Rev. Thane W. Cornell

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Thane W. Cornell: The ballad of the magical 'X' in X-mas

The following poem was inspired by the criticism of a well-meaning individual who questioned why I, as a minister, would cross Christ out of Christmas by writing "Christmas" as "X-mas" in one of my letters. My reply to my inspirator was delivered with this ballad entitled "The Magical 'X' in X-mas":

The reason for the cross in Xmas

Is not to strike "Christ" out,

And forget that this is His birthday

This I greatly doubt!

As a man of the cloth and scripture,

I'm given to comprehend

The many, many ways God reaches out

With a helping hand to lend. …

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