The misconception is that the use of Xmas instead of Christmas is part of some plot to remove "Christ" from Christmas.
Yes. *sighs* This is a belief that may be part of that mythical "War on Christmas" that we hear about so much this time of year. [No, no... I'm not going to go into that whole thing right now so calm down.]
Did you know that...
- X stands for the Greek letter Chi - which is the beginning letter of Χριστός, which means Christ in Greek
- The first known usage of Xmas can be traced back to monks in 1021 who were translating old manuscripts into Old English
- Franklin Graham - son of Billy Graham - is one of the people who have mistaken the use of Xmas as an effort to remove Jesus from Christmas
Excuse me? People are advocating ignorance rather than educating others? No... I cannot go along with this. Instead, when I see or hear someone complaining about the use of Xmas, I speak up and educate them.
Now you can do that, too...
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