I have always enjoyed Jason Roth�s stuff at SaveTheHumans.If he had a donate button dedicated only to alcohol, then I would have long ago bought that man a drink.
Recently, I was asked why I always use an �X� for Xmas or xtians. It was simply just a habit I picked up for two reasons: I type slow as hell and it really annoys xtians, which amuses me.
Jason, though, has a few other good reasons to use Xmas:
“Merry Christmas” isn’t a bad alternative, but I have problems with this phrase, too. First of all, there’s that glaring "Christ" thing sticking out like a sore thumb. (Make that a "sore stigmata".) I understand that Christmas, in essence, is not a religious holiday, which is why I participate in it at all. But can’t we just go all the way and extricate Jesus Christ from Christmas entirely? When I bought the big Play-Doh activity set for a particular four-year-old girl in my life, the last thing I had on my mind was the son of God.
The second problem with the phrase "Merry Christmas" is the very problem that "Happy Holidays" was formulated for the purpose of solving. That is, not everyone celebrates Christmas. No one, however, celebrates "Xmas". (At least, not consciously.) Therefore, I recommend that we formally use the phrase "Merry Xmas" when spreading Xmas cheer throughout the Xmas holidays. Granted, no one will know whether or not you’re being sarcastic or not, but so what? Don’t worry about hurting the hard-core Christians’ feelings. They already have to deal with the worldwide commercialization of Christmas, not to mention the question of whether the guy who delivered this week’s Bible reading is fondling young boys. So a little sarcasm is nothing, believe me. And as to the religious non-Christians, a "Merry Xmas" is a welcome alternative. In fact, the "X" in Xmas can easily be taken algebraically. In other words:
Merry [Insert Your Holiday Here]mas!�
I recommend checking out his full editorial on The True Meaning of Xmas.