The Spelling of the words Christmas – XMAS
Why do people spell Xmas instead of Christmas
There are more reasons why people write mas instead of Christmas. One reason is to be found in history.
In the Greek alphabet the letter χ (Chi) is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ. During the persecution of Christians the X was used a secret signs among the Christians.
In old publications Xmas is written instead of Christmas.
Christmas means the Mass of Christ. This is Cristes maesse in Old English.
The following words are used as well: (χnity=Christianity; χn=Christian)
Another reason is a practical one. Xma is written faster than Christmas. One can think that it is an invention of the advertising industry. Xmas is very common today.