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Christmas Alphabet: X is for Chi

December 22, 2011

X is for Chi, the Greek letter. Christ, written in Greek is ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ; Christos, literally.


The abbreviation for the holy day of Christmas, X-mas, raised a stink by folks who didn’t understand that it was not “ex-ing” out Christ, but using a historic & traditional abbreviation which started with the Greeks.

Chi Rho

“X” has also been used to represent kisses on cards & letters.


Mint Kiss Cookies

This is a recipe I copied from a bag of Mint Kisses the first year they were introduced on the market. The kiss has been changed, but the recipe with it’s chocolate shortbread, is delicious!


  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 48 Mint Kisses, unwrapped
  • Powdered Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter; Add sugar & beat until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla & cocoa; Mix well.
  4. Stir in flour until mixed.
  5. Mold 1/2 Tablespoon-ish of dough around kiss.
  6. Bake 8 – 10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE!
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Roll in powdered sugar.
  9. Re-roll in powdered sugar when ready to serve.

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