Monday, December 26, 2005

To: U know who u are (prev. posted on xanga, bebo, and tagged)

Before I drop the subject, although it isn't even the issue anymore, I'm putting this out. If you can go and put an article saying how bad my opinion is and everyone can think it's ok I can do the same-

Xmas (or X-mas) is an abbreviation for Christmas. It is derived from the Greek word ×ÑÉÓÔÏÓ, transliterated as Christos, which is the origin of the English Christ. Greek is the language in which the New Testament is generally believed to have been written.
Originally, in "Xmas", X represented the Greek letter ÷ (see
chi). It was pronounced with an aspirated [kh], which is the first letter of Christ's name in Greek. An upper-case ÷ has the same shape as a Latin alphabet letter X, hence the abbreviation "Xmas".
It seems Christmas has been abbreviated for at least the past 1,000 years. Before Xmas, there was XPmas, according to Inge Milfull, assistant editor of etymology at Oxford English Dictionaries (OED). She found references in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle as far back as 1021 and says the P was probably dropped later. XP, or the Greek Letters ÷ (
chi) and ñ (rho) is an ancient abbreviation for Christ (see Labarum) and is still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ.
As origins of the word go largely unnoticed by the larger public, many people believe that the term is part of an effort to "take Christ out of Christmas" as a means of
secularization or a vehicle for pushing political correctness, or as a symptom of the commercialization of the holiday (as the abbreviation has long been employed by retailers). This notion is greatly disputed.
The occasionally seen belief that the X represents the
cross Christ was crucified on has no basis in fact; St Andrew's Cross is X-shaped, but Christ's cross was probably shaped like a T or a †. Indeed, X-as-chi was associated with Christ long before X-as-cross could be. The use of X as an abbreviation for cross in modern abbreviated writing (e.g. "Kings X" for "Kings Cross") may have reinforced this assumption.
In ancient Christian art ÷ and ÷ñ (Chi Ro--the first two letters in Greek of Christos) are abbreviations for Christ's name. In many manuscripts of the New Testament and
icons, X is an abbreviation for Christos, as is XC (the first and last letters in Greek, using the lunate sigma); compare IC for Jesus in Greek. The Oxford English Dictionary documents the use of this abbreviation back to 1551, 50 years before the first English colonists came to North America and 60 years before the King James Version of the Bible was completed. At the same time, Xian and Xianity were in frequent use as abbreviations of "Christian" and "Christianity".
The abbreviation is widely but not universally accepted; some view it as demeaning to Christ, whilst others find it helpful to use in text messages and emails and quickly handwritten notes to save space. Similarly, Xianity is sometimes used as the abbreviation for
Christianity (although this usage is much less common than "Xmas"). This usage has extended to "xtal" for "crystal", and on florists' signs "xant" for "chrysanthemum" (though these words are not etymologically related to "Christ"; "crystal" comes from a Greek word meaning "ice", and "chrysanthemum" from Greek words meaning "golden flower", while "Christ" comes from a Greek word meaning "anointed").


Theresa said...

Becka, girl, I'm proud of you!!! This is a great defense of your position!!! In the words of your dear Grandma "You done good!"

Pam in Colorado said...

I must agree with you of regarding the origion of Xmas. I know it is a hot topic right now, but the truth is still there.

If people spent as much time living like Christ, instead of arguing Christmas, it would not matter, or so much less and Christ would be honored every day of our lives.

Christians are giving Christianity a bad name in my opinion. Just my view.