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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2-1. 1918 Cbrietmae Ihe "Spinl of AIIIW" at'exemplified by Charles Vtdcns in (he GhnsliiKU Carol scans to have depart- ed almost entirely from our Ufa and times. Uow wonderfully ?ie portrays tfic merriment, the ncMroviy, the unselfish 'lolKly'of the festive. season. 11 males us all fed young again as tee cr.tcr.inla.ihe of the Xmas goose and that staminy hot plum pudding. Whence Charles Did-cns reminds us that it Tiorn'in the heart of Hit individual. What is wrong with' usl Somehow or other wo mm to hai'c''lost- the -'almosplere of merriment, real Merriment, which characlcrixed IheXmas of.the good old FdsiibJy i-orfoiu. conditions -of May 'contribute (o the spirit. Quite a large number of us ;ccl as if.Xmas cart never be the same again far us since August, During' those foiir 'awful years ice lost the one in a'.l the world, {chose .'absence casts a gloom over ail mtr efforts to revive lli'rf Xnas of olil. Jlcsidcihe lite past far {litre art. olhf.r tilings Kh'icli interfere 'icilh appropriate Xmas celtbra- lioiii. The ll.-C.'of'-b. haunts most of ta lite a skclv- tfin in flic cupboard'and puts a died- on satisfying to this fitll our vitas of what is nctdfid for YulcMe fare. are ollim 'who 1ir.icail Hie .absence nf .sonienc. MS.. c of lemon and sugar." Pro- Jiibition" prohibits the one Iliftia which seemed to-pul Uic finishing touch on the Christmas feeling. Arid Tccall tchai we have heard of the Old English Xmis with, its beef, and boar's head 'ilceontled with holly and a lemon and ica-shed doicn, uith rfriniinj'horns full of meed. Everi'imlliin {he lafl century no household but had its laid th'c tcarm 'fragrant smell which cncoareycdilhe jelling of "good cheer." yhcn. 'many of us can recall the small country tli'ijrch dtwratcd with a mass, of greenery, holly .and Christmas greeting of trace'A'tiiit against the sombrt Ind-grouud of IK one thought retails another milk ire get a livid picture of the "wtSls" .and the oirol parlies mth their ijminl ot'( "folk" mtiiic, some nf the us bad' to the tiim misti of ilie 11 brings bad: thoughts of chililhood and ire remember it is above aU tlie children''s ffslird it. i> 'the birlhday feust of "a- the Christ Child. AndfSu-c gel back In wf first thought. The Xtfii.; Spirit it the spirit of Mid-hood, find ice him tost Ihc Xmai Kpirit in proportion as ice liai'c oittfpicn o[ being. ealirAij forgotten. There .teat a. time when .th. fcstint K-iis.ctlebralfd from miitaiyhl Vliristimas Ki'c around 'the Christmas festival. There tens the choosing and anointing of the the qwM and eqmcwhal cruel custom of beating children on Ghilder- rfiasor Innocents in commemoralion of the.safferr iiigf of the babes who were massacred by Herod.. ?hcit and-the ceremonies ti'hich gathered around.Xeai Year's: IJay (as tha Feast of the Circumcision is-more manly Twelfth Night and Candlemas, some rclijjioiK, some secular, are now almost forgotten; ami 'gone also'is the spirit of reverence tchich inspired them. The brightness of the first Xmas seems to hail become dimmed.aiid the. joy less real bata.iisc we have- forgotten that "Unto is born a me have as it were taken our eyes off.the centre of the picture, "the Ilabe in {he Hanger." .Jiiauae of the -the spirit of snu'of unselfishness and generosity. Thefe'are. many colts upon this needs of, the. children Kho are cold and hungry must come first, and our joy vill be in proportion to the response we mckc. to Men of Good Will" was and is always the Christmas greeting. If 'only we ran catcli of the almos: phere which surrounded "the ice. shall be able to spread around us the'joy of the greatest of all gifts, and because of the Divine generosity stint of noihiny thai tee, share' our joy in worship and unselfish- iic.v. n'e'appiul Hit Mangei- Throne ilrav-s both the wise and the simple today an it did Hie Magic litrih pf ohl. {.el us then slrhe to qwi the ohl-fctfnOHtd tptrii o! peace and good-mill thai lie mail relied some of the tehkh inspired the .Wij the "May the presence of Mary's Make your Christmas a. merry one." 1 ca-nnol f.o falter than 'end icilh the Xmas wish of Tiny Tim in Vickenf Christmas Oarol.: "God bless Att Herald Readers-A Merry Christmas ;