Merry X-mas

“Why in the world would you write that?”

“What are you talking about?”

“Obviously, that X in Christmas.”

“What wrong with that?”

“You don’t know?”

“Nope. Tell me.”

“Well, X stands for an unknown quantity. That’s no way to talk about our Lord!”

“Whoa! You don’t have the facts straight!”

“What do you mean?”

“That’s no X, it’s…”

“Looks like an X to me.”

“Listen, the New Testament was written in Greek—which everyone wrote at that time.”

X-mas isn’t something new…

“Yeah? So what?”

“Here’s what – that supposed “X” in Xmas isn’t an English letter at all. It’s…”

“Sure looks like one.”

“Yes. But it is really a Greek letter standing for ‘Ch,’ the first two letters in “Christ.” The expression Xmas is an abbreviation – that’s all.”


“If I were objecting to anything, and I’m not, it would be the ‘mas’ at the end of the word.”

“Hmmm. You’d better explain that one too!”

“Well, it’s a shortening of the word ‘mass.’”

“A Roman Catholic word?”

“Sorta. You see, Xmas is a ‘mule word’ – half Greek, half Latin.”


“The latter part, mas, came from the Latin mitto which means ‘to dismiss’ or ‘send off.’ It was used in the early church to dismiss unbelievers before communion was served. But it has little meaning any more – it’s just an abbreviated ending. Get it?”

“Think so. Uh . . . Merry Xmas”

“Merry Xmas!”

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  1. SH

    December 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Love it! I used to think it was to remove Christ from Christmas. Then I learned it has a lot less sinister meaning.

    • Reformed Perspective

      December 13, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Yup, it is a very good one from Dr. Adams. While some who use X-mas today might well be doing so because they hate Christ, Christians, instead of getting upset, can with a smile and a wink, point out to them what the X they are using actually stands for. Those who substitute “X-mas” for “Christmas” to do away with Christ are not actually achieving their end 🙂

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