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What does the X means in Christmas

soniyo Senior Member

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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 2:00am | IP Logged


The word "Christmas" means "Mass of Christ," later shortened to "Christ-Mass." The even shorter form "Xmas" - first used in Europe in the 1500s - is derived from the Greek alphabet, in which X is the first letter of Christ's name: Xristos, therefore " X-Mass."

About the X

Europeans in the 16th century started using X in place of Christ's name as shorthand for writing Christ. The Christian monks and scholars were knowledgeable of the Greek letter X, - Chi or Khi - which is the first letter in the Greek word "Christos" or "Kristos" (Greek: CristoV) The Greek and Hebrew word "Christos" comes out "Messiah" and mean the same thing: "The anointed One." For many years the X was understood by Christian clergy and as time passed, many Christians, educated and not, were not aware of the meaning. Over time the meaning became lost and was later of perceived as a sign disrespect.

~ Catch a Santa ~


Merry Christmas folks .....


we are almost there


Edited by soniyo - 23 December 2006 at 2:39am

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kirtib Senior Member

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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 2:51am | IP Logged
Wow Soniyo.. Thanks for the info!!

Christmas is almost there!! Wishing all India-Forum members Merry Xmas!! Tongue
sajnie IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 2:59am | IP Logged
thx for shraing dear Tongue


Ambrosia IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 3:12am | IP Logged
Thanks for sharing Soniyo..Smile

Merry Christmas to all the members of IF. HugHope you all have loadz of of fun. Tongue

Snape Senior Member

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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 3:18am | IP Logged
it is related to the X-Men community
Morgoth IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 4:45am | IP Logged
Very interesting. I knew Christ was called Kristos in Greek, but did not know that X was the Greek letter for it.
kaleidoscope Goldie

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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 4:53am | IP Logged
Very informative post dear. Thank you.
Merry Christmas to all.
pooja jain Goldie
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Posted: 23 December 2006 at 5:09am | IP Logged
ohh !! thanx 4 sharing yaar n merry christmas 2 all !

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