Sunday, December 2, 2007

Christmas or "X-mas"

Christmas is a time of happiness and celebration - a blend of joyful moments to share and celebrate with family, friends and special someone. Scenes like carol singing, Santa Claus riding on a sleigh, stockings on the wall, pine tree decorating, card greetings, baking delicious foods, parties everywhere, snowflakes falling, lights flickering, and giving of gifts are all typical traditions that have been passed down through the years.

With all those things happening during December, there’s one thing always bothers me. Why use “X-mas” instead of Christmas? I am worried that the world might be starting to forget Jesus Christ. As I searched through the internet, “Xmas” is not originally an attempt to eliminate Christ from Christmas, but uses an abbreviation of the Greek spelling of the word “Christ” with the “X” representing the Greek letter chi. However, few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation. Future generations might wonder why “X” instead of Christ. Is there a tendency that they will forget the true meaning of Christmas in the future because of “X”?

There’s nothing wrong if you had already knew the reason why they use “X-mas”. What about for those who haven’t known the truth yet? Let’s just get rid of X! Jesus Christ is the main reason why we celebrate Christmas. He was born on earth because He loves us and sacrifices His life for all our sins.

Advance Merry Christmas!

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