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I heard someone say today that “art shakes the dust from the soul.”

Samara by David Bickley Photography

How’s that for imagery huh? Not only is it a great expression, but if that is true then my soul may be the only thing I ever dust! It would be great if I were kidding about that, but alas I’m not. Well, the monitor of my computer is dust-free…but that helps make the art so I think that’s kinda required.

Anyway it’s Christmas Eve and I hope tomorrow treat you all wonderfully. Obviously that goes for everyone, not just the x-mas’ers.

Speaking of…what’s the deal with people getting up in arms about using “X-Mas” instead of the full spelling? I heard someone call it a “War on Christmas,” suggesting that the abbreviation is an attempt to remove the religious significance from the holiday. Personally I’ve never been a fan of the whole “happy holidays” thing. Not for any other reason than that it makes me feel like people are afraid to embrace their beliefs. If someone wished me a happy Hanukkah I wouldn’t be upset, and it would be stupid if I were. I still observe Martin Luther King Jr. day although I never knew the guy.

Back to the X-mas thing though. Nobody is trying to take “Christ” out of “Christmas,” X is the Greek letter “chi” used to represent Christ. The ancient Greeks often abbreviated their word for “Christ” with “Xp” or “Xt.” In fact there is an amalgamation of the abbreviation “Xp” (or Chi-Rho) you can still see today in some orthodox icons. It’s called the Labarum and it’s been around for a LONG time.

So here’s what I don’t get…with all that said, and all of the history behind this…people still get up in arms calling it “pagan” or “anti-christian.”

Why? Is it really so difficult to just use google once or twice and get educated? Granted, way back in the day there was no internet. They had an excuse, but here in the information age we don’t have the luxury of claiming ignorance.

Sometimes I think people just like to stir the pot. In this case by “people” I mean “Fox News.”

Fact check people. Fact check.

See you tomorrow,

D