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“Don't Cross Out Christ On Christmas” — Wrong!
published 24 December 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

OW MANY TIMES have you heard people warn against using the abbreviation Xmas for Christmas? They say things like, “Don’t cross out Christ on Christmas.” But it’s total nonsense! For more than a millenium, Christians have used an X to denote Christ. It comes from the Greek letter “Chi,” and even as late as the 19th century, Abbot Pothier used that abbreviation in the Solesmes books.

I could cite thousands of examples, but consider this one from the 14th century:

524 Christmas X


Did you see how the scribe wrote the word Christe in the KYRIE ELEYSON?

THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS MORE examples could be cited. Here’s one from a famous CHRISTMAS HYMN called Christe Redemptor Omnium:

415 Christe


Here’s one from the Litany of the saints:

557 Litany


In this next example, notice the beautiful passages from Sacred Scripture written in wherever they could be squeezed in:

551 Xste MSS