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Style guides at the Times, the Guardian and this website are among those which rule out its use, where possible.
But should this particular four-letter word be causing so much offence?
From there, the abbreviation moved into general use in newspapers and other publications, and "Xmas" became an accepted way of printing "Christmas" (along with the abbreviations Xian and Xianity).
Even Webster's dictionary acknowledges that the abbreviation Xmas was in common use by the middle of the sixteenth century.(Note from Steve: I believe I have seen TJ -- Tom Jefferson -- using the term Xian on more than one occasion!
In 1436 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press with moveable type.
In the early days of printing typesetting was done by hand and was very tedious and expensive. In religious publications, the church began to use the abbreviation C for the word "Christ" to cut down on the cost of the books and pamphlets.
)So there is no grand scheme to dilute Christianity by promoting the use of Xmas instead of Christmas.
Dichas reglas mnemotécnicas ayudaban tanto a la memorización como a la difusión de los relatos.
El planteamiento de esta cuestión supone: por un lado, determinar la forma de garantizar la integridad intelectual del contenido de la obra y la conservación del soporte en el que fue plasmada, y por otro, encontrar el medio por el cual se mantendrá inalterada la intención o finalidad para la cual se concibió.
Well, it SHOULD be lit only during the 8 days, but, it seems to STILL be lit for some unknown length of time.
Like xmas, chanukah seems to have become an extended nearly-month-long "celebration" somewhat divorced from the original minor festival, and both are really just thinly-disguised solstice holidays, "borrowing" from humanity's oldest celebration (at least 25,000 years) of that universal phenomenon, recognized in nearly every culture.
Not that I want to come off like a Grinch, but one could also make the case that the menorah, as a strictly religious symbol of a particular religion, unlike a lit tree, when placed on village-owned land, is a violation of the first amendment establishment clause; I doubt there isn't some privately-owned plot that someone couldn't make available so that there were NO question of first amendment conflict. I love it when persons prove "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing" and think they are going to educate ME about something they clearly are ignorant of: Why get cross about Xmas?