Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 12, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta
��lm Christmas Gifts for Gentlemen THE FIRST XMAS TREE BY JAMES A. VOSS y v Y A gentleman will appreciate nothing hotter than he will a hox of excellent Cigars, A Good Pipe A Smoker's Set Y Y 5! t X X Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 2 f We have them all of the best quality and at the lowest price. Special delivery of goods on Christmas Eve. R. W.Wallace The Smoker's Headquarters. I It is difficult to trnco the origin of tho first Christinas tree nntl nlinost every mythologist has n little different innnner of explaining why the evergreen was chosen for this great festival dny. A Scandinavian legend tells of the. "Service tree" which sprung from the blood sonked enrtli where two lovers were killed by violence and thnt mysterious lights, which the wind could not extinguish, were seen at Christmas in the fops of the forest trees. In old Kgypt there was a common custom of decorating the house at the time of the winter solstice with branches of the date palm. The date palm was the emblem of immortality end also of the star-lit firmament. This tree puts forth a shoot every month and a branch of it containing twelve shoots was a symbol of the year completed. It has also been suggested that this may be a revival of the pine trees of the Roman Saturnalia, a December feast, during which pines were decorated with images of ilacchus. The most plausible explanation, however, is that its earlier significance arose from the paragon worship of trees, and that later. Christian ideals gave a fuller meaning to its use. When the apostles preached the gospel in pagan lands, instead of interdicting the idolatrous feasts as were not intrinsically sinful, nature by Christian misrepresentation to the various rites and ceremonies. Thus, when I'ope Gregory I sent St. Augustine to convert Saxon Kng-land in 696, he directed him to make the change of religion, so far as ceremonials were concerned, as gradual as possible, that the people might not be s tartled. The Saxons called the feast of the midwinter solstice Yule, and on that occasion the Druids went into solemn procession to cut tin: mistletoe from the sacred oak tree. This ceremony, an old chronicle tells us took place on "the sixth dny of the moon nearest the new year." The evergreen, which they call all-heal, was afterwards sold at a high price to their credulous followers. The peo pie signified their joy at the cutting -if the magic mistletoe by feasting on roasted oxen and dancing. In the December following St. Augustin's arrival he permitted his converts to join in the feasting, but forbade them mingling with pagans in the dance, and judging from his success in plant ing the faith, it was probably but a short time when he had weaned them of their barbaric orgies to a saner celebration of the great Christian festi- val occurring In the tame month, An old German legend makes St, Winnlfred the Inventor of the Idea. In the midst of a crowd of convert* he is said to have been hewing down a great oak which had formerly been the object of Druidic veneration. As he chopped a whirlwind passed over the forest and tore the tree from its foundation. Behind it stood a young fir, unharmed, pointing its spire lo- thc troo to America and It was soon adopted by all classes. McBRIDE TO RESIGN. Vancouver, l)e The World newspaper publish -s n story that Premier Mclll'ide will be compelled , to resign on account of his attitude I in regard to l.ieut.-Governor Duns-! muir's refusal to sign the Natal net, wants the stars. The priest dropped land that Hon. W. J. Howser, attnr- his axe turning to the people and 1 sairl: "This young tree, a young child of the forest, shall be your holy tree tonight. It is the wood of peace, for your houses are made of flr. It is | the sign of an endless lite for its f leaves are ever green.. See how it ] points upwards to Heaven. Let this bo called the tree of the Christ-Child; gather about it, not in the wood, but in your homes; there it will shelter no deeds of blood, but loving gifts, and rites of kindness. Some writers on ancient customs tell us that among the early pagan superstitions of the Germans was the belief that the world was a great tree whose top flourished in Paradise and furnished food to a goat upon whose milk fallen foes restored themselves. Thi� tale was well known in Germany lon� after the introduction of Christianity, and much of its symbolic clinrncter was transferred to the celebration of the birth of