First of all -- I am a terrible typist -- so "Christ" and "Chirst" often get mixed up with me. I have also been known to type "Crist"...but we won't go there.....
Second -- Most denominations of Christians do not have the same attitude about any of Gods names as the Jews do. We have substitued LORD for "the name" in our "Old Testament", but there has never been any feeling that where the name of Christ is written it is particularly or more sacred. Nor have the Xtians ever felt that the "name" should not be spoken. Of course superstious people often make up rules....
Third -- I find it really interesting that people could get all worked up about the use of a "X" (offended), but then not seem to mind the worlds usurping of one of two most holy seasons. Most of the people I know who have been "offended" have their lights up and trees decorated and begin their holiday parties during the season of Advent - a time to be preparing for THE coming.
Everyone has a right to be offended about anything that goes agaist their convictions. But I am much more offended by non Xtian celebrations using the same symbols and carols. (I realize that SOME of those symbols come from pagan roots - those are not what I am talking about).
And I am more offended by the folks who have plenty to give during this season and nothing to give the rest of the year. They obviously don't get the message. And I am more offended by Xtians who can look at the manger and not see the cross and the ressurection.
But the long and short of it is this -- what good does it do to be offended? Most offences come thorugh ignorance - the other person(s) do not realize that what they have done bothers you and none of us can live our lives trying not to offend anyone -becasue at some point,- if we are living our convictions, we are going to offend someone.
Finally, we use the X-for Chrsit a lot in our church and even on our church sign. We mostly use it when space is a problem. And I use it to avoid typing errors. (Anyone know how to spell check these posts???)
Advent blessings -- Come Lord Jesus!