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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta Christmas THE FIRST XIAS TREE BY JAMES VOSS A gentleman will appreciate nothing better than lie will a box of excellent A Good Pipe A Smokers Set We have them allofthe best quality and at the lowest Special delivery of goods on Christmas The Smokers It is difficult to trace the origin of j the first Christmas tree and almost every mythologist has a little differ ent manner of explaining why the evergreen was chosen for this great festival A Scandinavian tells of Service tree which sprung from tiie blood soaked earth where two lovers j were killed by violence and thatmys j terious which the wind could i not were sHn at Christ i mas in the tops of the forest old Egypt there was a common I custom of decorating the house at the tirne of the winter solstice with bran i dies eMhe djite The palm was the emblem of immortality and also of the starlit This tree puts forth a shoot every month and a branch of it containing twelve was a symbol of year It has also been suggested that this may be a revival of the pine trees of the Roman a December during which pines were decor ated with images of 1 The most plausible i is that its earlier signifl j cance arose from the paragon worship i of and that Christian id eals gave a fuller meaning to its i When the apostles preached the gos i pel in pagan instead of inter dieting the idolatrous feasts as were j not intrinsically nature by I Christian misrepresentation to the various rites and i when Pope Gregory I sent j Augustine to convert Saxon Eng land in he directed him to make j the change of so far as cere monials were as gradual i as that the people might not j be s The Saxons called i feast of the midwinter solstice and on that occasion the Druids went j intosolemn procession mistletoe from the sacred oak This an old chronicle tells I us place on the sixth day of the I moon nearest the new The which they call allheal was afterwards sold at ahigh price to their credulous The peo i pic signified their joy at the cutting i of the magic mistletoe by feasting on roasted Oxen and In the j December following Augustins arrival he permitted his converts to i join in the but forbade them mingling with pagans in the dance land judging from his success in plant i ing the was probably but a short time when he had weaned them i of their barbaric orgies saner eel ebration of the great Christian festi vil occurring in the tree to America and It was soon An German legend makes adopted by all Winnifretl the inventor of A In the jnidst of u1 crowd of eonverts McBRIDE TO ht is said to have been hewing down a great oak which had formerly been World the object of Druidic As i newspaper publishes a story thai he chopped a whirlwind passed Premier McSirifJe be compelled the forest and tore the tree from its to account of his attitude it stood a young j in regard to Duns pointing its spirit tojmuirs refusal to sign the Natal wards ihe The priest dropped land that attor hisuxe turning to the people will be the new said will be jThe story js not regarded This young a young child of the shall be your holy tree to It is the wood of for your housesarc made of It is sign of an endless life for its eaves are ever See how it upwards to Let this e called the treeof the ChristChild gather about not in the but n your there it will shelter 10 deeds of but loving and rites of Some writers on ancient cus prns tell UH that among tiie early pa an superstitions of the Germans was Bowser has gone months to California on a Dotley on Corporal Punishment Concluded from Previous ill why it was so on this pimh an inhabitant iv yrcan bet on Pis likiv nihd be tli He lias his wtir thai an tis i mighty important Who knows why a kid wild rather ate potatoes cooked nice black on a fire made he belief that the world was a great of an old boots thin th de tree whose top flourished in licious oatmeal so carefully and furnished food to a poat upon Ofteil prepared fr him be his kind whose milk fallen foes re parents Who knows why he thinks stored This tale was well a ciarfc a sidewalk is n known in Oerniany after the in rohburs CJIVP Who knows why he troduetiori of and much likes to collect in wan pocket aball of its symbolic character was trans jv glass chewin ferred to the celebration of the birth a lcaa an half a 1cm of Christ the resurrection and the Onr Who knows what his seasons The evergreen is a fining em are Theyre not an theyre bleni of the burning not fut he goes as regIar frrn lights suggest him who is the light top time to marble time an from of the world and the giftsrmintl us marble time to kite time as we go ofthe priceless gifts of God to hu frm 5ummcr to autumn an autumn to Today hes thryinp to an The Christmas in its present Jnihilate another boys stick top with style of can be traced back his tomorrow hes thrying to sail a i BROWN Ltd FOR YOUK Christinas New Years only as far as the sixteenth During the middle ages it appeared at two hundred years the fashion maintained itself along the Suddenly at the begin ning of this it spread all over Germanyand fiftyyears laterit conquered In 1853 the tree was introduced into Munich by Queen At the same time the custom was spread through Bo hemia and In 1840 ilie Duchess of Or leans brought it to the Twenty years later Germain residents j we look of Paris could only with great difHI culty procure a Christmas Tojan they dont guess that were chil day Paris uses almost only ab kitc out iv a tillygrawt Who I knows why he does it Kaith we know nawthin about him ah he knows nawthin about j 1 can raymimber whin I was a little i boy but I cant raymimber how I was a little I call back as though twas yisterdah th things 1 did but why I did thim 1 dont Faith I cud look forard to th things Ive done since I cud no more aisily ex J did thim plain why I was goin to Maybe were both wrong in at each an We think weve grown up be sure and calf at the Our Stockis Large and Fresh Prices are Right We have some out one fourth being bought by Ger and The French plant the tree with its roots in a tub so that it can be preserved until New when it is shorn of its If they knew us betthertheyd not ba so surprised at our actions an wuddent foorce us to him Whin ye issued some foolish ordher to yeer little bny hed say Pahpah is fractious Dont ye think he ought to have some castor The marriage of Queen Victoria to 1 Its a wise child that knows his a German prince augmented the own said Christmas trees popularity in Eng Its a happy child that German immigrants brought said t I LIVE CHOICE TURKEYS also LIVE OYSTERS both of which are being special fed for the Xmas Dinner A larger stock than iisual Specials I only ELITE LIMOGE DINNER SETT worth Get our Xmas inn What You want for Xmas Is what Tate has in Stock We took special pains this year to select just what the people of Lethbridge and this district would and as we have studied their tastes we believe we are in a position to In buying we took into consideration the artistic tastes of the people as well as their and we feel safe in saying that no where in Southern Alberta can there be found a stock of that will so well meet the demands of the Alarm short alarm and from to Also Mantel and Kitchen Back just the lady 50c to ladies and Price to suit the Complete assortment of Vji Celery at the right See our Souvenir No hotter A fine line of Opal and TCuby Jmvol In Diamonds wo ox eel See our and Ladies and Watch A rich display of A LONG DOLLAR IS A DOLLAR THAT WILL CO A LONG Those are the kind of dollars that we want for and your dollar will be a long dollar if you buy your Xmas presents from Sign of the Electric Watch ;