A repeat post from December 22, 2012:
We who post at ABC Wednesday are lovers of the alphabet, and we are sometimes fascinated by the flexibility of the letter X. It can be used to represent the sacred, the profane (X-rated), and the unknown (X-ray).
How many of you have ever wondered why "XMAS" is used as a short form for the word ''CHRISTMAS"? How many of you really know the reason. Have you ever heard the saying "Jesus is the reason for the season"?
The history of the word "Xmas" is actually quite respectable and predates by centuries its use in gaudy advertisements. X is the Greek letter "chi", the first letter in the word Χριστός. And here's the kicker - Χριστός means "Christ." Using the letter X to represent Christ, known as a "christogram," has been an accepted representation of Christ for hundreds of years.
So, in order to fulfill my promise of a short post this week, may I wish you all MERRY XMAS! The following is not a slideshow, just a Xmas card to you all....but do turn up your sound if you enjoy the song "O Holy Night."