I often hear Christians, with the best of intentions, say, “Using ‘Xmas’ is tying to X out ‘Christ’ from Christmas!” However, nothing could be further from the truth. The title “Christ,” or more accurately “Christos,” is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word “Messiah.” And in Greek, the first letter in the word “Christos” is “X”? (pronounced “chi” with a “k” sound). It was in Europe during the 1500s that Christians began to use “X” to refer to “Christ” in the word “Christmas.” Likewise, you may have even seen an ancient Christian symbol of what looks like a capital “P” overlayed by an “X.” It’s called the Chi Rho, which are the first two Greek letters in the title, “Christos.”
So, rather than being upset when you see “Xmas,” let it all the more remind you of the person who is represented by that “X”—Jesus the Christ. I myself am also reminded of the similar emblem of the cross.