history always wins
Never mind the fact that the X comes from the first letter of the greek spelling of Christ so it’s not even removing Christ and it has been a thing for centuries.
i always forget that coca cola invented santa
Also the winter solstice was chosen because it’s when the ancient Greek gods had their annual council. It was seen as both the holiest and darkest day of Ancient Greek religion. To protect the themselves from dark spirits, the Ancient Greeks would celebrate in the name of the gods on the winter solstice to protect them.
I’m a Christian and I spell it Xmas sometimes because (a) I’m lazy and (b) what’s so unholy about starting with a cross?
I had a coworker flip out on me for abbreviating it (we make holiday cards for people as part of our job, and that involves labeling files on the computer and on order envelopes, and I habitually wrote xmas on cards to distinguish what they were). She was very, very devout, raised Catholic and converted to Lutheran.
And she genuinely thought that I, a professed also-Catholic (we’d bonded over this!) was writing X-mas to mean I was X-ing Jesus out of it.
I sort of boggled at this, but came away with the pretty clear notion that she hadn’t originated that— someone is spreading that.
But if anyone was wondering, X is for the Greek spelling of Christos— “Chi” in Greek looks like an X in English— (it’s the biggest symbol in this image). It’s his freaking initial. It’s an abbreviation that’s been used since before the Bible was ever translated. C’mon. Ugh.
I love Christmas, I do, but I really DO NOT understand this OBSESSION with being FURIOUS and TERRIFIED by the fact that not everybody celebrates it. I went to a non-religious-affiliated high school with a diverse student body, and they had all these required events, and some of them were old traditions dating back to the school being Christian. So the way they got over how awful it was to force Jews and Muslims and Buddhists to go to Christian events was by making a bunch of required events about the other religions. Which I personally thought was AWESOME because now I’ve been to four Passover seders with all the trimmings, and have celebrated Eid and Diwali, and just generally got to go to a lot of parties and celebrate a paganized-as-anything formerly-Christmas-pageant with expressly pagan elements added back in, and it was generally pretty rad and most of the non-Christians didn’t really mind the caroling by candlelight hooey because it was kinda pretty, you gotta admit.
And nobody made the Christians give up their faith. And nobody made anybody give anything up. And we all got to eat latkes and get out of gym class early. Why would you feel threatened by that???
My mother was Catholic and I remember seeing her write “X-mas” on something when I was four or five years old and I asked her about it. She just told me that “X” was an abbreviation for “Christ” and she gave me a watered-down explanation of what’s written above. I never heard of people getting bent out of shape about it until I started seeing posts like this. It’s a Christian thing — it’s not something that people of other religions invented!