Christmas has finally come and people have began to take to social media to wish everybody a “merry Christmas”…or have they?
It’s that time of year again; CHRISTMAS! When everybody wonders what to buy their loved ones, and when people secretly hope that they don’t get lame presents which they’ll have to pretend to like on Christmas day and then hide them away for the rest of their lives. Bit extreme? It can happen..has it happened to any of you? Or have you always received presents which you’ve loved and thought “wow I really needed/wanted this”? I’m not one to be ungrateful, but the present ideas some people come up with, people who you have known for years, can be insanely random…you’d think they’d just met you and didn’t know your likes/dislikes etc.
Christmas isn’t just about present giving though, it’s about spending time with the family and enjoying the Christmas holidays before everybody’s lives begin to be hectic again with school, work, college, university and what not. About now I guess you’re are probably wondering…”where does social media fit into all this?” Well hold your horses I’m about to tell you.
I saw an article on socialmediatoday which argued the “war on Christmas”;
Recently, the Christmas warriors at Fox and on conservative talk radio have lumped people using “Xmas” instead of “Christmas” as another example of their fictional War on Christmas.
They then went on to say that “Christmas” had been abbreviated to “Xmas” or even “Happy Holidays” because they contain less characters than “Christmas” or “Merry Christmas” and so are popular to use on Twitter because you only have 140 characters per tweet. This could be true, however this reasoning for the popularity of these abbreviations would not apply to other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn etc. where there are no character limits per status/post. Maybe Twitter is the most influential platform? Or maybe the use for these abbreviations are down to preference? Or maybe down to the fact that it’s easier and quicker to type “merry Xmas” (for example) to a lot of people than it is to type “Merry Christmas”?
If the reason that “Christmas” and “Merry Christmas” have been abbreviated to adhere to the character count of Twitter, would this make Twitter the most influential social media platform if these abbreviations are continued across other platforms? Surely it should because if you spend the majority of your time on Twitter and then use these abbreviations on other social media platforms it would be evident that Twitter has influenced you to abbreviate your posts on other platforms.
What do you think?
Do you think it’s just slang which has been normalised into our every day speech?
Is it personal preference?
Do you abbreviate Christmas? Merry Christmas? Or don’t you?
Let me know in the comments I like to hear what you all think..or just let me know if you enjoyed this post, or not; I enjoy reading everyone’s comments.
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- Twitter’s War on Xmas (socialmediatoday.com)
- 2 Social Media feel Good Stories for Christmas (bogdanfiedur.info)
- Merry Christmas! (completelyfreemarketingadvice.com)
- Merry Christmas to you all (authordylanhearn.wordpress.com)