X or no X? Holy-day or Holiday?


So what about all the confusion and disruption involved in Christmas. I don’t mean should courthouses be allowed to display nativity scenes, but is is Xmas or Holiday?

Greek Letter chi

Let’s start where it really is. Xmas, though it seems to have been forgotten and overlooked, “Xmas” isn’t a bad thing unless people intend for it to be. If they intend to leave Christ out of Christmas, if they imply X as the “unknown quotient” that it is in math and science, then Xmas is bad.

But, X is the Greek letter for English’s “ch.” In Greek it’s chi (pronounced “key”). This is the first to letters of Christ. in fact, the chi (X) is often an abreviation for Christ. If Xmas means Christ-mas, there is nothing wrong with it.

What about holiday? Is there something missing there? WE say “Happy Holidays,” but do we mean what it means. Holiday comes from the words meaning “Holy” and “day.” Holiday means “Holy day.” Is that what we imply when we wish others a happy holiday? It should be because it is a recognition of one of the holy things that God has done and we honor a day as holy to recognize that fact.

These are two facts that have been missed in recent days. I have been having fun doing this too. But more importantly, I wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy Holiday.

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