08 December 2005

i admit, i did think Xmas was disrespectful

...but here's some good (and enlightening) information. my co-worker steve said he woke up today wondering how we ever came to write "Xmas" rather than "Christmas". i too wondered about that and was appreciative of steve's inquiry. here's what he found...

Xmas
This abbreviation for Christmas is of Greek origin. The word for Christ in Greek is Xristos. During the 16th century, Europeans began using the first initial of Christ's name, "X" in place of the word Christ in Christmas as a shorthand form of the word. Although the early Christians understood that X stood for Christ's name, later Christians who did not understand the Greek language mistook "Xmas" as a sign of disrespect.

(courtesy of The Symbols and Traditions of Christmas)


so that's really neat. and no body even knows that. did you? of course you didn't.

4 comments:

jesse said...

VERY good to know, husband. thanks!

Josh said...

anytime, wife!

scott said...

LAME

Josh said...

is that one of those internet acronyms i've been hearing so much about?

Looking At Myself Eat? come on, gimme a hint!