Why Is Christmas Abbreviated to Xmas?

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Christmas is abbreviated as Xmas because the Greek letter X is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ which is 'Christos'. Xmas therefore means Christ's Mass. The abbreviation has been around since at least the sixteenth century and is not, as some people have claimed, an attempt to take the Christ out of Christmas and make it a secular holiday.
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X was used as a short hand symbol as Christ was crucified on the cross. It was actually religious clerics that started the practice in the middle ages and it in no way is a slur on
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"X" (as in chi) was used as an abbreviation for Christ from early times,
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The objection to Xmas is usually along the line that people using an "X" to replace Christ's name in Christmas.
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Well, that letter may look like an "X" and walk like an "X" and quack like an "X, but it isn't an "X. That's the Greek letter "chi" which is
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