And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11 KJV)
Now before you kick me off your blog list, let me explain why I say X is for Xmas. The message in the above passage was given to shepherds by an angel the night Jesus Christ was born. To them, the angel also charged with the responsibility of announcing His birth to those around them on that first Christmas night.
As time passed and more people believed in Jesus as the Christ (the Greek word for Messiah), they attached a symbol to His name—the first three letters of Christ in Greek CHI, which when written together resemble our letter X. That symbol became the universal symbol for Christ and had been used up until about a century or so ago.
Even after learning X symbolized Christ, I took offense when I’d see Xmas. Maybe you still do too. But consider this: no matter how hard they try to eliminate Christ from Christmas or the world, it cannot be done. Will I use Xmas? No. But I may say/write Merry Xmas back with a bit of a smirk to someone who says/writes it to me, knowing the X stands for Christ and they didn’t take Him out of Christmas at all. It’s impossible.
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter X?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K Hendricks