We wish you a merry Christmas!
And from us here at Sweet Iced Tea, we are so grateful to our readers, friends we know, and those we don’t, for making our year a wonderful, Southern-inspired Christmas. Best wishes to you and yours for a happy new year, and a happy X-mas.
Happy X-mas, you say? Isn’t that taking the “Christ” out of Christmas. Turns out, it’s not. Rumor has had it for many years now that the “X” has been meant to replace the “Christ” in Christmas, but since the days of the early church, Christians have been using the symbol “X” for the greek letter “Chi,” which is the first letter for Christ. In fact, many educated men from as long as Greek has existed, have used “X” as abbreviation for other words such as “Xtianity” and names such as “Xtina” for Christina or “Xant” for chrysanthemum, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Just a little Greek lesson for you here on this Christmas day.
And if you don’t believe me, here’s a great video from Merriam-Webster, explaining the whys of how this abbreviation came to be.