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Did you know that 'Xmas' was offensive to some Christians? Granted it does look a little ugly, but it comes in handy for headlines, where space is at a premium. Our anonymous correspondent says we should look to the coveted AP style guide, which we have no intention of doing, as we covet neither this guide nor our neighbour's ass.

With regard to your article titled "Dabs.com claims record Xmas":

As a Christian it disturbs me that you and/or The Register finds it OK to replace "Christ" in Christmas with an ' X'. Granted your publication may wish to save space in its ads but this would be a poor excuse for this 'inexcusable' blunder. In addition, The Register should know better as even the coveted AP style guide would tell you "Never abbreviate Christmas to Xmas".

I hope you, and your organization take this as a friendly reminder that your publications are read by many, several of whom I'm sure are Christians who would not appreciate this blatant disregard and disrespect (whether unintentional or otherwise) for their beliefs and/or feelings on the meaning/purpose of Christmas.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

What's more, we got on the blower to the Church of England press office. A very nice man there told us that Xmas is not considered blasphemous or offensive, although the CofE doesn't have an official line on it. It is, he noted, a matter of personal opinion.

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