With Samhain behind us and Yule fast approaching its time for us to prepare ourselves for our all-time favorite, Holiday Memes. Recently I saw a on Facebook a friend post “Keep Christ in Christmas”. Now being raised in the south I can tell you that starting this time of year we see these on billboards, yard signs and on church marquees.
Here’s an example of a billboard with a similar message.
Now, I love language. Word origins and puns make my day. With a little bit of digging and with the help of Merriam-Webster.com, I found the perfect way to explain to my Christian friends that Xmas, isn’t a four letter word.
Origins – X is from the Greek latter CHI (X), initial of Christos Christ) + mas = CHRIST MAS or Christmas.
Perfect right? I did it. It is not Satan. It is not Pagan’s attempting to derail their holiday. IT IS Christmas.
Armed with this awesome information I headed over to a family member’s Facebook page. I saw she posted that crazy message and she’s a pretty intelligent person. So I figured, why let her continue to look stupid? I posted on her message the link to the DICTIONARY and suggested that she have a look at the real meaning of Xmas.
I don’t attack your religious beliefs, please don’t attack mine.
OK…. IF your religion is attacked by a dictionary, I think it is time to re-evaluate your beliefs.
SO… needless to say when I saw this statement I was completely blown away by the ignorance. Here I was trying to educate, let her know that Xmas wasn’t some sort of pagan highjacking of a Christian holiday and I get hit with that. WOW
You know how pagans like to steal holidays… Yeah.
So I went ahead and just removed her. I wouldn’t want to offend her with the upcoming Yule season approaching. I guess we’ll just let the Christians keep the Christ in Christmas
Namaste & Blessed B