Merry Christmas vs. X-Mas? No contest
Campaign to Bring Back "Merry Christmas"
Does it gall you to have someone tell you you can't do something? Something as simple as put a nativity set in front of a school or mention Jesus in a school program? What about the trend towards saying, "Happy Holidays," instead of "Merry Christmas?" Me too. Worse yet, is the practice of writing it "X-mas." I know the scholarly among you would tell me X stands for Christ in the Greek. Okay, I'll concede to that. But how many people do you know that knew that already? How many of the common class are actually thinking, "i'll just use the X for the Greek shortcut." I submit that the majority of people who use X-mas are just trying to shorten the word. It's CHRISTmas at my house. Always will be. The Christian Writer's Manual of Style , while acknowledging the ancient and respectful use of "Xmas" in the past, states that the spelling should never be used in formal writing.
How have we as a nation gotten so twisted in our views on what should be allowed and what should not regarding the name of Jesus in public? We will allow inmates a Bible in prison after the crime is committed, but we won't allow our students Bibles in schools before they are committed. We will mob the churches in droves after a national tragedy such as 09/11, but our president now wants no part of a National Day of Prayer. When I was a child we had prayer to begin the school day, and our Christmas programs included songs such as, "Away in a Manger," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "O' Little Town of Bethlehem." Today you will be hard pressed to find such in a public school.
Yet on Halloween, our children are encouraged to wear goblin masks, dress like demon spirits, and gory monsters. We as a nation have allowed one woman to guide our legislation. William Murray, son of famous atheist Madeline Murray O'hair, had this to say of his mother: "My mother was an evil person... Not for removing prayer from America's schools... No, she was just evil." Her own child. And yet, we listened to this woman and allowed our privilege to pray be taken away. Though as one popular joke states, I'm sure that as long as there are final exams, prayer will remain in school.
I don't want to have to think twice about whether my son can wear a church camp shirt, a Christian band T-shirt, a Jesus is the Reason for the Season lapel pin, or carry his Bible with him. This ought not be. If you want to practice another religion, practice it. But leave me and my Christianity intact. You can take Him out of your songs, your decorations, and your programs, but you can't take Him out of our hearts. You can't squelch the true meaning of Christmas. It is forever abiding and agelessly enduring, and for all time will stand. (Redundancy added for emphasis!) Jesus Christ--the same yesterday, today, and forever. Bring back Merry Christmas!