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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 Penguin
Fred the Penguin

Best Answer 10 years ago

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
I_am_Canadian

10 years ago

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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EnthusiasticThrift
EnthusiasticThrift

Answer 8 years ago

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
An Villain

9 years ago

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
hungyhipo 2

9 years ago

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

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Knave125
Knave125

10 years ago

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
The Jamalam

10 years ago

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
Dr.Bill

Answer 10 years ago

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
Guardians38

10 years ago

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
Hydroelectric

10 years ago

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
seandogue

10 years ago

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
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

Χριστóς

(Good old copy-paste...)


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seandogue
seandogue

Answer 10 years ago

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
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

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
webstarts

10 years ago

 X-mas is simply an abbreviation for Christmas.  

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Bartboy
Bartboy

10 years ago

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.