Xmas! It’s Merry Christmas! But do you really know what is meant by using the Term Merry XMas? Maybe even what the letter X is in Greek or even what the labarum or Chi-Rho is?
It’s Merry Christmas! Find Out What Xmas Really Means
I guess this just gets to me to be forced to say Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings etc. Or even saying Merry Xmas. Christmas is more that just a holiday. It is about the virgin birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In my opinion, these other sayings remove Christ from it. Let’s stand up as Christians and still say …
Don’t be shamed. Stand up for God. He is after all the one we have to answer to in the end. I am more afraid of dishonoring God than man.
What is Xmas? ΧΡ
Using Xmas dates back to the 16th Century.
The X, known as the, labarum, often called Chi-Rho. This is a Christian symbol and claims to be a symbol that means Christ (Χριστός – ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ). In order for it to become a labarum, it must have two Greek letters that overlap each other, such as the “ΧΡ”.
Χχ (Chi) & Ρρ (Rho)
The letter “Χχ” comes from the Greek word Chi. Which is the first part of Christ. The word -mas is from Latin word mass. Then Christ was either written XP or XT. The letter “Ρρ” is Rho. Together those letters for the labarum, as shown in this blog post.
Even now some people will say Merry Christ-Mas, saying Christ and mas instead of Chris and mas. Nevertheless, I still prefer to still call out Christ in Christmas. That is the most important part of it. The first 6 letters … CHRIST!
Also note that when we say Happy Holidays we are actually saying Happy Holy Days!
But for me, I will always and prefer to say Merry ChristMas. I just wanted everyone to know what Xmas meant. When ever you hear someone wish you a Merry XMas remember they are trying to do Greek for Christ. They might even know that the “Χχ” is short for Christ in Greek.
I even wrote about this in my 2010 issue of Patterson Post. (Post 2010) But felt led to share in my blog about this. This was also posted December 5, 2013 on Courageous Christian Father and also last republished/updated November 29, 2018.