Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Merry XMas......NO, MY CHILD.

Merry XMas......NO, MY CHILD.

Merry XMas! Yeah right! WRONG!!!!!!!

"Daddy, Daddy," 

Don't be mad. I was only about 6 years old. Someone at my school told me that I didn't have to write Christ into the phrase Merry Christmas! They said, "you can save time by writing Merry XMas!" and at age 6, I didn't put 2 and 2 together.

With the slap of his hand across my pants and a terribly disappointed look on his face, my dad taught me the reason to take the time to write Christ. Oh, I knew the Christmas story and the entire biblical history. But, when you're 6, things don't always make sense.

After my father kneeled at my side and with tears in his eyes, shared with my little 6 year old psyche the true story of the birth of Christ, I cried. I'm sorry daddy. I will never let Christ out of Christmas again.

I, today, will never let Christ out of Christmas.


                                        MERRY CHRISTMAS Y'ALL!





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Comment balloon 26 commentsDeb Brooks • December 20 2008 02:20PM


Deb, that is such a sweet story!  I'd have gotten whacked by a nun if I'd tried that. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 11 years ago

Pat, he,he, would my hubby! I was raised in the church but I just didn't put the two together??? The minds of a child...hum; I'll bet with that flaming red hair you just looked cute as a button in those uniforms!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

Deb, yeah, I had a similar experience.  I thought it was neat not to have to write the entire word -- like you I didn't put 2 and 2 together.  I cringe now, when I see it written with the "X". 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 11 years ago

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Deb. I am have been saying it ALL over town. When someone says Happy Holidays to me, I say "which one?' They look at me sorta dumb founded, it has been fun to play around with this.

Thanks for the email.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Deb, good rule about don't take the "Christ" out of Christmas!! God Bless You!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Deb - I couldn't agree with you more on your blog! I think people started spelling it this way because there lazy and or disrespectful towards the meaning of the word. 

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

Debi... I agree 100% with you, and I respect your father for making sure you knew too when you were 6.

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Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Deb-Way to go girl. Christ should always stay in Christmas. Shortcuts in life never get us to the finish line any faster or better shape. Merry Christmas to you and yours

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 11 years ago

Debra, Our new chamber had a Christmas in July party this last summer and the invitations at first came with the X and one of the members brought up let's keep Christ in Christmas.  We put Christ back in the invitation.  It is a sad shortcut. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Deb,

Not only was it nice that your Dad took the time to tell you the true meaning, even more memorable is the fact you listened and remembered.

Merry Christmas.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

I, today, will never let Christ out of Christmas.

Good evening Deb,

As I've been shopping this year, the store employees always seem to say "Happy Holidays" with a bored look on their face.  I quickly respond with "Merry Christmas!" and watch their face.  So far, all of them have smiled and then said "Merry Christmas" back to me.  I live in CA.  It's almost like the stores here have instructed their employees to NOT say Merry Christmas initially for fear of offending someone.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Deb, Your Dad was a great man, first to tell you the real meaning of CHRISTmas but the fact that he kneels down before CHRIST and with feeling enough to shed  tears.  God Bless and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) over 11 years ago

Deb, what a touching story.  I just stopped by to wish YOU a Merry CHRISTmas!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Deb- stopped by to say hi and found this, and of course my background read this different than others....I personally wonder why any parent wouldn't be more tolerant of a 6 year old.  There are many ways to teach what a parent wants the child to learn, but personally a wack on the backside for this seems a bit extreme. 

Now that I said that, and know your beliefs I will wish you a Merry Christmas :)

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 11 years ago

Great story Deb,  I too experienced a similar situation but from my grade school teacher.  That was when they were allowed teach such things and I'm so glad they were.

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Deb!  I remember using the 'X' and being told that it stood for the Cross but, my grandmother is the one that told me not to ever do that and I listened to every word that she said!  So, I'm ALL for keeping Christ in Christmas.

I hope you have a DIVINE '09.

Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 11 years ago

Hi Debra!

I just subscribed to your blog. ;)

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 11 years ago

Sounds like your daddy taught you a great lesson... Christ IS the reason for the season. 

Merry Christmas Deb!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Hi Deb,
I think your Dad and my parents subscribe to the same philosphy!  You learned a very important lesson at an early age - " Never, ever take Christ out of Christmas".  Merry Christmas!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago

I remember a few years ago when stores were hesitant to announce Christmas sales.  At that time our Parish had signs printed that said simply, "Keep the Christ in Christmas"  They're still all over the neighborhood!

Laura G 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 11 years ago

And Merry Christmas to you too my friend! Thanks for your email, I wish you the best of this holiday season!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Merry Christmas to you Deb. Have a wonderful celebration with your family.


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Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) over 11 years ago

Your daddy did teach you a great lesson..I too thought it was just a short way to say Merry Christmas. A great blog and I wish you the very best in celebrating Christ this season!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 11 years ago

Cute story.  It is quite popular to drop 'Christ' from this holiday...

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 11 years ago

Hey, Debra. I find it ironic that when I look at your picture, it says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

I'm not religious, so I don't celebrate any religious holidays. They simply are dates on the calendar for me. That notwithstanding, I don't mind at all saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Kwanzaa" or "Happy Hanukkah" when I know something about the people. If I know nothing about them, then I think it is insensitive to say something like that. Certainly I would not say "Merry Christmas" to someone whom I knew was Jewish. Etc. Consequently, I tend to prefer "Happy Holidays."

Posted by Not a real person over 11 years ago

Awhhh..........i wish he hadn't spanked you for that, but I understand the sentiment behind it - and obviously the impact it has had on you to this day!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago