Yes, I celebrate Christmas. And, no, I'm not trying to annoy purists. Nor am I trying to take "Christ" out of "Christmas." In fact, I'm trying to do the opposite.
I want to remind people that Christmas without Christ is just a sentimental mess. But, when I say Christ, I mean Jesus Christ who died on the cross.
Because if there's no cross, there's no Christmas. If Jesus Christ doesn't die for our sins, we aren't celebrating Christmas--not even the shallow, Americanized version. Because there's no hope. Only death and despair.
So why do I insist on "Xmas"? Because that big, fat X is a cross to me. That's what it reminds me of.
So while it used to bother me when others abbreviated Christmas this way, I am no longer bothered. Because it reminds me about the cross of the Christ-child. And it gives me a ready reason to humbly point it out to others. Ultimately, I want to point people to the Jesus of the cross and resurrection, and make much of the baby born to die...for me.
So, Merry Xmas!