[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
I’m so tired of this tirade every holiday season!
Last time I checked, the USA was a melting pot. I guess some just don’t like the idea of melting.
On the converse, I’m more irate at so-called Christians bitchin’ about “keeping Christ in Christmas”. As a Christian myself, I can tell you there is not one mention in Scripture that states we are to observe or celebrate the birth of Christ on its own day. As far as I see it, “Christmas” is just a Hallmark Holiday. So in that regard, people should just celebrate as they do and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Besides, if you’re gonna uphold the spirit of the season, then by all means do so without all this judgement.
The Dwarf has spoken. Not angrily… well maybe a wee bit.
You know that wiki on common misconceptions someone posted a while back?
““Xmas” is not a secular plan to “take the Christ out of Christmas.” “The usual suggestion is that ‘Xmas’ is … an attempt by the ungodly to x-out Jesus and banish religion from the holiday.” However, X stands for the Greek letter Chi, the starting letter of Ã?Â§Ã??Ã?Â¹Ã??Ã??Ã??Ã??, or “Christ” in Greek. The use of the word “Xmas” can be traced to the year 1021 when “monks in Great Britain…used the X while transcribing classical manuscripts into Old English” in place of “Christ”. The Oxford English Dictionary’s “first recorded use of ‘Xmas’ for ‘Christmas’ dates back to 1551.” Paul Brians adds, “so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts.””[/quote]
I just learned something! Good find.
IMO Christmas is another world for December 25th. Maybe if there were another POPULAR conflicting holiday on the 25th people could complain (please don’t quote Zeitgeist pt1) then people could complain, but otherwise I don’t see it as pushing religion as much as it is calling a spade a spade.