can we please say c'mas instead of x'mas for short...?
In respect for the reason why there is a christmas season in the first place, would anyone agree with me that if anyone must shorten it, call it c'mas and not x'mas...
- kerrisonrLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
We could... except the fact that the reason there is a holiday this time of year is due to the Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice and Yule.
The only reason you're celebrating Jesus' birth today is because it was easier on the new Christians to just lump a holiday on top of the Pagan's holiday... that way when they converted people, they wouldn't have to change much!
Jesus was born in April from best we can tell from the documentation provided to us by the "oh so infalable" bible.
AND let's not forget that there are 2 legitimate reasons we use "X" to abbriviate the "Christ" In christmas.
1) X is the ancient character representing the crucifix. In many documents, it substitutes for the word "Christ" which means "messiah." (Again, this word MEANS "Messiah. It is not a proper name. His name means "Jesus the messiah.")
2) ALSO in many faiths, saying the name of your diety (ie: "Christ") aloud is incredibly disrespectful. It is considered a sin in some faiths to even write down the word-- considered prideful. Many faiths aren't allowed to write down the name so they substitute with a universal character that represents the idea. In this instance a very respectful "X" is used to represent the word "Christ"
While I understand your passion for your faith, I would first reccomend that you don't assume that people are being disrespectful.
In this instance, people are actually MUCH MORE respectful by using hte "X" abreviation. Means they will not offend ANYONE.
Merry Yule, everyone. And belated Solstice wishes to all.
- Lady of the PinkLv 51 decade ago
It was shortened to "xmas" because "x" is the first letter in the Greek word for "Christ."
Besides, Jesus isn't the reason for the season; Mithras is. Christmas was the Catholic Church's attempt to rival the popular Pagan Mithraism celebration of Natalis Solis Invicti, "Birth of the Invincible Sun God" (Mithras). To mimic the Pagan's celebration of the birth of their god, the Catholics decided to make Christmas (what they called their mock solstice celebration) a celebration of the birth of THEIR god. Since his birthday had never previously been celebrated, there was nothing to say they couldn't celebrate it whenever they wanted. You see, birthdays were not considered important - only death days. It was a sad and sorry attempt to gain church followers.
Other "Christian" holidays also came about in a similar fashion, including Halloween and even Easter.
- WabbitLv 51 decade ago
The X stands for the cross Christ reconciled us to God upon and the 'Mas is for Mass... Worship for our redeemer.
Politically Correct....Look in most D.C. Gov. buildings....What is on our money...In court what so you swear an oath of truth upon???? Don't give me a speach on political correctness, that could also be said for what some are starting to use the term for some Christians...."Conveinient Christians".
Believe and do unto others as the need suit you...
- englinLv 43 years ago
properly, some human beings are basically lazy additionally the holiday of christmas has grow to be greater of a commercialized holiday greater suitable than the start of Jesus Christ, so human beings say yuletide to refrain from the religious element.
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- 1 decade ago
Xmas honors Jesus by reminding us of the cross upon which he allowed himself to be crucified. If you are seeing it as anything less then this then you, in your own mind, are dishonoring Him.
Like any disparaging language the best way to change the damage perceived is to change our own perceptions and share them so that we transform disparagements into affirmations. This wisdom is exemplified by blacks raising the word n*gger from a racial slur to a term of racial unity.
Perhaps we may now all become n*ggers and join the human race as one people.Source(s): http://tangledintime.blogspot.com/
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Cmas takes the Christ out of Xmas--is that what you wanted?
Xmas--despite the whining of the uninformed--keeps the Christ in the holiday.
- the_lipsiotLv 71 decade ago
I really don't like either of them to be honest but, of the two "Xmas" is the one in accepted usage, where the "X" stands for the cross of Christ.
As it is supposed to be a Christian celebration (although I sometimes wonder these days) I guess we should follow the accepted Christian abbreviation?
Actually I don't give a monkey's ringpiece what or how you call it. It's a day or two off work - so I'm off to the pub to get hammered with some real people, while all you sad bastards play with your laptops !
- Anonymous1 decade ago
except in a country that is The GREATES satan on earth, any reference to christ is Pollitically incorrect. Those that do use the name of Christ break the law and suffer consequences from The Babylon of the book of revelation.
Babylon is worldwide, but terrorists hit New York where its capital city is located.
- ChocolatLv 41 decade ago
Okay. But in Greek, X=Christ. So really even if you say Xmas it still is Christmas!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!! : )
- morgorondLv 51 decade ago
Actually, let's just call it what it is. Yule.
The 'reason for the season' is the solstice, by the way.