I recently received an image from the inside cover of a book ("The Poetical Works of Lord Byron") that I believe belonged to my great grandmother Mary Ellen Nettell (1869-1932) who was known as "Nellie".
At the time, Nellie would have been living in a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, but she was born to Cornish parents in Angaston, South Australia and grew up there, possibly with some German influences from its other early settlers.
The easy to read inscription is:
To dear Nellie from Sadie With fondest love Xmas 24th. 1908.
I am sure the date being referred to is 24 Dec 1908, and while I commonly see "Christmas Eve" written as "Xmas Eve", I have never seen it written as "Xmas 24th".
Is "Xmas 24th" a way to refer to Christmas Eve that anyone has come across?
Note: I tried searching on the English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, and although probably on topic for both sites, I thought I would post here in preference.