The fact that most people are focusing on SANTA every Christmas rather than JESUS has been bothering me for quite some time now. REMEMBER, it’s CHRIST’s birth, the birth of our SAVIOR, which is celebrated on Christmas day, NOT SANTA, nor the gifts that they say are made by His little elves
THIS CHRISTMAS DAY. Let’s take SANTA out of the picture and start focusing on Who truly matters —> JESUS.
This post, I couldn’t agree more…been waiting for this post for forever
Thank you, thank You.
OKAY NOW YOU FUCKING PAY ATTENTION TO ME, CHRISTIANS!!! YO! OVER HERE! READ THIS!!!
The word “Christ" and its compounds, including "Christmas", have been abbreviated in English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern "Xmas" was commonly used. "Christ" was often written as "Xρ" or "Xt"; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as 1021. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ (Ch) and ρ (R) used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for “Christ”), and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ. The labarum, an amalgamation of the two Greek letters rendered as ☧, is a symbol often used to represent Christ in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian Churches.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the OED Supplement have cited usages of “X-” or “Xp-” for “Christ-” as early as 1485. The terms “Xtian” and less commonly “Xpian” have also been used for “Christian”. The OED further cites usage of “Xtianity” for “Christianity” from 1634. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage, most of the evidence for these words comes from “educated Englishmen who knew their Greek”.
In ancient Christian art, χ and χρ are abbreviations for Christ’s name. In many manuscripts of the New Testament and icons, Χ is an abbreviation for Χριστος, as is XC (the first and last letters in Greek, using the lunate sigma); compare IC for Jesus in Greek.
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It is said that when the Emperor Constantine had his great vision that caused him to convert to Christianity, he saw the Greek letters Chi and Rho intertwined. Chi is written as an ‘X’ and Rho is written as a ‘P’, but they are the first two letters of the Greek word Christ'savior'. 'XP' is sometimes used to stand for Christ. Sometimes X is used alone. This is the case in the Chi (X) abbreviation for Christ in Xmas. Thus, Xmas is not directly a way of secularizing the holiday, but since ‘X’ is not Chi in English, we read the word as X-mas and see no connection with Christ.
As far as Santa, y’all are just going to have to accept the fact that non-Christians share your holiday for other reasons. You MUST accept that our ways and icons exist because it states in your own belief system not to judge others.
So just let us be, we don’t all believe in the invisible sky magician. You are plainly going to have to deal with it.
Now stop belly-aching about the ‘X’ in ‘Xmas’ and cluttering up my fucking holiday.
The bible gives no exact date as to the birth of Christ, and in fact the small amount of information there hints at him having been born during the summer, December 25 was chosen to correspond with the pagan Yule festival, thus allowing pagans to continue celebrating, and ease the transition of forced conversion to Christianity. Yes, modern Christmas is intended to celebrate the birth of Christ, and you are welcome to celebrate it as such, however your berating others for using a long standing abbreviation for practical purposes is disrespectful, though admittedly not nearly as disrespectful as the ongoing attempts to try and whitewash the old ways out of their own traditions.
FYI: Santa Claus is a modern derivative of Sinter Clause, a rarely used title for “The Bearded One” the winter incarnation of a Pagan god, keep celebrating our festivals as your own, we’ve welcomed it in our way since the beginning, but how dare you feed us hate for not celebrating our rites in your way.