This week on Facebook, I’ve posted several provocative graphics — funny visual puns that lead up to …what? Today was the Big Reveal: the point.
Let’s start with the visual puns.
The whole series was all spurred by this graphic, which I found on a different social networking site:
Keep the Han [Solo from Star Wars] in Hanukkah
I loved it, and it got a great response when I posted it to Facebook. I made several more on the theme:
Keep the [Olympic skater Michelle] Kwan in Kwanzaa
Keep the [Ken Curtis Gunsmoke character] Festus in Festivus (which indeed pre-dates Seinfeld)
Keep the [actor] Yul [Brenner] in Yuletide (I didn’t make this one: a friend posted it in response to the others)
Keep Saturn in Saturnalia
They are all, of course, winter festivals (click on any festival name for details if you don’t know what it is).
The capper? It was (as you may have predicted from the title of this entry) all simply to make this point about the most commercially successful winter festival of them all:
Keep the X in Xmas
If you can’t read the graphic, here’s what it says:
The Xmas Whine:
“I am sick and tired of every year when Christmas comes around, there are people who want to take Christ out of Christmas. Really: xmas? XMAS?! If you aren’t celebrating Christ then why are you celebrating? Leave my holiday alone!! It’s spelled Christmas, not xmas! Repost if your [sic] not ashamed.”
The Xmas Truth:
The X in “Xmas” isn’t the English letter X, it is the Greek letter X (Chi), the first letter of the word “Christos”, the Greek word for Messiah (“the anointed one”). Thus by no means does Xmas “leave Christ out of Christmas,” and to argue it does shows gross ignorance of one’s own purported faith.
Christians chose December 25th to celebrate because that was already a Pagan holiday (Christ was not born in the dead of Winter), so it’s not “your” holiday. People happily celebrate the day, Christian or not, because we love our friends and families, and appreciate the tradition whether it’s sacred or secular. (Repost if the truth is more important to you than ignorant hysteria.)
Keep the X in Xmas!
The starting quote in that one, by the way, is a verbatim post I saw last year on Facebook (though I switched the various ALL CAPS bits to bold.)
So if you are also tired of sanctimonious people lecturing you — and getting it all wrong in their ignorant self-righteousness — feel free to link to this page. The shortcut is http://ThisIsTrue.com/d-xmas
And hey: Merry Christmas — or whatever festival you like to celebrate!
Added by Request:
Keep Di in Diwali
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