Keep Christ in Christmas or
Keep X in Xmas? Pet Peeve..
First, I am a 4th Degree Knight. This is not about their campaign to Keep Christ in Christmas, but about some well meaning people that just happen to be clueless. Driving through an area famous for their light, so poor miss guided soul had a serious of signs and lights costing him a small fortune saying the keep Christ in Christmas and stop the use of X. So his point was the take out the X in Xmas.
First time I saw this I had some religious woman with me so I just said my piece and moved on to more lights. I went back and knocked on the door later. Unfortunately, I have confirmed for this man the Catholics are not Christians.
I tried to explain the Chi Rho or image at top of post was the first two letters of the Greek work Khristos or Christ and is a symbol for Christ back to the earliest days. I explained the in the seminary most of us wrote X for Christ and Xtn for Christian. The more I talked the more he glazed over.
The response finally was, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? I thought that the correct answer should be yes, so that is how I answered. He shock is head and said “another of those dang fundamentalists”. I realized that I’d made a huge assumption and asked why he said that.
To make a long story short, I claimed my faith and his response was, “oh, well that is just as bad”! I knew I was not going to make anymore headway, and gave him the Google info I had for him in just case he wasn’t home and left.
We do need to keep Christ in Christmas and X is one of our Symbols for Christ. It isn’t that we have X’ed out Christ which I guess is what this man had believed. I really want to create a bumper sticker for him this year, you guessed it Keep X in Xmas. I also a Chi Rho super imposed on it. As we keep Christ as the focus of our Holiday, we also have to fight the dumbing down of society. Maybe if we all try to nudge a bit and challenge, we can do it.