Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Xmas

As a gift to those of you who read this, I'd like to exerpt from one of the better essays I've read about today. Would that everyone realize that there are two distinct holidays today, and not everyone celebrates both.

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But I myself conversed with a priest in one of these temples and asked him why they kept Crissmas on the same day as Exmas; for it appeared to me inconvenient. But the priest replied, It is not lawful, O Stranger, for us to change the date of Crissmas, but would that Zeus would put it into the minds of the Niatirbians to keep Exmas at some other time or not to keep it at all...

But what Hecataeus says, that Exmas and Crissmas are the same, is not credible. For the first, the pictures which are stamped on the Exmas-cards have nothing to do with the sacred story which the priests tell about Crissmas. And secondly, the most part of the Niatirbians, not believing the religion of the few, nevertheless send the gifts and cards and participate in the Rush and drink, wearing paper caps. But it is not likely that men, even being barbarians, should suffer so many and great things in honour of a god they do not believe in. And now, enough about Niatirb.

C.S. Lewis, Xmas and Christmas

So merry Xmas (or Christmas, if that's the holiday you celebrate). May you spend it with people you care about.

4 Comments:

Blogger Luke said...

Actually Xmas and Christmas are technically the same thing (gramattically speaking)..."X" is apparently either Greek or Latin for "Christ", so it's really just a shortening of the word. I see what you're saying, though.

12/27/2005 9:36 AM  
Blogger Luke said...

And are you sure CS Lewis wrote this piece? Doesn't sound like his normal style.

12/27/2005 2:45 PM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

Yeah, he wrote it. It's one of the essays in God in the Dock, which is where I read it.
And I know Xmas and Christmas are technically the same thing, but I really liked the distinction he drew between the 2 holidays and decided to use his terminology when giving my holiday greeting.

12/27/2005 4:28 PM  
Blogger Luke said...

gotcha...good article. its just that ive heard so many christians say how horrible it is that we say "Xmas" instead of "Christmas". Yet another pointless thing to argue about...

12/28/2005 8:10 AM  

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