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The Headmaster
Posted on: 29 October 2005, 7:29pm

The feast of Christmas is a Christian* one, thus 'excluding' followers of other religions or none. The abbreviation 'Xmas' is however offensive to some Christians**. What balance!

*Excepting some Adventists, who see its Pagan influence revealed by such signs as Christmas trees and the mid-winter setting. At infants school I drew shocked looks and was sent out of class for asking how it was that if Jesus was born at Christmas he was given a lamb as a present, since lambs aren't born until spring.

**And most teachers. But see also 27.12.06 comment below...

The Eager Young Lad
Posted on: 31 October 2005, 5:52pm

Pure brilliance! 'Xmas' alone may suffice, though.

The Headmaster
Posted on: 31 October 2005, 6:34pm

Thanks for your endorsement. 'Xmas' is completed. I had worried about colouring the tree - I haven't introduced a green to the palette yet - but then, it's dead isn't it. Might as well upset the tree huggers too!

The Eager Young Lad
Posted on: 31 October 2005, 7:24pm

Whizzo!

The Lawyer
Posted on: 13 November 2005, 1:31pm

How about using digital magic (see housewife) to have the leaves all fall off, just leaving twigs with the baubles on?

The Headmaster
Posted on: 14 November 2005, 12:58pm

That seems like a pointless waste of time to me. And strangely beautiful, the needles tokens of life's fleeting span, the bare branches the eternal underlying form that blah di blah... it's done.

The Headmaster
Added on: 27 November 2006

For the pedants among you, 'Xmas' can be argued not to be a 'disrespectful' abbreviation but a traditional one, the 'X' from the Roman alphabet representing not the crucifixion but instead the Greek letter 'Chi' (pronounced 'ky' to rhyme with 'sky'), which itself is the first letter of 'Christ' in Greek. See also the derivation of those fish car stickers commonly seen stuck to the boot or rear window of inattentive drivers.

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