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The flowers are springing up,
the season of singing birds
has come;
Song of Solomon 2v12

How to use this glossary: Each word has two definitions.
The first is a very simple word equivalent, just a phrase or a few words. The second is a more detailed explanation with examples.

Glossary Terms - X

X
A symbol of Christianity, usually designated as St. Andrew's cross. Christian legend has it that St. Andrew, one of Jesus' apostles, was hanged on such a cross. In Greek, this is the symbol for chi, the first letter in the title Christ, and thus it became a shorthand for those worshipping Jesus Christ.
[Christ]  [Christianity

Xmas
The "X" in this case is the Greek letter chi. Chi is the initial letter of the Greek word for "Christ."---The Greek word for Christ was "Xristos", it became popular in Europe in the 1500's in the short form XMAS.
From X, the Greek letter chi, first letter of Greek Khrstos, Christ. See Christ.]
Usage Note: Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of, "Christ". In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, "Christian". But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening. Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.
[Christ]  [Christmas]  [X