Did You Know...all about Christmas...

December 16, 2016

This is my fun blog where I will share with you the answers to those weird and quirky questions…questions that pop into our mind out of the blue as we are going about our day. Questions that come up when you are sitting around with friends sharing a coffee!! Or, more often than not, questions that a curious child asks leaving us adults stumped for an answer. Some questions and answers may be informative and some are just meant to add a chuckle to your day!!! 

In keeping with the spirit of the Holiday Season here are a few interesting tidbits for you with a Christmas theme in mind. I am sure a lot of you out there as I, have wondered:

How did Xmas come to stand for Christmas?

The use of “Xmas” is often singled out as an example of how the holiday has been commercialized and robbed of its spiritual meaning. But behold…the X in Xmas is actually the descendant of the Greek equivalent of Ch, as in “Christos” which means Christ. The letter X has stood for Christ since at least A.D. 1100, and the term “Xmas” was first cited in 1551. As another example: the scholarly abbreviation for “Christianity” is “Xianity.”

Food for thought for all those folks out there who dislike “Xmas” for its supposed crassness…and the NY Times manual of Styles and Usage may need to revise their recommendation for when “Xmas” is acceptable: “Never use.”

Did You Know??

- According to a central European folk tale, a child born on Christmas will become either a lawyer or a thief.

- Canada’s postal service offers its own address for Santa letters:
  Santa Claus
  North Pole, Canada

- The first text message was sent December 3, 1992. The message: “Merry Christmas.”

If you have any fun facts that you would like to share with us, please feel free to send them in and I will include them in this blog. I hope you enjoy these fun and quirky - Did you know?

Enjoy the Holiday Season!

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