cC HRISTMAS-fThie m^iy season Is. neiyr at hai^d, 1imagine some hundreds of female hands in rcook’s parjoi! actively employed on;, mjmced f pies arid dpngh-nutst-^nixing* compounding, ® chopping, pearing, c. like good old fashioned people. The children are no doubt prepared fe ; hang up their stockings. If they realize ml the domestic happiness we wish them, they* * Icould not wish for more themselves. •The follo wing .account of the early obaerv-‘ aace of the birth.of oui Saviour is condensed from a lengthy article published some time-agoin Atkioson’s Post,It is supposed by some writers that the na-C tivity of the birth of Christ was not observed in the first ages of the Christian church, as a , custom then existed of celebrating the death of a remarkable persons rather than their birth. The 3 stoning of St Stephen, and the massacre of - the Innocents, at Bethlehem, by Herod, had 1 been long celebrated before a feast was estab-e liehed in memory of the birth of the Saviour, n which was not—according to accredited history—antil nearly the close of the fourth century. In the fifth century, the Western yhurch ordered it to be celebrated, forever, on the day of the ^ old Roman feast of the birth of Sol, the 25th of December—though no information existed respecting the day of Christ’s birth. It was I- named Christmas day, from the Latin Chrisii M«, the Mass of Christ, and thence the Ro-iin man catholic liturgy is termed their Missel or Mass'book. In the German churches it was v, usual to perform divine service during thenights cdtfbe 24th and 25th December, as, bythe gospeFbi St Luke, it is known that Christ d was born in the night. From this circumstadco Christmas is called in German, Wcihmcien, i.£e. Holy or Consecrated mght. In the Ea9t,IT PKwofmnn wftQ fill thp. fif.h flf Janua-
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