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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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

X is for XMAS

This is partly a repeat from last year's X week so I thought that with X being our letter of the week and landing just days before Christmas Day, I thought I'd take this opportunity again to wish everyone who celebrates it a very Merry Christmas.

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'!

The following is a shot that I took last week just outside the front doors of our local library.  I think it encompasses everything we should all aspire to for every day of the year, especially with all the terrorism, wars, hunger, and strife happening all over the world right now!

from -  'Twas the Night Before Christmas

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,


Roger Owen Green said...

N=Merry Christmas, Leslie!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely choice ~ and photo and love the cartoon Santa ~ fun!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas ~ ^_^

ellen b said...

You and me are on the same track for todays ABC! Hope you and yours have a beautiful Christmas and happy New Year, too!

Photo Cache said...

Merry X'mas!


Hildred said...

Merry Christmas Leslie - Xmas just seemed the obvious choice, didn't it...

DeeDee said...

Thanks for the Xmas explanation.
I really didnt know that
Merry Christmas :-)

Indrani said...

Such a wonderful choice, fits the festive season well.
Happy ABCW!

Amit Agarwal said...

Great picture and verse, Leslie:) Merry Christmas!

Melody Steenkamp said...

Wishing you a very merry X-mas ofcourse ;-)

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)

Trubes said...

Interesting slant on X Leslie,
Merry Christmas to you and Tegan,
and your family,
love and best wishes,
Di xx

fredamans said...

Merry Christmas to you!

LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from ABC Wednesday, wishing you a very Happy Christmas also.

Reader Wil said...

A very Merry Christmas to you with the friends around you! And a great 2017!

Ann said...

Beautiful lights, Merry Christmas!!

Joy said...

I always love the lights at this time of year, a nice display on those. Wishing you a Happy Christmas too.

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

I wish you a Happy Christmas

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I too posted Xmas, though recently I read about people saying it shouldn't be called xmas.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Merry Christmas, Leslie!

photowannabe said...

Happy New Year to you Leslie.