Learn the sacred, 1,000-year-old meaning of the “X”
Here's a holiday surprise that only the dictionary can provide. Do you find the word “Xmas,” as an abbreviation for Christmas, offensive? Many people do.
You won’t find Xmas in church songbooks or even on many greeting cards. Xmas is popularly associated with a trend towards materialism, and sometimes the target of people who decry the emergence of general “holiday” observance instead of particular cultural and religious ritual.
But the history of the word “Xmas” is actually more respectable — and fascinating — than you might suspect.
The great article goes on with a few more points about the history of "Xmas" and "Xpians" (Christians) going back centuries. All true, easily verifiable, historical stuff.
Now of course, the comments begin raging.