ConcernedTaxpayer, 12/ 6/2012 - 3:59pm "These types of articles always make me so mad. First of all, Simonson's assertion that the birth of Jesus is the 'historical' reason for celebrating Dec. 25 is wrong. The Catholic church chose Dec. 25 to celebrate Jesus' birth to compete with the winter solstice & pagan traditions. According to a History channel documentary, Jesus' birth was likely in March (Hebrew translation of the bible). Second, the 'X' in Xmas is of Greek origin: "XP" are the first 2 letters of the Greek word for Christ (savior) and it's often shortened to simply 'X'. Using 'Xmas' doesn't take Christ out of Christmas, it just simplifies it, let's be honest (at least in the US), for lazy people who don't want to write out 'Christmas'. It has nothing to do with politics - it has to do with self-righteous Christians who insist that this is THEIR holiday. It's not. Christmas may be our tradition & holiday, but we don't own the day, nor should we tell others how to say or spell it. If you celebrate Christmas, celebrate through your actions and with your heart. Nobody can take that away from you."
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