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I know what the 12 Days of Christmas are and I know why Christmas is sometimes spelled Xmas. Do you?

Wander

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wander
Dec. 5th, 2001 01:28 pm (UTC)
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The first guess is pretty much right. There are 12 days between Christmas Day and the Epiphany on January 6. Old tradition had it that you gave gifts on all 12 Days. The 12 Days song has a completely different set of symbolism though but since I'm not Christian, I won't bother expounding.

The second guess is what I was always taught but I found out it goes back way further than that. The Greek spelling of Christ is Xtos so it caught on in 15th Century Europe to write Xmas instead of Christmas. My take on that whole not wanting Christ in Christmas thing is it was a Christian Holiday long before all the politically correct assholes came along so if they don't want ot associate it with Christ, they should call it something else and just give each other presents if they want. That's about like saying they don't want Thanks in Thanksgiving because they don't have anything to be thankful for. I'm not a Christian but I don't have any problem calling it Christmas.

Wander

bbw4u
Dec. 5th, 2001 01:37 pm (UTC)
I just remember my mother(whom was Christian) would be highly offended if I called it Xmas.

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