Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 04, 2001
In Reply to: Xmas - origin posted by R. Newman on December 04, 2001
: Why do religious Jews say "Xmas" instead of "Christmas" and why X and not Y or Z?
Here in NY and I think in most of the US, Xmas is just an abbreviation for "Christmas".
"X" is a symbol for Christ, from the Greek letter chi (X). Christ + mas = X + mas = Xmas
Maybe in other regions of the globe "xmas" has taken on some other nuance besides being just an abbreviation.