Is it okay to use the term “Xmas” instead of “Christmas”? Is it wrong to “take the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas” by using an “X”?
Depends. How do you see it? Historically or personal perception?
Historically it’s no big deal. In fact, it is very correct to use Xmas. The letter X is the Greek letter chi, the first letter in the word “Christ” in Greek. Wikipedia does a good job explains it. So does Bible.org and Snopes.com.
Perception though can be different. Many see it as a symbol of the commercialism that has overtaken the meaning of Christmas. I can see this perception and there’s a lot of validity to it. However, I don’t see it that way anymore. I don’t have a problem with Xmas. In fact, I like the abbreviation.
So I guess you could say “As a Xian, that is, a follower of X, I wish you a Merry Xmas!”
Sounds more like a formula where X=Christ.
It sure is better than the latest alternative to wish someone a Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas!