THE real meaning behind the word Xmas has been revealed – and people can't believe they're only just finding out.

With only a few days to go until the big day many are questioning why we say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Xmas".

Some argue the word Christmas is the only way we should refer to the festive season.

However others happily say Xmas as an alternative.

What was once just thought of as an abbreviation, Xmas actually has a deeper meaning.

According to experts at, "mas" stems from the religious ceremony of mass – but what is the meaning of the X?


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The experts explain: "X represents the Greek letter chi the initial letter in the word Χριστός (Chrīstos).

"And what does Χριστός mean? '(Jesus) Christ'."

The different origins behind the terms are news to some. says X has been accepted as a representation of the word Christ for years.

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Users on TikTok have been left stunned by the revelation.

One person described it as "mind-blowing".

Meanwhile another said: "Thank you, my whole life has been a lie."

A third added: "I didn't know that!"

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