The term X-mas has been aggravating to many Christians for years, because it was a method of removing Christ from Christmas.  The 'X' has been an attempt to literally cross out the Christ.  Historically, there have been many abbreviations for Christ over the past 1,000 years. The Anglo-Saxons used the terms Xt or XP to describe Christ, whilst the Greeks used the letter 'X' (Chi).  In ancient Christian art, both X and xp are abbreviations for Christ. The Oxford English Dictionary dates the abbreviation of 'X' for Christ back to 1551.  This was 60 years before the first version of the King James Bible was completed. Xian and Xianity were used around the same time, and are sometimes still used today; although not with the frequency of X-mas.  The term Christ actually comes from the Greek word for anointed.

Some of the godless people conspiring against the Christian faith have contended that the use of X-mas was not an attempt to remove the meaning of Christ from Christmas. These same people changed their methods when the history of the letter 'X' was recently discovered in regard to Christian history.  So, we now have substituted for 'X-mas' the phrase 'Happy Holidays'.  Ancient Greek?  I do not think so, and political correctness on this issue has taken its toll. 'Winterfest' is now the correct term for Christmas in Britain, where the Christian faith has been virtually eliminated. I hope that good American Christians will not allow this to happen here, but it looks like it is already happening.  When Christmas time returns again, do the right thing, and testify about the true meaning of the celebration whenever you hear these things. Someday the Christ may return the favor by testifying on your behalf.


Enrique Mapa
# Enrique Mapa 2013-12-02 00:26
I was in the same boat as you before I delved into researching the history of the past - what the first century church had practiced as believers in Christ Yeshuah (His name in hebrew or Jesus in greek/english translation). There was never a command from God to celebrate His Son's birthday on Dec 25. Up until the second century the gentile believers of Yeshuah followed the practice and traditions of the Jews (who believed in Yeshuah). Disciples like Peter, John and James and the rest of the 12 apostles and of course many other jews were the first christians - more appropriately called today messianic jews. However, the influence of the greco-roman empire on the then known world had most of their citizens practice pagan religion - worshipping many different gods (greek and babylonian), Zeus and Baal to name a few. Majority didn't know the God YHVH (Yahweh) while significant numbers of the reco-roman world had already been following the messianic jews (those who believe in the Christ). Emperor Constantine tried to appease both camps but more in the favor of the greek-roman citizens as he hated the jews. Based on this bias he changed the biblical Sabbath to Sunday, embraced the celebration of the Saturnilla on Dec 25 as the birth of the messiah, and removed all the God-commanded jewish celebration. Those celebrations or feasts are God's command and must be followed throughout eternity (see Leviticus 23). That's why we as christians are oblivious of the true birth of Christ. It is the Feast of Tabernacle during which He was born. The word in the John's gospel can lead us to that - "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt (tabernacled) among us." There are scriptures in Luke that would point to the season (moedim in hebrew) when Christ was born. Particularly the part where Zachariah the father of John the baptist came from temple duty as priest and impregnate Elizabeth - . Zechariah was part of the division of Abijah. Note that John the baptist was 6 months older than Jesus. It is easy to trace the birth of Christ with this scriptures.
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Michael Meredith
# Michael Meredith 2015-04-15 22:25
Many people believe that when the Christian religion adapted to the Roman Empire, it then became an empirical religion ( Ghandi).
It is hard to imagine Jesus telling conquerers to go out and conquer, steal, rape, enslave, and generally do what empires have done for all time. The English Empire( not totally deceased even today) is not the least of these agressors, nor their American offspring.
For the other side, he did tell his followers they would need to protect themselves, and even held a sword briefly ( imagine that).

Christ's birthday should be celebrated every day - that's what I tell my kids!

Thats what I think too, Amy
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