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For the children, this is the very best Christmas that ever was The adults agree - but still, they look back a little wistfully at the Christmases of yesteryear, with nostagic thoughts of "a g~Jd old. fashioned CI1ristmas," or of a spe- cial Christmas memory. Memories enhance the seasonal joys, and with good reason, for Christmas is a memorable time. Since the first Holy Night, some of the most important evems of both religious and secular history have taken place at the Christ- mas season. A look at the past reveals morn entous occasions, joyous or polgn ant, as well as many of the IRtle things that give bygone times liv- ing meaning - and all taking place on or about Christmas Day. December 24, 400 A. D. In italy, in the fifth century A. D church bells rang on Christ mas Eve to call Christians to worship. This seemingly simple event )lad great significance, for it meant that Christmas could wor- ship in freedom, instead of in secret, as earlier suppression of May your hearth be happy and your heart content. We send this greeting with our thanks to all! D GENERAL CONTRACTING -- DESIGN SERVICES ENGINEERING Public Buildings MART URG, W. VA. PHONE 267-8959 Christianity had forced them to do. December 25, 600 A. D. Traditional, the first Christmas feast in England was held at the Round Table of King Arthur. The actual date is unknown, but xefer- ences to this legendary king have ben traced to 800 A. D. December 24, 1223 St. Francis of Assisi set up the first creche or crib on Christmas Eve, 1223 in the mountain village of Grecchio, Italy. December 25, 1492 Christopher Columbus and his crew celebrated the first Christ- mas in the New World in 1492. They were dinner guests of an Indian chief, ruler of the island of Haiti. December 25, 1535 Beset by cold and hunger, in fear of hostile Indians the French explorer Jacques Car~ier and his band of 110 settlers observed an early Canadian Christmas at a fortress near what is now the city of Quebec, in 1535. The most precious of the scanty food supplies were set forth for a Christmas "feast" in the coura- geous spirit that enabled the tiny hand to h01d out till spring. December 24-25, 1620 December 1620 marked the land ing of the Mayflower at Ply- mouth Rock. A site for the first ho~ne in the new settlement was selected on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Day construction began. December 25, 1776 On December 25.26, 1776, Geo- rge Washington crossed the Del- aware. He surprised and put to ro~t, Hessian s~ldiers employed by George III. The surprise attack was greatly assisted by the fact that .the Hess ians were sleeping off the effects of their Chr stmas celebrating! IN NORWAY trad the Peace of Christmas. . r. ~ I[ The fond memories of an old-fashioned Christmas stir yaisty recollections of snow-covered hillsides, the freshly cut family tree, kitchens rich with the aroma of holiday delicacies, the cold, clear air ringing with friendly greetings. Today, we echo those same warm sentiments as we wish you all a very Happy Holiday! HA TOWN, W. V A. BY BrOther Pascal Haas (Scoutmaster Troop 94) The stores of the nation are jammed with Christmas shoppers and the marls laden with Christ- mas cards and gifts. It is an un- failing rem~der of the nearness of the eventful day which marks the birthday of Christ. There have been various efforts during the past years to promote move- ments designed to "Put Christ Back Into Christmas" but none have met with popular reception. We have no quarrel "with those whose spirit of giving expresses itself in Santa Claus and family reunions, if the real purpose is not forgotten in orgies of revelry and mockery and of the Christ whose birthday R is, I:towever, to crowd Christ out of his day, or to lose sight of its true meaning in a jungle of tinsel, is a perversion we should all do our utmost to avoid. In ~mber of last year, thou sands of persons lost ~cheir lives in the mad traffic rush which took place in the United States during the Christmas season. Over a hundred of those persons died on West Virginia's streets and higlvways, victims of traffic crashes. Christmas revelry and ex cessive speed during poor driving conditions was rsponsible for many of those deaths. Corporad Vernon Brekenrich of the Jefferson County State Police in speaking of this carnage said, "Christmas - an orgy of party- giving and hurrying! A crowding of all hedonistic behaviour pos- sible into the holidays. A mass killing with automobiles while very discourtesy is practiced ". Discourtesy, revelery, drunken- ness and death are out of harm- ony with Christmas carols extroll- ing the singless Christ.child It is high time for a renascence of the real purpose of Christmas. The excess use of alcocolic bev- erages during the Christmas sea- son does not square with the spirit of the season. The Churches are doing their best at this season to bring the purpose for which Christ was ,born into its true focus. Their ef- forts deserve the cooperation of all who lay claim o being the followers of that babe who was SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON FARMER'S THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1967 born in a Bethlehem manger over 1900 years ago. During the Christmas season why not slow down on speed and revelry and intesify your devot- ion to the principles taught by the Christ whose birthday it is? A EHD CHURCH SUHI)AY IN NEWFOUNDLAND Citizens of their Christmas Christmas custom "Fishing for the day huge quantities caught and brought loners of a village t~ where they are sold. the sale go toward wood for l~he curate. O eetin On this day of celebration we ~, join in happy chorus to wish you and yours "Merry Christmas!" ! WHITTINGTON'S CANDIES * ROSA LEE WHITTINGTON -- GENE O / ppiness symbolize the spirit of the Chri tm ts season, qrlt1 these glad thoughts in our minde, we reet our friends a acl neighbors, Wishin8; one and all the vez best of this bo tLftde beaut/ ul time. M&y Four holidays be merry and n ' relo ll :/>i (,: , ~ i ' U ~7 ,i:,il i:I Mason Buildin~ Chrl Town, w V L