Since this is a blog about words–well, writing–I feel like I need to clear up a bit of unfair prejudice about a little word seen out there a lot this time of year, that gets a lot of grief.
There are a lot of people who get very upset by the substitution of “xmas” for “Christmas”–like people are deliberately x-ing the Christ out of the holiday. While some people may, indeed, be doing that, “xmas” is actually a perfectly acceptable and respectful form of the word Christmas.
“X” is from the Greek letter “chi” or the first letter of Khristos, which means “Christ.” The New Testament was written in Greek.
I hope this post sets many hearts at ease and frees that small abbreviation from years of unfair criticism.