I say, USE THE “T” SOUND.
I thought I was getting into a cat fight. My guest had mentioned the term “X-mas” instead of “Christmas”. The lady at the table turned red and begin to fuss at him about the use of X-mas instead of Christmas. She told him of her dislike for “Xmas”.
I nicely explained to both of them that I did not like either term. X-mas is not really X-mas because the X is actually suppose to represent the Greek letter Chi. That means it is supposed to be called Chi-mas which means Christmas. I don’t like either. Our pronunciation of Christmas is actually Chris-mas. You know the T is silent. Neither word cuts it, as far as I am concerned. Why not make a statement–I am.
I tell people to “Rejoice it’s Christ Mas.” Sometimes I say “Happy Christ-mas.” Jesus Christ is the Christ of Christ-Mas.” USE THE T SOUND!
And to you, “Rejoice it’s CHRIST-mas.”