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The Origin of Xmas

By Linda Tancs

Sometimes misconstrued as a sign of disrespect, the “X” in Xmas actually originates from the Greek word for Christ, Xristos. The first letter, chi, resembles the letter “x.” Europeans began using the “Xmas” salutation as early as the 16th century. So Merry Xmas, and to all a good holiday weekend!


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