. It is really very simple – if we would take time to – embrace. But this is not an easy thing for some people to do – because of their closed-mindedness. I did not mean to sermonize so much on this – but this also why relationships fail – because people do not respect each other and are not willing to expand their horizons. Enough said – Merry Christmas (Xmas – whatever) to all.

  66. Larry -  December 15, 2013 - 8:17 am

    It is really apropos that the word for the day lines up with this bit of insight. It is a pity that people are channeled toward an opinion or fixed idea that they won’t allow anything new into their lives. Oh well, Merry “holiday that falls within the month of December”.

  67. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 15, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Christmas does incorporate elements from a pagan holiday.

    @HAE and @Dave:
    Please do your research before you start spouting off.

    I support!

    Oh, this is ridiculous! Why are we all arguing? This is a time for love! If you want to be prejudiced, I’m not responsible for your ignorance. You are entitled to your own beliefs.

    X looks like a sideways cross – another way to put Christ back in Christmas. I think it’s okay to write “Xmas” as long as you pronounce it “Christmas.” I’m glad I now know why people write “Xmas.” I used to think it was because they wanted to take Christ out…I guess not.

    Tomorrow is my birthday! :)

  68. s -  December 15, 2013 - 7:47 am

    It is fine to use xmas or christmas, however, it is ill advised and wrong, as a christian, like I am, to eat spaghetti on the actual day of our saviour’s birthday. I love spaghetti, don’t get me wrong and no offence to any of the italiano’s but the day should not be observed with this food.

  69. Ray -  December 15, 2013 - 7:02 am

    So…like…”expedia-dot-com”…is now supposed to mean, “echristospedia-dot-com”…I suppose that works like a W-moment…an Omega-moment…a Big-O-moment…or an ‘OhMeGa’-moment…I don’t think that sells except in HollyWOOd…and that “kicker”-moment: Who, phrased that–”[C][h][r][i][s][t][o][s] means Christ”…like, “Press One for Yes, Press Two for ‘Duh’…!”

  70. joelandodinglasan -  December 15, 2013 - 6:52 am

    I use “X” to mark something wrong or something unknown; I know CHRIST therefore I will not use “X” in addressing HIM…

    In addition, calling and addressing someone in his first or given name is melodious and pleasing to the ear; I will continue to use CHRIST…

  71. Myrna -  December 15, 2013 - 6:32 am

    All of these various explanations are interesting but probably not relevant to most people in practical terms. I don’t believe there is any conspiracy going on. I don’t believe that the vast majority of the people are taking a religious stand when they write Xmas instead of Christmas. I am in no way anti-christian and use Xmas frequently. Like it or not, languages, and therefore words, evolve over time. Look at the word holiday (which I’m sure was originally meant to indicate a holy day) which we now apply to Veterans, Valentines, and Independence Days, none of which qualify as Holy Days. In this day and age with email, tweeting and texting, lots of words and phrases are shortened and everyone understands what is being communicated. Whether you spell it Christmas or Xmas, the holiday means one thing to you if you are Christian and another if you are not. And how ever I personally choose to celebrate, or spell, the day should not have nothing to do with what it all means to others. At the same time others should not be imposing meaning to my words, that I do not intend.

  72. Diane -  December 15, 2013 - 6:29 am

    This is the first time I saw this site. Thanks to you all for keeping the word alive. In the bible it says what Satan meant for bad God made for good. When it’s all over the question will not be did you write Xmas or Christmas. It will be did you believe in the Lord Jesus, that he was the true Son of God. So its what’s in your heart that matters.

  73. Hermione Granger -  December 15, 2013 - 5:04 am

    If you look into it, Christmas was originally a Pagan festival, to celebrate the middle of winter. Sources suggest that Jesus wasn’t even born in December, more likely that he was born in July. There is no written account for his birth.

  74. Tim -  December 15, 2013 - 3:45 am

    I think the X stands for Christ

  75. VictorV69 -  December 14, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    I thought of a math equation
    x + mas

  76. Me -  December 14, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    “X” stands for kiss in some places so Xmas is kissmas! It’s good heh?

  77. Jenni -  December 14, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    My humanities professor told us this a few years ago. I found it interesting. And I personally don’t think (or have ever come across) anyone who is intentionally removing Christ from Christmas by replacing His name with an X; I just thought people were trying to save room, were being lazy, or thought they were being clever (see presh, adorbs, totz). But one question: Xmas or X-mas? I’ve seen it both ways…

  78. Sidra -  December 14, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    I guess it just depends on how you view yourself?

    Do you feel like you’re being persecuted so you figure Xmas must mean taking the “Christ” out of Christmas?

    Or will you relish in the fact that this is true (X being the Greek Chi which has been used for Christ) and smile that people using it to take the “Christ” out of Christmas, can’t?

    I’m in the second boat, personally. Try as you might, but you just can’t take the Christ out of Christmas.

  79. Not a Moron -  December 14, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    For the love of Pete, folks, the bible is a great book, but please don’t let it be the only one you ever read! Try, oh, I dunno, a history book for example. The fact of the X representing Christ is widely known and accepted, even among clergy and biblical scholars. And in case you are unclear as to what constitutes a “fact,” you are already on a dictionary website- how convenient for you to look up the meaning of that word!

    Example: It is a gorgeous, clear spring day in the park. You look up at the sky and admire the lovely color of it- a splendorous cerulean blue. Yes, there are varying shades of blue, and people may experience the color differently, but it is unequivocally blue. A child approaches, looks up at the sky, and exclaims, “What a pretty pink sky!” “Umm, hate to break it to ya, kid, but that’s blue”, you reply. “Oh, no, it isn’t! My mommy and daddy taught me all my colors, and that is pink!”, the child says. “Your mommy and daddy are wrong”, you say, “That color is blue. It is a fact.” “Well I don’t care what you think- if my mommy and daddy says it’s pink, then it’s PINK!”, the child shouts and then runs off sulking.
    The child may very well have been taught her entire life that the color she sees when she looks up at the sky is “pink”- but in no way does that beleaguer the empirical truth that it is accepted fact that that color is blue, and is named blue. Just because she believes and perceives it to be pink does not make it any the pinker. Empirical fact is empirical fact.
    If your opinions do not stand under the scrutiny of critical thought in the frame of logic and when faced with cold, hard, readily and easily proven facts, it’s time to educate oneself and adopt a new opinion.
    *drops the mike*

    • wejiharfuisnd -  December 17, 2014 - 3:09 pm

      Brilliant. Purely brilliant.

  80. hoooba hooba nnonsense -  December 14, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    heeba hooboo nonsosa ksodldos nobobobobo? Sini nini wini pini heho..

  81. some guy -  December 14, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Article is filled with comments by idiots.

    Look you backwards dolts, Xmas is not a secular thing. If you’re as Christian as you like to believe, surely you have seen a Chi Rho before? The intersected X and P with an alpha and an omega to either side?

    Fellow Christians need to stop shunning the phrase Xmas (you look stupid) and embracing it for what it is. And the irreligious need to learn that they’re being dumb when they think saying Xmas means they’re giving a secular spin to the holiday.

    • Anonymous -  December 25, 2014 - 1:16 am

      I’m a Christian and I agree, but pleas change the terms you use. As a child, I learned about Chi Rho and I think it is so cool!

  82. binaryStep -  December 14, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Really people? You actually think there’s a Satanic conspiracy to remove Christ from Christmas? Let me guess, you also hate the term “Happy Holidays”.

  83. Jessica -  December 14, 2013 - 7:00 am

    First of all, why would someone put a Greek letter in front of English letters? There is a difference between the English X and the Greek chi! Why not translate the entire word Christmas to Greek? I don’t buy it. Nevertheless, if I want to abbreviate this word, I’ll go with Cmas. With that being said,


  84. Tony Howard -  December 14, 2013 - 6:07 am

    In Catholic elementary school about seven decades ago, I was taught that early Christians (long before 1500) marked houses where Christians could gather for Mass with the Greek X which was recognized as standing for Christ. The mostly illiterate knew what it meant.

  85. Rick -  December 14, 2013 - 5:28 am

    I agree with Barb, this article is very counterfactual. I’ve seen where people use the term Xtian for Christian but in no way shape or form was it meant as a dignified term as this article suggests but just used in hatred for the name of Christ and His followers. The internet is the new tool to eradicate “real” history and to re-educate the unwary into much falsehood and no doubt for political gain.sad to say. By the way Merry Christmas!

  86. Loreen Hughes -  December 14, 2013 - 5:10 am

    I came to my favorite dictionary site to look up a word and became so distracted by the cover story and comments that I forgot the word I came here to define. After tracing back over my steps I remembered: judged. Oh the irony. Our Father said we shouldn’t do it, and our brother asked us to love our neighbor. Merry Christmas to all.

  87. 400th - 1 -  December 14, 2013 - 5:09 am

    DOES what we call it matter? All that matters is that we get a holdiay to spend with our families. You can call it Xmas or Christmas, but the fact that we will get to spend a whole day with our families and be thankful of it is all that matters, and that should matter. So enough Arguing, just ENJOY it.

  88. 400 -  December 14, 2013 - 5:09 am

    400 comments wow

  89. 399 -  December 14, 2013 - 5:09 am

    DOES what we call it matter? All that matters is that we get a holdiay to spend with our families. You can call it Xmas or Christmas, but the fact that we will get to spend a whole day with our families and be thankful of it is all that matters, and that should matter. So enough Arguing, just ENJOY it.

  90. 400 -  December 14, 2013 - 5:07 am

    400th comment! haha

  91. Jesus.... -  December 14, 2013 - 5:06 am

    All of you people are arguing about X-mas or ‘Christ’ mas. DOES IT MATTER? All that matters that you have a good holiday with your family, and that you are thankful of that. Whatever we call it, the holiday itself will remain intact. So just ENJOY it.

  92. Hallie -  December 14, 2013 - 12:57 am

    This is interesting. I’m still never going to use Xmas though, because not everyone knows that this and may take it wrong.

  93. J.K. -  December 13, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    Christmas, ‘X-mas’- for some, they may think it’s fine, and are wondering “why are people fussing over this anyway” but for some, it’s a religion “problem”, so they may not use or enjoy the word ‘X-mas’. I don’t know which opinion is correct right now- I’m so confused- but, long story short, just, don’t make fun of other people’s religion, or points of views- it’s up to them to decide or listen and, at the end, possibly be saved.

  94. Havok -  December 13, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    Xmas is the famous mutant holiday.

  95. Gandalf the Grey -  December 13, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    I thought the X was a reference to a cross, which Jesus was crucified on. I know this didn’t happen on Christmas, but I just thought it was somehow related.

  96. Barb -  December 13, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    What a bunch of baloney. Xmas is used when people either don’t believe in Christ or they just want to abbreviate it or even to make fun of it. But nice try. lol

  97. Dustin -  December 13, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Interesting. However, I heard a slightly different take, on the origin of “Xmas”. Supposedly, the ‘X’ stands for “Xavier”—the Latin word for “Savior”. And, supposedly, the term “Xmas” actually predates the use of “Christmas”, by a few centuries.

  98. Soozie -  December 13, 2013 - 2:35 pm

    And here all this time, I thought, from secretary days, that it was short for
    ‘criss-cross’ and/or ‘trans’ – so, words with Christ (criss) or cross or trans were shorthanded to xwalk, xformer, etc. But it turns out the real explanation is much more Dan Brown. I like that. :D

  99. Emma -  December 13, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    haha…x x x x x x x x x!

  100. Joel -  December 13, 2013 - 11:44 am


  101. Kevin -  December 13, 2013 - 10:12 am

    I’m a Christian pastor (evangelical and Reformed), and I’m glad to see this. This is the same reason why, traditionally, banners, candles etc. in the church sanctuary have the “chi” and “rho” on them, the first two letters of “Christ” in Greek (but which look like x and p to English speakers).

    I have no problem at all with Xmas, Xian, Xianity, etc. In fact, that’s how I write them when I’m writing by hand. We just need to be aware of what it means when we use it.

    • Anonymous -  December 25, 2014 - 1:18 am


  102. Karma Chameleon -  December 13, 2013 - 7:42 am

    “Oh xmas tree, oh xmas tree, ah buu da bee da buu dee bee” – Bender. Futurama. haha

  103. Gary -  December 13, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Thanks. Interesting. Now I know.

  104. OldKingCole -  December 13, 2013 - 6:07 am

    The above statement seems to be just some more re-writing of history. Looking back through historical documents I simply find that the ‘X’ being discussed is simply a secularist way of removing ‘Christ’ from their gift-giving holiday.

    You don’t even realize that this is happening because of the elegant way all of that mumbo-jumbo was typed and laid out for all to see and absorb. Everything on the internet is not true, contrary to the TV commercial currently being run.

    The word is ‘Christmas’. If it’s too long to type/write out, to bad. Do the work anyway…or maybe just leave it out of your vocabulary like your evil depraved heart wants to do anyway. We’d rather you not soil the name any longer.

    Signed, a Christian like Peter

  105. Jim Gammon -  December 12, 2013 - 9:55 am

    Many of the comments on XMAS are interesting, and some enlightening. …… I received a rather broad-based non-Religious degree from a once religious institution which has abandoned Biblical Christianity, embracing world-wide diversity and materialism to the hilt. There “XMAS” is a tradition if anything. Formal, broad post-grad work was also in that institution. … I will allow you to label me. ….. With the formal education and continued research in Religion I believe Scripture is inspired, inerrant, and intelligent. I accept all of Scripture as necessary to inform my beliefs and actions. Therefore, XMAS or “Christmas” is rejected as un-Scriptural and — with Easter — actually anti-Christian. Neither Holiday is found in Scripture. Both undermine the proper life, thought, and action of the Lord’s Supper on the Lord’s Day. …… So, I wish you “Happy Holiday.” More than this wish comes the yearning that all men would reject the religions of evolving tradition to pursue the NT faith a Gracious Lord has kindly revealed to us. Since I cannot hold both the Lord’s NT Faith and Traditional Holidays, I abstain from the religious holidays of Tradition to be acceptable to the Lord of eternity.

  106. Nelson -  November 21, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    The logic on this is not very well thought through.

    If you are trying to deem X-mas as an acceptable substitute for ‘Christmas’ than we should be pronouncing it ‘Chi’-mas right? ‘X’ pronounced ‘Chi’ is Greek just like the term Christ is Greek.

  107. enkill_eridos -  November 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    I apologize my phone sent the last post before I finshed and proofread it. Anyway, in Belthehims December the high is in the upper fifties lows in the upper fourties at night. That is also one of the rainest months in that city in a year. Some of the places they would have to travel the 80 miles between were hostile to the jews. If the story is correct There were also many families travelling as well. It is most likely they traveled with others. Many of those were probably really small children and pregnant women. The driest time of the year june through september is a most likely time such an exodus would occur. During December through feburary there are heavy rains and some snowing in that 80 mile stretch. Many women and children would have died as not many places would lodge a group of people in certain areas along the known caravan routes. Rains and snow would have made a four day trip longer. December 25th in many places is the coldest day of the year. Which is why at this time many of our tribal ancestors probably had a community feast and celebration of togetherness. An entire city town or whatever they were called would have been in something like a town hall(maybe why the building exists in the first place.) A Celebration of togetherness of an entire community is the real reason for what we call today the holiday season. Ramadan, Kwanza, Chanuka, Yule, Thanksgiving Christmas, The Hebrew High Holy Days, Christmas and many others were all communial holidays that promoted love, peace,and good will towards all. That is the spirit of th e holidays. It is from God. The word of God is more than mere words. It provides a basis, but God had many mouthpieces. Because these mouthpieces all had a will of thier own and interpreted thier message of God in the way they can understand. Which would change from region to region time period and mankinds understanding of the world. The Word of God is creation itself ever evolving and changing. things like the bible are the message of God. All your religions agree in someway all God wants us to do is honor him. To do that we must love everyone, especially those we don’t like at all, without judging them. Just accept and love them because they are creations of God. This includes not harming them in anyway. When we start helping each other grow and we nurture each other. We as a race will grow in our understanding of creation. We as a race will nurture the galaxy. If we conti ue to not help each other grow and we don’t nurture each other, we will become extinct and the cause of our extinction will be by our own hands.

  108. enkill_eridos -  November 21, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    So this blog is three years old and I just saw it on reddit. As a non traditional Christian I think I should chime in a few things.

    First I do not think any one religion is correct. I bel8eve all r3ligio I believe in Jesus Christ as my savior, I refuse to believe the actual written word is the word of God. I believe the original writers were inspired and was told by God things which they interpreted and put thier religious beliefs on it. Also there were 13 apostles if I am not mistaken. However, what name appears most in the new testament? Paul. Many commentors know by histroical record that the catholic church has destroyed a lot of information. I am pretty sure they understand knowledge is power. So there has to be at least one copy of everything they burned in a safe place. Dan Browns book is a work of fiction. I do not believe there is an actual vault in the vatican. Nor do I believe in the holy grail in any of its forms. Not in the way inspired from the Christian mythology. I am n9t calling theological beliefs mythology. I am calling objects that supposedly have a direct connection to Jesus. The holy grail, the spear that pierxed his side. The cat o nine tails that he was whipped with. The pieces of the crucifix he was on. Those are all fantastical tales. Thus mythology. The holy grail is a story older than Jesus. Changed but many of the european tribal societies had a story about an object that did have similar effects. Having said all of that.

  109. lala -  August 26, 2013 - 4:34 am

    I think that it is simply an anti-Christian explanation….
    I find it hard to believe.. now more and more people would think that it is cool this whole explanation above, and in 50 years from now all we will see is Xmas absolutely EVERYWHERE, and there will be nothing named CHRISTMAS.

    I believe that the person who came up with that elegant explanation is totally against christianity!

  110. lraajah -  June 28, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Alright, for anyone who cares if you look an X , doesn’t it appear to be a cross being stood up or taken down. So all be comforted the cross is still there.X

  111. meandering -  March 27, 2013 - 7:35 am

    When reading the diatribes, reactionism, justifications, and plain old -mean-spiritedness of so many self proclaimed ‘christians’, it is no wonder ‘religion’ has a progressively lousy and disrespected reputation.

    Fortunately many of those who are less interested in upholding an exterior form of ‘churchishness’ and ‘organizational’ protectiveness are still adherent enough to be trully faithful in their own beliefs, without chastising others for theirs, and pointing out others supposed incorrectness.

    And to those denying the origins of Christianity relative to riding on the coat tails of already existent rituals and holidays and such, many referred to as pagan, another word which has had its original meaning totally basterdized, the definition of which only became distainful because christians seem incapable of realizing that, minimally,10′s of thousands of years, and billions of people existed, long before Jesus ever even showed up. Feel free to ignore history and make up your own.

    So stick your head back in the sand, defend something that should need no defending, make up rules and then attempt to force others to live by them, and let those who are trully spiritual actually evolve without silly arguments over a silly word. And over a holiday that has existed for 1000′s of yrs BEFORE (so-called) Christians took it and screwed it up with materialistic nonsense. Or is it?

  112. Etalia -  January 1, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    “jen on December 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm”

    The santa we are familiar with today is thanks to a commercial stunt by Macy’s about 100 years ago. It just stuck. However, santa is also another evolution derived from different cultures over the course of history. Including the one based on a person that actually lived known as Saint Nicholas. That historical tidbit initiated the tradition of gifts in stockings hung by the fireplace.

    It gets really interesting the more you dig into the origins of what we’re familiar with today.

    I’m a Christain, but “Xmas” has evolved into the best reason for a family reunion. We have no emphasis on gift giving. Just come and bring your appetitie.

  113. Etalia -  January 1, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Oooooh — how interesting! However, language constantly evolves and meanings change as their origins get lost in history, then becomes reinvented.

    Here’s a cute little story to illustrate:
    At a family gathering, a little girl notices her mother cutting the ends off the ham before putting it in the oven. She asks, “Mommy, why do you cut the ends of the ham before putting it in the over?” Her mother replies, “Well, honey, I don’t know. We’ve just always done it this way. Ask grandma why.” So the little girl asked her grandma. Grandma replied the same way and told the little girl to ask her great-grandma.

