1962-12-21; Saline Reporter
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^^.. *£&**•$? eetings The Saline fc SUPPLEMENT VOLUME 15, NUMBER 14A - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1962 10c PER COPY — $3 PER YEAR Candles Gleam, Bells Ring —It9s Christmas Christmas comes but once a year — and into that magic "once" are packed years and years of well-loved traditions'. Candles gleam brightly, bells ring merrily, glad carols fill the air. Up goes the tree and on go the ornaments and lights, in many a home and in many other places, too, both in and out of doors. Evergreen branches, holly and mistletoe decorate the season. Children eagerly await Santa Claus, his sleigh and his reindeer. Stockings are hung, and greetings and gifts, gaily wrapped, spread the spirit of Christmas. How did it all begin? The manger scene, in churches and homes, testifies to the religious meaning and real beginning of Christmas. To be glad and grateful, to give and to help others are expressions of that. meaning. The legends and customs of the holiday season, however, come from scores of sources, and many ancient festivals have contributed their part to Christmas as a time of merry-making. GIVING GIFTS nTmr»rir.T^T^XT First of all Christmas gifts EVERGREEN were gold, frankincense, and ormj T rrrkTid myrrh, the wise men's gifts to J51 .LL.L 1 U-TiO the Infant Jesus. Gift giving at .Q rriT>TiTi7 the season of the year now cele- A.O IJvtLfL brated as Christmas can also be traced back 'to pre-Christian Nowadays Christmas trees tjmes are made out of almost every- The ancient Romans ex- thing, from aluminum to plas- (r\' "AND, LO, THE STAR, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." (Matthew 2:9-10) "AND THERE WERE IN THE SAME COUNTRY shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:8-10) "FOR UNTO YOU is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be sign unto you: ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:11-12) changed gifts during the "Sa- tic - but the world's favorite YiiWiHa Snirit ^tilVC All Vpar turnalia, a festival honoring Sa- Christmas tree is still the ever- l UUSIMUS OJJIIll OldVb All 1 Cdf turn, the pagan god of agricul- green.. ture. Hanging gifts on trees fig- Many legends explain how the its spec"iai w"ay of observing "David's "Home' ured in Druid tree worship in evergreen became associated Christmas » and in some towns Grand Palace. Nearly every community has located in Bethlehem, such as and Herod's early Britain. with Christianity and Christ- HELPING POOR Principles of Christianity are reflected in Christmas giving to ^ i _ the poor and unfortunate. An old legend says that on Christmas Eve the Christ Child" roams woe /w« «,arfww,rf«. wm and Cities the Spirit 0f Christ- Crowned by a Cross, Pine mas. One is the story of St. Wil- mas prevailSi literaUy) the year HiU has d an ideal loca. fred, according to the Book oi aroun(j. . * in search of food and shelter. People believed that any kindness shown a beggar expressed a love for Jesus. SOURCE OF SANTA Origin of Santa Claus as a gift giver is usually traced to a real St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor, in the fourth century A.D. St. Nicholas was renowned for his generosity, and he still retains his role as a gift giver in many tion for the project, since its In Waterbury, Conn., an all- shape is similar .'to the-"lime- Speaking to a group of con- year reminder of the first Noel stone cliff where Bethlehem in verts, the saint sought to illus- is the re-creation of the Town Judea was built. trate how they had broken ot Bethlehem on nearby Pine nimwrn im„„„ wwmma„ - - - • OTHER "BETHLEHEMS" Well-known "Bethlehems" in the" earth^ dressed as"a beggar, away from the heathen worship Hm. of the Druids. This non-sectarian "Bethle- He chopped down a giant tree iehem" was constructed to scale the United States include Beth- — an oak, since this kind of after research and study of pho- ^hem, Pa., and Bethlehem, Ind. tree was one of the chief ob- tos showing the Biblical coun- The Pennsylvania Bethlehem jects of Druid worship. As it try. The cave or manger where emphasizes the religious mean- fell with a crash, it split into Christ was born, inns like the in& o£ Christmas during its an- four pieces. From the center a one where there was no room, nua* celebration. A star erected young fir tree sprouted. and the Roman legation where St. Wilfred told the converts the tax that the fir should from then on Augustus Caesar was to be paid serve as their "holy tree". are among the buildings rep It is the sign of an endless resented. Ringing bells in churches, for solemn and glad ceremonial occasions, goes back to about 7 AD. In early Britain church bells tolled for an hour on Christmas Eve, announcing to Satan the coming of Christ. At midnight, joy- jL ous peals heralded* Christ's 9 birth. LITTLE BUT LEGEND KNOWN ABOUT VISIT OF WISE MEN SCIENCE SEEKS SOURCE OF THE STAR Since St. Matthew first described the star of Bethlehem, Many legends have developed fers to the visit, reports that around the visit of the three wise men came from the east, wise men to adore 'the Infant without stating how many there Jesus. Even their number is le- were, gendary. It was not until later, in a its mystery has fascinated man- • St. Matthew, the, only, book