Merry Xmas, everybody!
Today on twitter, a surprising number of persons spoke out against the use of Xmas as a short form of Christmas. They were wondering why ‘X’. Some felt it was morally wrong because the ‘X’ indicates that Christ(supposedly the true meaning of the ‘season’) was being crossed out. Wouldn’t the ‘X’, then, be appropriate, since Christ reportedly died on a cross? With some alignment, it could even become the ‘T’ shaped symbol many Christians highly regard as the bane of their ‘master’ and the avenue to their redemption.
It is good to see an effort by some to keep Christmas intact but it’s all so unnecessary, in my humble opinion. While we’re being critical of the omission of ‘Christ’ from Xmas, why not delve a bit deeper and realise that everything about the holiday is absolutely fictitious and irrational, if viewed only from a religious stance.
I am a big fan of the holiday season but there is no reason to kid ourselves. I encourage all of you to consider the following questions before getting overly emotional about such petty matters.
- On which date was Jesus actually born? No birth certificate? I thought so.
- The earliest Christians either didn’t know or didn’t care about Jesus’ birth date. In fact, the first gospel of Mark begins around Jesus’ baptism. Why is it such a big deal to you now?
- Why is Christmas celebrated around the same period of an ancient (pre-Jesus) Babylonian festival?
- Why, if Jesus was so humbly born as expressed in the bible, are you celebrating in such an excessive manner? and
- Count how many times you’ve said Jesus this week, not more than you’ve said Santa Claus, right?
Perhaps you’re genuinely seeking to restore Christ to Christmas, but if you look deeply enough you’ll realise he was never really there. I do not condemn anyone for their beliefs but it is a good idea to be rational about all aspects of a matter you’re passionate about, not just the nomenclature.
Happy Holidays to all.