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Not that I'm pro/for 'christ out of christmas' but are schoolars thinking about a new word?

I mean this past 2013 Christmas season in Los Angeles I didn't see much of that word.

[update] chat about xmas
joe: I'm so excited happy holidays is coming!
jane: what? happy holidays?
joe: Yes! happy holidays is the best time of the year. I wish you a happy holidays!
jane: you are wierd!

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Could you clarify why a part of a word should be removed or replaced, and why scholars should be thinking about that? –  oerkelens May 19 at 9:51
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Don't know what schoolars are thinking, but are you after an alternative definition for 'Christmas? –  Josh61 May 19 at 9:52
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happy holidays does not cut it for me. Any alternative word for Christmas. –  user71539 May 19 at 9:58
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I am annoyed by your incongruent use of English grammar. –  Blessed Geek May 19 at 10:20
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There's probably no more need to take the 'Christ' out of 'Christmas' than there is to take the 'holy' out of 'holiday'. –  Neil May 19 at 10:37

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One acquiring a following these days is Festivus:

Festivus, a well-celebrated parody, has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, the holiday entered popular culture after it was made the focus of a 1997 episode of the program. The holiday's celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength," and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles."

The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us", referencing its non-commercial aspect. The English word festive derives from Latin "festivus", which in turn derives from festus "joyous; holiday, feast day".

Happy Festivus!

(Xmas has been used for hundreds of years in religious writing, where the X represents a Greek chi, the first letter of Χριστος, Christ.)

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I like that a lot... I think I'll go with it this year. :-) –  Erik Kowal May 19 at 10:23
    
I'm dreaming of a white Festivus! –  WS2 May 19 at 14:33

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