Controversial Christmas Greetings


Yesterday’s post really got me to thinking about two things: Christmas and words. Specifically the word Christmas itself.

Christmas is controversial.

Most of us who are Christians have no problem with word. As a matter of fact, we proudly go around wishing people Merry Christmas and can be offended if others don’t return our greeting with the same.

We speak out against Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings as they totally remove the Savior from the holiday. See, it is His birth we are celebrating during this season.

We take offense at the commercialization and secularization of our Christian holiday. This is not a cultural tradition, but a religious remembrance. We take time to remember that God sent His Son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin. Christmas is not necessarily the exact date of Christ’s birth, but the day set aside to annually celebrate His birth.

We want to share His birth with the world, but we want them to understand that this isn’t just some excuse to exchange gifts and eat food. We want them to understand that without Christ there is no Christmas.

Enter the shortened form of the word Christmas, X-mas.

How many of you just cringed and are upset that I even typed it?

Yep, I used to be one of those Christians, too. We read Xmas and immediately our hackles are raised. We are ready to fight. How dare someone take our Christ out of Christmas. We take a deep breath, whisper a prayer, perhaps they just don’t know.

“Are you aware that it offends many people when you write Xmas instead of Christmas? The holiday is a celebration of Christ’s birth. It is disrespectful and rude to take His name out of the word.”

We say the words as calmly as possible and hold our breath waiting for the response. Or, we don’t say a word and choose not to shop in stores who display advertisements of such. If they don’t spell out Christmas, they much be against Christianity. So, we keep silent and use our dollars to make a statement.

Now, before I go any further let me clarify that I fully believe we need to keep Christ in Christmas and that it is the duty of Christians to educate the world as to why we celebrate Christmas.

However, I do not believe that everyone who writes Xmas is uneducated in Christianity, nor do I believe they are against Christianity.

As a matter of fact, I believe a good many of those people writing Xmas are Xians. Yes, you read that correctly, Xians.

The letter ‘X’ is the Greek letter chi which is the first letter in Christ. As scribes translated the New Testament, Christ was written as X. Since then Christmas has been written as Xmas and Christian has been written as Xian.

There is no disrespect or secularization of Christmas in Xmas.

So, the next time you receive a Christmas card where someone has hastily scribbled Merry Xmas! on the bottom, instead of taking offense, be blessed! Not only did they remember you at this time, they also remembered that it is the birthday of our Savior, X.

Want to see more about this topic? Check out some of these sites:http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/xmasabbr.asp
http://www.all-creatures.org/living/xmeans.html
http://www.pathguy.com/alphabet.htm
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/christianholidays/f/Xmas.htm

And do your own search to find hundreds more!

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