Twitter Pre"X"mas Rants

The holiday season is a time to get together with loved ones, exchange gifts, show our good will and partake in a cup, or two, of good cheer. We put our best foot forward and try to avoid unresolved issues with those loved ones who almost immediately get up our noses. We anticipate some of the statements that we will have to deflect, ie, "I see we've put on a few pounds" when the "we" obviously refers to you, or the in-law who thinks that climate change is a "load of crap" and shows you his new Hummer. The mere thought of getting together makes some of us anxious, and our emotions build. What better way to blow off some pre-holiday steam than with a 140-character rant on Twitter.

The following are a few of my favourite pre"X"mas rants:

BTW, why is Xmas the abbreviation for Christmas?

The tension is building:

Blasted snow:

In his Tumblr post, pieman decides it's too dangerous to drive to the pub and takes the bus. Rats, he forgets his bus pass, pays $4 dollars to get two blocks, only to have the driver pull over and say "End of the line. Everyone off." So much for Monday night's pint!

Here's Rob trying to get a flight from San Francisco to somewhere in the Midwest:

Children's sizing, and children and Christmas decorations:

Anything you don't want pointed out invariably arises when you can't be excused from the table, usually some time between grace and "Please pass the stuffing." Plus the mere thought of spending a lot of "quality time" with the family may make some of us...well thirsty.

And finally the do-gooder things that we are supposed to cherish but instead have the absolute opposite effect.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone.

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marie antoinette | December 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

I heard once that the X in Xmas was an antiquated Christian symbol, used to denote secret gathering places for believers during the eras when belief was, uh, unpopular?

But I also remember in grade school somebody told me that the X stood for Christ because it looks like a cross, just turned a bit sideways. But when I asked why it wasn't a T, which to my little mind looked alot more like the cross, the conversation just ended, as most philosophical discussions between eight-year olds do!

Heather | December 28, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Thanks M.
I just consulted Wikipedia and apparently the "X" means the following:
"The 'X' in Xmas is from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of Χριστός, Christ in Greek."

Okay, readers what does the "mas" in Xmas mean?

Anonymous | December 13, 2011 at 7:50 AM

@AKAmamma: A couiple years late but here goes:
"eucharistic service," lit. "dismissal," from L.L. missa "dismissal," fem. pp. of mittere "to let go, send," from concluding words of the service, Ite, missa est, "Go, (the prayer) has been sent," or "Go, it is the dismissal."

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