(It’s Christmas day, you should be with your family and not reading blogs! So in light of that, I’ll make this short, and leave you with a bit of Xmas trivia)

I grew hearing that the abbreviation “Xmas” was an effort to secularize Christmas by the heathens, taking the “Christ out of Christmas” But guess what, that is wrong!

From Wikipedia:

The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Christós (Greek: Χριστός), which became Christ in English. The suffix -mas is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass.

…. this usage dates back to the 16th century, with the “X” deriving from the New-Testament Greek spelling of “christos”

It turns out that Xmas is a legitimate Christly way of writing Christmas! What did you learn about the word Xmas? Did you ever hear anything specifically from a Mormon view on using this word? What would Elder Oaks say if he got a “Merry Xmas” card?

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