Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 24, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta
l^L^^---J if^ML-^ IV3 ; ^ f'-M-*J2iJIMif----- "...... -J -^What reodUectioiiB tliat vrord. brln^p, and how long the\^ijie. luied to be Christmas and another ;'^but we gee between one , . , older, so quickly do the years slip 'by^we cllinge- everything changes; but oKl Santa ClaiiS'still remains the same, ho may perhaps have discarded ""his miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.'? He riiay pot be able to come down chimneys, since gaifli'grates blocked his entrance that way, but for all that Ue %-tfi�!jsame "Jolly Old Elf" with the same old me)l)^/.r0iiai/ft^d white beard that you and I waited ferisp.;i6n^?and.ieig-erly and wrote letters to, ^ -f.'i..; " [.'-�� Christmas day is the great "Home?'jdijr-^ihe day in the year that our children look forward "tia.;more than any other day, more tlian the Birthd^, .aUcL why,, because they too have the pleasure of glying also.. The Master knew human nature well when'SHfc^jid';, is more blessed to give than to receive." love Christmas time because they 'ip(^^'�^f�l^^fciei� wrap up and hide away secretly untii,'l?^.ti�^\ilay.. ' Fathers and motl^rs of Lothbridi^-iaiikfi-tioinor-a never-to-be-forgotten-day for yojV; 3>�l4*!l^|i.. in xow your home. You have talked Santa Claus; you have gone down ou your knees and haVo shouted up the chimney 'to him, and you liave ddilo all this for the sake of your little ones, the stockings-have been selected and will be hung tonight, eV^n tho cat must have his, it; has all been such a happy.tiw^ aijd wliy? You know and 1 know-because we have come down from our superior height to their letelji'because there lias been more love and sacriiice in our hbmes these last few days, than at any other time, perhaps, dui'i^'g year. - - �' . And so tomorrow we give ourselves ever to the children and when the day is all over they will rest their little heads upon their. pillows with a greater contentment than they have known for some time, and with a satisfied feeling that there is. no :^ather or Mother quite as dear as th^ir own.. And then-Chpstmaa is overhand the dajjy round ttrts again, and not oply are the diecorations puUed do^ and the "tree' thrown 6uli;into:thi8'back yard, to be often longingly gazed upon and" every moment of that day recalled; but in so maayciiees'the home life also is locked away until another "Ohriftmas. Ijlils meeting must be altehded; ihis^bridge parly mu^t not he missed and so forth audsoorj. aiul ihu childrcii boeiug lis always ouivgrow up with Ihe idea tiiat thai is the big thing to; do, asd the home bceomo.j tiit roonvng house. Oh, it's all so paihctig! tVhon v.ere cliildreii I don't believe we were treated liico that, 1 know at lioiut-we were brought up strictly, as c-'.iildrcii, w(! stuofi uii when our father came into (lie room nntil iio Wiin seated, but then we wovild c-lambei- on. his kiiw; aini fait around him whiht he told iis stories of India aii.J China, the Indian Mutiny, and the Crimea; and on Sundays it was Daniel in the' Lion's Den, the thro : walking.in.the fiery, fujrnftcc, and, oil, how thrilling ii was when the fourth appeared walking M'ith them. And then there was' the story 6f Abraham getting up very early in the morning and calling his little son Jh'Mv. and that long walk that they and' their servant took, how they crept, oat. of- the houae without waking his moth�r, iutd just aa Abraham had got everything ready to kill Isaac, 'Q�d c^ed'ou'tto hitn tfl stop. And then -He died, and the stpries ceased, and tlie home was f- broken up and we scattered to different parts ol the ^^^^ Lkva ^^^^ V \ Clobc. am! for years Santa wasn't very interested nl u.--. Bu!, (hank (!od-each one ol! us had these past liappy rt'ccilil'StioDs of the dear '"old home." And Kow we ar'^ grown up, and are moving so ii;jjii.l!y along tluit road that has no turning, to that iii^di.-covcR'd. I'oimtrv, from whose bourne no traveller ii:;.uin,<: ourthildri-'n are about tis, and one .wonders if ilicy. loo, ivi'l liave the same love for us and for their liuiiif'.- it., we.had. .V.S oiic of iiiany thousands who is going to spend Jiii:' (i/ct OhriiB''tmas since 1915, once more re-established iiftor tlio war, I conclude my Christmas message to you hurn it these, -days. ,0h, well, Cherrio! Old Pal! I'ack iiji.A-our traubles in your old kit bag, And-smile, SjixLii, SMILE.. ' -' � � and TO all;\V;4p read this, M;^i?Br cnmsntAS. ]':.':":' GORE M. BAEBOW, .:'.x-:- TCecioTj St. Auffvslin's Church.