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What's the difference between Christmas and X-mas? Or is there none? Answered

What I said above.  Also, if there is no difference, then why do they come up with "X-mas" as a name anyways?

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Fred the PenguinBest Answer (author)2009-12-13

It shortens the word so it is easier to write out millions of times on your christmas cards. Also it is a slang word that has been put into popular use. I'd agree on bartboys explanation. There is no difference in meaning between the two words, Xmas is just shorter than Christmas.

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I_am_Canadian (author)2009-12-30

Okay.

The greek letter that looks much like an X is called a Chi, and is pronounced with much throat. There is no letter P in the greek alphabet. There is a letter that looks similar to a P but is pronounced like an R.

X-mas is just a way of avoiding the Religious meaning of the word by shortening "Christ", and is therefore used much in commercial sales and whatnot.

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She's talking about the chi-rho combination, which is a Latin abbreviation for Christ. It's called the labarum. The X in X-mas isn't meant to replace Christ, it's just an abbreviation. Seminary students use X for Christ and Jesus when taking notes in class.

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An Villain (author)2010-02-03

Christmas is the proper term, it is an abbreviation of christ's mass, were X-mas is a slang word.

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hungyhipo 2 (author)2010-01-27

actualy in one culture x stands for Christ so it is Christmas

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Knave125 (author)2009-12-28

X is Greek for Christ,so instead of saying Christmas you can say X-mas and that means the same thing a as Christmas.

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The Jamalam (author)2009-12-15

X is very similar to a specific greek letter. It's pronounced very similar to "Christ", so people put Xmas because it should be pronounced the same, but can be written shorter.

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Dr.Bill (author)The Jamalam2009-12-27

X is greek for 'chr'
P is Greek for 'ist'
The Greek Orthidox Church started shortening Christmas to X-Mas.
This was on the History channel the other day.

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Guardians38 (author)2009-12-14

X-mas and christmas mean the same thing but x-mas is what the government came up with so that christians didnt use the word "christ"

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Hydroelectric (author)2009-12-13

Xmas in the Catholic Religion is a disrespectful word for when Jesus Christ was born. That's why there have been many fights over the word Christmas and Xmas.

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seandogue (author)2009-12-13

In addition to Bartboy's suggestion (a popular choice), another  popular explanation is that it's short for "Christ" via the greek...
X (chi) is the first letter in the Greek for Jesus.

I'd post the whole name in Greek but can't figure out how to get the letters to display.

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Kiteman (author)seandogue2009-12-13

Χριστóς

(Good old copy-paste...)


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seandogue (author)Kiteman2009-12-13

Bizarre..tried it using ctrl-v and Paste-From-Word but it just sent over an anglicized version that looked like...

cristoV

maybe I should have used plain text?


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Kiteman (author)seandogue2009-12-13

I don't know - I just copied it from Wikipedia and pasted here, although I had to delete my first attempt because the ó didn't work - I replaced it with the special character instead.

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webstarts (author)2009-12-13

 X-mas is simply an abbreviation for Christmas.  

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Bartboy (author)2009-12-13

No difference, X-mas is just shorter.
I think it probably has to do with the whole idea that Christ was put on a cross,
and "X" is a cross.

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