    So the little girl asked her great-grandma the same question. Her great-grandma replies, “Honey, in my day we didn’t have much and our stove was very small. So in order to make the ham fit in the stove, I had to cut the ends off first.”

  114. XMAS -  December 22, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    No one cares. Call it what you want. There’s no law against saying……….

  115. conrad -  December 21, 2012 - 10:30 am

    whatever it is, glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by just writing the six letter word CHRIST to honor the King of kings and Lord of lords… Still, a lot of people nowadays associate “x” with the mathematical formula of unknown. i am not trying to be too religious or holy. have a blessed CHRISTmas

  116. Donna -  December 19, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    This discussion is disgraceful! If it were ANY other religion, it would NOT be socially acceptable. However, since it is against Christians, we sit and let others disrespect our religion. I will NEVER shop at a store who refers to MY holiday as well… the holiday with the X in front of it. (Personally, I refuse to write the word). People who are using the word in a disrespectful manner are NOT doing it out of their knowledge of the Greek writing system of thousands of years ago. Some are doing it to purposely disrespect Christians. Others are doing it simply because they don’t bother to take the time to write the word properly, which in my opinion, is also disrespectful. But what really disgusts me is when I see Christians accepting this! If I disrespected ANY OTHER religion in such a manner, Channel 11 news would be at my front door. We are the least unified religion in the United States at this time. I would slam my door in someone’s face if they referred to my God as “X.” Like writing four more letters is really exhausting??? If you replace my God with an X you get NO business from me. If you support businesses who refer to YOUR God as “x,” and you continue to shop there, you’re hopeless.

  117. Shmelvin lupowiskosteinbergoldenjewwman -  December 12, 2012 - 10:38 pm

    Oi VeY!
    Da twavesty I hath reading here of all the little details, for crying out flavin! I thought It was a pagan holiday for to celebrate the winter solstice which is why we decorate the tanenbaum and hope we make it through the winter! Then we use rings for getting married, (also pagan). and the christian borrow all the happy fun parts and steal like they usually have throughout history, (like we did too because we know us a good bargain when we see it and “free” is always a good number with us!) For shame to not admit good things you have borrowed from the pagans! for shame!

  118. Sickening... -  December 12, 2012 - 4:30 am

    It is not Jesus Christs birthday – if you’re going to base your beliefs on a stuffy old religion that’s too ludicrous to make sense, then you’re as thick as a plank and as stupid as Paris Hilton.

    Now that I know this tidbit of information… I will ensure that no matter what – I say Happy Holidays instead of the other term, since I’m not stupid enough to believe in an idiotic deity whose existence can’t be proved.

  119. Very Sad -  December 11, 2012 - 11:35 pm

    All I can say is, wow. And how very sad it makes me to read the comments posted here.
    I don’t feel it makes any difference who we are, what we believe, or what we practice. Isn’t what counts is that we are all part of the human race. Someone was just trying to point out the use of X. Not for us to be mean, name call, or ridicule each other for what or what we do not believe in.

  120. Jaz -  December 11, 2012 - 8:23 am

    and of course…. all these people miss the point of HISTORY. Its sadly a trend among “christians” these days. I love how they simply refuse to see the truth, regardless of the history or science involved. Yay ignorance. >.< sigh.

  121. linda snyder -  December 10, 2012 - 8:35 am

    My grandparents,parents and myself use XMAS. They were christians as I am,too I was always told it meant Christmas. The X is not taking christ out. Back in the olden days when a christian was killed, other christians would mark the spot with an X because it meant christ. Regardless of the birth of christ,christians celebrate his birth on DEC 25th. On that day I wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! CHRIST doesn’t care when we celebrate his birth,just as long as we do.

  122. OH MY -  December 7, 2012 - 9:55 am

    And it’s dang well NOT Jesus’s BDay!! Sheesh. And even if it was…what’s the big deal, why get all worked up because someone who lived thousands of years ago and has been seriously misrepresented thru the ages, had a BDay? Celebrate your BDay and your kids and your dog (god spelled backwards. Did you know Jesus had a dog named Susej?). Just because someone told you something and lots of people said it for a very long time, doesn’t make it right, true or relevant. If it’s important to you to write Jesus’s full name, then do it. Jesus Christmas. Harry Johnsonmas. Sally Mercalmas. Have a happy something and remember to give to others. Give hugs, give kind words, give foregiveness, give food, give things that make them laugh and smile and rejoice.

  123. OH MY -  December 7, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Fascinating. Thank you all for your contributions. We celebrate Xmas even tho we r atheists. Brought up Catholic, love the tree and the presents and the giving. The lights are fun too. Great gathering for winter solstice. It’s fun to see people open gifts, receive food, gather around. Who cares why exactly. To each his/her own. For us, it’s a time of reflection, appreciation, giving, surprises, celebration of life. We love Easter and Halloween too. Holidaze are great. They all borrowed from more ancient traditions. And Christ, he was probably a nice enough fellow, but bet he’d be shocked that people worship him and be blown away about what his followers wrote about him. Try that trick today and you’d be in the looney bin. Although, gotta hand it to Joseph Smith!! Whew, he pulled off a lu-lu!! Happy Holidaze!!! Eat, drink and be merry. For whatever reason you like.

  124. Merry Xmas! | Ramblings -  December 4, 2012 - 8:09 am

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  125. edctm -  December 3, 2012 - 6:36 am

    No i disagree to use ‘Xmas”. is not meaningful at all. it must be Christmas. We have to share that and it responsible to do something in this world. The next generation must learn to use Christmas not Xmas. Because is Jesus Christ Birthday …. and is Christ.. the word Christ is important

  126. Ginger Creager -  December 1, 2012 - 9:15 am

    Only Protestants find the X offensive.Us Catholics know what it means and always have.We never left the old Traditions,so we aren’t offended.Knowledge is Power and Peace of Mind.Merry Xmas!

  127. Carrie -  November 19, 2012 - 5:45 pm

    Anyone who does NOT believe that Christmas is the birth of Christ Jesus, then why do you even celebrate it? Is it because its about give me, give me and new toys for yourself? Would you celebrate EVERY religious holiday? Probably not. Don’t even acknowledge CHRISTmas if you don’t believe the true meaning.

  128. grant -  October 22, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful information that you have given us! My mother and I believed that the the X stood for took Christ out of Christmas…Now we understand that it means Christ and we will remember that forever! Happy XMAS!

  129. Mike -  March 21, 2012 - 1:51 am

    Re: Robyn Rich (top). — Really? (Nice fiction; actually, poorly written fiction.)

  130. Robert -  February 6, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    I’m with Lulu on this one. It’s Christmas and always will be Christmas. :)

    Although I’d have to throw in the point that the holiday was pretty much stolen from the pagans of the time. ;) Santa is a refined version of Odin really.

  131. Lulu -  January 24, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    Oops, i meant ‘hey let’s just just spoil our little brats even more by giving them presents then letting “Santa”give the even more’. Sorry about the error!

  132. Lulu -  January 24, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    Ahem, Atheist here. I say Christmas all the time! :) Even though i don’t believe in God (I do think this Jesus guy was real) i understand that this holiday was originally made to show people the joy in life :D I think people have ruined the true meaning of Christmas by putting Santa into the picture. ‘Hey lets just our little brats even more by giving them presents then letting “Santa” give them even more!’ Um, no, not cool. I may not me some “Holy religious girl” but i do understand you guys are freaking out over nothing! Not everyone believes in the same thing. You Christians are supposed to be super nice people! Let other people think what they want :)

  133. martin shewfelt -  January 11, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Christmas Humbug!

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  135. jvl -  December 26, 2011 - 2:13 am

    people are just dead paranoid about the matter. this is not the standards of what we believe, it is what we live for..

  136. samuel -  December 24, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    I still dont like X. They are mixing Greek (X) and English (mas). Either say completely in Greek. When most people converse and understand in English, say it in English. As simple as that . Merry Christmas to all and God bless you all.

  137. Jwils -  December 13, 2011 - 8:14 am

    The Date of Christmas
    The idea to celebrate Christmas on December 25 originated in the 4th century. The Catholic Church wanted to eclipse the festivities of a rival pagan religion that threatened Christianity’s existence. The Romans celebrated the birthday of their sun god, Mithras during this time of year. Although it was not popular, or even proper, to celebrate people’s birthdays in those times, church leaders decided that in order to compete with the pagan celebration they would themselves order a festival in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the actual season of Jesus’ birth is thought to be in the spring, the date of December 25 was chosen as the official birthday celebration as Christ’s Mass so that it would compete head on with the rival pagan celebration. Christmas was slow to catch on in America. The early colonists considered it a pagan ritual. The celebration of Christmas was even banned by law in Massachusetts in colonial days.

  138. :) -  December 5, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Christmas starts with with “Christ” for a reason. Though the abbreviation has religious meaning, it is not the same as writing the word Christmas out as a reminder that Christ came to earth as a human and though he was perfect, he took the punishment that each and every person deserves so that those who put their trust in Him may live with Him forever in heaven instead of being eternally judged.

  139. bjvl -  December 5, 2011 - 6:42 am

    I’m quite fascinated by the comments which, essentially, say:

    “I didn’t know that, but it doesn’t matter, because I still want to be offended.”

    If YOU keep Him in your heart, does it matter whether someone else keeps Him in their stores?

    Or would you rather feel hate and anger and resentment instead of going to the food pantry and volunteering to help?

  140. Linda -  December 5, 2011 - 3:28 am

    I read this article because it sounded interesting, which it was. It dispelled some of the myths I learned about using “Xmas” instead of “Christmas”. I still write Christmas when communicating with others, and only use “Xmas” if I’m writing a quick note to myself, just because it’s quicker. I always say “Christmas” instead of “Xmas”, primarily because the latter is so unmelodious. That said, I have to make my own comments about what I’ve been reading in this long, long list of comments. Some are subjective, and some just address my pet peeves.

    1. When you decide to write comments about an article, blog, or other type of posting, please, please, please try to check your spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. When I read a comment about how smart someone is, or where they’re trying to present themselves as überintelligent, the point is completely lost when the spelling is horrendous. Some of the comments are so poorly written that I can’t even figure out what the person is trying to say. Anyone can have a typo or two, but if you proofread your comment before you hit the “Submit Comment” button, you won’t sound so stupid. And, to have a statement filled with misspellings when you’re on the Dictionary.com page is just plain. This is obviously in my pet peeves category.

    2. When did we become so disrespectful of each other? I felt anger, as many of you did, when reading some of the more opinionated comments, especially those that insulted my beliefs, but everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. What I find so amazing is that some of you who call others, i.e. Catholics, narrow-minded, are the most narrow-minded of all. You don’t have to agree with my belief system, and you may not understand it, but you have no right to call me names and insult me because of your disagreement and lack of understanding.

    3. This may sound a lot like item #2 (above), but when did we become so rude? I have a stepson, an 11-year-old, and one of the things that I love so much in him is that he tries not to be rude or insulting to others. Sometimes we into conversations about why people act the way they do, and I always try to be a Devil’s Advocate for him, so that he can get an idea of how other people think and act. This is one of the things I learned when I was a child; before you condemn someone else for their actions or words, try to take a walk in their shoes. It prevents him from becoming narrow-minded, and lets him know that each of us has an opinion that’s based on what we’ve been taught, or what we’ve experienced. This prevents us from verbally attacking other people just because we disagree.

    4. How can religion be the source of such vitriol? And no, I’m not historically ignorant; most wars were the result of, to various extents, people who let their belief in the divine become a source of hatred. Someday we will learn from George Santayana, who said, “Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.” Aren’t most religions based on love and respect for others, and were designed to create a cohesive community?

    5. If you really take the time to learn about the beliefs of other cultures and religions, you will realize that many of their stories are very similar, especially their stories of creation. Just the names have been changed, to protect their cultures.

    6. No matter what your belief system, most of us will celebrate something during this season. You can celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Let’s Make a Deal Day, Visit the Zoo Day, or National Whiner’s Day. (See http://familycrafts.about.com/library/spdays/bldecdayslong.htm.) Maybe we can all get over our differences, the commercialization, the demand for bigger and more expensive toys, and who’s right vs. who’s wrong. Smile at someone in the store, hold a door open for someone, say thank you, look at the stars, take a deep breath, and thank your higher power (or Mother Nature) for giving us another beautiful day. Be thankful that we live in a country where we can, for now, express our opinions without being censored or punished.

    7. From me to all of you, Merry Christmas!

  141. Mysti -  December 3, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Barred-Coded-ed, it’s not at all that people are trying to do away with the fact Christmas is religious holidays, something called ‘Christ’s mass’ can never be something other that religious, neither can ‘x mass’ because even in the context of people who saying Xmas to avoid saying Christ, it’s still a ‘mass’

    They are trying to observe the fact that this is not ‘the’ winter holiday, but the winter holidays, the celebration of midwinter is important for the vast majority of people, it is a religious celebration for a great deal of religions, and a time of fun and games for non-religious people, it’s not taking Christ out of Christmas, it’s putting the yule back into yuletide.

  142. Dylan -  December 2, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    Even though I’m a Christian “idiot”, I’ll try not to be “folish”, nero.

  143. David -  December 2, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    Christmas is not even a Christian Holiday and Jesus was not born on Dec. 25. It is a Pagan Holiday called Yule which is part of the winter solstice celebration. The Christians took their God and Replaced the Pagan God and now the Christians are upset because people are taking Jesus out of a Holiday where he never belonged in the first place.

  144. Curious Clicker -  September 17, 2011 - 8:18 pm

    As you well know, most folks do not read the dictionary. While your explanation might be technically correct, it still does not acknowledge the morphing of meanings our society will apply to words over time. As an example, consider the word: gay. What it was once commonly used as, has forever been changed, morphed, hi-jacked, whatever-you-want-to-throw-in-here, to describe the transformation by our society. So, nice try, but, I don’t think so. Our society today will still see this for what they think it is, not what it once was. For that, I am just sad; not gay.

  145. nolahs -  September 12, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    very cool website, just learned about.

  146. prodigy_of_RMDAX -  September 11, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    So many Trolls. I thought it was kind of nice to learn the origin of Xmas, though I really become annoyed by seeing and hearing it around Christmas time. To me, Christmas should be a respectful time of year, therefore, Christmas should be spelled out completely, even if they could not fit the entire word on the card. Also, please, people. This is a dictionary website. SPELL THE WORDS OUT. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND TEXT TALK AND I AM PRETTY SURE IT IRRITATES OTHERS TO SIT THERE AND TRY TO DECIPHER YOUR MESSAGE. thank you

  147. Angelina R -  August 31, 2011 - 3:23 am

    I agree Christmas would have been harder to spell xmas is short. Much too often other words in English are incorrectly spelled or spelled in old English. Travelling (in British spelling) is incorrect in the United States. Here it’s spelled traveling. Yes gay is another word for happy. There is a Christmas song that has these lyrics Dawn we now our gay apparal. Deck The Halls. Sorry if spelled wrong. Gay in other terms is referred as two same gender individuals whom end up possibly marrying or are close friends or relations.

  148. awesome anahi -  August 29, 2011 - 8:42 pm


  149. Henry Page -  August 28, 2011 - 9:18 am

    It i language snobbery to consider Xmas as somehow inferior – especially in the age of texts where just about everything is abbreviated. The cross was the old-fashioned way of writing Christ AND those who could not write had to sign a document with a cross, derived from the same origin.

  150. qweqwe -  August 26, 2011 - 12:51 pm


  151. qweqwe -  August 26, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    so its not cause when emboar twice it can make an X?

  152. Ray Tomecko -  August 24, 2011 - 9:53 am

    I agree with the argument that this was not a move toward historical reverence. Some marketing guy years ago realized it wouldn’t offend non-Christians, and make the holiday okay for them to observe as Santa Day. No one one in the world has any idea of it’s historical significance. And frankly, as it’s been pointed out, the date was a pagan festival, anyway.

    My wife was a Jew..loved her. Many of them celebrate Christmas because even they know their “holidays” suck. My wife sang in the Catholic choir because she loved the music. Even they don’t used the word Xmas. They call it Christmas. Xmas is a shopping word disguised as some kind of reverent tribute to Christ. Why don’t we rename Passover as..well, I don’t feel like spending any more time on this..so make up your own word. One for Ramadan, too, while you’re at it. Just be sure you make holidays more “palatable” in Israel and the Arab world, too.

  153. Stormy -  July 29, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    I Only Use Xmas When I am Running Out Of Time Or Space. I Always Capitalize All Letters Of The Word GOD.

  154. Anonymous -  July 18, 2011 - 8:18 am

    And people are trying to take it out still today…

    That’s why you see “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”.

    But they still are having problems. “Holiday” comes from “Holy Day”.

    What are they going to come up with next?

  155. shykiddo -  June 29, 2011 - 5:56 am

    this is interesting but i why should someone belive in it,
    i just think god is a fake, a small lie that a lot of people now think is real. :|

  156. ty -  June 22, 2011 - 9:28 am

    do the christian populace not know that christmas was acually stolen?? yea the day dec. 25 was a day known to farmers as a day to hope for spring. but then an overly christian man demanded that that be the day christ is celebrated

  157. Jared Davis -  June 20, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    Some say Christ, some say X, either way they’re just words to me. When will people start celebrating Satan-mas?!?

  158. ms zala -  June 18, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    i wonder what the x stands for in xbox?

  159. Commenting Chris -  June 13, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    This article is fantastic I love reading back and forth banter between religious nuts and anti-religious nuts LOL. Thought I’ll admit I tend to side with the latter, I usually don’t agree with their methods.

    I know Chris Wickers(not me) already said it but I have to re-quote this gem…

    “As a devout Christian, I was offended with something, and I foolishly did not understand.” – Robyn Rich

    I found this really funny, but its nice to see a Christian that can self reflect. I am finding more and more religious people that are reasonable and flexible these days… No more inquisition! I bet she felt more peaceful after letting go of the offense she had towards the term Xmas.

    As for the topic of the article… Very interesting I did not know this.

    Personally I find the whole holiday a little offensive. Every business owner in sight trying to question the love I have for my friends and family, trying to guilt me into going beyond my means to give them presents.

    I think people deserve presents all year long, if someone you care about needs/wants something and you have the means to get it for them, then you should!

    As for the religious side of it, I’m not bothered by those that think its a pagan holiday or those that think its Christian. To be totally honest its both, everyone celebrates a little different, just because you eat ham and Jesus didn’t who cares?

    If you want to use Christmas/Xmas as a way to celebrate the birth of a guy who followed a different religion than you… Go ahead. If you want to celebrate a fat guy and an ugly tree, be my guest. Hey! You like spinning a wooden top and lighting candles? You can do that too!

    But whatever you do, don’t judge people based on how or which holidays they celebrate. It’s possible they don’t do it JUST to offend YOU. I think(hope) one day Christians/Catholics, Jews(is that offensive? I cant remember…), Muslims, and Atheists alike can all sit down and celebrate different ideas together. (If I missed your religion, I’m sorry, you’re still invited to my party.)

  160. Dixiesuzan -  June 9, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    Setting transliteration mumblings aside, it is clear that this was all done by Christmas card makers seeking to squeeze the last drop of profit out of Christmas. Observe that substituting “X” for “Christ” obviously uses less ink, while the price of the card remains unchanged. As surely as there is claimed to be an “X” in “Christmas” they pile up their profits with seeming innocence based on “transliteration” tomfoolery rather than watching the CEO’s paycheck. Misdirection again while purporting to be wise. Χριστός may well be koine Greek for Christ, but we don’t buy Christmas cards in koine Greek, we buy them in American English.

    The writer is obviously a modern High School graduate with a 24 letter alphabet.

  161. Dee -  June 8, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    I’m glad I’m not religious. I just don’t have time to get into a frenzied-offended panic about a letter of the alphabet.

  162. freesongproject -  June 7, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    now I need a new letter to offend those self-righteous Bible-thumpers.
    how about Moistmas?

