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soniyo

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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."
 

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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.



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

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Wow Soniyo.. Thanks for the info!!

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

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thx for shraing dear Tongue

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE Clap Clap Clap
ENJOY LOADS Tongue

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Thanks for sharing Soniyo..Smile

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



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it is related to the X-Men community

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Very interesting. I knew Christ was called Kristos in Greek, but did not know that X was the Greek letter for it.

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Very informative post dear. Thank you.
Merry Christmas to all.

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ohh !! thanx 4 sharing yaar n merry christmas 2 all !

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