Keep Christ in Christmas: A lesson from history.

Keep Christ in Christmas: A lesson from history.

Contrary to popular belief  the X in Xmas, is not what it is often seen as. I have a lot of time, including my dear loved ones, assert that we really should not replace Christ in Christmas. Frankly why are we so down with a pagan holiday is beyond me but nonetheless, for those who truly love Christ and would have him the centre of their lives, this thing kind of becomes a problem. A lot of people do not even know that the tree and the Santa are not really Christian concepts, to me personally Christmas is more of a remembrance that Christ came, I hold nothing more than that, I am sure a lot of people do it for the same reasons. But we have to set the record straight.

The “X” in Xmas has been around for a long time. It’s not a replacement of Christ (although some who don’t know the history might intend it to be.) It’s the Greek letter “Chi” which looks like an X and it has been a symbol for Christ as a form of shorthand, since the earliest of Christian times.

Another example is the symbol of the Christian “Fish” Symbol.

The Greek word for fish is “Ichthys” The phrase, Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, was used probably from the very first century as a symbol for faith in Christ by Christians as a symbol because it used the first letters of that phrase and made the word Ichthys.

So next time somebody uses the phrase “Keep Christ in Christmas” as a form to shame others or to try to get people to think there’s something wrong with using the “X” instead, you can do some good and let them know the real history and maybe even let those who want to use the X to replace Christ, that that X has been a part of recognizing Christ for a long, long time!

I sometimes just don’t get people when they show honest zeal but which is nonetheless misplaced, if only most believers would study more, it would do a lot of people much good, including their selves. I wish all, the very best for the holiday season. You want to celebrate Christmas, go out help someone rather than spend money on fancy trees, just as Christ wanted us to do.


21 thoughts on “Keep Christ in Christmas: A lesson from history.

    1. Eric, Thank you for posting this. I read the link and the article. However I think it was not very much satisfying to the original question. At best it proves that some churches were having feats, but that is not in question here, the traditional Christmas as we know it, has pagan tradition written all over it, there is no denying that.

      1. I’m not sure you posted a question in the OP, but you did mention various Christmas traditions, e.g. Santa and trees, and the article I linked helps one to understand their actual origins and inclusion into the holiday. You wished to “set the record straight” concerning Christmas as a Christian holiday, wanting instead to show it as a pagan holiday (presented in your first paragraph). This article wholly debunks such an idea.

        1. Eric, try to keep up…

          John did not claim Christmas was a pagan holiday. Don’t start weeping and gnashing your teeth…you’re not under attack.

          There is no doubt that Christmas is now a fully Christian holiday.

          The article you linked was weak. Very weak. And intellectually dishonest. Take the part about the tree, for example. The article posits the tradition as if someone in Germany, for no reason whatsoever, decided to observe Christ’s birth by chopping down a pine tree, putting it in his house, and decorating it. Because that’s an obvious correlation, no? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the ancient Germanic pagan practice of tree worship. No, couldn’t have anything to do with that.

          And the Yule log. Why do you think it is called a YULE log!? Go google “Yule” and come back later.

          To deny pagan influence in the early church is to be ignorant of history. The church HAD incorporate pagan imagery to compete with the pagan gods of the day. Case in point…do you really think Jesus looked like this?

          He was a first century Jew! He would have brown skin and short, cropped hair. So why present him like this? Because he needed to look god-like in order to compete with the Roman gods of the day.

          1. Andrew, thank you for the warning to “try and keep up,” indeed, following your logic is a challenge. Case in point, are you implying that the Jesus photos you presented are ancient Roman renditions of Christ, that the images reflect ancient Roman gods, or that a portrayal of Jesus as a blue-eyed, white guy is a mark of pagan influence? Help me connect the dots here, friend.

            Also, I’m not exactly sure why you think the article is intellectually dishonest. If you followed the authors references you would have discovered the story behind, say, the Christmas tree. Here is the reference.

            Let me know where you find fault in this authors historical presentation.


  1. Great post! Christians will probably remember the “Chi” as part of the “Chi Rho.”

    Most Christians have no idea that the majority of religious holidays, and the traditions around them, are modern off-shoots of ancient pagan practices, especially ones that revolved around changes in the seasons or the status of crops. That’s why we have the Yule celebration at the winter solstice and Easter is celebrated around the spring equinox. It all had to do with the movement of the sun!

    Halloween…while in modern times sets Christian groups into a frenzy, was once quite Christian and also rooted in paganism.

    1. True indeed, Christianity however has gone through this for another reason too, the fact that its the world’s largest religion. Spread almost over all of the world, a lot of tradition and cultures have infused in it and tradition has crept in and in some instances, is being preached as if its official doctrine.

  2. I celebrate Christmas even though I don’t believe, it’s more about time for family to come together and exchange gifts to me. It’s a tradition. I’ve actually had someone tell me I was not allowed to celebrate Christmas because I don’t believe, and when I told them it actually has roots as a pagan holiday and that it isn’t actually Christ’s birth date, they told me I was lying. What would you suggest saying to someone who ignorantly thinks the pagan-roots of the holiday is a lie devised by secularists to tear apart their religion? It’s a ridiculous idea to me that anyone would even want to make up lies about the origins of Christmas but I still try to be civil.

    1. The best thing you can do is to remain civil, say the truth and then be respectful. In my opinion most of the people change over time seeing our flexible attitude and loving care, rather than our knowledge.

      As I come across atheists, a lot of them (not all), criticize christian faith on misinformed ideas. I have also seen flat-earthers and no amount of reasoning can make them believe otherwise. But I am against making fun of them, like most people do. When you make fun of people you push them away, and rather that they stay with you and correct themselves, they go further away from the truth.

      Christmas and Easter, as well as honey-moons are celebrations which indeed are pagan, and no amount of faith can change that.

  3. its like the cross most people wear, they intend to remember Christ by looking at the Cross.
    then you have the statue of Christ,
    then the portrait of Christ in walls
    then you have the death of Christ carve in wood,
    then you have the beads that reminds about Christ

  4. Thank you, John! I remembered reading about the X before, and you refreshed me with it here. I learned rather late into my faith, about the basis for much of our holidays. I . ..was disappointed that our church leaders would know this, but never address it or teach us differently.
    God bless you!

    1. That’s the sad truth Debbie, our leaders, most of the time are not equipped to handle questions which are a bit difficult and require research and study. Apologetics needs good researchers and believers, its sad when I see ignorance more than I see knowledge.

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