Am I the only one that doesn't like "xmas" projects?

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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 12-08-2010 03:00 PM 1616 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2010 03:00 PM

I tried to ignore it for a while, but I have seen it one too many times! Is it that much harder to write Christmas or do we just not like to acknowledge what the holiday is really about? Here in my house we don’t celebrate xmas or even know what that is. We celebrate Christmas!!!

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 03:08 PM

For me I hate typing…but opinion noted. But than again I don’t get mad when people don’t capitalize “M”arine

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 03:31 PM

“Xmas” is an ancient and well respected abbreviation for Christmas – the Christ Mass.
The “X” is for the Greek letter chi, the first Greek letter of Christ.

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, a song by John Lennon who passed on this date.

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 03:57 PM

Thank you, hobomonk. Took the words right out of my mouth.

I’m sure the people who complain about “Xmas” are the same ones, ironically, with a fish on the back of the car, the Ichthus, which is an ancient acronym containing that same Greek letter, Chi.

Besides, for most of people, Christmas has very little to do with Christ now-a-days…unfortunately.

-- jay,

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 04:22 PM

great replies… Here is the correct pronunciation for the modern Greek alphabet:

I believe X is the 22nd letter.

It is just a simple abbreviation, almost like typing ‘FYI’ or ‘m&t joint’ or ’$’ for dough, etc…

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 04:23 PM

Io’ Saturnalia! Lest we forget what the ”season really is about.” It is/was a festival of celebration centered around the Winter Solstice and had nothing to do with the christian religion, as Saturnalia was older AND much more popular. It was only when the early christian religion (~314AD) began to predate/hijack the holiday celebrations that Saturnalia began to fade. Saturnalia practioners didn’t seem to be allowed to live very long.

Since LJs is a ”woodworking” website, I would suggest a wood project that might include such things as Roman columns, or possibly a mural showing Saturn among the stars, or something to do with the harvest/growing season or crops plants, etc. in order to properly celebrate the holiday season.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 04:48 PM

yup… Sol invictus. “Undefeated sun”.

Here’s what wikipedia says about it…

Scroll down to ‘sol invictus and christianity’ for their account on the whole thing.

And yes, apparently the “Christmas season” is about shopping, extended heavy traffic hours after work hours (shopping, again), jacking up your electric bill w/ tons of Xmas lights , huge inflatable snowmen even in cities where it doesn’t snow all that often (like Austin), and a big, loud, fat guy dressed in read that came to substitute some saint and whose persona is portrayed and advocated mainly by whoever wants to sell you something. Just sayin’...

However, I don’t know how related this thread is to woodworking skills. ;-)

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 05:14 PM

However, I don’t know how related this thread is to woodworking skills.

Make Winter holidays woodworking stuff for:

Winter Solstice

-- 温故知新

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 05:19 PM


I’m deeply offended that you left Jul off the list.

Just kidding…

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 05:23 PM


Here’s the relationship that you’re looking for.

Every year, and for many years, we draw names in the family, and you must make a present for the person whos name you have drawn. Opening these presents has now overshadowed the “store boughten” gifts.

This year, right now in fact, I’m working on a sewing table for my daughter. I’m waiting for the garage to heat up a little so I can go out and finish the tapered legs.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 05:47 PM

Hobomonk said it best. lets keep this woodworking related.

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 05:48 PM

Sorry, whenever I see or hear ‘Xmas’ now, the first thing i think of is a muderous Robot Santa Claus and that ‘Xmas story’ Futurama episode.

In the year 2801, Christmas becomes Xmas and pine trees are extinct so you decorate Palm Trees. You also have to be back before sundown or else you will be killed by a murderous robotic Santa Claus. In the year 2801, Mom’s Friendly Robot Company had made up a robotic version of St. Nick himself to determine who had been naughty and who had been nice. Unfortunately, due to a programming error, the jolly robotic elf soon turned into a mad murderer when his standards were set too high and, at sundown, he will kill anyone who has been naughty.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#12 posted 12-08-2010 07:50 PM

Festivus for the rest of us!

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#13 posted 12-08-2010 07:56 PM

to all a good night

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 12-10-2010 01:25 AM

You better watch out!
Better not cry!
Better not pout!
I’m telling you why,
WikiLeaks is comin’ to town.


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#15 posted 12-10-2010 01:55 AM

We definitely celebrate Christmas in our house. Thanks for the enlightenment on Xmas Hobomonk…I didn’t know that!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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