Keeping the ‘X’ in ‘X-mas’
Veena Thomas’s column was timely for Christmas [“’Tis the Season,” Dec. 7]. However, she inaccurately claims that the abbreviation ‘X-mas’ “completely destroys the meaning of the word by removing ‘Christ.’”
The “X” in “X-mas” is the Greek letter “chi,” which is the first letter in the Greek spelling of “Christ,” itself a word whose origins are Greek. It is certainly sad that many people forget about the spiritual aspects of the Christmas season, but it is almost equally as sad that many Christians are apparently unaware of the origins of their own traditions.
Dean Christakos G