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War on Christmas Time, Part II: Christmas vs. Xmas… and X-wings?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I already blogged about the “War on Christmas” topic last week, but here are a few more headlines that have caught my attention:

In my own reporting, I’ve found a few new angles on the seasonal clash of the holidays: the conservative Christian argument against the Christmas season (before Dec. 24, so as not to water down the Advent period of preparation for Christmas Day) and an upcoming story about whether Americans are celebrating December holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, etc.) in more secular ways or with traditional religious observances.

Check back for that story, and share your thoughts — and any other suggested links — in the Comments section below.

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jestrfyl

posted December 15, 2010 at 9:58 am


“And the Angels of God appeared above the Nerf Herders of Blagalon 7″ Hmmm, I guess that works.
People should read Ray bradbury’s “Christus Appollo” to get a Christmas/Christian take on space exploration. Excellent poem, set to music by Jerry Goldsmith.



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Gert

posted December 16, 2010 at 10:45 am


I get so tired of that whole Xmas vs Christmas thing. Why can’t people just realize the “X” is the Greek letter chi, the first letter of the name of Christ in Greek. Why Greek? You do not actually believe the Bible was written in English originally, do you? It would actually at this point probably be more correct to call “Christmas” the more secular version.



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Michael J Connor

posted December 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm


There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
This week, I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.-
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.
So there is your history lesson for today. This knowledge was shared with me; and I found it interesting and very enlightening. Now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol…so pass it on if you wish.’
Merry Christmas Everyone
CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY
I wonder why the press hasn’t enlightened the public about it??
Arlington National Cemetery
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell…
Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths — some 5,000 — are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He’s done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
Please share this with everyone on your address list. You hear too much about the bad things people do. Everyone should hear about this.
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Crissie

posted December 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm


To Michael J. Connor, thank you for sharing the backstory to the Twelve Days of Christmas song. Now if only someone could explain to me the other one that has always perplexed me … why are the carolers so rude and pushy about the figgy pudding?



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Vincent

posted December 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm


Xpistos is the GREEK name for Christ… X is an ancient representation of Christ’s name handed down for 2 millenia. Fundamentalists Christians ofetn refer to the original Greek buy have no concept of Greek linguistics.



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Nicole Neroulias

posted December 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm


There’s a Religion News Service story today that indicates that Michael J. Connor’s explanation is an urban myth. It’s a good one, though!



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Juju

posted December 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm


Merry Christmas…….
Not happy holiday or best wishes it is the Birth of Jesus Christ. Has anyone noticed that the name Christ is in Christmas. He is the reason for the Season. Nothing else.
Our Goverment has ran our country and beliefs off track. They kinly allow people from all over the world to momve here, then allow them and many athiest Americans to take God out of this beautiful land. Someone has to take a stand. We are overwhelmed with crime,poverty, war, porn,drugs, murder, abuse of our children, financial disaster, Abortion, lack of health care for many of our American brothers and sisters.etc God has been taken out of our schools, cities, homes(many parents don’t bother with faith) He has been taken out of the goverment. Where are our Christian Politicians? IS THERE ANY????? Don’t they have any courage???? We can’t have Crosses where we want, Nativity Scenes where we want to put them, no prayer or God in our childrens schools,the TV programs 95% of them are raunchy(no one speaks up and tries to stop them)…
SO LET ME SAY KNOW GOD–KNOW PEACE NO GOD–NO PEACE. Isn’t anyone wise enough to SEE ?????
God help America and God help our Goverment.
Merry Christmas and God Bless,
A PROUD Christian (CATHOLIC) and very Blessed.
Jujuutheted



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Gwyddion9

posted December 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm


There is no war on Christmas only those who don’t like having their religion or holidays put on a even playing field. They don’t like the fact that they are no longer the only ones and aren’t happy about it one bit. The simple fact is that there is two Islamic holidays, a Buddhist holiday, a specific Catholic holiday, a Jewish holiday, a Pagan holiday, a Christian holiday and then secular Kwanza all during the month of December. I wish everyone a Happy Holidays as I don’t know what the religious back ground is of everyone I meet. I think it’s simply a bunch of whining people who aren’t front and center over everyone else! For me, Yule is the reason for the season!



