Be Like a Kid Again This Christmas!

This Sunday at HomeFront we will be looking at the subject of being like a kid again at Christmas. We will also have a great time singing Christmas carols and we will enjoy some fun video of popular Christmas favorites as well! Be sure to “jingle all the way” to church this Sunday! There will be free Radio Flyer wagons to the first 25 people through the doors! (Not really, but I will give you a ride around the church in one if you want!)

And I want to remind you all to empty your cupboards of your canned soup! There will be a box in the foyer to donate your soup to the food pantry at Beacon of Hope Ministries. (This is a small way we can all show some love here at Christmastime; so don’t hold back or I will send the Grinch to hunt you down and eat you alive!)

And don’t forget, we have a wonderful Christmas Eve candlelight service planned for you. Be sure to invite your friends and family! Note: Childcare is provided for kids 5 years old and younger. All the other details are here. Don’t be a “scrooge”; come feel the Christmas spirit at HomeFront!

Merry Xmas! (Just kidding, I mean Merry Christmas!)

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  1. Origin of X in Xmas

    Xmas is not of modern coinage. The Oxford English Dictionary documents the use of this abbreviation back to 1551. Undoubtedly it was employed before that. Now 1551 is fifty years before the first English colonists came to America and sixty years earlier than the completion of the King James Version of the Bible! Moreover, at the same time, Xian and Xianity were in frequent use as abbreviations of Christian and Christianity.

    You see, the X in Xmas did not originate as our English alphabet’s X but as the symbol X in the Greek alphabet, called Chi, with a hard ch. The Greek Chi or X is the first letter in the Greek word Christos. …

    Gration claims that as early as the first century the X was used as Christ’s initial. Certainly through church history we can trace this usage. In many manuscripts of the New Testament, X abbreviates Christos (Xristos). In ancient Christian art X and XR (Chi Ro–the first two letters in Greek of Christos abbreviate his name. We find that this practice entered the Old English language as early as AD 100. Moreover, Wycliff and other devout believers used X as an abbreviation for Christ. Were they trying to take Christ away and substitute an unknown quantity? The idea is preposterous.

    Some may use Xmas today as an unchristian shortcut for Christmas, but the ancient abbreviation by no means originated as such. The scribes who copied New Testament manuscripts had no intention of taking Christ out of the New Testament. They used the abbreviation simply to save time and space.

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