I thought that the X in Xmas was a way for people to take Jesus Christ out of CHRISTmas. I cringed every time I saw it typed out “x-mas”. I felt saddened by the lack of focus on Jesus during the Holiday Season.
Have you ever wondered if an English letter has more meaning to it than we know? I decided to look up the letter “X” to see what it meant. This is what I found…
Xmas – Word Study
“X, the twenty fourth letter of the English Alphabet, is borrowed from the Greek. In the middle and at the end of words, it has the sound of ks, as in wax, lax, luxury. At the beginning of a word, it has precisely the sound of z. It is used as an initial, in a few words borrowed from the Greek.
As a numeral, X stands for ten. It represents one V, which stands for five, placed on the top of another. When laid horizontally it stands for a thousand, and with a dash over it, it stands for ten thousand. As an abbreviation, X. Stands for Christ, and in Xn. Christian; Xm. Christmas.”
[American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828]
Thoughts To Ponder
Okay, wow! Now I don’t feel so horrible when I see Christmas written with an X. I found it interesting to know that the original intention of using “x-mas” was NOT to rid the Holiday of Christ, but just another way to glorify Him! Amen?
This was also a lesson for me to be careful not to let my ignorance on a topic rule my emotions. A reminder to stay calm and learn something about the topic before reacting.
It also reminds me that we need to be willing to research, study, and learn for ourselves exactly what God’s Word says, rather than simply reference or repeat what someone else has told us. It is so important to dig deep into God’s Word, spend time in prayer, and seek Him every day!
Who knew you could learn so much from one letter?