Everyone has something that drives them absolutely crazy.
It can be lights being left on during the daytime, or the repeated clicking of a button, among other things.
For many people, however, it is the term used as the shortened form of Christmas: Xmas.
Xmas, viewed as the removal of Christ from Christmas, has many detractors and drives many people absolutely crazy.
Franklin Graham, the founder of Samaritan’s Purse and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been on record saying that he believes the usage of Xmas instead of Christmas is a war against the name of Jesus Christ.
It’s also viewed as an attempt to secularize and commercialize the holiday, removing any and all religious implications in favour of pushing people to spend more and indulge in a different mentality than the holiday is meant to focus on.
That being said, what most people don’t realize is that Xmas hasn’t removed Christ from Christmas, and instead has been an acceptable form of the word since it first started to be used in the 16th Century.
Utilizing the Greek letter X (Chi), Xmas still contains reference to Christ, despite the removal of the word from Christmas.
Χριστός (Christos), which is the Greek word for Christ, starts with X (Chi), and the usage of the letter has been an acceptable representation of the word Christ for hundreds of years.
An example of a Christogram, which the website dictionary.com defines as a symbol of Christ, it was mixed with the Old English spelling of mass (mas) to create the term Xmas – Christmas.
With all that said, the term does have a number of restrictions placed against its use.
Use of the term is disapproved of by the New York Times, the BBC, and The Times, among other publications, and is rarely used outside of advertisements due to the concise nature of the form.
Instead, Christmas is still the most prevalent form of the term.
So while it may seem like Xmas is an attempt to remove Christ from Christmas, and the term may seem to be taking over as the commonly used way of stating the holiday, there is a respectful past to the term.