The War on Xmas


Happy Holidays. Yeah, I just said that… I’ve never understood why people get in
such a twist over the whole Happy Holidays thing. It’s inclusive, right? No matter who you are it applies to you this
time of year. Even if you’re an atheist, they still celebrate
New Year’s and the Winter Solstice or whatever. But there are people out there who think it’s
exclusive somehow, like it’s trying to erase Christmas or something which is impossible
since it’s been pretty much everywhere since August. Also, let’s not forget that the etymology
of holiday is literally holy day, but whatever. Every year, we go through the same argument. According to people like O’reilly there’s
a War on Christmas. The War on Christmas Centralizes. Over the years we’ve taken on the role of
protecting the federal holiday of Christmas. As you know there are some Americans who are
offended by any reference to Jesus Christ. And that’s what the USA celebrates on December
25, the birth of the baby Jesus. Right we’ll get back to that in a moment
but to other people like Kirk Cameron, it means that we need to put the Christ back
in Christmas. That’s real that’s a real movie. Which brings us to the other battlefront in
this war – Xmas. Since the rise of Evangelism in the US, Xmas
is portrayed as some corporate way to take the Christ out of Christmas or some lazy millennial
abbreviation like lol. IDK my BFF Jill. But the truth is, spelling Christmas out like
this is a fairly recent development in history. Eagle eyed viewers of my last video might
have noticed that when Columbus wrote the word christianos, it was spelled like this. Ex-pianos. Because those aren’t the letters XP, they’re
the greek letters Chi and Rho. From the Roman Empire through Columbus and
beyond, the letters Chi Rho were short hand for Christ. Whether you’re talking about Christians
or even Christoforo. Later, just the letter X came to mean Christ,
as in-. I’m so sorry you had to see that. Anyway, this is Christmas. Thanks to Mark and Aven over at the Endless
Knot for providing me with that resource and putting up with my endless questions. So while Christmas is the acceptable long
form English version of the holiday, Xmas is – and was for most of history – the
acceptable shorthand abbreviation of the holiday. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Christmas was
spelled like this, I’m not even going to try to pronounce that. So, if you really want to put the Christ back
into Christmas, I guess we could start by putting the P back in XPmas. Although that kind of sounds like some double
experience holiday weekend … we’ll work on it. I guess technically it should be Chi-Rho-mas
but that just sounds… wait… Chi-rho. Does that have anything to do with the city? No. Geez, you didn’t have to be so mean about
it. Anyway, like Oreilly said, Christmas is supposed
to be the day that celebrates the birth of Christ, but as I’ve talked about at length
before, we actually don’t know the exact day Jesus was born. There are guesses of course, ranging from… … Yeah I need to do something with my hair,
let me know what you think I should do down below. Anyway, that might have just been an annoying
joke to you, but since the FCC just voted to dismantle Net Neutrality, it’s actually
a very real possibility. It won’t happen tomorrow or even a month
from now, they’ll introduce it slowly, maybe in a year or two. Tired of lag and disconnects while playing
PubG? Upgrade to the Comcast Christ-finityGamer
package for only 5.99 a month and never experience latency issues again. Make sure you catch Stranger Things season
3 the way it’s meant to be seen – in full 4k! Add 4KStreamers to your Verizon internet bundle. If you don’t think they’ll eventually
make some sort of adult package too, you’re delusional. It’ll creep in like microtransactions, at
first it won’t seem all that intrusive. They’ll be counting on the fact that we’re
so accustomed to extra fees that we’ll just accept it. Ask Patreon how well that went for them. In a few years, the internet will be just
as bundled and overpriced as cable TV and we’ll all reminisce about how the awesome
the internet used to be. I don’t want to do that, and I hope you
don’t either. If you’ve made it to this point in the video,
that bandwidth joke was 30 seconds. From the start of that until now, you could
have written to all three of your congress people. Text ‘resist’ to 50409 and follow the
instructions. Tell them that you support net neutrality
and title 2 provisions. Within a few minutes you’ll have written
a letter to everyone. You can do this for any issue, not just net
neutrality, and it’s completely free. Seriously in the time I’ve been talking
you could have done it twice. And the next time someone tells you to put
the Christ back in Christmas, tell them to put the P back in XPmas, because now, you
know better. You haven’t done it yet have you? Do it, seriously. And leave a comment below once you do. Don’t worry, I’m working on a follow up
to my last video which will be out soon, but I just had to get this out there. Don’t forget to abbreviate that subscribe
button in order to see that, and in the meantime follow me on facebook and twitter and join
the conversation on the subreddit.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. First time I wrote my senator. Thank you for your support, and thank you to everyone that voiced their opinion to their elected officials.