  163. reverend -  June 7, 2011 - 7:33 pm

    hahaha, i love that Yeshua was actually brought up then overlooked. That is correct, in the hebrew language (that jesus spoke mind you) Jesus is pronounced Yeshua. that is where we get the name Joshua from, as an homage to Jesus. based on that logic alone we could argue this and that ’til our fingers get carpal tunnel, but i don’t see the point. i don’t see why so many christians have to vehemently defend their faith and claim to be offended by a letter that is not only greek in origin but also a shorthand homage to them, but hey, everyone’s a critic. also, it’s both amusing and annoying to read “omg you need jesus in your life” when someone posts an opposing view. as i recall, the crusaders said something along the same lines when they were slaughtering thousands of people in a holy war they started with the muslims. why? because for both faiths their holy prophet (jesus and mohammed) both came from Jerusalem. which of course has sparred a war spanning a thousand years.

    but i digress. i remember writing “merry xmas” on christmas cards when i was a little kid, and no one had a problem with it.

    so chill out.

  164. me -  June 2, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    It may have had a meaning at one point, but nowadays people use it to avoid saying the word Christ. Some other religions call Christians X-ians, because they’re offended by Christ.
    It’s not the origin of the word that offends devout Christians. It’s the way people use it today.

  165. emochick -  May 31, 2011 - 5:07 pm

    because we just do!

    me too

  166. Robert -  May 28, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    I don’t care I still hate the work “Xmas”.

  167. james -  May 27, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    I once heard on a radio station many years ago, that the reason that X-mas was used instead of Christmas, was that the Jewish store keepers were offended by the word Christmas. They started to write X-mas on their store windows as an act of protest.
    Please do not throw a Bible at me or call me a Jew hater. I know what is in the Bible and I do not have any Problems with people of other religious faiths. Even an idiot knows that Jesus was raised as a Jewish man himself.
    The subject here is NOT religion, it is the origin of a word. If you have a different opinion as me, I can live with that. Just as I can live the fact that many people are allowed to have their own convictions.

  168. senorita -  May 23, 2011 - 8:18 am

    :D :( ;) :P

  169. senorita -  May 23, 2011 - 8:17 am


  170. Pedro'sbroskie -  May 22, 2011 - 6:27 pm

    oh and I forgot…….EGGNOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  171. Pedro'sbroskie -  May 22, 2011 - 6:26 pm

    Happy Birthday Pedro!!!!!! :)

  172. Squaddie Bloke -  May 9, 2011 - 7:49 am

    Janet B. Sadly you appear to have made a similar error to some of the christians on this site. You thanked Microsoft and Steve Jobs. What about ARPANET and America’s own Department of Defence. You forgot to thank people who predated Microsoft’s and Mr Jobs’ involvement in the Internet ;-)

  173. Azure -  May 5, 2011 - 6:33 am

    Aaahh, my favorite part of the day… reading the back and forth debates on this website. Hee Hee Hee what fun! Truly awesome! My coffee always tastes better with a healthy serving of self-righteousness, with some ignorance on the side. Thank you all:)

  174. Leo -  April 19, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Faith is the abandonment of reason. Penicillin wasn’t discovered by the application of faith, it was discovered by the application of reason. Ditto every useful thing, from Agriculture to Democracy to Mathematics to Zeolites, that humanity has ever used to bootstrap ourselves up out of the muck and take control of our own destiny. We invented them with reason. Faith, on the other hand, brought us the Inquisition (Christianity), the Fatwa (Islam), death by stoning (Judaism), and Sati (Hinduism). I’ll take reason, thanks.

  175. Carlo Manuel Mendoza -  April 14, 2011 - 4:44 am

    A crucial and interesting topic indeed! For me, we shouldn’t omit the Name of the Anointed One of God. It’s too precious and powerful! Let us all believe in Jesus Christ, the Name above all names! Keep the faith guys! God bless us all! He is our refuge and strength in the end times!

  176. me -  April 8, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    In my religion class, I was taught that since X=Chi=Christ, then X is okay to use and I use it.

  177. フィル -  March 31, 2011 - 4:31 am

    it depends on what context you use “x” .if you are using Greek that`s ok.i personally use Christ .dont take Christ out of Christmas

  178. A Person -  March 27, 2011 - 6:12 pm

    …Wow. So many people have commented, and I’m adding to that number. I’m sort of afraid to say anything, but you guys are all so sharp, and some of you are really smart; knowing these things I never even thought about. I’ve used Xmas before on a homemade card because there wasn’t enough room, and even after Dictionary’s explanation I’m kind of ashamed. Go on with your bickering, consoling, insulting, and fact-giving, everyone; don’t mind me.

  179. Ole Ed -  March 23, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    I’m 81 years old now. As a child I was taught the Jesus was born on Christmas Day (December 25).. I still believe that. I was tuaght that Jesue died on the cross for all of us… I still believe that. I was taught that Jesus rose from the dead and decended into heaven on Easter…I still believe that. I was taught that when I die Jesus will meet me and escort me to my place in heaven…I still believe that. I was also taught that Jesus will introduce me to our Heavenly Father and I shall be in His house for all eternity. I still believe that.
    I have believed all these things and I will continue to believe them the rest of my life. My beliefs are my faith and have guided me all my life. I believe I have lived a full and happy life because of my beliefs.
    For those people who do not believe as I do, I sincerely ask Jesus to come into their lives and give them happiness also and to bless them with FAITH. Without faith, what does one have to look forward to after this earth life is over. May God and Jesus bless all of us.

  180. Christian -  March 20, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    Considering Jesus was named just that why don’t we call it Jesusmas? Confused 9th grader here so don’t slaughter me with “Your so stupid!” or “FAIL!’, I just wanna knnow.

  181. Duane -  March 18, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    I have never spoken to anyone who deliberately writes X-mas to remove Christ from Christmas. It’s usually viewed as an culturally-acceptable way to shorten the word. I suppose we should do V-tine Day or T-giving. (Come to think of it–why don’t we just do C-mas?)

  182. Danielle -  March 8, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    I write Xmas pretty often on boxes, for shorthand, texting, etc. I am not Christian, but I am not trying to avoid the “Christ” in Christmas. Give me a break. Lol. I mean, laugh out loud…sorry.

  183. animekiss -  March 1, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    “X” can also mean “emptiness” or “nothing”. Example: Scientists 5 years ago tried to make Pluto “Planet X” because it’s no longer a planet (or so i’ve heard. I could be wrong.)

  184. Maggie -  February 27, 2011 - 5:36 am

    I think that if one is automatically distrustful and suspicious of people, then you will see what you expect to see…my devout Christian grandmother used “Xmas” as a form of abbreviation, nothing more.

    Phoebe, your kindness is an inspiration to all people, regardless of their faith.

  185. rex -  February 22, 2011 - 10:41 am

    You brainwashed people make me want to vomit on your bibles.

  186. Phoebe123 -  February 15, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    I am a believer in God and a Christian. I believe that while yes Jesus is the original purpose of Christmas, He is not the only reason for it. Jesus came to Earth so that the human race could be shown mercy and so we could go to Heaven. He taught that humans should be kind, merciful, and generous to one another. I believe we should honor Christmas by doing what Jesus always wanted: being kind to one another.

  187. aktifistri -  February 14, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    Wow, this is really interesting and to me is enlightening at once! I am not a christian, but a respect to people who believes in it i’ve been “happy christmas-ing” they who celebrate. The interesting thing is i never expect seeing people become so angry about this ‘x’ in christmas..

    The enlightening part to me is that i’ve been taking ‘Xmas’ just because of: probably ‘laziness’ and ‘rushing’ when i am to write ‘Christmas’, and ignorance of what might be the reason/history/intention of ‘Xmas’ usage! So, regardless people opinion about my past ignorance, i would say those who think that saying ‘Xmas’ has nothing to do with ‘religious/deep opinion’ trully got the point.

    Anyhow, flashing back to the past when I sometimes wrote ‘Xmas’ I found this posting really helps me to be more cultured. Not only i gain more knowledge about this interesting ‘x’ usage, but also i can now be more careful in using word ‘Xmas’.. ;)

    Another point is: I understand what SEAMOLEC talked about..as I also understand why some people get so angry about SEAMOLEC’s comment. What i can say is we don’t need any anger, hatred, and emotional reaction toward this..let’s use ‘cool head’ than ‘heart’, like what Greeks says ‘heart is the sit of the emotional’. Also, regarding to controversy about ‘the december 25th’ and ‘god issue’..you guys would probably find some videos of carl sagan (scientist) are really interesting at least to broaden your horizons.. Peace to all!

  188. LiveWire -  February 8, 2011 - 9:59 am

    I don’t understand what the problem is, either; anyone writing Xmas is avoiding committing blasphemy… :-S

    Jesus wasn’t prescient in an “omnipotent” sense, saying that his name would become taboo; he probably saw all of the old prophets’ names becoming taboo, that people were shunning or murdering adherents to the old religions and figured it would happen to him, in time. I bet it would have surprised him that it took as long as it did.

  189. Nick Name -  February 6, 2011 - 10:53 am

    This is all very simple. Xmas is an alternative holiday named after Jesus X.

  190. Qiani Arrington -  February 3, 2011 - 10:24 am

    Ever wondered why Xmas is so offensive to christians. Because they are “X” -ing the Christ in Christmas.

  191. yummy -  February 2, 2011 - 11:57 am

    I thought X was supposed to be a cross, like in road signs where they have, for example, “Duck Xing”. I thought that the cross signified christ.

  192. Kevin Faulkner -  January 4, 2011 - 11:38 am

    A truly hilarious thread of comments and misunderstandings. Way back in 1658 the English philosopher Sir Thomas Browne wrote of the sacred decussation that is the letter X-

    We shall not call in the Hebrew Tenupha, or ceremony of their Oblations, waved by the Priest unto the four quarters of the world, after the form of a cross; as in the peace-offerings. And if it were clearly made out what is remarkably delivered from the Traditions of the Rabbins, that as the Oil was poured coronaly or circularly upon the head of Kings, so the High-Priest was anointed decussatively or in the form of a X; though it could not escape a typical thought of Christ, from mystical considerators; yet being the conceit is Hebrew, we should rather expect its verification from Analogy in that language, then to confine the same unto the unconcerned Letters of Greece, or make it out by the characters of Cadmus or Palamedes.

  193. Gom Jabbar -  January 4, 2011 - 9:36 am

    @FYI – Really? There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of evidence proving that the Holocaust occurred… not the least being people who experienced that horror! There are hundreds of pieces of evidence proving George Washington’s existence, not the least being his own handwritten letters and diaries. Are all stories about our founding fathers true? Perhaps not all. If stories about our founding fathers may not be true, even in light of hundreds (if not thousands) of pieces of evidence, then therefore stories about Jesus must be even more suspect, since we have no contemporary historical evidence of his existence! In other words, we have things that people have said about him decades later… but nothing from his own lifetime!

    So following what you’ve just said, in trying to refute Robert, is tacitly admitting that he’s right… thank you! *rolling eyes*

  194. F.Y.I -  January 3, 2011 - 10:11 am

    @Robert….in otha words history isnt real.we should jus throw out the calander n out with da Holocaust…that was jus some imaginary event of 6million + missing ppl they jus didnt exsit in da first place…and for all we know all the glorious stories about the founding fathers are jus made up too…i mean lik if GW wuld take solidiers accross a frozen river so gallantly….your not real in furtehr generations snice only your family knows you and no else.n who knows if your family will also forget u as well…after all its not lik ur som all powerful deity…i mean if no one in further generations read this blog your just a lie that your family made up? did i get your meaning right?…

  195. Whew -  December 29, 2010 - 12:03 pm

    It’s hard to believe we all speak (close to) the same language! We misunderstand each other so much. I am so tired of everyone trying to be right. My old friend says, I’d rather be right than God. From browsing through these comments, I can say he’s not the only one! It heartbreaking.

  196. Gom Jabbar -  December 28, 2010 - 5:08 pm

    It sounds like a lot of people project their emotions onto others, and read other peoples’ intentions quite readily, even out of context. Are you really so insecure in your faith that you can’t handle the idea of someone abbreviating Christmas as Xmas? Really? Even when its been done historically by Christians?

    It’s like being offended by some ants crawling around on a crucifix. Really? What’s there to be offended by? Things like this just seem to be such petty, trivial things to get worked up about…

    “They’re taking Christ out of Christmas!” Really? So what you’re saying is that you’re upset that you can’t make *them* say “Christmas”, right? Being upset because someone else won’t do what you want seems somewhat futile to me… again, why get all worked up about what other people do? Remember, “speck in their eye, beam in your own” and all that. Oh yeah, and “turn the other cheek”, too….

    I intentionally use Xmas, Xtian, Xtianity, etc sometimes just to see if someone reacts… it gives me an opportunity to either teach them about the history of their faith or a chance to see their true self, ie if they get testy and refuse to be reasonable. It can be a good judge of character.

    Thanks for the article. I find the reactions and comments to be as educational as the article itself. *grin*

  197. birdy -  December 26, 2010 - 4:39 am

    LOOK UP SATURNALIA. its the origin of christmas.

  198. BUTTER -  December 23, 2010 - 7:14 am

    @Xtopher hun to let me school you in on something Jesus has many names…king of kings, lord of lords, alpha and omega, Yahweh, Jehovah, Hosanna, Christ, Jehovah shalom, prince of peace, Lord and many many more… See get my point? I’m not trying to be rude or nothing but I had to point that out! And in the bible were does it say that Dec.25 is Jesus’ birthday? Because think about it the lord was born where? In Jerusalem. And in Jerusalem it was hot. So why why would they have Xmas in Dec.? And if I can remember correctly GOD SAY’S IN THE BIBLE DO NOT DECORATE THY TREE WITH SILVIER AND GOLD….So what does that hint to you GOD doesn’t want us celebrating it why? Because it is a man made holiday…And this comment might not go up but it needs to because people need to know… Well I’m going to get out of here yall have a blessed day and plz feel free to comment!!!!!!!!!!


  199. Yukhim ua -  December 23, 2010 - 1:30 am

    Hey, everybody, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of U! And a HAPPY New Year!

  200. StopUSAGIveaway -  December 22, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    Amazing if Muslims are offended by a cartoon of their religious/political mascot then we who believe and live the Ten Commandments are just supposed to ignore an “X” replacing Christ in Christmas.
    How about all those doing so: work on the 25th of December every year especially all the bureaucrats!
    Then how about those who insult Christ and us: have no celebrations, gifts, especially do not take advantage of those of us who do celebrate and give thanks..spreading the joy of Christmas and giving…
    In other words use the X in your existence…leave Christ and Christmas out of your everything…the world will be a much better place..

  201. chombu -  December 22, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    To Xtopher then why do christians pronouce the selves as Kristian with our the long “i” like you suggest we all do!!

  202. Xtopher -  December 22, 2010 - 5:43 am

    Oh, and to those who pronounce Christmas like “Krissmas”, for shame!! For you are taking the “t” out of Christ!! And the long “i” sound.

    So, please, for Christ’s sake, pronounce it properly, ok?

  203. Xtopher -  December 22, 2010 - 5:40 am

    To all my religious brethren!

    For shame! For you are taking “Jesus” out of “Jesuschristmas”!

    Merry Jesuschristmas to you all!

    Wait! “Jesus” wasn’t the way Jesus pronounced his own name. His name was pronounced something close to Yeshua. If your name was Bill and I continued to call you Bart, it might annoy you right? And if you were the son of God, you might be a little more than annoyed.

    So, to be safe (I don’t want to spend an eternity in Hell):

    Merry Yeshuachristmas to one and all!!

  204. bjvl -  December 20, 2010 - 8:20 am

    Axial tilt is the reason for the season!

  205. Timothy -  December 20, 2010 - 7:10 am


    Your suggestion is interesting, however, does it not seem a little strange that His most devout followers would use the Jewish dating system you described for a Christ that they vehemently defended as risen? To track 9 mos. from the passover, would it not be affirming his place in the grave? Where did you obtain this info?

    Your thoughts, thanks!

  206. jacob jonah feldshuh -  December 19, 2010 - 8:15 pm

    great topic for a discussion. (I’m wondering why people post off topic crap when there is an OBVIOUS topic. I couldn’t care less if it snowed where you live! join a weather related group or visit the weather channel.)
    anyway, yes. X mas. the way I know it goes like this.
    beginning centuries ago Jews were (AGAIN and STILL) being forced to leave their homes b/c of an edict by a king and/or a czar.
    most of these shtetl dwellers were not literate. (literacy has little to do w/ intelligence) when they came through Ellis Island there were documents to sign. being illiterate the Jews were not able to write their names (and their last names were not even ‘invented’ until the late 1,500 when the Jews were forced to PAY for a name. (Jacob son, Cohen (expensive!!), Gold, Fein, Burg, etc.)
    the ‘X’ was a symbol used widely to represent christianity. and the Jews sisn’t want that affiliation so they signed with a ‘loop’ or a circle w/ lines crossing over at the top. this symbol is also known as a ‘kike’ — ergo, ‘Kikes.’
    I have used xtain for MANY years although I have used G-d even longer.
    - shalom xx

  207. BUTTER -  December 19, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    Well @Heather…I would have to disagree with you…Because I can’t remember what the guys name is….But he is the reason why there is a “Christmas” and all the rest of these men made holidays anyways…You see everyday to me is “Christmas” because why do we only take time to recognize Christ on 1 day? You should celebrate his birth everyday b/c w/out him there would be no us!!!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR


  208. Mary -  December 18, 2010 - 7:55 pm

    Yep, already knew that.

    Wow, our educational system must really be lacking. Do they not teach history anymore? People here are hilarious.

  209. Heather -  December 17, 2010 - 9:26 am

    For those who think Christmas was scheduled in December to usurp the pagan holiday, two words: YOU’RE WRONG.
    The first Christians were Jewish converts, right? They cared not one whit what the pagans believed; that’s one of the reasons Jews have been persecuted for millenia. They believed that one died on the same date as one was either born or conceived. They knew the date of Jesus’ death and its relation to the Passover, and counted 9 months around from there. Hence December 25.
    The fact that it fell so close to the winter solstice and pagan holiday was just convenience, not origin.

  210. Heidi -  December 17, 2010 - 7:45 am

    My family from NZ always used the Merry Xmas in the cards they sent. My American family found that offensive. I never have found this phrase offending and use Merry Christmas or Merry Xmas as the mood hits me. I knew X meant Chi also as I was a member of Chi Alpha in college.

  211. RespectfulScientist -  December 16, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    Seriously, I have only ever used “Xmas” as a short hand in this digital age and never have even considered the fact that it would “remove christ.” The fact that someone is referring to to the “-mas” aspect at all should be a “win” for those so offended. If one was to purposely secularize the season we would say “Happy Holidays” … which to most rational people should also be welcomed. I feel some are way to up tight and have found most of the arguments here rather silly. My religious beliefs are irrelevant to the linguistic argument; although, for those hell bent on the subject I do identify as Christian … just a reasonable one. For those Still up in arms over this, I suggest you go back to fighting your counter-war on the “war on Christmas” (/Sarcasm) … seriously … get a life, have you nothing else to do?

  212. Tom Poole -  December 16, 2010 - 3:21 pm

    Robyn Rich, here’s another titbit of information for you: The word is titbit. Tidbit was invented by prudes that thought tit was somehow rude. Ornithology is a problem for these people.

    What I find offensive is that some people think we’re only allowed a Christian celebration or none at all, in defiance of the fact that there have always been midwinter festivals, everywhere. Even, “It was originally such and such a celebration before the church stole it,” doesn’t tell the whole story. It was many different celebrations.

    If Christmas must forever be a Christian celebration because of the name, then Easter is forever a pagan fertility rite because it’s named after the goddess Oestre! And of course many clergymen insist that Easter more important than Christmas. Out and out liars even pretend to like it more :)

    The name of almost every day and date in the calendar had religious origins. Today is Thursday; therefore we must pay tribute to Thor! Or I’ll be offended! Failure to acknowledge Thor is sending society into moral freefall.

    This IS a very interesting article. I thought the change was a modern thing, and slightly annoying, because it relies on referring to a cross as a criss. If it’s shorthand for Crisscrossmas, that could make sense…

    Anyway, Merry Cosmos, everybody! Whatever your religious persuasions, don’t forget to keep looking up. Don’t forget to stand in awe!

