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** Xmas **

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For the Italian frogman unit "Xª MAS", see Decima Flottiglia MAS. For
the 2015 film, see Xmas (film).
A 1922 /Ladies' Home Journal/ advertisement using "X-mas".

*X-mas* is a common abbreviation of the word /Christmas/. It is sometimes
pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but /X-mas/, and variants such as /Xtemass/,
originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation
/ˈkrɪsməs/. The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English
word for /Mass/,^[1] while the "X" Comes from the Greek letter /Chi/, which
is the first letter of the Greek word /Χριστός/ which
comes into English as "Christ".^[2]

There is a common belief that the word /Xmas/ stems from a secular attempt
to remove the religious tradition from Christmas^[3] by taking the "Christ"
out of "Christmas", but its use dates back to the 16th century.


· 1 Style guides and etiquette
· 2 History

· 2.1 Use in English
· 2.2 Use of "X" for "Christ"

· 2.2.1 Other uses of "X(t)" for "Chris(t)-"

· 3 In popular culture
· 4 See also
· 5 Notes
· 6 References
· 7 External links

*Style guides and etiquette[edit]*

"Xmas" is deprecated by some modern style guides, including those at the
/New York Times/,^[4]/The Times/, /The Guardian/, and the BBC.^[5]Millicent
Fenwick, in the 1948 /Vogue's Book of Etiquette/, states that "'Xmas'
should never be used" in greeting cards.^[6]/The Cambridge Guide to
Australian English Usage/ states that the spelling should be considered
informal and restricted to contexts where concision is valued, such as
headlines and greeting cards.^[7]/The Christian Writer's Manual of Style/,
while acknowledging the ancient and respectful use of "Xmas" in the past,
states that the spelling


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