  2. >conservative talks about p***ies getting offended by the use of Merry Christmas
    >Conservative gets offended by people saying happy holidays

  3. I culturally appropriate Christmas every December. Great excuse to eat well and make other people happy. 😉 I am atheist.

  4. I live in a multicultural environment, and I say Happy Holidays. I've made the mistake enough that no one is going to change it at this point

  5. I say happy holidays, if someone gets offended by it I tell them… " I am sorry, I meant to say… Fuck off you miserable Jesus freak".

  6. Liberal again, they support the fake issue of "net neutrality". Knowing Better is a liberal being exposed everyday. I know better. You are not a "moderate", the wishy washy can't take a real stand person….

  7. I will never understand why atheists shouldn't celebrate christmas. I do, and every single other one I know does too. Also, I can understand that one doesn't wish merry christmas to people having no contact with christmas, but who goes to a totally different country for christmas? For people who are at home and meet people with no contact with christmas… Well both sides should suck it up, don't be thin skinned, and translate the wish into their own celebration towards years end, or into merry holidays – in their head. And those people should think about integrating their neighbors better.
    If the situation changes to everybody saying "Merry holidays" then that's ok, too. But I don't want problems, just because I say what I always said, in situations where people should know that christmas isn't a religious holiday for most people who celebrate it.
    And for the last possibility: If one is in another country at christmas, well… integrate into society around you, and there are no problems.

  8. It is chi rho so get off this x crzp. Every time I write Xmas I am to lazy include the rho. So get off my back and go back yo your 4×10^3 tv.

  9. The same people who killed Easter and have badly wounded Thanksgiving are the ones waging war on Christmas. Big Business.

    Now Easter is just another shopping day with nothing special about it but the sales, and Thanksgiving is headed that way. Christmas is up next.

  10. Amazing video !
    Sadly your net neutrality joke will not work for most Indians like me since in India anti- net neutrality is illegal.

  11. This vid was weird. I thought it was going to be all about Christmas stuff but it ended up being a brief vid on the etymology of the word (which is weird. I don't think that's what ppl mean when they say "put the Christ back in Christmas" so this just felt like a straw man argument. Though don't get me wrong I never understood why religious ppl celebrate Christmas like it has anything to do with Jesus anyway bc it doesn't. At all. It's a pagan holiday adopted by Christianity (which they have done a lot actually). Also that last bit of net neutrality just felt out of place, especially now lol.

  12. @Knowing Better: Actually an Atheist wouldn't celebrate the Winter Solstice because being an Atheist implies they don't believe in a Supreme Being(s). Pagan would have been a better term to use.

  13. I'm struggling to see the connection between the war on xmas topic (first three minutes of the video) and the net neutrality topic (last two minutes).

  14. Saying Happy Holidays excludes holidays during the rest of the year. If you say "Happy Holidays" to refer to the holidays in December, you are implying that Memorial Day and 4th of July are not really holidays.

  15. Christmas in Australia starts in October when all the shops get in their Chinese made Christmas decorations and do their best to get the people to spend BIG. It's their most lucrative time of the year. Come Christmas day it's festival of food and flatulence. You never eat as much on any day the rest of the year like you do at Christmas. The Christmas Turkey ritual. It's only cooked once a year and you've forgotten how you managed it last year so it comes out dry and tough as leather. Turkey has no taste of it's own and the only real reason for cooking it is so you have something to lick the cranberry sauce off. So why not cook chicken for Christmas. You cook that at anytime of the year so why not Christmas and chicken has flavour. You eat mountains of vegetables that have had the living crap boiled out of them then there's Christmas cake and pudding. In the UK they eat mountains of Brussels Sprouts giving them copious quantities of the most smelly bowel gas which lasts well past boxing day. There's the orgy of present buying where the most important thing is to make sure the giver has kept the shop receipt so you can go to the shop and change the garbage you've been given for something you really want and at the end you know it's only three hundred and sixty four days until you'll have to go through it all again.
    The lucky ones are the ones who have to go to work on Christmas day so they miss out on all this gastronomic hell. When they get home the older members of the family are in the lounge room fast asleep snoring and farting.