Christ "the resurrect imi and the life." The evergreen i* a fitting emblem of eternal spring, the burning lights suggest him who is the light , of the world; and the gifts rtniiid us of the priceless gifts of God to humanity-the Saviour. The Christinas tree, in its present style of usage, can be traced back only as far as the sixteenth century. During the middle ages it appeared at Strassburg. For two hundred years the fashion maintained itself along the Rhine. Suddenly at the beginning of this century, it spread all over Germany and flftyyears later it conquered Christendom. In IHM the tree was introduced into Munich by Queen Caroline. At the .same time the custom was spread thi'oiik'h llo-hemia and Hungary. In 1840 the Duchess Helena n this earth an' bein' ruled be th' inhabitant iv Mars, lie has his wur-lid. ye can het on that an' 'tis a mighty important would. Who knows why a kid wud rather ate potatoes cooked nice an' black on a lire made of sthraw an' old boot* thin th' delicious oatmeal so cirefully an' so often prepared f'r him be his kind parents'' Who knows why he thinks a dark hole undher a sidewalk is a robber's cave'- Who knows why he likes to collect iii wan pocket a ball iv twine, glass marbles, cliewin' gum. a dead sparrow an' half a lemon- Who knows what his seasons are? They're not mine, an' they're not ye'ers, fut he imcs as reg'lar fr'm top time to marble time an' from marble time to kite time as we go fr'm summer to autumn an' autumn to winter. Today he's thrying to annihilate another boy's slick top with his; tomorrow he's thrying to sail a kite out iv a tillygrawt wire. Who knows why he does it'* "Faith we know nawthin' about him an' he knows nawthin' about us. I can raymimber whin I was a little boy but 1 can't raymimber how I was a little b'>y. I eall back as though 'twas yisterdah th' things I did but why I did thim I don't know. Faith if I end look for'ard to th' things I've done since I cud no more aisily explain why J did thim ays til Mil1? 1 plain why I was goiu' to do thim. Maybe we're both wrong in the way we look at each other-us an' tY ehilder. We think we've grown up an' they don't gums that we're ehilder. If they knew us hetther they'd 'not b.1 so surprised at our actions an' 1 wudden't foorce us to him thim. Whin ye issued some foolish oidher to ye'er little boy he'd say 'Pah-pah is fractious 1ihI.iv. Don't ye think be ought to have sone castor oil'" "It's a wise child that knows his !own father." said Mr. Hinnessy. I The J. BROWN CO., Ltd for your Christmas & New Tear's = Groceries= be sure and call at the Co, Op. i Our Stock is Largo nml Fresh -----Tho Prices are Right-- We linvp some . . . LIVE CHOICE TURKEYS nlso LIVE OYSTERS both of whieh are being npecinl fed for the Xinas Dinuer . . . FANCY CHINA A larger stock than usual Many Specials----- I only ELITE LIMOGE DINNER SETT worth $60.00, Get our XotM Price. It's a happy child that doesn't." German immigrants brought said Mr. Dooley. ?????????????????????^?????????????????????[??????????????????????[?????????nnaQaDa ? 13: SiSJIIHil ?????????????????a nm ?????????????????a 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 want, and as we have studied their tastes carefully, we believe we are in a position to judge. In buying we took into consideration the artistic tastes of the people as well as their pocketbooks, and we feel safe in saying that no where in Southern Alberta can there be found a stock of Jewelry, Cut Glass, Silverware, Souvenirs Ornaments, etc., that will so well meet the demands of the people. I Alarm Clocks, short alarm and intermittent, from $1.75 to $3.00. Also Mantel and Kitchen Clocks. Back Comb, just what the lady appreciates, 50c to $11.00 in price. Watches, ladies' and gentlemen's, gold, gold-tilled, silver, l'rice to suit the purchaser. Alarm Clocks Complete assortment of cut-glass UowU. Vases. Wat. 1 Sets, Celery Dishes, Nappy*, at the right pnee See our Souvenir Spoons. No better gift A fine line of Pearl. Opal ami Kuhy Jewelleiy 111 Diamonds we exeell. See our Kings, I'ins. ami l.ockcts. Ladies' and (Jeiits' Watch Chains A rich display of Itraeelets. A LONG DOLLAR IS A DOLLAR THAT WILL GO A LONG WAY. Those are the kind of dollars that we want for Xmas, and your dollar will be a long dollar if you buy your Xmas presents from C. ROSS TATE Sign of the Electric Watch Ford Street 1 rinnnannnni'iannnnnaanrinanonDGGnnnnnridnnnDanna nnnnnnnnnnnnnnQanjnoonapnnnnnnnnnp lliJt!l�l�ttalili[ii 'IISi5pi]Mli!l�lil*l*JMl!L!l nnran ijMJB5Iil^|liailt�IWHWlllJtlMli|�lilBl"l'lil^l^i 1 tmnnnnnnnnnr"