Sparkle Season: "X" Marks the Spot
Fri., Dec. 23. 2005 10:10am EST
It's the most wonderful time of the year ... Sparkle Season! Well, that's what our home base, the City of Pittsburgh, officially calls it. And we're sure you're aware of all the stores and organizations these days that substitute "Happy Holidays" for "Merry Christmas," for fear of offending someone.
Bah humbug to all those people watering down Christmas! We understand that you could call us hypocrites for spelling "apologetics" with a big X at the end and then getting annoyed when people spell Christmas with a big X at the beginning. Well, actually, that abbreviation may not be as bad as it seems. That all started because X is the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of Christ's name in Greek.
But we suspect that most people who use the "X" these days do it just to save space or avoid the "Christ" part of Christmas; we doubt they're showing off their knowledge of Greek.