  16. Christmas/xmas is actually a pagan holiday that the Catholic Cult wanted to incorporate into there practices to encourage pagans to convert. Also, "Jesus" was not the messiahs real name.

  17. The issue is more along the lines of selective inclusion. We don't say Happy Holidays for Ramadan or Hannukah, and saying "Happy Holidays" to a Muslim instead of "Ramadan Mubarak" isn't promoted.
    It's only promoted for this one, specific holiday, and one that is predominantly celebrated by Christians.

  18. During EID, we say EID MUBARAK. Now if you want to change that to Happy Holiday, surely I will be offended.
    I am sure saying Marry Christmas offend atheist! But I have never met one.

  19. Cherimas

    (I don't live in north America or Europe so I can't really support the net neutrality thing)

  20. I’ve never seen anyone get offended over “Merry Christmas.” However, I’ve seen boomers lose their shit over “happy holidays.”

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  22. I say happy Christmas.
    I am atheist but I still celebrate Christmas. I even say happy Christmas to my Muslim friend, we even exchange presents even though she doesn’t celebrate at home. No one in the real world is ever offended by ‘happy/ merry Christmas’

  23. Interestingly millions of letters using forged email addresses were sent to the FCC and that the FCC chairman would ignore all non-legally unique objections to the removal of net neutrality. Basically they gave they opposition a big middle finger.

  24. That's not how internet without net neutrality works. If it did, you should blame the content provider, not the ISP. Pai was right and justified for what he did.

  25. I've seen both triggered Atheist and Christians with either person saying Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, I honestly do mind either,

  26. I'm Catholic and I say "Happy Holidays" because I am uncomfortable with saying "Merry Christmas" during Advent, and during the actual Christmas season, the consumer world moves on after Christmas Day.

  27. Fuck christmas. First off, it's based on Saturnalia, look it up. Second, it's a disgusting commercialized mess designed to promote nothing more than consumption, and Third, why is it that because I'm not a fan of christmas I'm an irredeemable asshole? I had to listen to the same catchy ass annoying fucking songs from before FUCKING THANKSGIVING LAST YEAR, because when I asked my boss's boss to switch to something else until December (You know, when it's FUCKING APPROPRIATE TO PLAY FUCKING CHRISTMAS MUSIC) and the response I got was "It's christmas, deal with it".
    I swear the next time someone is like "oh isn't christmas time like so wonderful I'm going to shit a brick and completely ruin their day because it's the most wonderful time for a suicide, as most of them happen right around, you guessed it: Christmas.
    And if anyone tells me to put the christ back in christmas I'm going to tell them to put the fuck back in fuck off.

  28. I was I the only person who noticed the call a representative thing or do I just think I’m smarter than I really am

  29. Omg…I use all the toys from McDonald’s that I’ve gotten as ornaments. I also don’t celebrate religious Christmas after my Jehovah’s Witness grandmother told me that nobody actually knew when Jesus was born and it wasn’t in December because that area of the world is not a great place to have babies. I think I was like 8 or 9 by that time. That woman…stereotypical German grandmother, did NOT fuck around.

  30. 🤣OM–ya know–! I always thought it was the Latinized short hand for Christ in X-Mas–as in Christ Mass…Well, can't win them all…to be clear–I just didn't know there was a problem with it…

  31. Gotta say I'm not a fan of the change to the animated intro. The original video was fine, and featured realistic movement. The animated bits are clearly just constant-rate slides.I miss the topical inserts. Also the drawing of you, well, it doesn't look like you to me.

  32. @Knowing Better Why would you do it? I'm very sure you were raised on saying "Merry Christmas" in America. You intentionally want to insult.

  33. OMG you just said it's the date we chose to celebrate Jesus's birth. Then you start up with that infact really isn't his date of birth crap. We who celebrate Christmas do not care. Why do you persist?

  34. I see no problem with happy holidays. X-Mas though is annoying to see. Like, either say the name of the holiday or don't celebrate it. I've seen a lot of arguments, ranging from yours about ancient spelling shorthands to people saying the X represents the cross, but really, no other holiday is shortened like that. You don't see anyone shortening other holidays to X-ween or X-tines day even though they have just as many letters and way more syllables.

  35. I'm 50 and I do not remember there ever being a problem with Xmas. I remember Xmas on Christmas cards and such going all the way back to the 70's.

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