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Saturday, November 19, 2016

The X in Xmas

Joyeux Noël (English: Merry Christmas) is a 2005 French film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers. A rare moment of sanity in an insane war.
To watch the full-length movie, click here.

 

Preceding Generation X, I know nothing about the X-factor, don't own an X-box, possess two unambiguous XY chromosomes, and stopped watching X-rated movies a long time ago.

However, I do know all about the X in Xmas which predates today's gaudy advertisements by many centuries as it was first used in the mid 1500s. X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And here’s the kicker: Χριστός means “Christ”. X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years and is known as a Christogram.

Having learned about the meaning of the X in Xmas, you may also want to reflect on the deeper meaning of Xmas in the few weeks left before the 'silly season' is upon us again. And a Merry Xmas to you and yours!