Xmas (also X-mas) is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. It is sometimes pronounced , but Xmas, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation . The "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Christós (Χριστός), which became Christ in English.
The suffix -mas is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass.There is a common misconception that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas", but its use dates back to the 16th century.

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  1. rascal

    Xmas club, do you?

    We shop at new world here, peer st ilam branch. Nz wide they do xmas club, wife get groceries there and adds $20 every week or so. She has about 200 credit that we buy over xmas. We buy stuff we dont normally buy during the year. Do you guys have them?? Russ
  2. M

    I started making my Xmas cakes yesterday. Anyone started their holiday prep?

    I'm actually a bit late, I wanted to start at the beginning of October, but I got the first cakes into their tins and all my egg nog/Advocate done. Have you started your holiday prep and what are you planning?
  3. rascal

    Merry Xmas everyone

    To one and all, especially those who aren't well, Xmas is here in 14 hrs, we're first to get it here. So I won't be here in the morning so I hope everyone has an enjoyable day with friends and family. I have all mine here. I really love Xmas day, so merry Xmas. :) Russ
  4. rascal

    Dinner club Xmas dinner

    For anyone that doesn't know I'm part of a group that formed 10 years ago, after the earthquakes small businesses were finding it hard to,survive so we as a group formed dinner club, first Wednesday every month with everyone getting a pick around their birthday. But December we push the boat out...
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    Spinach Crêpes Xmas Tree.jpeg

  6. rascal

    Merry Xmas guys n gals

    5.15 pm here Xmas eve, santas here in 7 hrs. Some of you are a day behind me, so merry Xmas to all, I've loved this site and the people here. I've learnt a lot, and enjoyed the banter as well. Be safe and look after your family. Russ and Shirley. Christchurch New Zealand.
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    Little red ornament .jpeg

  8. rascal

    First Xmas pressie today

    You've heard me talk of my good friend dafyd, he turned up today with a box of beer, a block of chocolate and a bottle of wine and said merry Xmas and thanks for being good friends to him and his wife. We were supposed to be having drinks and nibbles this weekend but we decided to go the extra...
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    Stars Walk.jpeg

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