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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 24, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta VEN the mo34 disg:runtled critic of the world softens a little at Christmas time! K^aybe it � cometimes a matter of habit. The disgruntled critic form*d the habit early in life of softening up a l3it at Christmas, and even when everything else, in his opinion, is going wrong, he is likely to feel that Christmas is rght. Or it may be the contagion of the Christmas spirit. No matter if the cynical one lookr savage, or even goes so far as to say. Confound QiristmasS" when It comes, he can't quit6 resist the spell. Good cheer is catching. Most people don't need to be conquered by Christmas. Most people, happily, seem to be,willing to be caught-caught up and carried along, lifted to a realization that there is something too often forgotten for the rest of the year that must be recognized at Christmas. The Qiristmas spirit Is, after all, pretty much a spirit of fellowship. It may begin in the fellowship of the family, grow to a fellowship of frienrls. It expands at last to a fellowship of humanity. More people are thinking about their relations to a whole world than ever thought about such a matter before. Fellowship has no geography. Christmas is its supreme festival. Three hundred years ago, when the Pilgrims came to the chilly shores of the new world, Christmas had a profound religious significance. That significance still glows in the picture of the day. Later comers and tfre flight of years have added sentiments of varying color, but all shades of sentiment are touched by the mellow feeling of kindliness. All creeds can accept the challenge of the day. It is a roomy festival Its very essence js that it ^does not exclude. It is hospitable f!ic deepest of m> ' Hgious convictions. It is equally receptive to those whe lay emphasis on other beauty. It is called diUdhootf^ greatest day. It may be called anything you diooie. There is space in the magic circle of Its Inspiration for aft manner of hunianizin^: influences. Ths HoUanders who came to the mouth of the Hud* son brought with them two conspicuous ideas--the pulh lie school ant!) Santa Qaus. Both of these ideas floui^ ished in the soil of America. Kris Kringle became a na* tional institution^ His image has become Inseparable from Christmas. He appeals to the imagination. Every sentiment needs Its imzne. Santa Oaus per� sonifies something too subtle to be defined in any i^er way. Everybody knows what that fat figure means, though the translations might b^ multiplied. He is the trade mark of good cheer. He knows no class distinctions. And he has a big job. There are a lot of heroism and a lot of poetry behind his struggles. He gets into tight places. You have heard stories, right out of life, (hat show how often the kindly thought almost doesn't get Itself acted, or how the pinch of poverty clogs the path to the place of peace. The drama of Christmas will never be altogether written except by some wizard who is able to read all human hearts. Maybe the finest stories of Christmas, those that might reveal the sublimest expressions of the human heart, never will be written. Yes. Santa Claus's paths lare not always easy. To reach some homes and hands he may have mighty obstacles to overcome. But his own spirit never flags. His own resources never seem to fail He always gets throi^h. mm 462006280139 33 ;