Simply an intelligent and reasonable position for a secular retailer who is merely interested in making a profit during the holiday season (let's not forget that everyone, including Christians, does the bulk of their retail spending starting right after Thanksgiving and up to the end of the year), rather than promoting a particular sectarian belief, and risk alienating their customer base.
For once, Steve and I are in complete agreement. Truly a miracle, the like of which may never again be seen by humankind. ;-)
spl: I was thinking the same thing! ;)
But, there are times when the term "xmas" is not used in a business context. There are those that use the term as a slight against Christians and Christianity, who cannot bring themselves to write the name "Christ" even as it is included in "Christmas". This begs the question, which was first? Was the use as a derogatory term, first? Or did those that were interested in not offending Jews and Moslems at Christmas start it, and those that dislike Christ jump on the opportunity to use it? Yeah, I'd say the latter, for sure!
And I'd guess you would have to include those that really don't have any agenda for choosing "xmas" over "Christmas", but just use the term "xmas" because of familiarity.
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