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Who Invented "X"mas?

Posted on 12/03/2004 7:54:47 AM PST by rpellegrini

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In the early 4th century AD Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the Roman empire. In Britain Christian symbols have been found as evidence of Christianity. The main motifs are the Greek letters X and P, known as the 'chi-rho' symbol, which begin the name of Christ. (Source)

61 posted on 12/03/2004 8:18:13 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: rpellegrini
Who invented "X"mas?

I did. And all you buggers who are using the phrase owe me MONEY, dang it!

63 posted on 12/03/2004 8:20:31 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Eepsy

So, the ancient Greeks were twisted lefty commie scum? The bastards!


64 posted on 12/03/2004 8:21:27 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: rpellegrini
Oh yes, anything you don't like was invented by those pesky Communists. Better look for them under your bed!

Me thinks Communists start stupid two sentence threads here.

65 posted on 12/03/2004 8:22:17 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Shqipo
I will not shop in any store that uses this term in its windows or advertising. And if it's a small business, I'll drop in to tell the owner so.

Good luck even finding "Merry Xmas". I know Macy's won't use it and I heard on Tony Snow that Wal-Mart won't say "Merry Christmas".

Does anyone have a list of pro and anti "Merry Christmas" stores so that we can do our Christmas shopping accordingly?

67 posted on 12/03/2004 8:22:40 AM PST by Armando Guerra
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To: AntiGuv
So, in your reasoning, the fact that most people don't mean "bow-legged" when they say "cute" is irrelevant? If it used to mean that to some people, it must always mean that to all people?

It's used as an irreverent, Christ-rejecting, cutesy short-cut. Christians shouldn't participate.

Dan

68 posted on 12/03/2004 8:23:01 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Marysecretary

"X" is the first letter of Christ in Greek.

I've heard it comes from this origin, and was used well before modern political correctness.


69 posted on 12/03/2004 8:24:47 AM PST by SampleMan ("Yes I am drunk, very drunk. But you madam are ugly, and tomorrow morning I shall be sober." WSC)
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To: Larry Lucido

The Spartans were definitely twisted commie scum, but their population and economy suffered a dramatic collapse long before the birth of Christ. There's probably a moral to that story..


71 posted on 12/03/2004 8:27:41 AM PST by AntiGuv ()
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To: Jimmyclyde
"And you died on Easter. That's the biggest Pagan Holiday in the history of ever. They're going to celebrate the day of you death on a different day each year, depending on where the moon is. If they don't work out that that's pagan, I'll eat my hat." -E. Izzard
72 posted on 12/03/2004 8:28:24 AM PST by NYFriend
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To: Javelina
Show one flaw in it.

Dan

73 posted on 12/03/2004 8:28:26 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr

The initial question was about its origins. The answer is what it is.


74 posted on 12/03/2004 8:28:30 AM PST by AntiGuv ()
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To: BibChr
It's used as an irreverent, Christ-rejecting, cutesy short-cut. Christians shouldn't participate.

I find "BibChr" to be an irrevent, Christ-rejecting, cutesy short-cut for "Biblical Christianity." The fires of Hell are gonna feel mighty uncomfortable for you if don't repent and stop using that abbreviation right now!
75 posted on 12/03/2004 8:30:26 AM PST by drjimmy
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To: rpellegrini
I prefer to turn the X on its side so its like this:


76 posted on 12/03/2004 8:30:49 AM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: wtc911
Um, today is the heyday of Communism in America, not the fifties or sixties.

You are so, so right about that! But now they call themselves "Progressives," as they did in the 30s and 40s, and nobody takes any notice. Even the Progressive Insurance Co. owner (it's always been a Far Left company) is rolling in money and contributed almost as much as George Soros to try to defeat Bush.

As for Xmas, I remember it was used back in the 40s simply as an abbreviation on Christmas cards, signs, etc., when people didn't have room to write the whole word. Later there was a public backlash about it, in the 50s or 60s when people actually dared to talk about "putting Christ back in Christmas" without fear of an ACLU lawsuit. While there's definitely an anti-Christian movement in the U.S. I don't think it goes to that extreme. Instead, we should be paying more attention to the matter wtc911 brought up.

77 posted on 12/03/2004 8:31:05 AM PST by Bernard Marx (Don't make the mistake of interpreting my Civility as Servility)
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To: Marysecretary
I never heard that. I thought "X" meant unknown. Like Macolm X. Someone who's true identity wasn't known.
78 posted on 12/03/2004 8:31:47 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nina0113
For once I bothered to read the thread before being one of the ten

You,too. Me, too

79 posted on 12/03/2004 8:32:52 AM PST by fritzz (Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers)
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To: rpellegrini
My understanding is that the 'X' stands for the cross upon which Christ died.

My Dad told me that. Probably not true, but it's so lovely a thought I refuse to dispute it.

80 posted on 12/03/2004 8:33:33 AM PST by Hi Heels (Proud to be a Pajamarazzi.)
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