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Why do people say Merry X-mas instead of Merry christmas?

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Because some people think that the word "Christ" which is in Christmas, is highly offensive... It's a little ridiculous.

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Any time :)
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This is a misconception. X is actually a Greek translation for Christ
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I know that, but many people (in retail, on the radio, etc.) are actually instructed to say X-mas so as not to offend anyone.
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Nobody says merry x-mas. It is just a short way to WRITE it
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I've never heard anyone say it. I've only seen it written. It's an abbreviation.

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Never hear anybody say that either. Just a shorter way of saying it.

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A shorter way to put it.

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They're trying to take the "Christ" out of Christmas, but the "X" in "X-mas" was a sign meaning Christ. So they're saying "Christmas" either way

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Except nobody says it, they write it
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X-actly :)
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because X-mas is a abbreviation for Christmas.

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SOMETIMES it's because they don't believe in Christ. Sometimes it's just to shorten the name.

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Except nobody says merry x-mas, it is a writing shortcut
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It's an abbreviation for Christmas. Most people believe that others are trying to take Christ out of Christmas, but this is a common misconception. X is actually a Greek translation for Christ.

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I've heard it is to take Christ out of Christmas, but I don't think that's true. X=Chi=Christ.

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Because those who do not believe in Jesus Christ do not like the word "christ" in Christmas. I don't know why they would trade it out for "X" though.

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Because X is a Greek translation for Christ
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