Why Xmas instead of Christmas?

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Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas, which is Greek in origin. It’s believed that the word Xmas was first used in 16th century to refer to Christ’s name Xristos. It was later on used as shorthand version of the word Christmas.
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Someone, somewhere just used it as a slang term. The proper way is to spell it Christmas. Xmas was to be used as the X meaning cross. Example you will see a sign that will read Railroad Xing.
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Christ's Mass is the origin of the word Christmas. The Roman letter X is an abbreviation for Christ. Using the X has been a way to shorten or abbreviate Christmas since the 16th century
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Simply because its shorter and easier to fit on cards.
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The exact origin of the single letter X for Christ cannot be pinpoi...
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I'm guilty as well having used x instead of spelling the whole word. I don't do it to take out Christ fro Christmas or because i'm Jewish i just do it to get the word spelled faster
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