phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Xmas - origin

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.