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John

posted December 19, 2010 at 4:27 am


Yes Gwyddion9, there are soooo many Buddhists in this country that we risk offending them all if we happen to say “Merry CHRISTmas” to one. I used to live and work in Israel and I cannot even count the many times an Israeli used to say “Happy Chanukka” to me when, as a Christian, I normally don’t celebrate Chanukka. In YOUR eyes I guess I should have voiced my displeasure and maybe even sued the Israeli government for trumping Chanukka over MY Christmas holiday! The truth is, the far majority of Israelis are Jewish and do not celebrate Christmas; therefore, it is logical why they would wish ME a Happy Chanukka. Well guess what? The far majority of Americans celebrate Christmas so it’s pretty logical why we should be wished a “Merry Christmas” instead of a generic “Happy Holidays”. If anybody is offended by being wished a “Merry Christmas” they are in dire need of counseling.



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Juju

posted December 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm


Gwydgion9
Please look up Pagan in the dictionary??? (One who is a Christian, a Jew,nor a Muslim. a heathen. An irreligious person.
Who cares what the religious back ground is of anyone as long as we aren’t affraid to live and show our Christianity. Be kind to everyone live our Faith, what ever Church we belong to.You will be in my prayers…..
MERRY CHRISTMAS—Merry(Mary) mother of God.
Christmas (CHRIST) mas (mother and son)
May you have the
Peace of JESUS…
Juju



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Juju

posted December 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm


WOOPS My mistake Not so good on this keyboard.
PAGAN One who is NOT Christian, or Jewish, nor Muslim.
A heathen. A non beliver etc.
Juju



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Mike

posted December 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm


I’ve never understood why some people need to try to take possession of the holiday season. There are many holidays around this time of year, for many different faiths. Why not celebrate all of them, extend your good will towards ALL men and women, and just enjoy yourselves and your loved ones? People should just relax a bit and stop getting so riled up about some perceived offense.
I wish a Happy Holidays to all of you, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddist, Heathen, and any other faith out there that I’ve missed. I hope you all have amazing food, lots of fun, and loads and loads of love for your family and friends.
– Mike



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Gwyddion9

posted December 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm


My point John and Juju is that there are many holidays during this month, so Happy Holidays offends no one except for those who feel the need to have their religious holiday put over everyone else.
I use it as a way to be courteous to others and not to presume a superiority over other religions.



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Danthrax

posted December 19, 2010 at 8:25 pm


@Gwyddion9, we say Merry Christmas because the Incarnation was the Best News Ever! As the angels declared to the (Jewish) shepherds:
Look! I bring you good news of great joy for all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
It’s perfectly okay if you want to say “Happy Holidays,” or even “Bah, Humbug!” but to those who have even a tiny glimpse of the overwhelming JOY that Christmas celebrates, nothing less than “Merry Christmas!” will do.
As for X-mas, we Christians started that. Did you know that Christopher Columbus signed his name Xofer Columbus? We love the letter Chi for Christ, partly because it forms a Cross. We remember that he paid with his blood for our sins, to reconcile us to God.
Merry Christmas!!



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Prakash

posted December 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm


Living in the Bible belt here in Arkansas it is politically correct to say “Merry Christamas” and not HAppy Holidays. There is not telling which Christian you might offend. IT is better to be safe than sorry and stick with “Merry Christmas”.



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Mike

posted December 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm


Merry Christmas everyone….



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Roxanne

posted December 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm


Sorry Mike..the posting about the meaning of the 12 days of Christmas is false. There is no meaning tHere is the story .http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/music/12days.asp



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Grumpy Old Person

posted December 22, 2010 at 10:58 am


“There is not telling which Christian you might offend.”
How come it’s only “Christians” that get to “take offense”?



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Your NameMelvin

posted December 23, 2010 at 8:35 am


I think most Christians are in agreement that the commercialization of Christmas has seriously harmed the core message and meaning of the holiday. Rather than celebrate the birth of Christ, we talk about discounts and shopping specials. Check out this Christmas message addressing that issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdCj1qDP2TY.



