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    Post the different meanings?

    Q1 - I saw her ___ Xmas.
    in
    on
    at


    Q2 - I saw her ___ Xmas day.
    in
    on
    at

    Do "Xmas" & "Xmas day" here have different meanings? I thought their meanings are similar. So,can you help me? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirsten P View Post
    Q1 - I saw her ___ Xmas.
    in
    on
    at


    Q2 - I saw her ___ Xmas day.
    in
    on
    at

    Do "Xmas" & "Xmas day" here have different meanings? I thought their meanings are similar. So,can you help me? Thanks in advance.
    I saw her at Xmas means that you saw her during Christmastime (usually a period of a few days before and after Christmas Day, 25 December).
    I saw her on Xmas Day means that you saw her on 25 December.

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    Re: the different meanings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirsten P View Post
    Q1 - I saw her ___ Christmas.

    There are two ways to say it:
    I saw her on Christmas.
    I saw her Christmas.
    Xmas
    is wrong. It's an abbreviation and does not belong here.

    Q2 - I saw her ___ Xmas day.

    Same thing:
    I saw her on Christmas day.
    I saw her Christmas day.

    Do "Christmas" and "Christmas day" here have different meanings? Sometimes we say Christmas day to differentiate it from Christmas Eve. Notice that Christmas day has a small d and Christmas Eve has a capital E.

    The ampersand (&) is also an abbreviation and does not belong here.

    I thought their meanings are similar. You're right! So,can you help me? Thanks in advance.
    You're welcome!

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    Re: the different meanings?

    PS -

    Engee makes a good point. Sometimes when we say Christmas, we mean the season, not the day. So we sometimes say Christmas day to be more specific.

    Also, on Christmas always refers to Christmas day. The on pinpoints it. So:

    "I saw her on Christmas" means Christmas day.
    "I saw her Christmas" can mean the day or the season.
    "I saw her Christmastime" means the Christmas season.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 26-Feb-2009 at 19:13.

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    Re: the different meanings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You're welcome!
    Hi Charlie,

    I'm curious as to why the need for 'd' in "Christmas day" as opposed to 'E' in "Christmas Eve"?

    To my way of thinking, "Christmas Eve," "Christmas Day," "Christmas Week," "Christmas Season," etc., would all demand the capitalization as shown here in quotes.

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