During this Christmas season, I have heard a lot of controversy over terminology. Some Christians seem to be very offended when they see "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" on a store sign. Others seem to be even more offended by the use of Xmas instead of Christmas.
I obviously have my own views on the subject, but I much prefer to look past subjective opinions and examine the history of the matter.
So is Xmas just a politically correct euphemism of the word Christmas? An effort by the secular community to get rid of any reference to Christ during this season?
I think the answer to that is a resounding yes…and no.
Certainly there are some today who use the term Xmas to remove Christ from the word, and therefore to be less offensive to non-Christians. But that does not in any way change the facts surrounding the origin of the term.
Xmas is definitely not a modern term. In fact, it's been in widespread use since at least the 15th century, and it was originally coined to mean Christ-mas, not as away to avoid any reference to Christ. For more details, read this article about the origin of the term Xmas.
If we understand the historical origin of the term, it may "help us modern day Xians focus on more important issues of the Faith during Advent, and bring a little more Peace to the Xmas Season."
I hope you all have a Merry Xmas!