Christmas Myths: True or False

MYTH #5: The modern image of Santa Claus was created by the Coca-Cola Company.

FALSE: The image of Santa Claus as a jolly large man in a red-and-white suit was the standard long before Coca-Cola co-opted it for their advertising.

MYTH #3: The term ‘Xmas’ is a modern, disrespectful abbreviation of the word ‘Christmas.’

FALSE: Actually, this usage is nearly as old as Christianity itself, and its origins lie in the fact that the first letter in the Greek word for ‘Christ’ is ‘chi,’ and the Greek letter ‘chi’ is represented by a symbol similar to the letter ‘X’ in the modern Roman alphabet. Hence ‘Xmas’ is indeed perfectly legitimate abbreviation for the word ‘Christmas’ (just as ‘Xian’ is also sometimes used as an abbreviation of the word ‘Christian’).

MYTH #2: Jingle Bells wasn't originally written as a Christmas Song.

TRUE: It was originally written for Thanksgiving!

MYTH #1: Germany and Britain called a truce on Christmas Day during WWI in 1914.

TRUE: Learn about this incredible story on Christmas Eve at Ward Church! Join us.