Originally Posted by TweedleDeedle3
Just slightly off topic...I really hate it when people use Xmas, is it really that tough to write CHRISTmas? Seriously? Even someone in my neighborhood, had a sign in their yard, "Keep Christ in Christmas" but wrote Merry Xmas with car chalk on their back windshield!
I'll contribute to the brief topic hijack if nobody minds.
I'm a bit of a folklorist--hence my profile name--so I can share a little etyology on the origin of using X in Xmas for you to give you a why it's done.
It didn't originate from the English use of X in the current alphabet, but goes back to the first century A.D. to the Greek usage of the letter X. The Greek X was called "Chi" (pronounced with a hard 'k'). And was the first letter of Greek word "Christos". In ancient Christian texts, you'll find X to abbreviate Christos or Jesus Christ.
In fact, it was a kind of code for the newborn Christian movement who were facing hard persecution in the first century, written on cave walls and secret meeting places to designate sacred locations et.al. Basically, it's been used since the birth of Christianity and in the early days you could say contributed to its survival.
So, from that information, using X has nothing to do with taking Christ out of Christmas but very much keeps Christ in Christmas.
The saying "Keeping Christ in Christmas" plays cleverly on the legitemate use of X, but of course refers to the materialization of Christmas that was given a huge push by Mr. Macy and television (which I think we can all agree annoys the piss out of us, no matter what our religious or non-religious background). Darn those TV Adverts!