Sometimes I just can’t help myself. So this year I’m saying it (with the help of Wikipedia). It’s perfectly acceptable to say Xmas instead of Christmas–as it means the same thing. Please see the below language lesson from Wikipedia.

I would also like to note that it is also perfectly acceptable to say Happy Holidays. This time of year there is more holidays than just Christmas happening–for example: Hanukkah (which Christ would have celebrated), Winter Solstice (Yule), New Year’s, etc. So Holidays is perfectly acceptable.

Get off this War on Christmas shit. It’s annoying, it’s ignorant, and completely NOT in the spirit of the season!

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The word “Christ” and its compounds, including “Christmas”, have been abbreviated in English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern “Xmas” was commonly used. “Christ” was often written as “Xρ” or “Xt”; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as 1021. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek lettersχ (Ch) and ρ (R) used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for “Christ”),[2] and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodoxicons depicting Jesus Christ. The labarum, an amalgamation of the two Greek letters rendered as ☧, is a symbol often used to represent Christ in CatholicProtestant, and Orthodox Christian Churches.[19]

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the OED Supplement have cited usages of “X-” or “Xp-” for “Christ-” as early as 1485. The terms “Xtian” and less commonly “Xpian” have also been used for “Christian”. The OED further cites usage of “Xtianity” for “Christianity” from 1634.[2] According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, most of the evidence for these words comes from “educated Englishmen who knew their Greek”.[11] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas)

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