Do you dislike the term 'Xmas'? Do you know why you dislike it?
I disliked it because I thought it was a lazy abbreviation which avoided the reason for the term Christmas with the emphasis on Christ and popularly associated with a trend towards materialism and non-observance of the particular cultural and religious ritual.
As I have come to realise in life I was, once again, wrong.
The history of the word “Xmas” is actually more respectable — and fascinating — than you might suspect. Apparently it was first used in the mid 1500s. X is the Greek letter “chi” the initial letter in the word Χριστός which, much to my surprise, means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years. This device is known as a Christogram (symbol of Christ). The mas in Xmas is the Old English word for “mass.”
I think I still prefer Christmas though.