    Now you must excuse me because it’s dark this time of year, and I must find a log that will burn for twelve days :)

  213. Fretrix -  December 16, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    @Vicki (Dec 15, 2010 at 8:58pm)
    Tho the 1st part of what you say is true (re Xmas being placed at the Winter Solstice, and stated many times before on this blog… I suggest you read some previous comments), except for your dates of Jesus’s birth: it is actually not known, but the historical consensus is that it was prob in Spring… But could you please enlighten us how the hell there could be any “research” showing the time of his conception, and “the ‘fact’ that Mary visited John the Baptist’s mother that same day,..”, when there is no viable historical record re Jesus, at least until he was grownup, and likely not before he started ‘stirring things up’ in those outreaches of the Roman Empire??

  214. Fretrix -  December 16, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    @Rickedy Rick (Dec 16, 2010 at 7:21am)
    Xtianity completely halted?? What planet are you living on?? Unfortunately for us on planet Earth the majority so-called ‘Christians’, who are far from actually practicing the supposed teachings of Jesus (e.g. how many of those ‘Christians’ started, let happen, or supported wars? How many of the greedy wealthy on Earth claim to be ‘Christians’? How many of the rightwing ‘Christians’ in our own WEALTHIEST country don’t won’t to provide healthcare to their poorer, disadvantaged countrymen) are far from being halted.
    On the other hand, fortunately the true Xtians, the likes of Mother Terresa, are also not halted. (I except those ‘true’ Xtians who believe they must PUSH their religion on innocent primitive cultures, and actually, I seriously question whether that was part of Jesus’s teachings.)

    And, about that “other religion that bombs everyone”, the VAST MAJORITY of Muslims do not want to harm others; they just want to live their lives in peace, like the vast majority of all humans do. As in most cases of violence, it is instigated by a small minority, usually with personal vendettas or self serving goals. (Can you really blame some of them, whose families were massacred by invading Western powers? Or who are continually oppressed by, e.g., the Israeli ‘new gestapo’?) and use their skewed religious beliefs as an excuse.

  215. BUTTER -  December 16, 2010 - 11:12 am

    @Tombo & @MtW I agree with both of you….I’m confused and would like some help on this, where in the Bible does it say that Jesus was born on Dec.25? I don’t believe in Christmas But I am a Christian. People say “well your only 17 you don’t know nothing” but you see that’s what makes me upset, see I choose what religion I wanted to be my mom is a Baptist and I’m Apostolic, and many people come to me and ask me how come I don’t believe in Christmas and I’m a Christian? Well being a Christian doesn’t just mean you have to believe in Christmas (and you really don’t) but its about serving God and doing his will so that one day we will meet him and the pearly gates of Heaven shall open and we walk down the streets of gold…….Now i read my Bible and I still have yet to see it maybe I’ve over looked it or maybe not…but if I did may someone help me with this because I’m not quite getting this!!!


  216. QUESTcrewFAN -  December 16, 2010 - 10:56 am

    CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS TIME FOR CHEER~ it snowed today in where i’m living :)

    • tsan kuen wang -  December 23, 2014 - 5:27 pm

      You are so lucky QUESTcrewFAN, I don’t get any snow here. it like all sunny, no snow. :-(

  217. Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian -  December 16, 2010 - 10:54 am

    @READ THIS, did you read any of the comments before you posted that?

  218. READ THIS -  December 16, 2010 - 10:04 am

    Did any one know that Jesus’ birthday isn’t actually on the 25, of December, no one knows his true birthday, just check out the History channel’s doccumentary on the history of Christmas.

  219. Rickedy Rick -  December 16, 2010 - 7:21 am

    It’s so amazing that one movie, “zeitgeist” can completely halt a 2000 year old religion that has had millions of adherents. Now if they can only make a version of that movie for the other religion that bombs everyone.

  220. M -  December 16, 2010 - 7:13 am

    I’m willing to bet that most people use “xmas” because it’s an abbreviation, and it takes less time to write than “Christmas”. That’s certainly why I use it. It also takes up less space on a sign/card.

    Nobody is trying to take Christ out of Christmas- what we call Christmas is a mish-mash of various cultural and religious festivals, not all of which are Christian.

    The Yuletide was pagan, after all.

    Merry X-Mas! Doesn’t matter how you say it, as long as you DO!

  221. ESL -  December 16, 2010 - 2:21 am

    Very informative. I never thought there’s a good reason behind the “X” in Christmas. I grew up thinking the “X” in X-mas was derived from “Criss Cross” X+. A child’s innocence.

  222. Vicki -  December 15, 2010 - 8:58 pm

    HAE, I think what Seamusmac was referring to is the fact that Christ wasn’t actually born on December 25th. He was born on September 28th or 29th, but the 25th of December was selected as the day to celebrate His birth because it coincided with a pagan holiday, and the church thought it would be easier to get the pagans to celebrate Christ’s birthday if it was observed on a day they already celebrated. Research shows that Christ was, however, conceived on December 25th, and at His conception, the Holy Spirit came to dwell among us, as evidenced by the fact that when Mary visited John the Baptist’s mother that same day, the baby John leaped in his mother’s womb when he felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. So if God came to dwell among us on December 25th, I think that is reason enough to celebrate!

  223. Fretrix -  December 15, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    To My lips are shut. (December 15, 2010 at 9:36 am)

    The ‘real’ ‘God’ is WITHIN all of us… In some, very hard to find or uncover, but in many, right there ready and waiting to give all the help and love and respect you deserve… They really are not that hard to find. Please follow the advice in my previous post.
    I sure hope you read these and find the courage to act. YOU MUST DO IT to save yourself… Don’t let the fear stop you.

  224. Fretrix -  December 15, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    To My lips are shut. (December 15, 2010 at 9:36 am)
    Dear girl, YOU NEED TO GET OUTSIDE HELP! SERIOUSLY! like start with a counselor at school, or maybe better, there are places and help for domestic violence victims everywhere. YOU NEED TO FIND ONE… If you don’t get help, this could seriously mess you up for life. Do you know about the Loveline radio program with Dr Drew? They could definitly lead you to good help. Where’s your Mom in all of this? or other relatives?
    Please GET HELP!
    Wishing you the BEST in finding your way thru!

  225. Fretrix -  December 15, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    Bill D. (December 15, 2010 at 10:11 am)
    Lol.. Good one!


  226. Fretrix -  December 15, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    To Derp (December 15, 2010 at 10:33 am)
    Lol.. That’s great! ..bunch of ‘BiBBle’ thumpers.. ha ha ha!
    How about: A tower of Babel thumpers!

    ‘Derp’s a funny name too, where’d you get it?


  227. abm -  December 15, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    I hope we use X instead of Christ, and that it’s done to take the religious meaning out of a holiday that is becoming secular. If everyone celebrates the same day, it should have a way to include those who don’t believe in sky fairies.

  228. LOL -  December 15, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    LOL fundie morons.

  229. Fretrix -  December 15, 2010 - 3:33 pm

    To bmonk (Dec 14, 2010 at 10:38 am)
    I’m surprised: You seem quite knowledgeable but you fail to mention the primary reason Xmas is celebrated at the end of December: To ‘usurp’, as one responder put it, and replace a much longer standing and important ‘pagan’ celebration, based on astronomical observation of the Winter Solstice, i.e. the return of Light! You can imagine the fear instilled in early humans as they first observed the gradual waning of sunlight, day by day, the lifeblood of the Earth, and the joy that would ensue at the point they observed it returning again!
    For me, that is the true celebration at the end of December, the Winter Solstice, Return of Light! (..especially poignant, as I’m solar heated!)

    The great religious philosopher, Jesus of Nazareth, can have Easter (at the timing of the original ‘pagan’ celebration of the Vernal Equinox, the return of Life in Spring, after the ‘dead’ of Winter!), which is, as stated, deemed to be the actual time of his birth, anyway.

  230. Fretrix -  December 15, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    To Third Aye (Dec 14, 2010 at 10:25 am)
    If you could learn to spell and use punctuation, you might come off as less dim. But this nonsensical statement doesn’t help that assessment: “..even atheist BELIEVE not to believe..”. Tho (-purposeful misspelling, I’m trying to purge English of the ridiculous ‘ough’, pornounced SIX different ways!) some of what you say definitely is on target, e.g. that much paganism is mixed into Xianity.
    I’m so tired of hearing people describe atheism as another form of ‘religion’. IT’S NOT! Why? BY DEFINITION!: atheists do not believe in a supernatural and/or superhuman entity or deity, divine or otherwise, that created the Universe, or in control of human destiny. I ask you, is the practice of applying deductive reasoning and hypothesis to observed phenomena, evidence, or lack thereof, part of the definition of ‘religion’? Everybody does that ‘science’ (that’s right folks, that’s all science is!) every waking minute of every day. It does not entail ‘faith’ in something that has little if any REAL evidence. (I specify ‘REAL’ becoz there seem to be so many of the religious who seem not to know what actual ‘evidence’ means.)
    And as far as saying or asking anything about ‘God’, it’s meanigless unless you first define what you mean by ‘God’, which, being an ABSTRACT CONCEPT, is widely open to individual interpretation. I.e. if you ask me if I believe in ‘God’, and I say ‘yes’, you really have no idea what I mean unless you ask me what my definition of ‘God’ is. And, believe me, if you pursue the question and press for more and more detail in the definition, the more befuddled most people get! Unless that person understands that a personal ‘God’ is WITHIN you, and fits your beliefs of what’s best for you (which hopefully is what’s best for us all)… Or, unless you’re a Pantheist, like me, in which case ALL (the Universe) IS God, not merely made by ‘God’… There is no seperation: All Is One.

  231. Fretrix -  December 15, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    To HAE (Dec 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm)
    Look at you, ha ha, calling someone else an idiot when you are the one with the glaring lack of historical knowledge. (See my other posts)
    And so closed minded (what a surprise, eh?, for many of the hard religious) and reading so much more insidious content into SEAMUSMAC comment than what’s actually there (also typical). At least you call him ‘sir’.

  232. Michelle -  December 15, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Christmas IS the celebration of Christ’s birth. Whether he was born on that day or not..does it matter? The whole purpose is to celebrate his birth, what he gave to mankind. Let us not belittle or degrade this sacred memory and belief by “shortcutting” His name to X, no matter what ancient writings say. Here today and now, let us remember Him as the CHRIST and share love and joy of this season with all we meet…all the time. Have a Wonderful Christmas Season everyone. For no matter what ideals, religion or persuasion, Love and forgiveness as taught by Christ, is the way to live.

  233. M -  December 15, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    Does it really matter by which name He is called or exactly when He was born or what His clothes looked like – the point being that He came into this world the lowliest of the low so that there was no question that He was a man when he died for our sins, and there was no question He was God on Easter morning:

    As Isaiah said:…. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Might God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace….

    As Luke said:…Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord….

    So…Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men…

  234. Jim Gillen -  December 15, 2010 - 1:08 pm

    Hundreds of years ago a LOT of things were twisted by the prevailing powers
    Baptizing babies.(Those who died before baptism were shunted to Limbo and then Limbo was discontinued) Not baptizing but sprinkling. I think the X in Xmas is just laziness. Our language has always been subject to lazy tongues & minds. It’s a fluid thing. I still want to make the effort to spell it out & I think others ought to also.

  235. Travina Hogue -  December 15, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    If X is the reason for the season. One would have to ask themselves why celebrate the XMAS in December asX (Christ) was not born in the month anyway… “I’ma just sayin”

  236. Laura -  December 15, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    Thanks, Rather Not! I think you hit the nail on the head.

  237. people are hilarious -  December 15, 2010 - 11:56 am

    does anyone else think its funny that a gross amount of people who have commented here cannot spell?…on a website that promotes it no less…

  238. Bijan -  December 15, 2010 - 11:38 am

    The meaning of your communication is the response that you get. If you write X and the response is love, then that is what you communicated. If you write X and receive hate, same argument applies. Let us, as communicators, take responsibility for the states we arouse in others and, as receivers of information, for how we interpret others’ communication.

    If someone says to me, “I hate you” and I interpret that as meaning, “I do not understand your positive intentions”, then no-one can ever communicate hate to me (at least in this way). Similarly, if I write Merry X mas and the response I get is one of indignation, then my response has to change to convey the message of love in a way that is congruent with the listener’s perceptions.

    Yes, the onus is on me, whichever side of the conversation I am on, to do or interpret as necessary to a) get what I want and b) not allow others to push my buttons.

    The longest night, the Winter Solstice, falls on the 21st of December. After that, the days get longer, metaphorically, that has been interpreted as the birth of light and a number of religions have used it to symbolize en-light-enment. The ‘pagan’ festivals/rituals often referred to include Mitraism and Zoroastrianism, both of which drew (and draw) heavily on astronomical (not necessarily astrological) events to demarcate special events within their calendars. In the first 20 years of Christianity, the solar calendar and the Christian calendar fell out of sync by four days because leap years were not accounted for by the Christians who were not as informed about astronomy as the ‘pagans’ (who, incidentally were (are) also monotheists) – hence December 21st. Julius and Augustus moved the months around, so that ‘Dec’ meaning ten, as in decimal, was the tenth month and is now the twelfth month, but here I am referring to the day being changed from the 21st to the 25th.

    Since us humans cannot hibernate in winter (or at least we do not, although some people, such as shamans might be able to :-), it makes sense to me for celebrations to be organized to coincide with what might otherwise be depressing periods. And the further away from the equator one gets, the more conducive to mental health such practice becomes. It also makes sense for these celebrations to be in remembrance of something that is revered.*

    Why is it that some people have no problems in accepting that people can celebrate their birthdays on the same day, but feel uncomfortable with the idea that different people can celebrate the birth of Christ and other symbols of enlightenment on the same day? The use of the word ‘other’ is not meant to imply that Christ is merely a symbol, however, I could not think of a way of improving on the phrase and so decided to include this disclaimer instead.

    * Recently I was in the south of India, which incidentally, is close enough to the equator for there not to be much seasonal variation in temperature or daylight. There, I observed a festival celebrating their ancestors. I thought it was an admirable tradition that we would do well to mimic. Just a few minutes, or hours, to contemplate what our ancestors have done for us and how our actions might be thought of by our descendants. How about doing that on the Autumnal Equinox (there are already plenty of celebrations around the Spring Equinox) when, a) the length of day and night are equal and b) there is the greatest rate of change in day length and c) it is the turning point between the days getting longer and the days getting shorter and, d) it could symbolize the fact that the current generations are at the midpoint (by definition) between their forebears and descendents.

    PS. Coming back to the article that inspired all these responses (for which I thank you all), I always thought of the X as a ‘cross’ which is both symbolic of Christ and also sounds similar.

  239. Anthony Meacham -  December 15, 2010 - 11:25 am

    One last thing.
    To HAE,
    Piss off you judgemental bigot, not everyone celebrates Xmas(Christmas)((Winter-een-mas)) due to christ, a lot of people likely don’t give half a crap about what the holiday is about. No one should be ashamed of how they celebrate anything and YOU shouldn’t be pushing your loud-mouth opinions into the ears of people. People like you bug the living HELL out of me and are likely the reason why people PUSH christ out of Xmas. I hope you’re happy and you freeze this HOLIDAY season.

  240. Anthony Meacham -  December 15, 2010 - 11:20 am

    Really? Its got to take a special kind of person to take offense to X-mas. So X = christ, huh? Bleh. Don’t care. Sure I don’t like that “Christmas” is suppose to be a religious holiday but guess what? Sure isn’t very religious anymore.

    Here’s a theory, make two different holidays for the same day.
    Christmas(X-mas) for the bible thumpers
    Winter-een-mas for the fun people

  241. Curly Surmudgeon -  December 15, 2010 - 11:04 am

    Oh, nonsense. Various texts place the rumored existence of Jesus of Nazareth from early December through April.

    As christianity is wont to do, it appropriated an pre-existing holiday. This time of “Yule,” a pagan holiday based upon winter solstice. As primitive cultures do during the shortest, and coldest, days of the year, people spend time at home, visiting, sharing nourishment.

    “Christmas,” “Xmas,” “Yule” and all the other solstice holidays celebrate family. Don’t get your god fantasies involved.

  242. Derp -  December 15, 2010 - 10:33 am

    What a bunch of bibble thumpers.

  243. leigh -  December 15, 2010 - 10:22 am

    Greedy Stuffmas everyone!

  244. Bill D. -  December 15, 2010 - 10:11 am

    It is interseting that HAE uses the names of African Americn’s (“not Oprah-mas or Obama-mass”) as his bad examples. Let’s see if we can guess the missing letter in HAE’s screen name.

  245. Jana -  December 15, 2010 - 10:11 am

    Well…Jesus most likely was not born in the winter. Facts conclude that it was most likely Spring time. And that he was not an infant by the time the “Wise Men” arrived, but probably a toddler.

  246. Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian -  December 15, 2010 - 10:03 am

    They take the “Christ” out of Christmas, Santa is a anagram for satan…it’s no coincidence those damn illuminati’s are taking over.

  247. redredrobin -  December 15, 2010 - 9:54 am

    To Seamusmac: thanks for starting off the history lesson. To the “Christians” who are praying for those of us who aren’t: thanks but no thanks. You need to remember that you share the planet with a whole lot of other people who don’t share your beliefs, ‘K? Just walk the walk, it’s the best advertising you can do and speaking for myself I don’t see a whole lot of it. To everyone carrying on about celebrating Dec 25th one way or the other: a lot of what we take for granted as “the right way” to do this is less than 200 years old. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, he brought the custom of decorating evergreen trees with him from Germany. The orgy of present-giving isn’t very old either, and a Greek-American I knew explained that the legend of St. Nicholas traces back to an actual wealthy man who would visit the homes of poor unmarried women at night and toss a bag of coins through their windows, so that they’d have dowries and be able to get married. And yes, the early Church co-opted a pagan festival, which is no big surprise if you know anything about European history. An awful lot of pagan gods were “transformed” into saints. Excavations under “Xtian” (!) shrines often show that there was a pagan temple there first, and maybe something older under that. So can everyone relax and have some eggnog? And you “Xtians”, if your God is so narrow-minded that there’s only one way to get to him, he’s not any God I’d want to know. I mean, come on, you’re a really great person but you live on an island somewhere and the missionaries never get to you. You’re not “saved”? That’s messed up.

    “They ain’t makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore”–Kinky Friedman

    Happy Saturnalia, everyone!

  248. Bruno -  December 15, 2010 - 9:53 am

    I can see a lot of Christians offended by the use of X… are they similarly offended by the fact that in the word “Christmas” the name of Christ is not pronounced as in Christ (for obvious reasons that have to do with the history of English). Seriously, you are being a little paranoid.

  249. Jack -  December 15, 2010 - 9:49 am

    i use Xmas, cuz i cant spell, and thats only cuz im dislexic, not cuz im stupid. i didnt no it would offend people to use it i just thought it was an abrvation. And Jesus was born April 6th if anyone wanted to know just read the book of mormon, it explains alot of stuff. :) Have a nice christmas/xmas

  250. My lips are shut. -  December 15, 2010 - 9:36 am

    i would like to know why do people hurt their children? I am a 17 year old girl and my father is a drunk and he has been beating me since I was 13 years old. He would never try to do anything sexual to me but he hurts me by calling me names like you’re worthless, you’re stupid,i wish your mom would of went through with killing you before you were born, no body wants you,and so on. I was once a christian but I am a non-believer now because if there iis a god where is he? Where was he when I was on the ground begging my dad to please stop hitin me or to stop slapin me? Where was he when my dad gave me a black eye, or when he busted myu lip? I rest my case. If there is a god then where was he when my dad was doing those things to me?HUH? Where is he? I’ll tell you he aint real!!!!!!!!!!!!! If god is real then why are people,women,men,children,girls, and boys being hurt? I have learned to accept who my father is and what he does to me and at 18 I will be gone to collage, but I will never, NEVER forgive that man for what he has put me through. I also know that has nothing to do with this blog but I just really wanted to say that.

  251. Dani -  December 15, 2010 - 9:29 am

    That’s very interesting but because most people don’t know this I prefer the term Christmas and Christian. Some know what the “X” stands for, but virtually EVERYONE knows what the “Christ” stands for. Thanks for the info.

