It’s common today to hear Christians lament the fact that Jesus is too often overlooked or even left out in our modern secular celebration of the holiday. One example that people sometimes mistakenly point to is the use of the term Xmas which some see as a way of leaving Christ out of Christmas when actually, the complete opposite is occurring here. The X actually represents the name of Christ! In Greek, the first two letters of the word Christ are chi (c or C) and rho (r or R). No doubt you recognize the following symbol as a symbol of Christ:
This symbol, the Chi Rho (pronounced KEE-ROE), is made by combining the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek. In the same way, the X used in the abbreviation Xmas is actually the Greek letter chi (c or C). Here is some fascinating background on the development of the abbreviation Xmas.
So, perhaps we should encourage those we teach to use the abbreviation Xmas when sending their Xmas cards and greetings and to have them add a little P.S. about the X actually being a Greek chi representing the name Christ!