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Some people get annoyed when they see the word ‘Xmas’ as an abbreviation for ‘Christmas’ as it seems to take something of the wonder out of the story of Christ coming into our world.

Is this all a part of commercializing Christmas by removing the most important character, Christ, our Savior? 

Of course, there is more to the story. The word ‘Xmas’ is actually a Christian invention! The ‘X’ is the abbreviation of the name ‘Christ’ which began with the Greek letter ‘Chi’ which is written as an ‘X’. So what does this tell us?

When you received Christmas or birthday cards from your mom and dad or a family member, they may have signed their name and then added an ‘X’ or perhaps several ‘Xs’, telling you that they love you very much! So when we see ‘Christmas’ written as ‘Xmas’ it can remind us that God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to show us the way back to God.

The letter ‘X’ is also the symbol of a cross, reminding us that Jesus’ love for us took him all the way from the stable to the cross.

There’s also another use of the letter ‘X’. It’s part of the word ‘cross-road’. When you get to a cross-road, you have to make a choice as to which of the two roads you should take. ‘Xmas’ or ‘Christmas’ gives us an opportunity to make a decision as to how we’re going to follow Jesus. 

Is it a cross-road to go the way of selfishness, looking only after YOUR own interests, or to walk the way of Christ and discover him as YOUR Lord and Savior?  What are YOUR thoughts?


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