Merry Christmas! My family will remember you during Vespers this evening for you and your intentions.
The word Christmas originated as a compound word meaning the Mass of Christ. It finds its origin from the Middle English word Christemasse (1038) and matured to the Old English words Cristes mæsse (1131). The word Cristes is from the Attic Greek (Greek used circa 400 years before the Incarnation) word Christos and mæsse is from the Latin word missa (Reference to the Divine Liturgy).
Secular society in an effort to remove the reference to Christ in Christmas have replaced it with an X for Xmas. Unfortunately, secular historians have forgotten basic etemology. The Greek letter chi or the transliterated letter X, is the first letter of Christ in the Greek word Χριστός. Similarly, the Latin letter X has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century. I encourage the secularists to feel free to use X-mas since they are helping keep Christ in Christmas.
It is also common for secularists to say, “Happy Holidays!” I, of course, ask, “Which one?” Consequently, I then explain that the word holiday derives it’s etymology from the words, “Holy Day.” A reference to one of the six Holy Day of Obligations.