is the celebration of the birth of the teacher who said, “If you want
to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor.”
is also the celebration of Christ’s mass. “X” is the Greek letter
“chi,” the first letter of “christ” as it was first written in Greek, Christos. So, if you’re Christian, you want to keep the “X” in Xmas.
sky god has many names. One is Kris Kringle; Christians claim the name
is from “Christ Kindl” or “Christ child,” though Kris Kringle is
neither Christ nor child. Another is Santa Claus; Christians claim that
is from Saint Nicholas, though “Santa” is Latin, “Claus” is Germanic,
and the robust sky god of solstice bears no resemblance to the slender
man whose feast day comes weeks earlier on December 6. The name “Father
Christmas” suggests the sky god's origin: It's a lazy translation of
“Old Man Winter," the winter spirit who promises the birth of spring.
The Krismas belief has distinct differences from Christianity:
Santa lives in a modest house; Jesus stayed with friends.
Santa is married; Jesus liked to be with his gang or go off by himself.
Santa and his helpers make things to give others; Jesus says the rich should help the poor.
Jesus can fly; Santa needs a sleigh and reindeer.
Jesus makes wine; Santa makes toys.
Jesus makes people well; Santa makes people happy.
There are similaries, too:
Jesus and Santa believe in giving anonymously.
Jesus and Santa believe in giving to everyone.
Jesus and Santa don’t expect to be given anything in return.
So, if you celebrate Christ’s mass, Christmas, Chrismukkah, Krismas, or some other day this winter, I wish you a Happy Holiday!