Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing
Merry Xmas is just short form and involves less typing. The X is supposed to be like a cross and represent Christ. That was I was always led to believe at any rate.
Actually, the "X" is the Greek letter "chi," the first letter in "Christos."
Parchment was expensive and precious in the middle ages, so words were often abbreviated to save space. "Christ" or "Christos" was frequently abbreviated to "chi" or "chi rho" (the intertwined "P" and "x" you sometimes see) by priests and monks.
So people who claim that "Xmas" is a dirty evil commie Kenyan Muslim socialist plot to destroy whatever are really only demonstrating their ignorance of the history and art of their own religion.
Which, ya gotta admit, is pretty funny.
Allow me to present an example: