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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

X is for XMAS

Christmas is also sometimes known as Xmas. Since Christmas comes from Christ-Mass, the Church service that celebrated the birth of Jesus, some people don't think it's correct to call Christmas 'Xmas' because that takes the 'Christ' (Jesus) out of Christmas.  But that's not quite right! In the Greek language and alphabet, the letter that looks like an X is the Greek letter chi / Χ (pronounced 'kye' - it rhymes with 'eye') which is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Christos.  Therefore, Xmas can also mean Christmas; but it should also be pronounced 'Christmas' rather than 'ex-mas'!

With X being our letter of the week and landing just days before Christmas Day, I thought I'd take this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates it a very Merry Christmas.  And in doing so, I'd like to take you on a brief walk along a neighbouring road whose residents go all out at this time of year in decorating their homes.  It's not called this, but we always refer to it as Xmas Lane.  A new feature to the house in the first shot is an Eiffel Tour glittering in silver lights!
 


There's my grandson Noah (12 on January 1st) with Tegan patiently waiting while I take my shots.
Many thanks to the excellence of Roger, our administrator, in keeping things at ABCW rolling along and to our exalted Denise Nesbitt, creator of this meme.  Also, let's not forget the exceedingly ebullient team that makes sure everyone gets comments. 

Have a wonderful Xmas, everyone, and we'll catch up again next week for the letter Y is for the
New YEAR 2016! 


15 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Xcellent! Merry Xmas to YOU, Leslie in Van Can.

ROG, ABCW

Reader Wil said...

xtrodinary good! merry Christms.
Wil, ABCW Team

ellen b said...

Lovely displays. A very Merry Christmas/ X-mas to you!

Hildred said...

What a colourful neighbourhood, and all of them in the Christmas spirit. Thanks for the light-up, Leslie. Wishing you much happiness at Xmas....

jeannettestgermain said...

Wow, how festive, all those lights! Oh, your grandson is so cute (since you've been a teacher, you undoubtedly had a "reward" for this patience:) )

http://essay-writing-place.com/ said...

Wow, Leslie! Everything is sparkling so bright and festive! So many lights and different Christmas things. I'm sure Noah is enjoying the coming holiday, isn't he? The Eiffel Tower is glittering with such warmth. Thank you for sharing these outstanding decorations and some thoughts on Xmas!
Merry merry Christmas to you and your family!
Hugs,
Pam Feast

Melody Steenkamp said...

Although one can see christmasdecorations in de streets here also... is far less than there at your place..... oh my what a lights and what a work to hang it all out ...

Wishing you not only a wonderful abc-day / - week but also a very mery christmas !
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Indrani said...

Wow! Colorful bright and happy pics!
Merry Christmas!

photowannabe said...

Beautiful festive lights in your neighborhood.
Thanks for the explanation of Xmas. I knew most of it but still find it difficult to write instead of Christmas.
Have a wonderful celebration.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful.Merry Christmas.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful Christmas Photography!

Wishing you the magic and love of the season,
artmusedog and carol

Joy said...

A street full of Christmas spirit, love lights. Wishing you a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Fun displays! Merry Christmas!

Beat About the Book said...

Thanks for telling me about X-Mas. I had no idea it was the same as Christmas. Totally loved those pictures. It looks so festive. Merry Christmas and a dry happy new year to you and your loved ones.

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful show of lights!