  252. Ray from Bisbee AZ -  December 15, 2010 - 9:23 am

    Most biblical scholars believe Christ was born in autumn, not December. The timing of the Christmas celebration was purposely selected by church leaders early on to coincide with the ancient (and pagan) mid-winter celebrations. The correct term for all late December celebrations is “Merry Solstice”. (BTW, I am a Christian.)

  253. Yes -  December 15, 2010 - 9:11 am

    Christ was born around the 29th of September, and died around the 4th of April.

  254. Amy-lou -  December 15, 2010 - 9:10 am

    I was a christian and I don’t find the X in x-mas wrong or anything. Even when I was A CHRISTIAN it never really bothered me.

  255. MarjB -  December 15, 2010 - 9:08 am


  256. MBT -  December 15, 2010 - 9:06 am

    The first two letters in the Greek spelling of Christos (pronounced KREES-TOSE) are chi and rho. There is another Christian symbol, or at least a Catholic one, called the Chi-Rho (as in KEE-ROW). It is a kind of stylized anagram with the two Greek letters combined and you can find it dotting the landscape of Catholic iconology: missals, bibles, hymnals, stained glass windows, and artwork in general.

    In statistics, there is a Chi-Square distribution and a Chi-Square statistical test. For some reason, this chi is pronounced KYE, not KEE. Does anyone know how or why this got named the way it did? I’d like to know.

  257. Steve Fogarty -  December 15, 2010 - 8:51 am

    Up until a year ago, i found it very offensive.
    Then I heard what the true meaning really was, HOWEVER most people use the x as an excuse to write it faster, plus I figure taking the extra second to writre out hios name is well worth it considering all that He has done for me.

  258. sprode -  December 15, 2010 - 8:35 am

    If you find it offensive, you’re an oversensitive idiot.

    Now go screw your bloody holiday and give me a break.

  259. Peter -  December 15, 2010 - 8:23 am

    Your explanation of the term XMAS is interesting historically and lexicologically.
    What interested me even more was the reaction of the many Christians who responded so defensively. 
As usual, the cry was that everyone who isn’t a Christian must be trying to destroy their religion instead of the fact that we just want to have a right to our own set of beliefs which are just as important to us as theirs is to them. I have, for many years, used the term Happy Holidays to let loved ones and other friends know I wish them to have a wonderful Happy New Year and Christmas, or Chanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever their chosen celebration off the season is. (i.e. Holidays)
    Regardless of your beliefs, listen to the meaning of the wish and accept the spirit of friendship and well meaning, regardless of the phrase (i.e. ignore the paranoia) and move on in you day with a new warmth in your heart.

  260. Theresa -  December 15, 2010 - 8:19 am

    I have never been offened by the term Xmas but I did know the origin of the “x” as I learned it in Catholic School. I really don’t think that people are intentionally leaving out the “Christ”. If they want to do that, they revert to “Happy Holidays” and make it all inclusive and less religious, certainly. Even though I celebrate Christmas, I have many friends that are Jewish, Muslim or non-religious altogether and I am reluctant to say Merry Christmas to someone who’s religious leaning I don’t know. I do this out of respect for other faiths. Chritians are not the only ones that celebrate this time of year. We don’t “own” December. Let’s all have a little more tolerance and good will to all, afterall, isn’t that a Christian premise. Do you think Christ would have been offended or would he say this is a good time of year to be better people and help those in need and be more friendly and loving with one another. Is that so bad?

  261. mike -  December 15, 2010 - 8:16 am

    1st thing 1st- is the 25th of dec the Loads birthday?
    where in any version of any Bible dose it say this?
    Christmas is NOT Jesus’s Burthday we do not know when
    it is,
    sould’nt we celabrate our Lord everyday and give our selves to him as a gift as he give to us, the 25th of Dec big deal I dont celabrate it as the Lords Brithday to us its santa and ho ho ho. We thats my wife and I praise the Lord everyday all day for everything, I m not a bible thumper by any means,I m a sinner like all the rest and then some,

  262. rameshwar -  December 15, 2010 - 7:46 am


  263. Lala -  December 15, 2010 - 7:17 am

    I really believe that many are reading too deep into this. Life is too short and there are other things in the world more salient. Please relax and just enjoy the explanation. I too am a Christian and often use “xmas” when texting because I am only allowed a certain number of characters…not because I am too lazy; however, that does not change my belief, religion, love for Christ, etc. OMGoodness…PLEASE RELAX. Yes, everyone has a right to their opinion, but, let’s just love on each other and enjoy life. No wonder we have so many issues in the world. Live, love, laugh, and be happy.

    @Pedro…happy birthday :)

    God bless you and merry Christmas and happy new year.

  264. Julian Amorim -  December 15, 2010 - 7:16 am

    Simple, the X is the sign for cross. Cross is Christ. We will not be offended.

  265. Ole Ed -  December 15, 2010 - 6:51 am


    Well said and explained. Keeping Christ in Christmas is indeed a blessing in itself. God Bless you and have a very Merry Christmas.

    Ole Ed

  266. Kurt -  December 15, 2010 - 6:29 am

    ok, this is my problem with this. I don’t get why people are trying to make a huge deal about this. All of the people here at duke think that the x doesn’t matter, so i don’t think we need to disclose the meaning of christmas, thats my two cents.

  267. Amy -  December 15, 2010 - 6:25 am

    I know that the words to “What Child is This?” were put to the tune called “Greensleeves,” but why was it called “Greensleeves?”

  268. gaurav -  December 15, 2010 - 6:24 am

    very intresting n thoughtful…

  269. Timmy Randin -  December 15, 2010 - 6:10 am

    I always thought the “X” stood for “extreme”, as in, we’re having an “extreme” Christmas sale

  270. skep -  December 15, 2010 - 5:39 am

    I have no problem taking Christ out of Christmas since I don’t believe any of those superstitions. I think a better way to represent the day is to call the it Giftmas. It is truer to the moment and has a similar ring to it. And, since the day isn’t any more or less holy than any other, we should call the entire season Hollydays for the decorations.

  271. fatzs -  December 15, 2010 - 5:36 am

    so xmas is acceptable!!! but i think and some think that the letter x is the meaning or should i say symbolizes UNKNOWN… and i am trying to believe that is acceptable…

  272. louis paiz -  December 15, 2010 - 5:01 am

    jesus live with mary and joseph untill the age of therty years. if he begun his public life when he was therty and his public life was three then he was thertythree years old when he died . he was thertythree years old. thank you very much

  273. dotdotdot -  December 15, 2010 - 5:00 am

    actually third eye, xmas was moved to the 25th to take the place of saturnalia which was a pagan holiday far before xmas.

  274. Jack Cervantes -  December 15, 2010 - 4:57 am

    Thanks dictionary.com, for clearing that out for a lot of people.

  275. truth seeker 38 -  December 15, 2010 - 4:49 am


  276. Tony Robinson -  December 15, 2010 - 4:45 am

    I still don’t buy it. This in todays society is another way to remove Christ from our vocabulary. I don’t care what they did in the beginning it is what they are doing today that matters.

  277. Christian -  December 15, 2010 - 3:22 am

    “X” means the “unknown” in mathematics.
    When you replace the word christ by X that means the unknown God.
    Please always write the whole world Christmas.
    Merry Christmas to you all.

  278. chivan -  December 15, 2010 - 2:55 am

    i though that the x would represent the mystry factor of christmas in terms of presents making un-religous christmas very matiralistic

  279. Malic Macatanto -  December 15, 2010 - 2:47 am

    wow… This is Really awesome… That someone knows this History of XMAS..
    hahahaa… I really Like this site…
    Two Thumbs up for this site and for the creator of this…
    May this site be Prolonged and stay for many thousands of centuries…

  280. Nathalie -  December 14, 2010 - 7:35 pm

    I never really understood why people abbreviated it that way (I was mutual about it), and I used it if I didn’t have room. When Christians, Catholics, whatever religions that believe in Christ argued with me that “Xmas is wrong! It’s sinful!” and so on, I didn’t have a good argument.

    I now do. Thank you, Dictionary.com. You have saved me…again.

  281. NJNJ -  December 14, 2010 - 7:21 pm

    As a Muslim, I read the article in good will, as I find it interesting to understand about other religion and culture. It never occur to me that some people would be offended with the word Xmas, so now I would ensure that I use the full spelling in greetings I send to my friends celebrating the occasion.

    But what I did not expect was the heated debates (and some name-calling too) following the article. I acknowledge that everyone has own opinion and we should just agree to disagree.

    As for whether Jesus really existed or not, well, I do believe he did, according to my religion. But again, I respect the belief that he didn’t too.

  282. Brian -  December 14, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    I would like to know about the holiday of Ramandan,if possible please

  283. Perspective -  December 14, 2010 - 6:32 pm

    Everybody in this entire blog is missing the point (except for lara54)

    -if you are going to be Christian, you better know why. Christ set up ONE way of worship and any deviation of that is a slap in his face.

    -so, what Christmas or Xmas is now (warm and fuzzy, or religious) doesn’t matter, if it is tainted by outside influences, it is not acceptable.

    you all don’t really care, which is the downfall of humanity…arrogance, stubbornness and the propagation of misinformation.

    One think I really find irritating about blogs is that someone can blabber complete falsehoods as fact and people believe it. I guess if you don’t want to do your own research, then blogs are the place to be.

  284. Mdog -  December 14, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    Haha i think that the real reason people say xmas is when your texting or emailing or something like that, it’s alot shorter!

  285. Manda -  December 14, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    I would like to add a short comment: I am not Christian so I have always assumed the X in Xmas was a clever way of incorporating the sign of the Cross.

  286. believer -  December 14, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    Interesting article, however, I don’t believe that celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25 is appropriate. Annō Dominī means “In the year of the Lord” and BC means “Before Christ”, the ending of one era and beginning of another era with the birth of Christ being the dividing point. Therefore, Christ’s birth was the 1st day of the 1st month of the 1st year of the new era. Happy New Era, Happy New Year!!!

  287. Joe Mooney -  December 14, 2010 - 4:58 pm

    There is no need to capitalise the ‘M’ in merry Christmas. Jesus!

    A merry Xbox and a happy two beers to everyone!

  288. Slightly Miffed -  December 14, 2010 - 4:56 pm

    Jesus was never a “creation.” He humbled himself and died to save us simple humans from sin. It was not the nails that held him there, but His love for me.

    And although Jesus’ death was vital to our being saved, and His rising again conquered death, without His birth, He never could have lived as a human among us.

    And it’s a good thing if you can’t understand it. God doesn’t belong in a box of our measly comprehension.

  289. Felicity Hunter -  December 14, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    MtW- by saying Xmas you ARE taking Christ out of it x-( . shame on you x-(

  290. CantHoldBackAnymore -  December 14, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    To those who are offended at those of us who are not devout ‘Christians’:
    Please look at why we are not. If the ‘Christians’ lived more like Christ, (and I thought I read somewhere in the Bible they are supposed to) then the rest of us would want to. Just a thought from a non-religious person.

  291. VST -  December 14, 2010 - 2:54 pm

    December 25th was chosen as a Christian holiday because the people were still celebrating the winter Solstice and essentially Saturnalia. Christians co-opted and essentially killed those pagan holidays. War on Christmas, right.

  292. here's to reason -  December 14, 2010 - 2:19 pm

    Be careful, I understand that you are devoted to your faith, but the broad sweeping generalizations you make are far too extreme and your facts are blatantly incorrect. You say “there are those including our president who believe using the word Christ or his teachings, or the bible quotes, as being offensive.” The notion that Obama is anti-Christianity is (I’m sorry) borne of pure ignorance. Obama is a practicing, church-going Christian and he has never had any qualms about admitting it publicly. As for your accusation that he believes quoting the bible to be offensive, you’re wrong again- look up the speech he made at the Pentagon Memorial on 9/11 of this year: “For Scripture teaches us to ‘get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.’” That would be Obama publicly quoting Ephasians 4:31. If you do some research, you will find a number of instances in which he discusses his faith in his speeches.
    I believe the passion many people have about their faith can be a glorious thing, but too often that passion clouds reason, causing people to make judgements before first knowing all the facts, and subsequently lash out at others due to misunderstanding. Religious devotion should lead people to view the world with wisdom, perspective, and humility; it should never inspire ignorance or blind hatred.

  293. mary -  December 14, 2010 - 2:02 pm

    You know…the bible has been re-written, books left out, edited, and re-edited thousands of times and simply put it’s an unreliable source of solid proof of anything. Furthermore NONE of us were alive when Jesus was born so while all the speculations and versions of history found in various sources are conceivable, none of us actually know the answer.

    By the way, Jesus is just a Prophet, like the 11 others, so be careful not to WORSHIP him (as Christianity improperly trains you to do) as this is blasphemy against God.

    Happy Holidays!?!!???

  294. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  December 14, 2010 - 2:00 pm

    If we didn’t have X’mas, we wouldn’t have X-files… would we?

    (Or should that be spelled, X-philes…. Heh.)

  295. djg -  December 14, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    I think a lot of people have good points; personally, I don’t think that it is a problem to write “xmas” instead of “christmas”. Many people have pointed out that christmas did not start out as a christian holiday. They’re right. It began as a pagan holiday (winter solstice, in some places; the birth of the sun in others) and it was from the latter that the catholics got the idea for christmas, the birth of the son. My family celebrates christmas, but as a pagan holiday, not His birthday. Shouldn’t we celebrate His birth (and death) every Sunday, the day He set aside for us to worship Him?

  296. Robert -  December 14, 2010 - 1:47 pm

    Tom wrote “Whether Jesus (Yehshua) really did come, did propetiate for our sins, did defeat death, raise the dead to life, open the blinded eye, did all these other things too numerous to mention, that is the real point to be made. Did he? He did say he would be standing at the door, knocking. Go open it and see. He’s standing there now, waiting. He’s faithful to show himself to seekers.”

    Krishna really was born in 3228 BCE, he grew up with cow herders, when he was old enough, he returned to Mathura and killed his evil uncle Kansa, he married 16,108 wives and 16,100 more maidens, brought peace to warring factions, and created yoga. Krishna lives today and is inviting us to be truthful and compassionate. Surely you believe all this, since it says so in the Mahabharata; it must be true!

    Now, how compelling do you find THOSE claims?

  297. Robert -  December 14, 2010 - 1:31 pm

    “Me” wrote “Reply to Robert: Rubbish? Really? Check out respected historian (who also lived in the first century) Tacitus; Tacitus wrote: ‘Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus [Christ], from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus’.”

    And WHEN did Tacitus write his “Annals”? Between 107 and 117 CE: 77-87 years AFTER Jesus supposedly died. So what’s your point? This does nothing to contradict my assertion that we have no contemporaneous account of Jesus. ALL that this suggests is that by 107 CE, the cult of Jesus was becoming known enough to merit a paragraph in a history book.

    Also, scholars are increasingly dubious about the earliest surviving copies we have of the Annals being accurate to Tacitus’ hand. This is complicated by the fact that the oldest surviving copies are Latin copies made by Christian scribes. For example, in the passage you cite, the texts call them “Chrestians” (NOT “Christians”) which is Greek for “those who are good or useful”. They mistake Pilate’s rank, calling him a Procurator (he was a Prefect); a mistake Tacitus was unlikely to have made. Also, the copies refer to Jesus as “Christ” (a title meaning “the anointed one”), something that an Imperial writer would never have done (it would be like an official historian of the US calling David Koresh “the messiah”). It’s very likely that the mentions of Jesus in Tacitus’ “Annals” are later interpolations made by Christian scribes. This was EXTREMELY common with Roman texts that were copied again and again over the centuries.

    Finally, the passage in later copies of the Annals is almost word-for-word the same as was written in the 4th century “Chronicles” of Sulpicius Severus, a Christian writer (and fabulist). THAT is the likely source for it appearing in those later copies of Tacitus’ Annals.

  298. mike -  December 14, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    I’ve frankly never understood why X-mas was an issue, and I come from a Catholic family. Although I’m not a practicing Catholic anymore the hype and controversy that always surrounds the “X” this time of year is in the scheme of things so completely laughable, and this article’s information gives us reason to keep on laughing at those who make a fuss. Because let’s face it, there are those who make a fuss on BOTH sides of the court. Non-Christians who have a particular disdain for Christianity may use the “X” when they write X-mas to demote its value, and so what? Is such a trivial statement, a word, A WORD! going to aide in the defacing of their lord and savior in the grand scheme? Come on… or rather, X-MON! I don’t get how certain Christian’s in present day can say, “well there has been a culture shift and words mean different things”… so that means deny the “X” its own history? That is signing yourself up for ignorance. And what is the Bible all about anyways, true Christianity…. it constantly is reminding you NOT TO FORGET, to never forget the true meaning of things…. Hello?

  299. Sly Mongoose -  December 14, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Good Grief a little bit of solid info gets turned into a peeing contest. Will some of you just lighten up? Hiding behind your computer and playing “composition cop” or “let’s take something out of context cops and make it into something it isn’t (cops)…good grief lighten up (ok I’m sorry…I just quoted Charlie Brown and I’m sure one of the know it all’s on here have called their attorney to sue me. Sorry Charlie (oh wait there’s a tuna company that…oh nevermind… Anyway to you negative posters…what you post says more about you than it does anyone else (as opposed to what’s in your heart but you can’t get around what’s in black and white). This was an interesting article. The whole “American Idol”/ “Dancing with tjhe Stars”/ Reality show mentality has crept into real life. Everyone thinks it’s ok to tell everyone else off and take each other’s inventory especially online so again, what you post says more about you than it does anyone else. Lighten up…Christmas or not..Thanks for sharing “author”! PS. I’m gonna continue to post “Christmas” even if whatever site allows a set number of characters or no matter how pressed for time I am…

  300. Lefty -  December 14, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Feliz Navidad Y Prospero Ano!! Wow can’t we all get along and get Ready to Open up gifts and bring in the New Year!!

  301. Robert -  December 14, 2010 - 12:00 pm

    ILoveJesus wrote “Robert, I feel very sorry for you. Look around, do you think anything else besides the Holy One, God, could do all this?”

    (Laughs and shakes head) “Could do all this” what? Create viruses, pathogenic bacteria, mosquitos, sharks, stars that go supernova and fry all of the planets around them? Because you can’t just give your god credit for the good stuff; if your god created this universe, he also has to take credit for the bad. You can’t have it both ways.

    Second, EVERY religion believes that THEIR god or gods created the world or the universe. And EVERY ONE of them had exactly the same “proof” as your religion does: which is to say “none”. There is ZERO more evidence for the Elohim creating the universe than there is for say, Zeus or Marduk.

    And I’m sure that in India today, millions of people think “Look around, do you think anything else besides Brahma could do all this?” Just as 4,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians would’ve thought “Look around, do you think anything else besides Atum could do all this?” Or the way that those in Central Africa would’ve said “Look around, do you think anything else besides Mbomba could do all this?” It proves NOTHING but people’s willingness to believe fairy tales.

    “Evolution makes no sense. These fools believe that a cell, which is a living being in itself, simply crawled out of a mud hole, turned into a frog, which turned into a gorilla, which finally became a man. Nonsense. And the ‘Big Bang’? There is no proof of that, scientists are just trying to cover up the truth. They say that when there is an archelogical dig, there is a fossil on one level of the earth, and then another a few more feet down. If you actually researched, you would find out that this is a lie. As the scientists go down, there is nothing, and suddenly there are thousands of fossils all in one place, which is proof that the Flood actually existed.”

    This notion is always worth a good, long laugh. First, because you clearly don’t understand the premise of evolution if you believe that scientists think that any creature decided to turn into something else. You’re utterly ignorant of the process. Second, because we have very good evidence of the “big bang” because astronomers can actually see galaxies accelerating away from a central area. And third, because it’s simply idiotic to accuse “science” of being some vast conspiracy to “cover up the truth”. Why should they?! What’s in it for them? And if you’re going to throw out geology, archaeology and astronomy — all of which support evolution as real — you’re also going to have to throw out physics, medicine, and the science that produces computers, jets, etc., since they ALL rely upon the very same principles of the scientific method. You can’t have it both ways. Either ALL science is part of this supposed global conspiracy, or none of it is. If that’s the case, you should burn your computer, refuse all medical treatment and go back to living in a cave, since you don’t want to be corrupted by those evil scientists and their satanic plot!

