xmas is sometimes pronounced ɛksməs, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation krɪsməs.
the “X” comes from the greek letter chi, which is the first letter of the greek word xριστό. “mas” is derived from the late latin word missa (dismissal), from latin phrase “Ite, missa est” (go, it is the dismissal).
christian usage and message differed and had the word “dismissal” to imply a ‘mission’ that led to the common misconception that the word xmas stems from “christ” out of “christmas”.
but xmas is really an ancient tradition.
the oxford english dictionary used “X-” or “Xp-” in early 1485 only for christ , while many christian manuscripts state that Χ is an abbreviation for Χριστος, as is XC (the first and last letters in Greek, using the lunate sigma.
pagan constantine in his great vision saw the greek letters chi and rho intertwined…
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