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I wish you a Merry X-mas… Saturday, 17 December 2005

Posted by R Garfield in Ticked, Views On News.
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And Happy Holidays to boot.

Mind you, I do this regardless of whether you are friend or foe, Christian, agnostic, pagan, or atheist, and whether or not you believe ‘X-mas’ was started in an attempt to ‘X’ out Christ. (Hint: It wasn’t.)

Christmas-time battles are nothing new. From public displays of manager scenes, to laments on the commercialization of celebration, debates have been on-going, it seems, since the words ‘separation of church and state’ were first inked.

What’s new is the fact that a certain political party is using religion fairly effectively as a weapon, and it’s divided people into ‘Good Guys’ and ‘Bad Guys.’ Heaven help you if you get identified as a bad guy.

Here’s how you can tell if someone’s a bad guy:

  1. Bad Guys say ‘Happy Holidays’
    (“It ain’t a holiday. Summer vacation is a holiday. This’s Christmas!”)
  2. Bad Guys write bad words like ‘Xian’ and ‘Xmas’
    (“They’s trying to cross out Christ, y’all, and we’re letting them do it”)
  3. Bad guys don’t vote Republican
  4. Bad guys don’t think Jerry Falwell is the best next thing to the Second coming

Just a little bit of history, for those who may be interested (I’ll wager not many are).

  1. ‘Holiday’ means, quite literally, ‘holy day’ – so wishing someone “Happy Holidays” is not an un-Christian thing to do.
  2. The ‘X’ in Xian and Xmas stands for the cross. It wasn’t invented by big corporations to try to X-out anybody or anything. How lame can you get? The ‘x’ for Christ abbreviation has been around longer than Wal-Mart. Arguably, around longer than most large retailers, Sears being a possible exception.And it was Christian folk who started it. For the record, there were X and Y, as well as small-T shaped crosses, in use back in the day. So ‘X’ as a Christian Symbol has been around even longer than ‘X’ as an abbreviation.

In any event, my sincere wishes to you all for the best of the Holiday Season, and the spirit of season, which is ‘sacrifice‘ and not ‘giving.’