I know some of you are posters on Parenting, so I'm sure you've seen the post about 19 Wikipedia Pages that will send you spiraling.
As I was spiraling on the "List of Common Misconceptions" list I found:
"Xmas" did not originate as a secular plan to "take the Christ out of Christmas". X stands for the Greek letter chi, the starting letter of Χριστός (Christos), or "Christ" in Greek. The use of the word "Xmas" in English can be traced to the year 1021 when "monks in Great Britain...used the X while transcribing classical manuscripts into Old English" in place of "Christ". The Oxford English Dictionary's "first recorded use of 'Xmas' for 'Christmas' dates back to 1551."
I personally use Xmas because I'm lazy and don't want to type the whole thing out, but I'm happy to find out the truth behind the term. I see many people ranting on FB around the holidays about this, so it's nice to have a come back.
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