What is Happy Xmas?

When the African man asked me this question I had no answer but finally thought of the only logical reply. “Maybe the person who said X or wrote X does not know who Jesus Christ is, so he has to say X. We should pray for folks who don’t know Jesus and have no relationship with the Son of God.”

Names are one of the many factors that help us maintain our identity and distinguish ourselves from each other. Suppose I attended your birthday party and you didn’t have a name. And I sang.

“Happy Birthday dear X

Happy Birthday dear X

Happy Birthday dear X

Happy Birthday dear X”

Then I handed you a birthday card that said, “Dear X,  Have a happy birthday X. Or wishing you, Dear X a happy birthday.

The person would be hurt and insulted. I sometimes wonder if that is how Jesus feels when we fail to use His name or write Xmas.

In the very beginning we were told to call him Christ Jesus.

“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus.” Luke 1:31

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us.” Matthew 1:23

I’ve seen many Xmas words this time of year in e-mails, on cards and signboards. They make me wonder if folks know Christ Jesus.

The Lord Jesus Christ was beaten and crucified so we could have eternal life in Heaven. He sacrificed his life for us, and so it seems that we should honor him by at least speaking and writing his name respectfully without insult to Him.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10

What does Xmas mean?

Love and blessings,

In the name of Christ Jesus, our Savior and Lord,



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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One Response to What is Happy Xmas?

  1. As I understand it, X is actually shorthand for Christ, and Xmas is just another way to say Christ-mas. The Greek letter for Ch looks like an X, and early Christians under persecution used the X as sort of a code. But few people know this, so it might be a good topic for my own blog.

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