Put Christ back in Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I hate the abbreviation for Christmas “X-mas”.  When I see it I feel like people are literally crossing out Christ. I did some research. Apparently this is not slang. I thought it was.

According to Wikipedia:

[The word “Christ” and its compounds, including “Christmas”, have been abbreviated in English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern “Xmas” was commonly used. “Christ” was often written as “Xρ” or “Xt”; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as 1021. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ (Ch) and ρ (R) used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for “Christ”),[2] and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ.

“The abbreviation of Christmas as “Xmas” is the source of disagreement among Christians who observe the holiday. Dennis Bratcher, writing for a website for Christians, states “there are always those who loudly decry the use of the abbreviation ‘Xmas’ as some kind of blasphemy against Christ and Christianity”. Among them are evangelist Franklin Graham and CNN journalist Roland S. Martin. Graham stated in an interview: ‘for us as Christians, this is one of the most holy of the holidays, the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. And for people to take Christ out of Christmas. They’re happy to say merry Xmas. Let’s just take Jesus out. And really, I think, a war against the name of Jesus Christ.’]

I understand that this abbreviation has quite a bit of history, however, I feel that when people use it, they don’t understand or respect the meaning behind the X. Our culture is lazy. I honestly believe that people use the X because they feel Christmas is too long to write out. Some people choose to use X instead of Christ for religious reasons. That is their choice.Regardless of the history or reasons why other people choose to use the X, I choose not to use the term X-mas. It has and always will be CHRISTMAS to me. I choose to keep Christ in Christmas because he is the REASON for the season. This is the day of our saviors birth. I wish more people treated this holiday with the spirit and respect it was founded upon.Enough of Black Friday deaths because of greedy, selfish, materialistic people. This season is not about STUFF. Period. This is about our savior. It sickens me to see so many people forget that. Every year people are caught up in the gifts and shopping. It’s not about that at all.Take your kids out and do some good in the world. Teach them the TRUE meaning of Christmas. I promise several years from now, they will remember those experiences more than the gifts they received this year.I choose to keep Christ in Christmas.

Do you?

 

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-Amanda

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