Two weeks until Christmas!
Two weeks until I celebrate the birth of Jesus!
Two weeks until Santa Claus comes!
There has been a lot of discussion on Facebook and even in the news about the upcoming holiday and how we choose to celebrate it.
I am a Christian, belong to the United Church of Canada and celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmastime.
I am one that chooses to not shorten Christmas to Xmas, because a teacher told me once many years ago that the “X” took the Christ out of Christmas. So even on my most hurried days, with the smallest amount of room, I still write Christmas.
I have since been told that the “X” represents the Greek pronunciation of Christ. That does put a whole new spin on things. I did look it up quick and that does appear to be true. I still probably won’t use it but I won’t hold it against any of you who do (insert smiley face)!
Now, with that off the plate, I will delve into the “Merry Christmas” debate. I have read many posts and emails about the removal of the word Christmas from the school system and from the business world, etc.
At first glance, I am quick to jump on the “like” button or to forward that email, but with a bit more thought, I have chosen to bite my tongue, or typing finger. . .
I do believe that a majority of Canadians are Christians and I believe that the celebration that sees the close of schools for two weeks, to be in celebration of Christ.
I believe that is the “Reason for the Season”, but I do feel in the spirit of Christianity, we should show understanding for all beliefs.
I believe that Christmas and all it’s stories and traditions are a Christian belief, not a Canadian tradition.
It is my own belief, and I don’t feel that everyone should believe what I do. Canada is the great country it is because of all the people that share it.
I will continue to wish people a Merry Christmas but if someone wishes me a Happy Holiday, I will wish them the same.
If at some point, our school is forced to remove Christ from the school, then I will accept and support that. I don’t believe it is the school’s responsibility to teach Christianity. That would be my job as a Christian parent and the job of my church.
Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you find peace and joy in this holiday season!