A few years back, when I was teaching second grade in public school, a student was writing on a topic of his choice, and he raised his hand and asked me how to spell Christmas. I was breaking it into syllables for him.
"C-H-R-I-S-T," I began.
"That spells 'Christ', " he complained. "I said Christmas."
"Well, Christ is the first part of the word Christmas."
"Who is Christ?" he asked.
"Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ," I told him.
"Well, how old is that baby now?" he asked.
"It has been 2010 years since His birth," I said.
He thought for a minute and came back with, "Well, that's funny! This is the year 2010!"
This whole conversation was initiated by a seven year old's question.
The little boy keenly observed: "It's funny that our date comes from when baby Jesus was born, but in school, we don't even talk about Him!"
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