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Virgil

posted December 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm


Supervisor James Burton:
“People who preach the First Amendment need to abide by the First Amendment,”
Most eloquently put sir



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Juju

posted December 24, 2010 at 8:51 am


HAPPY BITHDAY JESUS…
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE…
MAY YOU ALL HAVE THE
PEACE OF JESUS…
LOVE JUJU



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g

posted December 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm


Open Letter to Jesus:
Dear Jesus,
I am sure you see how all those unbeliever;s have turned your Birthday into commercial and consummeristic enterprises. And doesn’t it gall you that now they want to replace the ‘Christ’ with X? Well don’t worry, I have taken it upon myself to scream and yell Merry Christmas right into their filthy sinner faces and couch it in statements like “May you have the Peace of Jesus” even though it is screamed in anger. Boy, Jesus, you are lucky to have me here to fight the onslaught of this heathen world. we’ll show them who’s God. I can’t wait till you come back and burn these sinners, boy, we told them so, didn’t we Jesus??Ha ha, I am so gonna laugh when they get theirs.
Sincerely,
Don T. Gettit
Reply: Don T Gettit,
With all due respect to your zealous hatred in my Name please understand that I wasn’t born on Dec. 25 and so much surrounding the celebration is mixed with other religious and non-religious traditions.
It really doesn’t bother me that the term X-mas is used as Christ is not my name anyway. Christ is a title and I never really authorized the ‘holiday’ anyway. The holiday authorized by God, are all in the old testament and for the Jews. This BD celebration has always been something men have done without any real authorization so really it is a tempest in a teapot.
If you really want to serve me, stop being so hateful and abrasive and just love others. Don’t take up the Christmas vs. X-mas battle like it has meaning, there are really more important issues at stake. Be humble, loving, forgiving, help others, feed the poor, love your spouse, don’t divorce, stop spending so much time on facebook and go help someone in need. Stop gossiping and quit complaining about everything . Be thankful for your job and quit calling him vile names behind his back. Stop speaking hatred for President Obama. As I look at your chart, I don’t see one line of prayer for your leaders like I commanded. I seldom here true praise and thanksgiving for your blessings from you. I see complaint after complaint, railing after railing, hateful speech, dirty jokes etc. What are you doing with your life?
At any rate, I could write more, but the bottom line : Stop yelling MAERRY CHRISTMAS with all your anger, rather quietly go out today, and take some $$ and give it to the poor, buy groceries for the poor, live queitly and bless others. That would be a better Birthday Present than all this yelling and screaming Happy Birthday Jesus stuff.
Love always,
Jesus



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Albert

posted December 25, 2010 at 3:11 am


Thanks for telling it like it truly is.
In Jesus Christ for life,
albert



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name

posted December 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm


i thought it would be nice this year if we all lay down our arms and celebrate the birth of Santa clause because that is what this time of the year is all about =]



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g

posted December 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm


Well, Name,
I tried laying down my arms.. but darn. it is really hard to drink my egg nog using just my toes! Actually, the season is worth it for the EGG NOG!



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Allahu Akbar

posted December 26, 2010 at 11:34 am


BOOM!!!!!!!



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Juju

posted December 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm


Akbar
Your BOOM is sick like you, stay off this space and say a prayer for yourself. GOD BLESS YOU.



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Heidi

posted December 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm


Beyond Today TV
God’s Love Language
God loves you and wants you to love Him in return. But just how should you go about doing so? Tune in to uncover the answer.
Related Resources
Is Christmas Really Merry?
Where did the idea of a “merry Christmas” come from? Did it begin with well-meaning Christians who wished only the best for others, or are its origins considerably older than we might suppose? Does wishing others “Merry Christmas” please God and Jesus Christ? The answers may well surprise you!
Christmas: The Curious Origins of a Popular Holiday
What do evergreen trees, reindeer, mistletoe and yule logs have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ? And was He really born on Dec. 25? You need to discover the real history of Christmas!
Was Christ Born on Christmas Day?
Do you observe Christmas because you think it’s Christ’s birthday? Was He born on or anytime near Dec. 25? If Jesus lived on earth today, would He celebrate Christmas at all?



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