    “Also, what do the letters B.C and A.D stand for? Before Christ, and Anno Domini (in the year of our Lord.) Isn’t that proof enough?”

    Oh, man — If I didn’t know better, I’d think that you were a comic! “AD” and “BC” were terms that were come up with in the 6th century by…CHRISTIANS. Who did you THINK made them up? Hindus?! That’s no more “proof” of anything than saying that the days of our week (Sun-day, Moon-day, Tiw’s-day — after Tiw, the Pagan god of war, Woden’s-day — named after the Norse god Woden, Thor’s-day, Freya’s-day, and Saturn’s-day) prove THOSE gods’ existence. Or, for that matter, that the names of our months (named after the god Janus, the Roman Pagan festival of Februa, the god Mars, the goddess Maia, the goddess Juno, the deified Julius Caesar, and the deified Caesar Augustus) prove the existence of THOSE gods.

    You’re clearly out of your depth here. Give up while you’re behind.

  302. Robert -  December 14, 2010 - 11:18 am

    “Tell ya what” wrote “Robert, there is mention of Jesus in mathue, luke and jhon. look in Revolations. He is there. Jesus is not a fictious characher! LOOK IT UP.”

    First, learn to spell. There are six pretty serious clangers just in the clip I copied here!

    Second, OF COURSE there’s mention of Jesus in the New Testament — it was written by those who were members of his cult! But did you know that there were far more Jewish and early Christian scriptures that were previously considered canonical than ended up in the Bible we have today? For example, one Pope in the 12th century burned 24 cartloads of sacred Jewish and Christian scriptures because they didn’t agree with what he wanted Catholics to believe at that time. How do you know that he didn’t burn the most important parts? Maybe Jesus explicitly said that women should be equals or that women should be priests too, that we should accept gay people, or who knows what? We’ll never know what was left out, but Christians today still think they have the complete picture.

    Third, all of the mentions of Jesus in the NT were written after Jesus’ supposed lifetime, by people who never met him. How accurate would you think a history of say, Julius Caesar would be if it was written by people who never met him and long after his death? At least we have contemporary accounts, sculptures, etc., of Caesar. NONE of Jesus.

    Fourth, why don’t YOU “look it up” in say Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, which claims that Zeus, Apollo and the other Greek Gods are real. Hesiod, Heroditus and other ancient Greeks wrote of their Gods as if they actually existed too. What does THAT prove? -that Zeus is real? Of course not. This is called “circular reasoning”, saying that the proof for something’s existence is in a book that claims it. By that “logic”, all of the Hindu Gods must be real too, since they were written about thousands of years ago in the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Do YOU believe that? Is Ganesh real? If not, why not?

  303. K -  December 14, 2010 - 11:08 am

    Some comments here add a lot of thoughtful ideas to this discussion. Others are so set in their own ways and/or bent on attacking or ridiculing those with different ideas.

    Christmas is many things for many people. It wouldn’t be what it is today if not for the secular customs which are blended in with the religious. Historically it once was a solemn mass of quiet reflection and worship. It was later a time for wild merry-making and excess. Then it settled into something in between. Though individuals may shift it more to either side, to each their own. Yes, it has grown more and more commercialized over the years, but why should that stop anyone from celebrating it in their own way, just my opinion.

    I think it’s silly and paranoid to jump into a panic or offense whenever a symbol stands in for name, or to try to guess what people’s thoughts are. I believe for the most part, those who are adverse to Christmas or Christianity just simply won’t bother with it all, not just substitute an X in the word. There probably are far fewer people “cutting out” Christ by using “Xmas” than those that simply prefer a short-hand way to write it on all those boxes of decorations, for example. I’ve personally only see it in print – I’ve never heard anyone (that I remember) wishing me a “Merry X-mas” verbally.

    Also I agree with the idea that Christians should celebrate the Jewish holidays as well, it’s an interesting concept. I know about how Christianity evolved and how the early followers wanted to set themselves apart from Judaism, but it seems like a nice idea to return to the holidays that Jesus and his apostles themselves observed.

    Peace & Merry Christmas/Merry Xmas to whomever wishes it.

  304. I.D...k -  December 14, 2010 - 11:00 am

    @louis paiz i meant no harm and i do know what im talking about ive read more then just the BIBLE…and i know much about being poor…im actually under the poverty line….but it just seems logical that if he was going to be gifted with frankincense and myrrh etc…then he would have more then a swaddling cloth in the frigid winter….i mean wouldnt his parents lend him their own wraps or something..him being a newborn and all…but if he were born in a milder season the swaddling cloth would do…i was actually helping your “cause”….use logic more often then just what ppl preach at you and your faith might be stronger….but again thats just my opinion….

  305. bmonk -  December 14, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Jen, and others, including Butter, no, the Bible never says precisely when Jesus was born. Spring seems most likely, if the shepherds (of Luke) were out watching their flocks for the lambs being born. Why then December 25? For one, it removed Christmas from colliding with Easter. It was also an interpretation from John’s statement “he must increase, and I must decrease”, symbolically interpreted to correspond with the length of the day. (No modern scholar would get away with this, but such playing around with the meaning was common in those days.) But it’s remembering and celebrating the idea of God-with-us, God taking on human form, that’s more important than the actual details. How old was Jesus? Luke says he was “about 30″–but John has some indications he was in his late 40s. As for the Xmas and such–it never bothered me either way, since I’ve seen enough Xp symbols (Chi-rho) to understand the origin.

  306. Third Aye -  December 14, 2010 - 10:25 am

    just so its known most of all the “holidays” are based on religion …
    if you were trying to paganize “christmas” santa means saint which to my knowledge is found only in christianity, and all the previous celebrations on the date of 25th December were to a deity,more religion…and all people believe in something thats human nature i have yet to meet someone that was an unbeliever…even atheist BELIEVE not to believe(ironic in my opinion) and Jesus did live…not every thing recorded has been unearthed…hence archeologist…and not every religion has all the facts right alot of stories were orally passed before the enlighted decided to write it down…and the whole X thing is simply a mix up when trying to translate one langugae in to another…like i doubt his name was even Jesus snice he was a jew and thus his name would be armenian the language of land then he was not
    “ay-rab” (@Camillus O’Byrne) snice his parents took him to the temple for dedcation…a jewish place for jewish traditions….its all every simple pagans converted to christianity so alot of paganism is embedded in to their traditions….GET IT?!!!

  307. Jason -  December 14, 2010 - 10:25 am

    The holiday you celebrate as Christmas was instituted to replace a Roman festival, Saturnalia, to honor the God Saturn. It has no direct historical relevance to Jesus Christ or even to Christianity. Why do we give gifts at Christmas? Because the Romans gave gifts. Why do we hang wreaths, drink, and be merry? Same deal. Good will toward all? That was the theme of Saturnalia. The real irony within this spattering of religious comments is that these Christians think they know *everything* about Christmas, now that we’ve been shown the meaning of ‘X’. Clearly, you have so, so much more to discover. If you don’t believe me, Google “the origin of Christmas,” and read ANY of the results.

  308. bobby g -  December 14, 2010 - 10:21 am

    despite the christian influence contained in “xmas,” i think most christians will still want to keep the “christ” in “christmas.” cool article though on the etymology of the shortened version of “christmas.”

  309. louis paiz -  December 14, 2010 - 10:20 am

    i would like to be brief to idk how dare you to to talk something that you have no idea of what you are talking about do you think that every bory has borne with silk sheets and silver spoon and plate read educate your self and then you will learn that there are places in the world were mothers do not have not even milk in there bodies to feed a child and chris came to this world poor and not reach even do he was the king of heaven and earth.thank you.

  310. Tom -  December 14, 2010 - 10:15 am

    Incredible food for thought in these comments, but disturbing the number of non-Christian ones. Agreed that Dec. 25 might as well be a secular governmental and bank holiday. Whether Jesus (Yehshua) really did come, did propetiate for our sins, did defeat death, raise the dead to life, open the blinded eye, did all these other things too numerous to mention, that is the real point to be made. Did he? He did say he would be standing at the door, knocking. Go open it and see. He’s standing there now, waiting. He’s faithful to show himself to seekers.

  311. Mr. D [A.K.A] Elysian -  December 14, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Butter your right no one, including Christians, should claim that Jesus was born on Dec. 25th because the Bible itself tells us that December 25th is an unlikely date for His birth.

  312. babe7789 -  December 14, 2010 - 9:34 am

    weel x mas my favrate holiday! ☻

  313. XMAS | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  December 14, 2010 - 9:33 am

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  314. Leigh -  December 14, 2010 - 9:32 am

    Actually, HAE, SEAMUSMAC is correct. Read the Bible description of Jesus’ birth. Doesn’t say when he was born. But there are clues to dismiss that he was born in December, for example Luke 2:8. It says that there were ‘shepherds living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks’. In December in that region, they have really cold winters, coupled by snow. It wouldn’t make sense that shepherds were living outside, then, would it? Google “Was Jesus born December 25″ and you’ll find that Christmas is actually a pagan holiday, meant to attract the pagan’s into becoming Christians.

  315. Wolf -  December 14, 2010 - 9:29 am

    Excuse me, nero?

  316. Trinity -  December 14, 2010 - 9:25 am

    Thanks, Scott.

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  319. Trinity -  December 14, 2010 - 8:43 am

    Ben, Sky, Jesus Christ may not have been born on December 25, but we choose to celebrate Him then and particularly thank Him for sending His son down to earth to die for your sins. Giving gifts is a reminder of the three wise men who visited Baby Jesus and gave him gifts.
    “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for him in the inn.” -Luke 2:7.
    “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”-Luke 2:10-14.

  320. BUTTER -  December 14, 2010 - 8:34 am

    @Tombo & @MtW I agree with both of you….I’m confused and would like some help on this, where in the Bible does it say that Jesus was born on Dec.25? I don’t believe in Christmas But I am a Christian. People say “well your only 17 you don’t know nothing” but you see that’s what makes me upset, see I choose what religion I wanted to be my mom is a Baptist and I’m Apostolic, and many people come to me and ask me how come I don’t believe in Christmas and I’m a Christian? Well being a Christian doesn’t just mean you have to believe in Christmas (and you really don’t) but its about serving God and doing his will so that one day we will meet him and the pearly gates of Heaven shall open and we walk down the streets of gold…….Now i read my Bible and I still have yet to see it maybe I’ve over looked it or maybe not…but if I did may someone help me with this because I’m not quite getting this!!!


  321. Alex -  December 14, 2010 - 8:23 am

    Also, the inverted cross was once a symbol of St. Peter. “In Roman Catholicism the Petrine Cross is not seen as Satanic in any way. However, an inverted crucifix (a Latin cross with an artistic depiction of the crucified body of Christ upon it) is seen as immensely disrespectful, and could be used to represent Satanic forces.” ~ Wikipedia, ‘Cross of St. Peter.’ True, Wikipedia is not the most reliable source, but it is accessible and I’ve seen this in many other places as well. The reasoning behind it is that St. Peter requested to be crucified head-downwards. It wasn’t used as anything anti-Christian until much more recently.

  322. Roly Williams -  December 14, 2010 - 7:57 am

    Deb Burton says “Ever heard of the lady that complained about Christians ‘taking over’ Easter and Christmas!”. Well she was right. The holiday at this time of year was a respectable pagan celibration of the winter solstice long before the Christian faith got hold of it.

    BTW, I’m an atheist but I do respect other’s beliefs, including all religions. I usually abrieviate Christmas to Xmas, not through disrespect but through simple laziness. I’ve always taken X to be a legitimate abrieviation of Christ (or cross).

  323. lara54 -  December 14, 2010 - 7:06 am

    If a person is to claim to be Christian, then he would definitely be a student of the Bible. He would also want to have a relationship with his Creator. If he cared one bit about his relationship with his Creator, he would learn about him and his standards and how he wants to be worshipped, he would not establish his own way of belief. The Bible is God’s word and by studying it we uncover much truth that for many years may have been hidden from us because of Satan’s influence on the world. If you believe the Bible is the Word of God, then you must accept the existence of Satan, Jesus did. We know that Jesus was not born on Dec. 25th. The Bible clearly states that the shepherds were out in their fields with their flocks. It is unlikely they would be out there in the rainy and cold months of Dec./Jan. Jesus himself was baptized when he was about 30 years old. He began his ministry after his baptism and that ministry lasted 3 1/2 years until his death in the spring. So if Jesus died in the spring and you count back 33 1/2 years you will see that he was born in the early fall. The Bible at John 4:23,24 states that God is looking for worshippers who will worship in in spirit and truth. If Jesus was not born on Dec. 25th, then that is an untruth. None of the early Christians ever celebrated his birth, yet the only command given in the scriptures was that his death was to be commemorated and that was something the early Christians did each year. Also, in the Law, the first and foremost commandment that God gave was that you would have no other Gods before my face. God was a God expecting exclusive devotion. If the celebrations around Christmas are related to the worship of false Gods, then we are truly offending God by participating in them. It is like spiritual adultery. This is why it is so important for people to know this information, because our lives depend on getting to know God and his Son and his purpose for us. Jesus himself said to “flee from idolatry” and the two greatest commandments of all were to “love God with your whole heart, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. If you love God you won’t hurt him, if you love your neighbor you will give to them all year if in need, and more importantly you will be obedient to God, and you will strive to do his will. Loving your neighbor means sharing life giving knowledge with them. This is all that some here wanted to do. We do not want to instill hate, but we want to educate. Interestingly also, when the astrologers were looking for Jesus to give him gifts, they found him in a house and he was a young child, he was not a small infant. King Herod was alerted to his existence when the “star” led the astrologers first to him, then to the child. The astrologers had to be told to leave and go home a different direction so as not to inform Herod of the child’s location, and Joseph was also told to move to Egypt. If as a Christian we trust that the Bible is God’s word we will believe it when it says that Herod went to Bethlehem and destroyed all the little boys under the age of 2. How sad that was. Under Satan’s influence many have been blinded, yet knowledge of God’s word is eye-opening and Satan does not like it when we have our eyes opened, he would love to keep as many as he can from learning these truths. What will we do? Next time someone comes to your door, let them help you to understand God’s word, it will be eye-opening. Much peace to you all.

  324. Rick -  December 14, 2010 - 6:31 am

    Interesting article, and comments, to say the least. We should look at the X as it is used in todays society…it means just what it looks like, an X is a has been, Examples X-con, an X-officianodo, X- seems to denote someone or something that once was.. It really has no place in the word Christmas…but as someone stated it shouldne matter to those who are firm in their believe of Christianity, no one should be able to sway Christians by placeing an X in place of Christ. Even though the above explanation makes sense, it doesnt take away from the fact that in today society,there are those including our president who believe using the word Christ or his teachings, or the bible quotes, as being offensive..thats why folks are offended. This country was founded on the Faith in God, and now for the politically correct…we are pushing God out of the picture…there you have the word Xmas…a way to take Christ out of our modern day lives..all we can hope for is those of us who believe, to just keep the faith and let the non believers have their Xmas… Merry Christmas everyone..and a better new year..

  325. Sir Mike Tallon, PhD -  December 14, 2010 - 6:03 am

    The Straight Dope had a very good article about this, too:

    Dear Straight Dope:

    Every December one hears of the need to “put ‘Christ’ back in Christmas”, but never a word about “putting ‘X’ back in Xmas.” So just how did the term “Xmas” come to be used in place of “Christmas”?
    — D. Galvin, Phoenix, AZ

    Well, that letter may look like an “X” and walk like an “X” and quack like an “X,” but it isn’t an “X.” That’s the Greek letter “chi” which is pronounced about like “ch” was in Old English … which is to say, about how it’s pronounced in German today, or in a few imported words, like “Christ” or “Christmas,” for example.

    “X” (as in chi) was used as an abbreviation for Christ from early times, perhaps initially as a camouflage for the religion. It was the first letter of the word Christos (meaning “the anointed one,” e.g., the Messiah) and fortuitously was cross-shaped, so there seemed to be some symbolism or double meaning. It’s been used as a scholarly and not-so-scholarly abbreviation since.

    — Mac

  326. Chrissy B -  December 14, 2010 - 5:46 am

    Not sure if this has been mentioned in any of the other comments, but rather than just being a replacement for the word ‘Christ’ could the use of the letter ‘X’ not be euphemistical? There are dozens of examples of times when we use other words to avoid having to say ‘God’ and other words that are believed to be sacred and I think this is likely one of them.

  327. KLB -  December 14, 2010 - 4:30 am

    Hi all,

    I live in England and went to a Church of England primary school. I remember being told xmas (x-mas, as I was shown) was a marketing term used for non Christian reasons as it was insulting to the Christian faith for Christmas to be used for non Christian purposes.

    Its good to know that it potentially does have a Christian back ground to it.

    I am not a Christian or of any religion and am not well educated in the other religions or the significance of the dates used. However as a non religious person I just find it so wonderful that people of all creeds seem to come together for the ‘season of good will’.

    Merry Christmas to the Christians. Seasons greetings to those who are not. And have a great day who ever you are.

  328. Caroline Hartman -  December 14, 2010 - 3:54 am

    Thank you for explaining Xmas. It is one of those things I knew but had forgotten. Xmas, might be put to use by those arguing to keep Christ in Christmas –write it with a Greek X.

  329. Janet B -  December 14, 2010 - 3:32 am

    Well c’mon, lets have some more comments, it’s only a day old then.

  330. deepthi novel -  December 14, 2010 - 1:28 am

    thanks for providing such information,very glad to know all these things,please continue the process of teaching

  331. Mr. Science 150 -  December 14, 2010 - 12:35 am

    It’s downright comical to see the ludicrous arguments about the suppposed birthday of an imaginary friend.

    Christ is a myth, just like the roughly two dozen other virgin born, savior gods before him. Brush up on history folks.

    Superstitious leaders of society 1600 years ago supplanted the Pagan Winter Solstice celebrations, in title only, to reflect their latest religious fad – christinsanity. The only thing “christian” about it is the mass for christ which is all the word means in the first place. It is only in the last 100 years that christinsane folks have really started the big push to claim the holiday as their own.

    The Winter Solstice – as well as the Summer Solstice and the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes – are natural events that have been celebrated for at least 10,000 years as they were extremely important events in the lives of people who lived in such a close relationship to the planet and the seasons.

    We should be celebrating the things that bring us to together as people who are a part of this planet. The natural events of the Earth’s seasons have always been at the heart of these celebrations and should be the focus once again.

  332. Janet B -  December 13, 2010 - 11:55 pm

    And,—- I would just like to thank God, Jesus and Microsoft, Steve Jobs, etc etc for the internet as without it, we would still be very limited to how much of all this knowlege is out there and now readily available at one’s fingertips.

    Oh, and Merry Christmas – X Mas

    But, I usually say, Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

  333. Janet B -  December 13, 2010 - 11:53 pm

    Confused, I found it : – “nog, the British slang for strong ale” and eggnog was originally from Britain and of an egg base drink with ale in it. So there ya go mate.

  334. Cyberquill -  December 13, 2010 - 11:45 pm

    Pontius Pilate was the X-terminator.

  335. Janet B -  December 13, 2010 - 11:44 pm

    To confused, lol, isn’t nog an old measure of alcohol. LOL

  336. Janet B -  December 13, 2010 - 11:10 pm

    Namvet – Well said, hear hear!

  337. Janet B -  December 13, 2010 - 11:07 pm

    Heavens I wish I could spell!

  338. Janet B -  December 13, 2010 - 11:05 pm

    James Meyer, there is no point knowing a word and it’s meaning without knowing the etymology of the word as it is brought from another language the original meaning is important to the word, we may not speak Greek, but if something is taken from a Greek word, we have to respect the Greek meaning of the adaption of the word into the Enlish language. Almost all words in the Enlish language have been taken from another language. Remember, the history of the English is it seems the coming together of many different nations as each one tried to conquer England, thus, the introduction of many words into a language which was formed long ago, do we no today use adages in our speach, yes, which is how most of the words of the English language were formed. Etymology is a very important thing, and very foremost in the forming of the English language and that which we understand each word to mean.

  339. Janet B -  December 13, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    Gilligan, The Christ’s name was Jesus, not Christ.

