Origin of Xmas!!!
December 3, 2006 8:12pm CST
I never thought I’d be posting something like this. I had rejected the very notion of Xmas as a way for people to remove Christ from the holiday just as so many are trying to remove Him from every other facet of our lives whenever they can, but here it is. Xmas is legit! I spoke with my friend Scott about this matter, and at first I was opposed to the very concept of using the term Xmas for the reasons mentioned above, but he let me in on some little known info, as well as the above link. IXOYE is explained as the Greek word for “fish” and is also an acronym. I=JESUS, X=CHRIST, O=GOD, Y=SON, E=SAVIOR. Check out the link for more info. That X, though, means Christ, and so it means something in Xmas. A quote from Scott reads like this (Scott, I’ll remove this if you ask): I used to use the Greek letter X (pronounced “kie”) in seminary notes when referring either to Jesus or Christ as I used the “theta” (an “O” with a “-” through the center) when writing about God. For me it was just a quicker way to take notes, sorta like shorthand. If I see “Xmas” with someone, I’ll usually ask, “What do you suppose that means?” in order to get their take on it. I’d say about 1 out of 6 people could give a reasonable explanation while, yes, the majority are clueless. I still prefer to use the full word “Christmas” because many people in today’s world see the X as a way to remove Christ from this holy celebration. He needs to be re-introduced to so many people and Christmas is a great time to do so! Invite someone to a Christmas show at a church and be ready to answer any questions they may have! Encourage them to look at the lyrics of the Christmas carols more closely and again answer questions! This is a magical time of the year and God can do wondrous things through you. Don’t ever forget that. Merry Xmas!