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The X in Xmas reminds us of Easter

Original post made by Merry Christmas on Dec 23, 2007

For those of you too much in a hurry to write Christmas in full and for those who want to keep the religion out of the Christmas holiday and think that by using the term Xmas as an alternative, I want to remind you that the important aspect of Jesus' birth was his coming to die on a cross and by inserting the X or Cross, you are reminding us of this.

Please look on this as a message of reflection, rather than one of divisiveness.

Merry Christmas to all.

Comments

Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 23, 2007 at 4:53 pm

The X in Xmas has nothing to do with the cross, it does have to do with an ancient Greek abbreviation of Christos--X is chi in Greek--chi-rho, which looks XP being seen in medieval and Orthodox Christian art.

Thus X-Mas is essentially Mass of Christ. It's quite holy. The X does symbolize St. Andrew's cross, whereas T or tau would be the correct symbolism of Christ's cross. St. Andrew, the story goes, asked to be crucified on an X shape because he didn't think he was worthy of being crucified on the same shape cross as the Christ. So, no, the X should not make you think of the Crucifiction, it should make you think of Christos (meaning "the anointed" in Greek).

Merry Christmas and don't jump to conclusions about 1,000-year-old abbreviations.


Posted by Terry, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 23, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Lord, thank you for the never-ending stream of unexpected blessings that come from living in this special place! Merry Christmas, X-Mas, Whatever-Mas to all, and Happy Holidays of every sort!


Posted by R Wray, a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm

I like to get in a Christmas mood by reading Dr. Peikoff's essay, Christmas Should Be More Commercial-
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Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 23, 2007 at 6:03 pm

I need to get a multi-faith calendar.

Which came first this year, Diwali or Hannukah?
Is Yule on the solstice or December 25th?
Does anyone celebrate Saturnalia?
Kwaanza's the same day as Boxing Day or not?
Do the 12 days of Christmas--er, Xmas--overlap Ramadan?

Has anyone else come across red and green wrapping decorated with Stars of David? (I kid you not.)


Posted by Worships real religion, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2007 at 6:31 pm

we need more holidays that celebrate fairy tale characters. Worship Christ at your own peril. Merry solstice


Posted by Merry Christmas, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Thanks OP for your history lesson, I had heard most before and I am pleased to see your posting as I wasn't too sure of the exact history.

However, to me, the cross signifies Easter, whether it was the original intention or not. I am happy with the reflection, regardless of what the reflection amounts to. There is no reason why traditions cannot expand and grow over the years regardless of how they started.

The fish symbol is now a symbol of creation, however it was originally a secret sign used by Christians to identify themselves to each other. The greek letters of the word for fish, icthus, stood for Jesus Christ Savior of Mankind and was taken for that reason and nothing to do with creation.

The rainbow symbol is now used by the gay community. It was originally a symbol used by Jews and Christians alike to remind of the saving of mankind through Noah by God. When Noah and his ark reached the end of the 40 days of rain, God made a rainbow in the sky to signify that he would never again destroy the earth with water. It is therefore thought of as a sign of God's promise.

The 12 days of Christmas should start with Christmas Day being the first and the last is 6th January which is the traditional time of the arrival of the Magi (the wise men) to the baby Jesus. It is also the date of the eastern orthodox Christians. Even today around here, many people celebrate gift giving time as 6th January rather than Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Any other ideas?


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Dec 24, 2007 at 5:25 am

Hey "Worships False Religion", God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas.

The same to everyone else.


Posted by worships real religion, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2007 at 5:54 pm

joanne--worship fairy tale characters like Jesus and there is no salvation for you. Just eternal damnation.happy solstice