I never liked using “Merry Xmas” instead of “Merry Christmas.” No deep philosophical or religious underpinnings here: it just seemed lazy to go with “Xmas.” And it doesn’t have the same ring to it. I bet the folks at Mental Floss are right, however, in saying most folks probably assume it was a way for some to celebrate the holiday, without believing in the religious aspects of Christmas. If that’s you, consider:
“The X actually comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of Χρήστος. And if that’s all Greek to you, Χρήστος, of course, means Christ.”
All of which leads to more thoughts and questions:
1. How many people would have understood the photo above? Sneaky guy.
2. Makes you wonder about the movie rating system, doesn’t it?
3. I still remember a little Spanish from ninth grade and Taco Bell, and now I know a little Greek. Miss Allen, my Spanish teacher, would probably bet that I know more Greek than Spanish…