For many years, as our spirit of celebration morphs from Thanksgiving into Christmas, I have urged my readers to eschew the all too familiar “Xmas” and to spell out the name for which X is an abbreviation.
Let’s bring ourselves to devote the full six letters and call the occasion Christmas.
I am aware of the liturgical correctness of abbreviating the name of Christ with the letter X. It has to do with the Greek letter Chi, spelled X, which begins the Greek spelling of Christ.
It is probably the only time that those of us who know barely enough Spanish to say “yes” or “no” in that language resort to the Greek alphabet to communicate with one another.
Given that most of us choose to use English for the rest of the year, I have urged that we do the same when writing the name of the holiday that has profound meaning — both religious and secular — on our calendar.
Christmas, more than any other holiday, is a celebration that has a following shared by those who find deep religious meaning in it and those who don’t.
With increasing frequency in recent years, we have become afraid to erect manger scenes on public property lest the symbolism which is the basis of the holiday be challenged as an improper use of public property.
And with each passing year, calling the season and the holiday that we celebrate “Christmas” is falling victim to political correctness.
We now have “Winter holidays” and purchase “holiday trees” as euphemisms lest we speak the name of Christ and offend someone.
Each time a passerby or a friendly cashier wishes me “Happy Holidays,” I struggle inwardly not to ask, “Which holiday would that be? Does it have a name?”
I will gladly wish my limited number of Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights that is similar in some respects to Christmas.
And I will extend wishes to them for a Merry Christmas without fear of giving offense.
All manner of bizarre and sometimes offensive linguistics is tolerated in the name of political correctness.
Let us refuse to allow political correctness to eliminate the mention of “Christmas” from our celebration at this joyous time of year.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He finds little that is correct in political correctness. And he wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas. Or a Happy Hanukkah.)