I’ve grown up in the church, so I’m well versed in the “Xmas is taking Christ out of Christmas” argument that normally happens around this time of year. So, you can imagine my surprise when after a little bit of digging I realized that argument is null and void. Christians have been using the term Xmas since the 16th century.
You see it isn’t really an English X in Xmas. Rather it’s the first Greek letter in the word “Christ.” Throughout history Christians have been using a Greek chi (X) to reverently refer to Jesus, by using his first initial. The use of “X” as a replacement for “Christ” isn’t based on people trying to cross Jesus out of Christmas, but similar how I refer to a friend as D. J. instead of David James.
So this holiday season when someone freaks out about your use of “Xmas” feel free to send them to this blog post or to Wikipedia.