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January 1, 2011

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Q: Merry Xmas?

A: We’ve all seen the signs wishing people a Merry Xmas. What does the X stand for in Xmas? How can some claim that the X stands for Christ, while others say that this is another attempt at removing Christ from the culture? Which view is correct? In a sense, both are.

Christ is a title given to the Lord Jesus to signify that He is the Messiah. In Greek, this word is Christos (χριστος). Since the first Greek letter of this title (the letter chi) looks like an x in English, some have used it as an abbreviation for Christ. Many have claimed that this practice dates back to the first century, and there is solid evidence that shows this was practiced in the sixteenth century, perhaps as a cost-saving measure for those using the printing press. However, those using the abbreviation would still pronounce the X as Christ.

There is no question that many use the X today for the very purpose of eliminating Christ from the holiday that bears His title. Some may even do this in ignorance. Secularists have been working hard to remove any mention of God, Jesus, and Christianity from our culture. Should we expect anything less from those who don’t know the Lord?

Continue reading to see the conclusion of this question, as well as other Christmas topics such as the exact birthday of Jesus and whether Christmas trees (and the holiday as a whole) are unbiblical.

News to Note: Year in Review

2011 is upon us, and as is annual tradition here at News to Note, it’s time to take a look back on the news of 2010. From the edge of space to Answers in Genesis headquarters in Petersburg, Kentucky, the controversy over origins, evolution, biblical authority, and the like kept us busy throughout the year providing weekly analysis and commentary.

In this week’s special issue of News to Note, we do the same for the year as a whole, piecing together the “recurring themes that made significant headlines in the debate over origins” (as we described it two years back).

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