Why I Don’t Get My Panties In A Bunch Over “Xmas”
Last year, we had the infuriated red cup guy. Remember him? Wait, how could any of us forget. This guy was stark, raving MAD that Starbucks had the audacity to not have Christmas symbols on their disposable red cups. It was an embarrassing charade of Christian angst. It really was ridiculous. Seriously, if you want Christmas in your red Starbucks cup, buy a “Merry Christmas” Starbucks gift card and buy yourself some Christmas blend coffee (then throw said cup into the trash after consuming that delicious dark nectar). Although I see that the cups are different again this year (go figure…a new design every year!), the fact that Christians tend to rant and rave over some form of Christmas injustice like…the pagan Christmas trees, Santa, ‘Happy Holidays’ or *GASP* – ‘XMAS’! Well, here is Why I Don’t Get My Panties In A Bunch Over “Xmas”.
I think we’ve given ourselves a bad reputation for getting upset over silly things, especially around Christmas time. Yes, I know there is a battle raging. But instead becoming angry and spouting off like the ‘red cup’ guy, let’s try and do something different. Our battle isn’t against disposable cups, Happy Holidays or Christmas tree. It is against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).
One thing we can do before we get our knickers in a knot is to do a little research and discover some facts. Many years ago, I found the term ‘xmas’ offensive because I heard it was taking Christ out of Christmas. Then I did a little background check – I was trying to find the origins of this shortened form of Christmas. I was surprised by what I discovered…pleasantly surprised! X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And Χριστός means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for hundreds of years.
So, Christ remains in Xmas!
**Note to self – do the research before getting all upset about an assumption;)
But It Is Pagan!
Sure, there are some pagan roots to Christmas. However, you can find Christian roots to the Christmas tree, wreaths and even the jolly guy in the red suit!
“It was a symbol of eternity and the life of God, which is never ending. So by comparing it to the life of God, which never ends, and the Son of God, who comes to us every Christmas, it gives it this meaning of God, who makes Himself present to all of humanity”, says Fr. Estrada.
The Christmas wreath symbolizes Christ’s victory over death.
CBN has a heart-warming article about the Christian roots of Saint Nicholas.
Honestly, have we gotten so good at trying to find the bad in something – the reason to not celebrate – that we have lost sight of what is truly important? Have we forgotten how to truly keep Christ in Christmas?
Keeping Christ In Christmas
So, you really want to keep Christ in Christmas, hey? Yeah, me, too. Here is how our family will be keeping Him in our celebrations.
I am fully aware that Jesus very likely was not born on December 25 and that the date was chosen in an attempt to redirect a pagan celebration (this is the same for Valentine’s Day, which also has a fascinating history…and Saint Patrick’s Day, too).
But, you see, I am all for redemption and freedom. Christ came to make all things new. He has redeemed my life, my heart and my soul. Therefore I am going to celebrate this redemption!
We can keep Christ in Christmas by living a life of complete freedom in Christ. We can get rid of fear, worry, depression…and anything else that keeps us in any form of spiritual bondage, and live fully for Him.