'tis the season again. So, this is just your friendly reminder to please not write me a letter about writing "xmas" because you think i worship the devil and am in some kind of conspiracy to overthrow the world... just read this 1st.
(This was originally posted on November 24th, 2009 HERE.)
OK, I thought it might be easier to just say this once and get it out of the way.
It is a lot easier and faster for me to write "xmas" than "Christmas". There, I said it and it's out of the way now.
So, when I am typing something quickly = a blog post, an email, a text,
etc... I'm probably going to write "xmas" instead of "Christmas". (So
don't be offended when you get an email or text from me with "xmas" in
Lest you think I am some heartless atheist (or a devil worshipper) - it has NOTHING to do with "taking Christ out of Christmas" as lots of people say. It's not some "liberal" agenda to hijack this "Christian nation". It is simply 5 less letters to type. It's easier. That's all. I don't hate Jesus. In fact I love Jesus and am radically following Him as best as I know how.
In case you're curious "X" is actually the abbreviation for "Christ". Therefore xmas instead of Christmas. It's not "taking Christ out of Christmas", it's simply abbreviating.
* "X" is the 1st Greek letter in "Christ" (Xristou). That's why "X" is the abbreviation for Christ.
And that's why I hope you can understand that I'm not a devil worshiper just because I write "xmas".
And actually I think it's interesting in light of this topic that the ancient Hebrew scribes used to write YHWH
to abbreviate God's Name because they wanted to revere His holy name
and didn't think themselves worthy to even write all the letters - Yahweh... (we think).
[i wonder what they would think of us... actually writing the WHOLE name
out. Would they think us irreverant or blasphemous? or even part of a
conspiracy to overthrow the world?]
So, again, just to clarify = I'm
going to write "xmas" instead of "Christmas", but not because I hate
God, just because it's faster.