  340. Janet Jordan -  December 13, 2010 - 10:47 pm

    For those who say it isn’t Jesus’ birthday anyway, we all know this, even if it was recorded correctly as Dec 25th, we are now using the Julian calendar and three months was perportedly removed when Pope Julian changed the calander to the current one as it was out of sync with the weather.
    And, It may not be the actual birthday of Christ, but, it is “a day put aside” for the celebration of his birth and existence, like man has done to create so many holidays since, eg. Independence Day, Australia Day, The Queen’s Birthday, or whatever day your country celebrates something with a holiday, it has been set aside as special. So this is why Christmas is on the 25th December, and also because, as Jen said, the Pope of the day gave the pagans the day to celebrate to bring them into the church. Interesting how Popes change so much, another eg., Friday 13th is only unlucky if you are a Knight of the Templar, look that one up, another Papal edict. Too much controversy, respect others rights to believe in that which they wish, and world peace would be good.
    I myself am often heard to say “I may be an agnostic but I haven’t made up my mind yet” Everyone have a safe and happy Festive Season. Janet B

  341. Ben -  December 13, 2010 - 10:38 pm

    Christmas is a crypto-composite of thousands of old religions and pagan beliefs all mixed up together.

    For instance, the Christmas tree has roots in old Germanic beliefs; unrelated to Christianity of course. It’s something to do with the worship of Apollo.

    Santa’s slay is connected up with Woden/Odin and the giving of gifts is certainly not Christian.

    Mistletoe is another, probably druidic, old tradition and the eating of a large meal was an ancient tradition (appropriated by Christian invaders)which is connected with beseeching the sun to return (you can well imagine the relevance of the replacement ‘the Son’ here!)

    All in all, the general spirituality of Christmas is deeply rooted in all kinds of histories and so shouldn’t be shunned by anti-Christian people who think it uniquely Christian.

  342. IloveJesus -  December 13, 2010 - 10:24 pm

    Robert, I feel very sorry for you. Look around, do you think anything else besides the Holy One, God, could do all this? Evolution makes no sense. These fools believe that a cell, which is a living being in itself, simply crawled out of a mud hole, turned into a frog, which turned into a gorilla, which finally became a man. Nonsense. And the “Big Bang”? There is no proof of that, scientists are just trying to cover up the truth. They say that when there is an archelogical dig, there is a fossil on one level of the earth, and then another a few more feet down. If you actually researched, you would find out that this is a lie. As the scientists go down, there is nothing, and suddenly there are thousands of fossils all in one place, which is proof that the Flood actually existed. Also, what do the letters B.C and A.D stand for? Before Christ, and Anno Domini (in the year of our Lord.) Isn’t that proof enough?
    People love Christmas, but they only like the presents. If you ever bring Jesus up in one conversation, non-Christians around you say it’s blasphmony, and yet they are fine with making sick jokes that have to do with the sins of other, swearing, and disgusting things that should never be talked about. I am just as bad as these people, but I know that I can only be saved by repenting of my sins and asking Jesus Christ for forgiveness, which is the only way to get to heaven.

  343. Valerie -  December 13, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    I find it amusing, too, that so many people get angry that Christmas coincidentally falls on a date very similar to an ancient pagan festival. So what? Last year, Chinese New Year fell on St. Valentine’s Day. Should I be mad, then, that someone else’s birthday falls on the same day as mine?

    And if Christianity is simply foolishness, then why not paganism? It is after all the worship of nature and has its own deities. Science easily disproves many pagan beliefs – far more easily than it supposedly would to Christian beliefs.

  344. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  December 13, 2010 - 10:20 pm

    We should grateful that there are words that can be spelled with an ‘X’.

    Now, Just imagine a world with no ‘L’–!


  345. sky -  December 13, 2010 - 10:17 pm

    The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the Christians who think that everything is an attack on their religion…
    Anyway who actually celebrates Christmas for religious purposes now?
    its become an American holiday which means its another excuse to take a day off and to buy presents for people.
    Im not Christian or religious for that matter and I write out the word Christmas instead of Xmas because I think Christmas looks and sounds better than Xmas.
    Anyway Christmas has very little to do with Jesus Christ at all
    And now some Christian fanatic will say im committing libel against Jesus Christ and how im going to go to hell
    if there really is a hell…. well sucks for me

  346. Valerie -  December 13, 2010 - 10:11 pm

    Wow, a lot of you really don’t know your history, especially religious history! It is a common myth that Christmas was placed to purposely block out the winter solstice. The date of Christmas was actually based on the faulty math of early theologians, who used the Bible to first guess when Christ would have been conceived and then his birth and presentation at the temple. In fact, before there was a set feast for Christmas, The Nativity of the Lord was celebrated in different parts of the Old World at very different times – in spring, winter, summer, and fall. Many times there seemed to be no real reason for their chosen date other than mere preference. Dec. 25th was finally decided upon by Church theologians after much arguing, and an early pope (I forgot who, I’m sorry) declared that Christmas had nothing to do with the winter solstice – the Son has nothing to do with the sun. Today, theologians agree that Christ was probably born in early March, and died on the cross (and was subsequently resurrected) in early April. (P.S. I found this information at the Catholic Encyclopedia website. I hope I paraphrased it right.)

    You are more likely to find evidence that early Christian feasts fell near Jewish holidays – the reason being to help Jewish converts and early Christians (who had to first convert to Judaism, then Christianity).

    Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nicholas, who was the bishop of Myra (in present-day Turkey) in the 300s.

  347. Tombo -  December 13, 2010 - 10:06 pm

    @ MtW, that’s what I’m talkin about! Haha! Way to stay positive :)

  348. Tombo -  December 13, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Wow what a serious history lesson. That said, bagels were invented by Jews but even people who hates Jews eat them now! Einstein made his nuclear discovery and was soon disappointed when he realized what it would TURN OUT TO BE. Point being, all things are open to interpretation and so even if Christmas was invented to bulldoze Pagan holidays, it is NOW known and celebrated, uniformly, as a Christian holiday. And obviously, lots of other people celebrate CHRISTMAS as only a Santa/seasonal holiday. Good for them, that’s the beauty of the world – difference. No one is really right or wrong, who is anyone to be the judge of that?

    Anyway, origins are just that, where something originates from. Current interpretations, practices and customs are what’s happening now. It is what it is people!

  349. Me -  December 13, 2010 - 9:56 pm

    Reply to Robert: Rubbish? Really? Check out respected historian (who also lived in the first century) Tacitus; Tacitus wrote: “Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus [Christ], from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus.”
    I was merely establishing a timeline (according to bible accounts) to support the fact that the 25th could not have been the date of Christ’s birth. I don’t think I said there was a document stating all of these things in detail besides the bible. And according to the bible, Herod did know of this child’s existence, it was written in their own prophetic history, that’s why people where in expectation of the Messiah. The earliest mention of the Messiah was obviously in the Hebrew scriptures. The law covenant was referred to as the “tutor leading to Christ” not to mention the prophetic parallels (Check out Daniel 9:25,26 Genesis 49:10).Also, can’t imagine that during the short time Christ was actively preaching, his disciples were asking for pit-stops to jot a few things down for posterity. If he was not a real person, then why were so many people trying to be a Messiah after his death? Political reasons. Obviously the Jews were looking for a physical leader and would not accept what he was truly there for. I am not debating historical accounts, (which are often skewed to the leader in power’s liking)I am merely trying to put a little truth into a very clouded tradition.

  350. truth seeker -  December 13, 2010 - 9:39 pm

    the world long have been debating about christmas and its shortened form x-mas, but do the world care that the so called bithrday of the MESSIAH,is not christmas day, it is a fact that the historian,scholars really DO NOT KNOW THE PRECISE DAY OF THE MESSIAH’S BIRTH, and because of that they took december 25 as THE MESSIAH’S NATAL DAL, well in fact it is really coincide with the heatens birthday, NIMROD , AND MITRA, a SOROWASTER SUN WORSHIPPER, the heatens really are successful removing the MESSIAH OUT THE PICTURE, and even HIS HOLY NAME, the letter Jdoes not exist in the latter 15th century, the develpoment of letter will teach us, not until the later 16th century fron a cursived i, it was derived, INRI in the cross sign for name stand as IESO NASARENUS REX IOUDAREUM, SEE THE CLEARER PICTURE THE NAME JESUS DO NOT EXIST FROM THAT TIME, BECAUSE IT IS A FUSION OF TWO HEALING GODS ;IE + ZEUS = IESOOS, WITH THE EMERGENCE OF LETTER J,IN ON THE 17TH CENTURY THEY SUCCESSFULLY CHANGE IESUS FROM JESUS, DO NOT BELIEVE ME, DO A RESEARCH

  351. Camillus O'Byrne -  December 13, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    If you had the opportunity to address Jesus Christ as “Jesus Christ” he would have had no idea to whom you were talking. That person was know to himself, his family and others as something much more like Yeshua bin Yusef. Yes, he was a wog. Not the brown haired, blue-eyed fantasy of the various and sundry churches of famous corruption. He wasn’t even much like most Jews today. In fact he would have looked like one of those nasty Palestinians Americans love to hate. He was an Ay-rab, no less. Hypocrites. You will get yours. You had your warning in the Bible you profess to love so much.

  352. tell ya what -  December 13, 2010 - 9:22 pm

    Robert, there is mention of Jesus in mathue, luke and jhon. look in Revolations. He is there. Jesus is not a fictious characher! LOOK IT UP. :) How can you not belive! :( P.S I am not yelling just capitalizing on what I have to say. Merry christmas

  353. Tim -  December 13, 2010 - 9:14 pm

    Good information. I learned growing up that Xmas was used in informal places where it would be disrespectful to write out Christmas. Ads for example. Good to know the real story. Strange to see that some people have the exact opposite idea, and think that printing Xmas in a profane usage is disrespectful.

  354. tell ya what -  December 13, 2010 - 9:13 pm

    dear Dave
    Jesus is there and he is real! Look around you we didn’t evolve fron apes. Go camping and step out side on a nise morning and breath in a deap breath of fresh moutian air. I know this although I am only 16. we are ALL children of god and Jesus is mine and yur brother. :)I am no scoaler but I know this to be true.

    To address the X-mas v.s christmas thing I will say I think that Merry Christmas is funner to say thanMerry X-mas.:) Do what you want.

  355. Gax -  December 13, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    Anna!:) What were you “trying” to say????

  356. Cassius -  December 13, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    I thought it was supposed to be like a “cross” like what they pwn’d Jesus on.

  357. MtW -  December 13, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas!

    A Happy Xtian who doesn’t believe he’s taking Christ away from anything.

  358. Cheezy -  December 13, 2010 - 8:15 pm

    …wow ppl are really serious about this devil x thing
    lighten up

  359. Anna! :) -  December 13, 2010 - 8:13 pm

    like seriously and LOL over Obama-mas nice.

  360. Antonio -  December 13, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    > I think ppl are just tryin to cut off the fact that its suppose to be a
    > religious holiday…but they cant change the name drastically so they
    > subbed it with the X….as for the other words with x comin from different
    > origins the x doesnt mean the same thing….;x
    That’s true

  361. Robert -  December 13, 2010 - 8:08 pm

    “Me” wrote “Herod sent for all the ‘boys’ to be killed two years of age and under because he knew about how old Jesus was.”

    This is absolute rubbish. Not only did Herod have no idea who the supposed infant Jesus was, there is zero historical evidence for any such “slaughter of the young boys of Bethelehem” ever taking place. If a Roman puppet-king had ordered a wide-scale massacre like this, it would’ve been recorded by Roman historians, and/or Roman critics. Josephus, the Jewish-Roman historian, recoded many other atrocities of Herod, but makes no mention of this one.

    There is likewise zero contemporaneous evidence for the existence of “Jesus of Nazareth” or “Jesus, the son of Joseph”. Not one contemporary historian mentions him even once. There were, at the time, dozens of so-called “messiahs” in Palestine, and more than a few were named “Jesus”. But again, we have no contemporaneous mention in any extrabiblical source of THIS particular claimed person existing.

    Finally, the earliest mention of Jesus was by Paul of Tarsus who never met Jesus and wrote of him 20-30 years after Jesus’ supposed death. And the author of the earliest Gospel — Mark, who wrote it about 40 years after the supposed death of Jesus and relied almost entirely on Paul’s writings — likewise never even met him. Even most serious Biblical scholars admit this.

    And yet some people today still base their lives around this collection of fables! The Roman historian Suetonius wrote that, when Julius Caesar died, his spirit was seen ascending to heaven. How is that any less credible than the posthumous claims about Jesus?!

  362. Gilligan -  December 13, 2010 - 8:07 pm


  363. Peace -  December 13, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    Wow! Good discussion, love to see the passion in people. This gives me a lot to reflect upon and be thankful for. May everyone have a peaceful, safe, and blessed holiday.

  364. erdos -  December 13, 2010 - 7:46 pm

    I thought it was a rotated cross.

  365. Ree -  December 13, 2010 - 7:08 pm

    hahaha… and look how you brainwash the poor 12 year olds too. i feel sorry for you, alana

  366. emily -  December 13, 2010 - 7:03 pm

    no one cares if its X-mas or Christmas

  367. Ree -  December 13, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    looool, its amazing how people will say stuff like they were offended and yet they really didn’t understand. Just goes to show how narrow-minded people tend to be.. and how gullible too. But then i guess i shouldn’t really be that shocked. How easily these same people blindly follow a bunch of people that blindly follow. Making such a fuss over a holiday that really has no intrinsic meaning, but placing false meaning to the holiday to justify its superficial existence. to celebrate the birth of Christ…. hahaha. you call Jesus Christ your God, but look how your “God” has limitations. so much so that he was born and died. you can’t deny those limitations, because you celebrate them. hahaha. Jesus Christ was a creation. every creation has to have a creator to stipulate the terms of its existence.. doesn’t really make sense, does it? Its amazing that you get so blindsided by worshipping a creation that you forget there was a whole lot of other people and things before this creation that you call “God” even existed…food for thought.

  368. Pat G. aka Irondoll -  December 13, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    BTW, Merry Xmas from us Catholic girls in San Francisco!

  369. IzzyLoves -  December 13, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    No matter what we call Christmas, it’s the act of worship that matters. To some, it’s just a time to spend money on worthless items to show people we ‘care’ about them. It’s just an obligation to them, not an act of true worship, which is what Jesus called us to do. Jesus called us to love Him and God ALL of the time, not just once a year. It’s a nice time of year to decorate and remember and have set aside family time, but that’s NOT what Jesus died for! If the disciples had just sat around celebrating the birth of Jesus, we would not have the history we do. We would not know the love that Jesus taught. We are called to soemthing much greater than debating with the ones we are supposed to love. In my first grade class, we were taught where joy comes from. First by loving Jesus, Others, and then Yourself. When we truely love Jesus out of Agape love (look it up), we abandon our own selfish desires and work towards a commited, selfless, and lovefull life. So this Christmas, speak kindly to your brothers and enimies. Give freely to strangers, and remember to carry on this tradition from day to day. Read your Bible and realize that your time here on earth can be more than dispute and hurt. You have the ability to change someones life. “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

    Love Izzy

  370. Pat G. aka Irondoll -  December 13, 2010 - 6:47 pm

    I went to a private Catholic girls grammar and academic high schools, and no one scorned the X in Xmas. We were taught its Greek meaning. In fact, I would venture to say that we may have been taught that the X represented the cross, a wooden structure to which Jesus Christ was nailed, his limp skeletal body left to hang. I don’t think I imagined that explanation, although it may have come from another Catholic source…

  371. Mrs. C. -  December 13, 2010 - 6:46 pm

    Funny…….we call Christmas caroling “Christmas” caroling, Christmas shopping “Christmas” shopping, Christmas party “Christmas” party, Christmas play “Christmas” play, Christmas songs “Christmas” songs, Christmas holiday “Christmas” holiday……but we want to call Christmas day, the day recogized by Christians in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, “Xmas”….. Interesting….. No course in Greek history is going to justify the injustice or explain away the goal, which is to remove Jesus Christ, the reason for Christmas, from Christmas.

  372. James Meyer -  December 13, 2010 - 6:46 pm

    It’s interesting to know this, but the fact is that almost no one actually attributes the “X” to some old language’s letter. We don’t speak Greek, we speak English, and in English, the Savior’s title is spelled “Christ”, not “X”.

    As for “Xpian” and “Xtian”? Never once heard of them. Ever.

  373. MOOSEgrl -  December 13, 2010 - 6:44 pm

    i always read the comments more than the article. comments people r hilarious they crack me up btw im muslim but this is all very interesting

  374. c-scott -  December 13, 2010 - 6:41 pm

    I hope that everyone will agree that it is not was is written on paper by the Greeks or anyone else.Advertised in a commercial or displayed for all to see. It is truly what is in your heart that counts.It is not for you me or anyone else to JUDGE.If it means something to you to write CHRISTmas than write it!If you want to short hand it to x-mas than do so.CHRIST doesn’t see your handwritting he see’s what is inside your SOUL.We as CHRISTIANS should know better than to discredit others no matter thier beleif.We are all children of the LORD.We all need to act as such.

  375. Namvet7071 -  December 13, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    Umm – do not mean to offend any one – However for all you people who are ‘devout Christians’ – can you find any reference to Christmas in the Bible? There is ONE, vague referenct to His birth (which probably was in the fall). The reason Jesus came to earth was to serve as a propitiatory sacrifice for all mankind, to serve as a ransom for our sins. December 25 was the Roman Saturnaila (sp), an orgy of horrific proportions. The tree was Druid; other items are also pagan in origin.
    His (Jesus) birth was not important – his sacrifice on a torture stake was the validation of God’s rule. Please think for yourself.

  376. anon -  December 13, 2010 - 6:35 pm

    it’s funny to read that “Christ” is Jesus’ name. What then of King Cyrus who in the last verse of Isaiah 44 through chapter 45 was God’s “anointed” which is messiah from Hebrew and christ from Greek. No one is taking Jesus’ name out of Xmas because Christ isn’t His name… it’s His title. The ‘mas part is just shortened for mass and I’m sure a lot of you arguing this are not even catholic or stepping foot into an actual “Christ-mas.”

  377. Umm -  December 13, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    I believe X is another way to say X out Christ and just make it X’mas. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Christ in it. Saying X’mas isn’t right. Merry Christmas!

  378. reanne -  December 13, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    people only use xmas cos its faster t txt and type … no one actually says xmas everyone still says christmas…we’re a lazy generation is all :)

  379. Slightly Miffed -  December 13, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    First, I would like to point out that I am a Christian, and I appreciate all your views even if I do not personally agree with them.
    Now, I believe that while some people put the x to take out Christ, others know what it means and are not trying to offend anyone! It depends on the person.
    Next, Christmas is a Christian holiday. Many early converts celebrated a pagan holiday devoted to Jupiter on the 25th of December, so the early church decided to celebrate our Lord’s birthday then so the people wouldn’t miss their old holiday too much.
    Christmas may be highly commercialized, and it may have started as a pagan ritual, but today it is indeed a CHRISTIAN celebration, although no person successfully raised in the church actually believes it to be when Jesus was born. That is a common misconception.

  380. Justin Nahin -  December 13, 2010 - 6:01 pm

    I believe that many people use this abbreviated term in lieu of using “Christ” within Christmas for their particular beliefs. This does not bother me at all, let people do what they want. This is America, you can believe in anything you like as long as your not physically hurting anyone. This does not fall under physically hurting anyone. Those are my two cents.

  381. ecyor07 -  December 13, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    Nice article but I will still use the word CHRISTMAS… People who writes XMAS are LAZY people…

  382. Emily -  December 13, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Dave, i just wanted to let you know that i will be praying for you.(i hope that any other christians on here will too) i hope that God touches your heart and you come to know Him. Merry christmas :)

  383. Lindsey -  December 13, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    I’m surprised more people haven’t taken issue with the “mass” part of “Christmas.” Even if the X does take the Christ out of Christmas, you still have a reference to a religious service–which is not even celebrated by most Protestants.

  384. I love this Blog! -  December 13, 2010 - 5:23 pm

    That was quiet elementary, even my 4 years old niece knew that. Of course he inherit her brilliant mind to his uncle which is ME.I predict when she grew up her IQ would be 140 which is needless to say 11points lower than my IQ.
    for those of you who said this was insightful, nice and informative, Where the heck have you been all your life???? STOOOPIIIIID people!!!

