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(Reuters)   The annual "No Christ in Christmas" season has begun early this year with British postage stamps   (today.reuters.co.uk) divider line 241
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2006-11-07 10:00:17 AM  
Let's keep the X in X-mas!
 
2006-11-07 10:07:02 AM  
Whamdangler: Let's keep the X in X-mas!

Fine, as long as we drop that goddamn "m," "a," and "s."

We can keep the hyphen, though.
 
2006-11-07 10:07:04 AM  
Ahh, the heathens have taken control of stamp design!
All is lost! All is lost!
To the catacombs, quickly! We all must find shelter and pray for mercy before the lions are loosed!
 
2006-11-07 10:11:00 AM  
Pocket Ninja: Fine, as long as we drop that goddamn "m," "a," and "s."


Sure, downplay the importance of the Spanish influence on the holiday. We can't have more Christ or more X if people like you get their way.
 
2006-11-07 10:11:25 AM  
Guess what? There is no christ in Christmas, unless you're a christian. it's pretty much reverted to its original pagan festival roots. If you are a christian, you can go to your church and attribute whatever meaning you please to the festival. Everyone else just has a holiday and does whatever it is they do.
Things like the stamps aren't an attack on Christmas or Christianity, they are a symptom of the fading relevance of Christianity in everyday life. For most people, especially shop owners, Christmas is nothing to do with Christianity.
 
2006-11-07 10:12:08 AM  
Smarty pants Saturnalia reference in 3...2...1...
 
2006-11-07 10:12:10 AM  
Mordant: Sure, downplay the importance of the Spanish influence on the holiday.

Huh?
 
2006-11-07 10:12:22 AM  
The "X" is a chi, a Greek letter representing "ch". Chi and rho are the first two Greek letters of "christos". The chi-rho or labarum is a traditional Christian symbol for "Christ".

So there.
 
2006-11-07 10:12:58 AM  
japhy: The chi-rho or labarum is a traditional Christian symbol for "Christ".

In hoc signo vinces
 
2006-11-07 10:13:05 AM  
i cant wait until my beloved liberal democrat party makes it illegal to put december 25 on calendars. we are finally going to win the war on christmas.
 
2006-11-07 10:13:07 AM  
Let's put the X in sex!
 
2006-11-07 10:13:22 AM  
www.asianfoodstaple.com
 
2006-11-07 10:13:33 AM  
What DuncanMhor said. Case closed.
 
2006-11-07 10:13:43 AM  
And so the War on Christmas begins ...
 
2006-11-07 10:14:20 AM  
Where the hell are the menorahs, dreidels, stars of david on postage stamps?
 
2006-11-07 10:14:29 AM  
Putting christ on the stamps would be more problematic.
 
2006-11-07 10:14:41 AM  
I think the "real" meaning of Christmas was lost long ago when people started punching each other out for "insert random popular toy here."
 
2006-11-07 10:15:11 AM  
The first victims in the War on Christmas are always the most innocent. This year, its postage stamps. And they were so young.
 
2006-11-07 10:16:08 AM  
Help! Christian values are under assault! We're being prosecuted!

Just getting a head start.
 
2006-11-07 10:16:24 AM  
Happy Saturnalia-that-is-8-days-late!!11!
 
2006-11-07 10:16:35 AM  
Oh, great...it's the season for the in your face dweebs to point out Christmas has Pagan roots. As if everyone doesn't already know that.
 
2006-11-07 10:16:56 AM  
We wouldn't have this problem if we went with black Jesus: http://www.iamthewitness.com/BlackJesus_Euro_hair.JPG
 
2006-11-07 10:17:21 AM  
Instead of religious images adorning the Christmas stamps -- which go on sale from Tuesday -- they have pictures of Santa, a snowman, a Christmas tree and a reindeer.

haven't they been doing this for years? all of a sudden showing santa instead of jesus is wrong?

i used to watch all the christmas specials on tv as a kid, and i dont remember jesus being in any of them, and no one was complaining then.

seems a little late...that holiday was hijacked by marketing years ago...
 
2006-11-07 10:17:35 AM  
Ah geez not this shiat again.
 
2006-11-07 10:17:36 AM  
Well, they didn't put Mohammed on the Ramadan stamps, so it's only fair to leave Jesus off the Xmas stamps.
 
2006-11-07 10:17:48 AM  
If people need to be reminded of their god with their money and stamps then perhaps they should reflect a little more on their faith.
 
2006-11-07 10:17:49 AM  
So they claim that they switch religious and non-religious themes year for year. It seems like that should be simple enough to test for accuracy.


mialynneb [TotalFark]

I think the "real" meaning of Christmas was lost long ago when people started punching each other out for "insert random popular toy here."


