Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday, December 7, 1936

plesant but cold
10 [degrees] above zero this morning and again this eve-
Harry and I went to Ithaca this forenoon-
He got Xmas^ present for Clara and arties and ash pan for Auntie-
He went back and changed Arties this afternoon-
Had a fine time
Mother was good all day-
*Met Edna Holmes- She lives in Cortland-



^"Xmas" is not a non-religious shorthand for Christmas. The "X" is actually an abbreviation of the Greek word for Christ. For more info check out these 2 links. The Origin of Xmas. & The "X" in "Xmas" Doesn't Take the "Christ" out of "Christmas".

*This is written up the left hand, inside margin of the diary entry.


2 comments:

  1. Hi there! How have you been?
    Was shocked to see "Xmas" written here. Thought that wasn't used until quite a bit later...

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    1. Apparently the "X" is the Greek letter "Chi" & was often used as an abbreviation of Christ's name for hundreds of years. I've added a link to the post.

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