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    So my kids asked me why some call Christmas - XMAS?

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    Christmas is also sometimes called Xmas. Some people don't think it's correct to call Christmas 'Xmas' as that takes the 'Christ' (Jesus) out of Christmas. But that is not quite right! In the Greek language and alphabet, the letter that looks like an X is the Greek letter chi (pronounced 'kye' - it rhymes with 'eye') which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Christos.

    The symbol of a fish is sometimes used by Christians (you might see a fish sticker on a car or someone wearing a little fish badge). This comes from the time when the first Christians had to meet in secret, as the Romans wanted to kill them (before Emperor Constantine became a Christian). Jesus had said that he wanted to make his followers 'Fishers of Men', so people started to use that symbol.

    When two Christians met, one person drew half a basic fish shape (often using their foot in the dust on the ground) and the other person drew the other half of the fish. The Greek word for fish is 'Ikthus' or 'Ichthys'. There are five Greek letters in the word. It can also make up a sentence of Christian beliefs 'Ie-sous Christos Theou Huios So-te-r' which in English means "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour". The second letter of these five letter is X or Christos!


    So Xmas can also mean Christmas!

    I didnt know that!!!
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    There you go you learn something every day!

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    Neither did I Lynn. Interesting
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    I know!! I always didnt like writing Xmas either.
    Tragedy, sadness, loneliness and despair taught me that life is really a beautiful thing; if it wasn't I wouldn't be able to recognize that anything was wrong - Lynn in Virginia

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    I never liked using the X either...now I know...thanks! Love the tree one too

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    Thanks Lynn, I never knew this either. But I still like using Christ.....That's the one that I can read. Don't know much about Greek.....

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    The symbol of the fish of course comes from being in the Age of Pisces (Fish)
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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    Yes McNerd the symbol is used for that too
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