  385. Angel A. -  December 13, 2010 - 5:17 pm

    I’m Greek and I never knew about this. Now that I know, I will tell everyone I know that it is a true and real representation of “christmas” only in Greek!

  386. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  December 13, 2010 - 5:15 pm

    this is so cool, now i can use “X” for Christmas abbreviation without thinking that i could offend someone or my beliefs, it is actually a legal term, amazing!

  387. people are hilarious -  December 13, 2010 - 5:15 pm

    wow…i couldnt have imagined these comments getting any better from earlier in the day but dang…they sure did…awesome!

  388. Nate -  December 13, 2010 - 5:00 pm

    This blog is a perfect example of rational people enjoying a bit of lost information as well as a peek into the minds of the religious nutjobs.

    People of different generations see common things differently. People from diverse cultural backgrounds see common things differently.

    Whether you celebrate the holiday season as a religios observance or cultural experience you can choose to do so in a positive light. Christians are not the only religion that marks this time of year on their calendar. The common theme worldwide is that we come together to celebrate our blessings and assist those less fortunate.

    If you would like to read into conspiracy theories or be paranoid about retail companies lowering morality I say have at it. Hats off to all those rational enough to enjoy this time of year and participate in the fun.

    Just remember… just because you are paranoid it does not necessarily mean they are not out to get you!

  389. Sofiahorse -  December 13, 2010 - 4:59 pm

    Me- not right, you should do the same, not the “do as i say not as i do” thing and read a bible. so sthu.
    and Seamusac- sthu. i bet a lot that you didn’t read even half of Hae’s response. really, do you listen to the word christmas? CHRIST. MAS(s)
    seriously, its so maddening that they call it xmas… it reminds me of
    h-e-double-hockeysticks and so i think ray’s right. thnx guys!

  390. Marx Lenn Mendoza -  December 13, 2010 - 4:34 pm

    wow, that is something very useful information. i could definitly use “X” and justify that it is legal to use…amazing!

  391. Sarah -  December 13, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    could u stop putting smiley faces?! =( =) =D

  392. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  December 13, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    I don’t think that was even the question–

    The abbeviation is/would be X’mas, not Xmas.

    And it wouldn’t be more-acceptible than C’mas….

    Another source might be the letter-name, XP Khufu Cheops Suphis head sup….

  393. Cool Gal -  December 13, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    OMG! i never understood the meaning of Xmas! to me it felt like a offensive way to say Christmas, but now thanx to you guys i now know the true meaning! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

  394. alana mendoza -  December 13, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    this is very unbeliveble x mas is a very bad thing x mas is taking christ out of christmas it just a thing brought up by the devil.christmas is about christs birth this person whoever started this x mas thing should be ashamed of him or her self ecspacillay because im 12 and i even can understand the true meaning of christmas God bless you and have a very good christmas

  395. chad -  December 13, 2010 - 4:17 pm

    Using ‘x’ in Christmas is lazy; another example of the dumbing down of our society.

  396. Andy Capp -  December 13, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    That’s ya’lls opinion!!!

  397. epic -  December 13, 2010 - 4:09 pm

    it sould not be called x mas it shuld be called xxx-mas

  398. Bryan H. Allen -  December 13, 2010 - 4:02 pm

    Yes, I learned the fact in the 7th or 8th grade: “X” can also symbolize “Christ”, as “X” resembles the Greek letter Chi in form. (I taught myself the Greek alphabet for scientific and electronic use one or two years later, though I did not learn its pronunciation until years later.)

    It amazes me that so many can hastily pervert innocent amphiboly and dual application into malevolence and sacrilege. This reflects an adverse mindset and personality trait which everyone should eschew—particularly religious people. (Cf. “Judge not, that ye be not judged”, Matthew 7:1, “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment”, John 7:24, and “Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”, Matthew 7:5.)

    “It’s a deliberate attempt to remove the name of Jesus from our culture” one commentator opined. I respond “Whose deliberate attempt?” Some imaginary windmill or chimera? Certainly not everyone’s! Another opined “The X takes out Christ out of Christmas.” Is the Christian messiah a mere word, erasable with the pencil’s opposite end?

    The orthographical sequence “hell” means “light-[colored]” in German but “Gehenna” or profanity in English. No one should be scandalized if a German were to say “light brown” (hell Braun). Likewise, no one should be scandalized if one person used “Xmas” efficiently to mean Christ’s mass, while another used it to mean X-rated celebration. To pretend telepathy from anyone’s external, verbal forms should be worse than scandalous; it should be downright embarrassing! As others told me days ago here, “Get a life!”; do something useful.

    Now most will see this as too technical and arcane, but the Roman alphabet’s X and the Greek alphabet’s X, while /formally/ similar, are /functionally/ disparate. First, in Latin “X” is pronounced ks (two phones or speech sounds), but in post-ancient Greek, it is pronounced “ch” or “kh”: the unvoiced, fortis dorsal-velar fricative. Second, modern computer character sets “clothe” different digital codes with characters based upon their function, not their forms. (Computer codes are invisible sequences of bits, electrical or magnetic “ons” and “off”. Different characters sets and fonts metaphorically “clothe” the invisible codes with different characters.)

    Thus, the ASCII code X (88) is clothed with the Roman character X (ks), the UniCode code decimal 935 (hexadecimal 3A7) is clothed with the Greek letter Χ (kh), and the mathematical symbol Greek Chi is represented in UniCode with decimal 120510 (hexadecimal 1D6BE). Check it for yourself at http://WWW.UniCode.org/charts/PDF/U0370.pdf and at http://WWW.UniCode.org/charts/PDF/U1D400.pdf.

    Or, make more productive use of your finite time.

  399. Name -  December 13, 2010 - 3:53 pm

    Does it rlly matter tht much? As long as we all get the point of Christmas and y we celebrate it, thts all tht counts (and as long as we get the gifts! LOL) Merry early CHRISTmas or “Xmas” (whatevr u wnt)!

  400. Karen -  December 13, 2010 - 3:53 pm


    Happy Birthday to you on December 25th. I think a lot of people also forget that they have proven that Jesus was not born on the date but several months later.
    One of my best friends, she used to be my Manager at AT&T, BD is also on December 25th. We always threw her a BD Party also as the company used to feed us Christmas and Thanksgiving since all the restaurants around our office were closed. We are only given 30″ to eat and finish other personal things before having to get back to taking phone calls. Most people don’t realize that an Operator ‘never’ gets off Christmas. Thanksgiving is possible but rare. Pat was a Mrs. Claus if I’ve ever met one. She was always kind, caring and very giving. She wrote us still after moving to another town to say what she and the family had been up to.

    Personally, I have and always will detest x-mas. I rather like the U.K.’s version where they celebrate Christ’s BD on Dec 25th and Dec 26th is Boxing Day when people normally exchange gifts with each other.

    For me personally I don’t do gifts. I’d rather the money that I can spare go to one of my charities. I usually go purchase the ingredients for 2 full family dinners and then take them over to one of my favorite people in the world home. She has 13 freezers to hold all the food she takes in. She mainly tries to feed the elderly and families with very young ones. She’s even adopted our ‘skid row hotels’ about 5yrs ago and they all come together at one spot and eat the meal together. Evelyn is not doing well these last two years because of strokes and such but her daughter and everyone that loves her keeps her “Community Outreach Program” going. Until about 10yrs ago she’d even leave her garage unlocked so you could drop off food after you got off work as Reno is a 24 hour town. Then some kids decided to rob her one night. Since then she’s had to lock the garage door up so we can’t put our food away on the shelves. The refrigerated stuff we don’t worry about too much with our nights in the 20′s. So if she’s left one of the U-Haul Trailers unlocked we put our things in there or leave them out on one of the long tables in the driveway. Most of my friends have trouble with this idea but to me it’s the only one that makes sense to me. If I can feed two families (b/c I bought the Turkeys during Thanksgiving sales when they are almost free) and then get the rest of the fixings like butter, flour, canned pumpkin, potatoes and such then I can feel good about helping Evelyn make her quota of helping others 365 days a year. Main thing is those 2 days in November and December, she feeds approximately 5,000-6,000 families each day.

    The year my husband died, 2 weeks after Christmas all I heard all year from my family is that I ‘had’ to get rid of his things. I told them I would at Christmas and not before. I could have taken my husband 15 cashmere sweaters to goodwill but I wanted Evelyn to hand them out to people she knew needed them and would appreciate them for what they were. I don’t have much but money really doesn’t mean anything to me. I’d rather give someone something that they would appreciate even if it has been worn before.

    Around here places won’t even take toys unless they are boxed and unopened. Chuck had over 100 different computer games that I got together, labeled on what type of system they would work on, Age Appropriation and made sure all the Pamphlets were with them. Some of us don’t have brand new computers and such and can still enjoy playing older games.
    When her daughter came over with some friends to pick up everything she couldn’t believe all the work I’d done (they came to p/u my 28″ TV as my Dad had purchased me a new one several months prior). It still worked and there was no way for me to transport it to her house so daughter grabbed a couple of male friends to come help her get into her car along with all my other things.
    We always think about just tossing things we don’t use any longer away but if it’s clean and works fine why not donate it to someone that can distribute it to someone else that would love it. Not everything we have belongs in the garbage. Nice things can be recycled to others w/o them having to go into a store and purchase them when we’ve given them to those stores free.This year Evelyn will also be getting 2 full sets of flatware.

    So Pedro enjoy your day as it was meant to be. Hopefully someone also gives you a half-year BD party also. My parents rarely had money when I was young. I always felt I got half my presents on Christmas and the others 4wks later on my BD. Seems so silly to me now. I’m just thankful I’ve gotten my friends and family out of getting me ‘required’ presents. If you have the money while you’re walking down the street and something catches your fancy, buy it then and give it to them the next time you see that person. It will mean much more to them.

    I’m glad to know why the ‘x’ is used at least as I’d always thought a ‘+’ sign should have been used instead substituting for a Cross.

    May Peace Always be with YOU Pedro,

    Karen & Twister(my Service Dog) in Reno

  401. Postman Pat -  December 13, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Just as the christians of Rome and Celtic Briton usurped existing traditions and warped them for their own design, so did Victorian Britain, inventing the likes of christmas cards. But is that also the same today where traditional values have been swamped by pure commercialism? What do the kids today expect from christmas if not presents and chocolates. And what of the majority of adults if not for a few days holiday and indulgence in food and drink? So as history evolves and traditions and religions fall from grace what better way to celebrate the winter solstice than to forget past wrong-doings, enjoy the moment and hope for peace in the future.

    Happy xmas.

  402. Bob -  December 13, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    This is far from the entire story. It goes back much farther than 1500 – back to the beginning of the Church. Constantine didn’t convert himself or Rome out of faith, but for reasons of population control. Christianity was gaining more and more in popularity, and religious violence was on the rise. Therefore he decided to ‘meld’ Christianity with his own belief – Chronos. (his ‘conversion was purely for show). X is indeed chi in Greek, but the symbol X with the P inside, or Chi-Rho, does not stand for Christ, but for Chronos. Although the Church does not use this pagan X in the word Christmas, it does use it in the Chi-Rho symbol for Christ – merely another vestige of Christianity’s pagan origins.

  403. robert -  December 13, 2010 - 3:35 pm

    nice to have my facts strait now thanks!!!!

  404. Michelle -  December 13, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    So many people get offended by things they don’t fully understand. I think this is such an insight to such a simple abbreviation. What other things are out there that we judge before knowing…hmmm!

  405. Dr. Chris -  December 13, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    Wow! This has been a captivating dialogue. As a Christian I’ve known for years that Christ had nothing to do with the pagan holiday celebrated on December 25th. After much soul-searching I’ve stopped celebrating Christmas but I celebrate Christ daily. It is fact that Church appropriated that day to compete for souls, and that Christ was most likely born in the spring. It would serve Christians better if we would stop using lies to teach truth. Just let Dec 25th be a secular holiday. No need to include Christ in something that originated before him and is contrary to his identity. Rather, just live the Christ you love! Now Hannukah! It’s so ironic that most Christians totally ignore Hannukah and Christ actually observed it because he was Jewish by genealogy. I’m proud to say I serve a Jewish Messiah!! And I call him by his name Yahshua!

  406. kfizzle -  December 13, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    I believe what most say is true. saying xmas is pretty… hmmm, just, bleh. say Merry Christmas! jeez. adding six more letters isnt going to take any time away from your life!

    just to prove my point, instead of saying merry xmas (which sounds pretty retarted when you say it aloud, by the way), i WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY, lOVE FILLED CHRISTMAS! (:

  407. Dee -  December 13, 2010 - 3:31 pm

    whether I choose to continue writing Christ or now use the “X” without guilt, thank you for providing me with an opportunity to be less judgmental.

  408. Joy -  December 13, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    This article is very interesting. Thank you for opening my eyes to more views on the word “Xmas” it is definitely something that I have been pondering about lately.

    Now, about my opinion: A mon avie, everyone has their own beliefs. I, as a Mormon, definitely have an extremely strong belief that Christ is truly the center of our Christmas and I enjoy writing CHRISTmas on papers. However, we do have boxes in our attic that say Xmas on them. This is not because we are sacrilegious any way, but rather because my mom didn’t have to write so much. I don’t believe we can say Xmas is stricly use it as a way to cross out Christ, although I’m sure some people may do. I don’t believe we can say that people strictly use it as a waya to shorten the word Christmas, either. Just like some people use the internet for pornography or other defiling things while others use it for church and educational or other uplifting purposes, it is a tool (or word) placed in our hands for us to use as we choose.

    As a Christian, I believe it’s kind of ridiculous for me to get offended by something so broad with so many different purposes. I just think that it would be a waste of my time to be completely distracted and enraptured by the use of Xmas.

    Oh! and Merry Christmas to all those who wish it! God Bless! :)

  409. ummm -  December 13, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Yeah, people should relax. No one cares what you think or believe anyway.

  410. Snoopy -  December 13, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    I think that THIS is a way to “cover” the fact that people these days want to cover the CHRIST in Christmas! FACE THE TRUTH! Christ is our LORD! Come to think about it, the actual holiday that we celebrate was brought about by the Catholics, and Christ wasn’t really born on December 25…Some studies show that he was born on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. It is the feast of Tabernacles (or the feast of dwelling, for “to tabernacle” means to dwell with). Since Christ was named Emmanuel (God with us) this also means, God dwells with us, or God TABERNACLES with us. I read this in Bible class ^^. I DON’T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK! XMAS is still offending to me! Why add an X, huh? Why not say CHRISTMAS!? The world is no longer in fire for Jesus Christ. His name is very important…That is why people “delete” His name from areas, because His name is the power! Maybe it IS true that the X means Christ, but why use an X to cut out 6 letters from a holiday? Think about it…may God put on our hearts to search ourselves…

  411. H.J.P. -  December 13, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    Cool I didn’t know that!!!!!☺☻☺☻☺

  412. Me -  December 13, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    Scott you seem to be religiously minded. But what people miss when they decide to be religious is that God has standards, but they do not know what those are. It is not about being right, it is about the facts. Exodus 20: 2-5 details how God feels about anything else creeping into his original way of worship. Allowing extra customs into Christianity is like adding a drop of poison into a glass of water. Will you still drink it? If you know anything about biblical history, you would know what happened to the Isrealites when they allowed the surrounding nations to taint their form of worship. Ask yourself, why would God change his standards? Because everybody started thinking different? The origins of a celebration are extremely important if you truly believe that God has standards.

    2Timothy 4:3,4 sums up how religions would treat God’s originalteachings.

    Know your bible if you are going to weigh in from a religious point of view.

  413. lin1 -  December 13, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    i thinks its seems like ok info but its just the letter x i do not think that it has history sorry

  414. Wilddwarf -  December 13, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Seamusmac, since you seem uneducated or falsely educated on the subject, let me educate you. Christians have celebrated Jesus-related holidays for centuries. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church decided to incorporate pagan elements into their worship to appeal to the neighboring pagans. They created a holiday which merged the Jesus-related holidays with the celebration of the winter festival. This is what we call Christmas. It is not a usurping of a pagan holiday, it is a violation of Christian tradition. Ever since it’s conception, there has been ongoing controversy about it. Whether you choose to celebrate it or how you choose to celebrate it is up to you, but please do the research before you bash it.

  415. Robert -  December 13, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Seamusmac, you’re wrong. Christmas has nothing whatsoever to do with the long-dead feast of the Saturnalia. It celebrates the Incarnation (God taking on human flesh). The Saturnalia had nothing to do with that. Apart from occuring at similar times of the year there’s no actual connection.

    And as for the notion that the use of the Greek letter Chi somehow takes the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, that is nonsense I think. Far better Christians than us have used it for hundreds of years.

  416. K Ro -  December 13, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    Interesting article, but I agree with the point that we now use X as a way to replace part of a word or to truncate it, like xment for treatment. No one who writes xment means Christment. So while the history of X as explained makes me feel somewaht better about its use several hundred years ago, I think it’s current use in the English language is not so innocent. So despite its historical use, for such a sacred word as Christmas, I prefer to write the entire word out.

  417. Albert -  December 13, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    No matter how, I will still chose to use Christmas. How can we cross Christ out of Christmas? Christmas is all about Christ and that’s why we celebrate it. Even the information of the article might be true, but think about it. If we continue using Xmas for the future, then how about the nest generation? They will forget and even don’t know who Christ is cos they only know Xmas but never get to know about Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas. :-)

  418. Bekah -  December 13, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    This is interesting and although I will still continue to use “Christ”mas, it just goes to show that while the world may try to erase Him, Christ eternal will always triumph! His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and His dominion endures throughout all generations. (Psalm 145:13)

  419. michelle -  December 13, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    It is just a way to shorten it and no one should be offensive because we aren’t cuttingg out christ. THANK YOU

  420. Michele Hoover -  December 13, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    I am happy to read this about the x in christmas.

  421. Scott -  December 13, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Please excuse me for posting religious debate on a word-etymology forum.

    I do appreciate the fact that people defend their beliefs, opinions, and religious teachings. But it seems to me that several people here (and many other places) get angry at others for stealing Christmas away from it’s “true origin.” In the process, harsh words are exchanged and people propagate hatred in the name of “being right”–whether it’s for Christ or for proper history, science, etc. How silly. I understand that the church stole someone else’s tradition to celebrate it’s own doctrine. That is simply history. What I do not understand is why people are still angry about this. If it were not for the Christian church, we, as North Americans, would not be celebrating Christmas anyway. If you don’t believe Christ died for you sins, don’t celebrate Christ. You can still spend the holiday with your family (by the way, “holiday” comes from “Holy Day”, and would not exist if not for religion). Please, lets not get offended by taking the the Christ out of Christmas, or by putting Christ where he doesn’t belong. Those who want Christ in their mass will have it, and those who do not want Christ cannot be forced into believing it. And dear HAE, please be careful. Do you really expect to show people the love of Christ by telling them that they are idiots?

    As to the word itself, that’s quite neat! It’s definitely a conversation starter.

  422. darthvader -  December 13, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    I was so offended by Xmas. I was apalled that people could take away Christ in the holiday for him to shorten things up a bit and not offend other religions in advertising. However, I see now that it does still show the true meaning. Fascinating! I wonder how you came by this?

  423. Abby landders -  December 13, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    I don’t like the way people leave out the word Christ in Christmas. The abbreviation of xmas is just disrespectful to the lord.

    Merrry CHRISTmas everyone!
    Abby landders

  424. ricardo -  December 13, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    wow this is a very interresting article merry christmas

  425. PastorX -  December 13, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    benji rocks. You believe the etymology of the word xmas is rooted in something from the 1500′s,whatever. I have been studying the Bible and several biblical and extrabiblical texts, yet I haven’t run across anybody using the word “xmas”. This really is a fairly new thing, circa 1960′s-70′s. Using the word doesn’t bother me at all, in fact I will purposely talk to anybody about Christ, not X. But if I do get to Greece, I will talk to them about the Christos who was and is and is to come. Thank you for the valued information that you bring forth each day. May you be blessed.

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