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m, 'Carol' still a Favorite One of the most popular and perhaps best known short stories concerning the celebration of Christmas was written during a dreary age of commercialism, sec- ularism and anti-clerical- ism. Furthermore, this story of joyful mystery of Christmas has as its main Why the of Many Land: Many of our most famous Christmas legends have been passed down from gen- eration to generation. Yet there are others which are practiced only in certain As the old story goes, countries. Some of these are long ago the pine tree was so charming that it is a subject to seasonal changes, shame that we Americans like other varieties of trees have not adopted them. . . losing its green trip- The young women of nor- peries in winter, thern England continue to One day King Herod, in a preserve a legend concern- .character a miserly bore. r rage of fear, sent his armies ing Christmas holly. Many Charles Dickens' "A out to slay all infant boys, a girl still believes that if Christmas Carol", written lest one threaten his crown, she places a piece of holly in 1843, is this great liter- In Israel a carpenter, under her pillow during the ary work concerning Christ- Although most Christian customs originated in the East, Joseph, and his wife, Mary, observance of Christmas, her chances for obtaining tian love in an age of cruelty the identification of December 25 with the birthday of with the Child Jesus, fled r" i c " and horror. Christ is believed to have been initiated by Latins: As the country before Herod's he pr n e are assured. No ........ , early as 354 A.D., the feast was said to have been trans- wrath. At day's end they doubt this practice has its In mm story mKens tarred from January 6 to December 25, the day for the came to a greenwood where points... genius caught the many pagan feast of the sun. stood a pine, heavy with In Switzerland the uno injustices, the extreme pay- needles, that every summer married romantic couples arty and the unhealthful Not only in Latin countries, but also in German and gave small birds a nest. have asimilarbelief. Should conditions of his time. But Celtic provinces the early Christians celebrated the feast Half its trunk was hollow, a Swiss miss meet a young lie also revealed how Chris- day of the "return of the sun" as Christ's birthday. "Come," said Joseph to the lover who offers her a sprig tian love could exist in such little family, "we will find of the mountain flower, a period. From the pagan celebration in Teutonic lands many haven here." customs were adapted for the Christmas festivities, in- edelweiss, she's engaged. To represent injustice, cluding the Yule log and the wassail bowl. In many places, The pine tree, full of pity, There is nothing, though, in Dickens created a miserly part of the Yule log was retained to light the log of the dropped its blanket of the legend about what hap- scrooge; for poverty, a poor following year. branches down to cover pens if the young lady" family named Cratchit; and them, and there they stay- would offer a gentleman a for Christian love, a crip- Mistletoe, still popular at Christmas time, was used by ed, while Herod's armed sprig. plod innocent called Tiny the ancient Celts of Ireland in their elaborate pagan men rode past, their hands Tim. festivities, stained with the blood of Although many believe innocent babes, that Ireland is a little bit of heaven, the Irish have a When morning dawned, charming Christmas belieL the Child Jesus awoke, and, If one should die on Christ. looking up at the high pine, mas day, so they believe, he goes straight to Heaven. Fun With string, the festive container When one child manages , ..... will add a "South of the to crack the container there blessed it: Mexic l ll Border" touch to your is a mad scramble for the "Great pine, henceforth The doors to Paradise are open for such fortunates, home. goodies which have scat-you will always keep your and Purgatory is complete- tered over the floor, summer raiment and be for-. I i: tat I S" e" Children also like the Pifi- ly bypassed. . ata because of the game If you can't find a Pii ata ever green. Through the ages multitudes of birds There is also a legend zn One new and very color- that is played with it at in your stores, make your will find sanctuary amid the Emerald Isle concerning ful Christmas decoration Christmas. Boys and girls own. Cover a paper sack or your branches all winter the burning of the Christ- seen in many neighborhood of the family are blind- lightweight, breakable con- long." tores this year comes from folded and one by one at- tainer with crepe paper, mas candle. In ancient days :Mexico. It is a large papier- tempt to hit the Pifiata with Design a fancy mask or pat- And so it was we have the and today a candle is left evergreen P ne, loved by all burning in the window on living tfi|ngs. Christmas. For as they say mache container Which may a stick, tern on the container with take the form of a large many colors of paper. Fill it animal, bird or person. In- Since the container can with candy and hang from ide this brightly colored be manipulated out of reach the ceiling of your room. bag is placed candy, nuts or by adults, there is much toys. Hung from the ceiling laughter at watching the .of your room by a movable youngsters swing. "I SAW THREE SHIPS COME I sow three ships came sailing in, On Christmas Day, on Christmas Dayl I saw three ships come sailing In, On Christmas Day in the morning. And what was In those ships all three. On Christmas Day. on Christmas Day? And what was in those ships all three, On Christmas Day in the morning? Pray, whither sailed those ships all three. On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day; Pray, whither sailed those ships all three. On Christmas Day in the morning? @scw,tNc." The legend tells us, too, that if you cut a pine cone through part-way, you will find within it the imprint of His hand. SAILING...' Card Customs The Virgin Mary and Chdst were there, On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day; The Virgin Mary and Christ were there, On Christmas Day in the morning. And all the bells on earth shall ring. On Chrlstmos Day, on Chrlstmas Dayl And oil the bells on earth shol| ring. On Christmas Day ;n the morning. In London, 123 years ago, from a plate designed and engraved by a sixteen-year- old apprentice, emerged the first Christmas card! Young William Maw Eg- ]ey's quaintly cluttered card showed scenes of a formal banquet, a party dance and skaters. Beneath the illus- tration appeared the greet- ing, "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to YOU." The next famous card ap- peared in 1846, arousing shouts of protest from tem- perance crusaders. Sir Henry Cole asked J. C. Her,ely, a friend and artist at the Royal Academy in London, to design a card for him. The card, showing a family toasting Christmas with glasses of wine, was the cause of the furor. Sir Henry had sent 1000 cards that Christmas -- the last he ever sent! in Ireland, "Who knows, on some Christmas Eve, Jesus, Mary and Joseph may come again; not to Palestine, but to the Emerald Isle." candle, burning in the win- dow, just may light the way for Mary and Joseph who might be looking for shel- ter. Although the Irish have always been said to have the "gift of gab," it is the French peasants of the re- gions who believe that all babies born on Christmas Eve will have a ready and facile tongue. S'rANP$O HAIM ' "SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS" EDITION Anne W. Giant;., Editor Entire Contents CopyriKhted by SeW, INC. LOS ANGELES, CALIF. 0 they so;led Into Bethlehem, On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day: O they soiled into Bethlehem, On Christmas Day in the morning.