Why do they call it xmas?
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The origin of Christmas is not in December it has its roots in Ancient Rome and England. The word Christmas has Pagan origin. X, as we all know, is the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of Christ’s name in Greek. Hence the word Christmas. The ‘X’ and the ‘M’ are the two main symbols of Christmas due to its Pagan origin.
The word “Christmas” comes from the Old English “Cristes maesse”, or the mass of Christ. This is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The holiday has been celebrated since the 4th century. The word “xmas” is a shortened version of the word “Christmas”. It is sometimes used to avoid the religious connotations of the word “Christmas”.
Christmas is a festival of giving and sharing, so it’s not surprising that the word “xmas” has been around for centuries.
The word “xmas” was first used in the 14th century, when Christians would use the letter X to replace the word Christ (which was not allowed to be spoken).
It was popularised in England when King James VI and I decreed that Christmas Day would be a public holiday.
Ironically, in Britain, it is now very rare to see this spelling of Christmas.