Thursday, November 17, 2011

The X-Factor

I was googling Ancient Egypt for history class when I came across the date 1300 BCE.
Is this a typo?
No! Further investigation revealed that Christ has been obliterated and it is now Before Common Era.
I don't know about you, but political correctness has gone mad. Like it or lump it, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddah etc are momenteous historical as well as religious figures and references to them are found in all areas of life. You can't just wipe them out. How much more correct would it be to accept our differences and simply.......

My huge peeve is the use of the word Xmas. It is a celebration of the birth of Christ. You can either celebrate it or ignore it. But you can't just change Him into an X, and then go and have all the fun!
If you do that then you must also
  • Erase Sunday and Monday from the calendar, as they were named in honour of the pagan deities of the sun and moon. I'm sure that offends someone. They are henceforth to be called Xday 1 and Xday 2
  • Tuesday  is named for the Norse god of War. So shall we call it, say Xday 3?
  • Was Wednesday named for weddings? No. Another in the line of days named for Norse gods. This one was for Woden (or Odin), the chief of the pantheon. Xday 4, perhaps?
  • When you hear thunder on Thursday you will remember how this day got its name. It was named for the Scandanavian god of thunder, Thor. You guessed it, Xday 6!
  •  Friday is the only day of the week named for a woman. Her name was Frigga and she was the consort of Odin.  The slapper! She should definately be renamed Xday 7.
Now see how confusing the whole thing gets. And don't get me started on the months! January is called after the god Janus, definately a two faced character. So in case it offends someone, lets call it Xmonth 1. And on and on it goes.
But why stop there? Your designer Nike trainers are a no no. They are named after Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. And in all fairness, the Greeks are not exactly winning at the moment!
Why can't we just accept that we have different beliefs...or perhaps none at all. This is what adds fullness and diversity to the world.
Why do some people want to suck the colour out of life and paint it grey?


  1. Well actually Nols:-

    X originates from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as Christ.
    A common error made by a lot of people is that the word Xmas is an attempt to remove religion from Christmas, by omitting Christ from Christmas.

    Another major error is to believe that Jesus was born on 25th December however, the scholars of theology are less certain of the date and there are those who have determined not only the year of our Lord’s birth, but also the day; and they say that it took place in the 28th year of Augustus, and in the 25th day of [the Egyptian month] Pachon [May 20 in our calendar], plusothers say that He was born on the 24th or 25th of Pharmuthi [April 20 or 21].”

    The 25th of December was chosen mainly because it is on that date that the extra length of daylight was able to be measured following Winter Solstice the shortest day [Dec 21st] Therefore it was correct to say the Birth of the Sun and New Light entering the world!

    The Old Pagans [very much like the Neo-Pagans] had a celebration of Light on this day, they decorated their homes with colour, lit torches and brought in evergreen trees and feasted; knowing that the new light would bring in longer & warmer days plus fresh food.

    Be a pagan and the truth will set you free :)

  2. i stand corrected. But I still don't like Xmas! Bah humbug :)

  3. I knew JC was a taurus!

  4. There is no way he was a capricorn!