A-frickin'-men
 
2006-11-07 10:18:43 AM  
Keep Saturn in Saturnalia
 
2006-11-07 10:18:58 AM  
You can't really blame them. They're just trying to avoid the same sort of controversy they experienced over their last religiously-themed holiday stamps..

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2006-11-07 10:19:10 AM  
DuncanMhor - indeed. That was in 312.
 
2006-11-07 10:19:11 AM  
Considering the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the War on Poverty, I'm guessing the War on Christmas will begin with vague and misunderstood goals leading to inaction and wastefulness ending in a big clusterf*ck of nothing really happening one way or the other.
 
2006-11-07 10:19:15 AM  
FSM-mas?
 
2006-11-07 10:19:54 AM  
Jesus is NOT the reason for the season, Santa is.

Why Christians fight to "save" this holiday is beyond me, it's not even Christian to begin with.

/Christian
//doesn't observe xmas
 
2006-11-07 10:19:58 AM  
Suck it, X-ians!
 
2006-11-07 10:20:10 AM  
Tell you what, when Jesus brings me presents on December 25, I'll lobby to have him on postage stamps. Until then I want the fat guy who didn't get crucified by those Jews who give gifts 8 days in a row (Socks?!?!? Yes, 8 pair.)
 
2006-11-07 10:20:24 AM  
I prefer intelligent postage.
 
2006-11-07 10:20:35 AM  
Meh. Most of us Brits don't really care that much about religion
 
2006-11-07 10:21:01 AM  
Ah, the annual flamewar's starting early this year.

For the record: "Christmas" is now a secular festival, and should be allowed to continue to develop that way. Screw the people who want to put humourless, fundamentalist Christ-worship into a nice, traditional, pagan solstice drunk-up, and screw the people who think it's an attempt at Christian assimilation of poor, defenceless non-Christians. Loser, all of them.

I don't go to church, and I have an awesome Jesus-free Christmas every year. I still enjoy the Victorian Christian-inspired traditions of goodwill and generosity, but in a secular way. I don't care if the tree came from pagan Germans, or the Mistletoe from the Druids, or the featsing from Saturnalia and Yule. Since these traditions are all based on myths, they're absolutely harmless cultural artifacts that have nothing to do with "freedom of religion". It's just a damn good time.

Wassail, my friends. Wassail your asses off.
 
2006-11-07 10:21:14 AM  
Christmas? How second millenium.

It's all Festivus now baby!

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I got a lot of problems with you people!
 
2006-11-07 10:21:36 AM  
You celebrate the holiday how you want to celebrate it and I'll celebrate it the way I want it. That being said, keep your religious figures off my stamps.
 
2006-11-07 10:21:40 AM  
bulldg4life: Considering the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the War on Poverty, I'm guessing the War on Christmas will begin with vague and misunderstood goals leading to inaction and wastefulness ending in a big clusterf*ck of nothing really happening one way or the other.

Are you interested in a job as an advisor to the President?
 
2006-11-07 10:21:53 AM  
Christmas is a pagan holiday.
 
2006-11-07 10:21:54 AM  
Get over it. (Everybody.)
 
2006-11-07 10:22:03 AM  
Thousands of Christians stepped up to the plate and died for what they believed in throughout time - when I see a whole bunch of them here in America ready to take on that kind of devotion, I'll make the damn stamps myself for them.

Until then, just please be quiet and be happy you have a direct connection to all three branches of the US government and also, please stop being and acting so hypocritical.

Thanks.
 
2006-11-07 10:22:19 AM  
The Icelander

Keep Saturn in Saturnalia


Huh, one of those revisionists, I see. It's Bacchanalia. Now, DIE, HEATHEN SCUM!!!

/Won't someone think of the grapes?
//And the wine?
///And the orgies?
 
2006-11-07 10:22:33 AM  
untrustworthy: I prefer intelligent postage.

Are you calling Santa stupid!?
Dude man, hope you like fossil fuels.
 
2006-11-07 10:22:43 AM  
Oh dear, poor Royal Mail can't win.

Last year they were criticised for one of their religious stamps
 
2006-11-07 10:22:58 AM  
dougfm

Eight-year-olds, dude.
 
2006-11-07 10:22:59 AM  
Royal Mail said it alternates its stamps between religious and non-faith themes each year.

Guys? It's ok to calm down a little bit... good work though...
 
2006-11-07 10:23:09 AM  
malcy: Meh. Most of us Brits don't really care that much about religion

Then why is the UK still officially Christian?
 
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