24 Dec 2009

Christmas or "Axe-muhs"?

One thing I've always wondered about around Christmas time is why the word Christmas is usually abbreviated to Xmas and nothing else? The common answer/theory is that the X, which looks like a cross, is supposed to signify the crucifixion/crucification/however you spell it of Jesus. It did seem to make sense at first, but then it also seemed to be a bit too simple as that to me...

Then I found another possible theory here:

Apparently, the church likes to use Greek symbols for abbreviations, kinda like how mathematicians like to use Greek symbols too. "Christ" in Greek was spelled as CRISTOS CRISTOS and the 2 letters happen to be chi C and rho R. So they combined them to form chi-rho:

...which probably evolved into just a simple X which we still use today.

Now this also sounds plausible, but there's still no certainty as to how Christ became X, but it sure is an effective way to abbreviate Christmas into Xmas. However, you shouldn't go around saying out the letter, just go by the original word. It would seem weird going around saying "Merry Exmus" to everybody, let alone calling Christians "Exians" or "Sians". So just write it that way, not say it that way.

If Santa Claus is supposed to deliver all Christmas presents on the night before Christmas, either I don't have any gifts meant for me, or Santa is really screwed this time... (no offence)