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What is the X in Xmas?
By Sarah Lane
Nov 16, 2008, 08:04 PST

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What is the X in XMAS

What is the X in XMAS?


Short Hand: The idea of using ‘X’ in place of Christ is not a modern idea. In the Modern Roman Alphabet, the first letter of the word ‘Christ’ is ‘chi’ which is represented by a symbol similar to the letter ‘X’.


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You will frequently see people write Xmas as well as Xian, which means Christian, using the same principle. [Cross and Chi -- Two chi's superimposed upon one another. The chi in its normal position represents Christ. The chi in the position of the cross represents Christ's crucifixion.]

Source: Paul G. Donelson


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