Thursday, December 08, 2005

You Blockheads

Is it just me, or does it seem strange that supposed Christians are insisting that “Merry Christmas” be posted in stores and malls instead of “Happy Holidays” or the admittedly awful “Merry Xmas”? If I am understanding these people correctly, they want Christmas to be even more commercialized?

Did none of these people watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”?


Miladysa said...

I must admit I always insist on Merry Christmas - for purely traditional reasons and nothing to do with commercialism :)

I am going to the Christingle service at church tomorrow, of course, I am persona non gratia with the new Pope but I think JC would have lunch with me.

Merry Christmas Mr Lion :)

Chris said...

Don't get me wrong: I love saying "Merry Christmas" and I like it when people say it to me. I just don't think stores need to have it plastered up on signs as one enters.

Bhakti said...

BTW: I think JC would LOVE to have lunch with Miladysa!

And, Merry Xmas means this:
ETYMOLOGY: From X, the Greek letter chi, first letter of Greek Khrstos, Christ. See Christ.
USAGE NOTE: Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of , “Christ.” In this use it is parallel to other forms like Xtian, “Christian.” But people unaware of the Greek origin of this X often mistakenly interpret Xmas as an informal shortening pronounced (ksms). Many therefore frown upon the term Xmas because it seems to them a commercial convenience that omits Christ from Christmas.

I prefer Merry Christmas, but Xmas isn't supposed to be a slag. I think it's become that since most people that I know who say or write Xmas aren't very Greek, nor spiritual! :)