Wednesday, December 24, 2008

merry christmas. yeah right.

i can never think of what to blog. and i think it was yesterday when my mom told me, "why havent you blogged lately? you are a stinky blogger." thanks mom (; haha.

and i was thinking in my little head of mine...oh the holidays. i mean, isnt that what it supposed to be? happy? merry? loving? JESUS?! but now as i get older and think about it more...this whole "season to be jolly" is entirely too silly.

i mean, obviously we want to celebrate jesus because he is the coolest. but now, its all about presents/material things, and seeing family that you dont like just because you have to, and they have even replaced christ with an "x" in christmas. are you kidding me? you want to replace the one who died so we didnt have to with an "x"? HAS THIS WORLD LOST ITS MIND? we dont replace other holidays with insignificant letters...i just dont understand. and whats this with santa? it has been instilled in us that at a very young age that the awesome "santa clause" will bring us presents, so as kids, thats what we look forward on christmas. not jesus. oh so silly.

being that its christmas eve, i have already seen some of my family that i love...and also some family that i was sort of, well, shoved into. and then its all about money and gifts and yada yada yada. its pointless. wasn't this holiday supposed to be about the most amazing god that walked this earth?

i mean, dont get me wrong, i like presents and good stuff. but why dont we get presents or little gifts to just suprise people that mean a lot to us ALL YEAR ROUND? and then there wouldnt be this stress over money and hating not wanting to buy gifts for people who you dont want to spend money on because you dont talk to them 95% of the year. again, very silly. and i do get presents for people in christmas because i love them. i just think its sort of a ridiculous idea.

and im definitely not perfect in any way, shape or form, and i definitely dont give jesus all the praise he deserves. but i think the least we could do is give him one day when its all about him. we have birthdays too and that day is all about us. why cant it be the same for someone greater than ourselves?

i dont know, its all just thoughts that process in my brain. i hope it gave you food for thought.


Chasing_Hollywood said...

I seriously Blogged about this then saw your blog and was like... YESS! GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!

I am with you on this one. It is soo sad.

Margie said...

great job missy!


P.S. yes, you do need to blog more, stinkaroo

Kvan said...

Phyllis - don't stress about the X replacing Christ in Christmas - it is an acceptable abbreviation for Christ that dates back centuries. The Christ in Christmas is not being replaced by any simple old "X". And I find the material aspect of Christmas confusing as well. <3 Kvan

The word "Christ" and its compounds, including "Christmas", have been abbreviated in English for at least the past 1,000 years, long before the modern "Xmas" was commonly used. "Christ" was often written as "XP" or "Xt"; there are references in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as far back as AD 1021. This X and P arose as the uppercase forms of the Greek letters χ and ρ, used in ancient abbreviations for Χριστος (Greek for "Christ"), and are still widely seen in many Eastern Orthodox icons depicting Jesus Christ. The labarum, an amalgamation of the two Greek letters rendered as ☧, is a symbol often used to represent Christ in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian Churches.[2]

Nevertheless, some believe that the term is part of an effort to "take Christ out of Christmas" or to literally "cross out Christ";[3] it is seen as evidence of the secularization of Christmas, as a symptom of the commercialization of the holiday (as the abbreviation has long been used by retailers). It may also be seen as a vehicle to be more inclusive. (See political correctness.)

The labarum, often called the Chi-Rho, is a Christian symbol representing Christ.The occasionally held belief that the "X" represents the cross on which Christ was crucified also has no basis in fact. St Andrew's Cross is X-shaped, but Christ's cross was probably shaped like a T or a †. Indeed, X-as-chi was associated with Christ long before X-as-cross could be, since the cross as a Christian symbol developed later. (The Greek letter Chi Χ stood for "Christ" in the ancient Greek acrostic ΙΧΘΥΣ ichthys.) While some see the spelling of Christmas as Xmas a threat, others see it as a way to honor the martyrs. The use of X as an abbreviation for "cross" in modern abbreviated writing (e.g. "King's X" for "King's Cross") may have reinforced this assumption.

In ancient Christian art, χ and χρ are abbreviations for Christ's name.[4] In many manuscripts of the New Testament and icons, X is an abbreviation for Christos, as is XC (the first and last letters in Greek, using the lunate sigma); compare IC for Jesus in Greek. The Oxford English Dictionary documents the use of this abbreviation back to 1551, 50 years before the first English colonists arrived in North America and 60 years before the King James Version of the Bible was completed. At the same time, Xian and Xianity were in frequent use as abbreviations of "Christian" and "Christianity"; and nowadays still are sometimes so used, but much less than "Xmas". The proper names containing the name "Christ" other than aforementioned are rarely abbreviated in this way (e.g. Hayden Xensen for the actor name "Hayden Christensen"). This apparent usage of "X" to spell the syllable "kris" (rather than the sounds "ks") has extended to "xtal" for "crystal", and on florists' signs "xant" for "chrysanthemum"[5] (though these words are not etymologically related to "Christ": "crystal" comes from a Greek word meaning "ice", and "chrysanthemum" comes from Greek words meaning "golden flower", while "Christ" comes from a Greek word meaning "anointed").

In the 17th and 18th Centuries, "Xene" and "Exene" were common spellings of the given name Christene.

Margie said...

you go Kvan! thanks for the lesson!