legend which can be traced kind. Was it a miracle? Or was in the New Testament that re-"ba'ck to the second -century, it a brighter-than-usual star or that they were called "kings", other celestial object? according to the Encyclopedia Astronomers, while seeking Americana. to identify the star, emphasize In even later times, they were that it may have been indeed distinguished as Melchior, Gas- a miracle that can't be explain- par or Caspar, and Balthasar. ed in terms of natural pheno- The magi originally stood for mena. However, research has Sea Inspires Lore Of Ships At Yule *oman legation wnere on a nearbv mountain top is w . ,-, collection decreed by ^ghted throughout the holiday Pastor Wrote To Please Children season. STAR IS BEACON Near Palmer Lake, Colo., an life," he said, "for all its leaves "Poetic license" has been used electrically lighted "star "on a "*«= « * 6"-«. e^v«. iu xuemy evergreen, and it points to include some buildings which mountain"top°is"! Christmas- Hanby, in 1864. countries, arriving on January +_oWI y,Za„J „mT.„ „„+ „,„,„„„,.wawn T p - • ■r^w;™ +»,= Ships arrive on Christmas morning, carrying Jesus, Mary and Joseph, says the English the priestly caste of the ancient provided material for conjee- carol, "I Saw Three Ships Come Persian Zoroastrian religion. As ture that the star may have Sailing". This is one of many the religion moved westward, been a natural occurrence, legends developed by seafaring it came in contact with Babylo- One Discovery peoples to connect Christmas nian beliefs and practices and A Danish astronomer, Tycho and ships. derived a strong interest in as- Brahe, discovered a new and Stories of the first St. Nicho- trology, demonology and magic, brilliant star in the constella- By the time it reached the tion Cassiopeia in 1572, accord- by" an Ohio pastor, Benjamin nor to Northern Europe by Graeco-Roman world, it was ing to the Encyclopedia Ameri- "Up on the Housetops" isva happy Christmas Tsong written las were carried from Asia Mi- 6 - traditionally the date of the visit of the wise men. YULE GREENS toward heaven 'It is the wood of peace, for all your houses are built of the fir. Let this be called the tree A GIVING DAY Christmas is a giving day, Evergreens at Christmas are 0| ^e Christ Child; gather when Christ the Lord was born, an emblem of life eternal. An- aD0Ut it, not in the wildwood, Christmas is a singing day. cient peoples believed that the but jn y'our homes." - ~ Danny Reed, 2nd grade greenness of evergreens in winter was a promise of the Creator that spring would" come again. SINGING CAROLS Caroling at Christmas may be a carryover from the Roman songs of the Saturnalia, or so some researchers believe. Early Christian songs were solemn and somewhat forbidding. The simple, touching carols best liked today didn't gain widespread popularity until the 14th and 15th centuries. DECORATING TREES In ancient feasts of the winter equinox, trees wiare adorned with trinkets. Like many pagan customs, the evergreen tree became associated with Christian observances, and legends link it to the birth of Christ. One story says that on Christmas Eve all the trees of the'forest bloomed and bore fruit. LIGHTING CANDLES Candles at Christmas symbolize the coming of Christ as the Light of the World. Since earliest times, man has used lights - torches, watch-fires, beacons - on occasions of joyous celebration. Custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve is usually attributed to the Irish. It was thought that Christ wandered the earth on that night, and a candle would show Him a home where He was welcome, or help to light Hhn on His way. were not, or may not have been, season beacon for -motorists on highways many miles away. LIGHTING DISPLAYS Believing that music was a part of religion, he held week' iy sailors, and children in Holland practically identical, in the pop- cana. long believed that St. Nicholas ular view, with astrology and Since that discovery, the Am- arrived by ship from Spain. In magic. Ths explains the use of ericana says, it has been sug- songfests for children in Greece, St. Basilio comes on the term "wise men" by St. Mat- New Paris, Ohio. Since he was Beautiful lighting displays short of money, when the chil- for Christmas are famous in dren needed a new song, he many U.S. cities. wrote it himself. In Altadena, a suburb of Pa- The song, which tells the joys sadena, Calif., a mile-long ave- of going "up on the housetops" nue bordered by deodar cedars and "down through the chim- becomes "Christmas Tree Lane" ney with good Saint Nick" to at the holiday season. The deo- the "click, click, click" of rein- dars are illuminated by thou- deer hooves, gained early popu- sands of multi-colored bulbs for larity. the annual spectacle. Colored lights outline the buildings of the Country Club Plaza district in Kansas City, Mo., at Christmas time, Winter Time by Tom Hollister The tree was up, January 1 to deliver gifts, and thew, since they were astrolo- he too is transported by ship. gers. Blababobefobeo Meets Santa Claus by Sandra Jedele little rowboat to Blababobefebeo ™ v i. i. * u TX4.1 an(i sai<3 that once a year he Blababobefobeo was a little ,„„„,,, *,„;„„ +!,,•„„„ *„„ «,„ „„,- , . T_ ,. , . ., would bring things for the am- chimpanzee. He lived in the majs Ethiopian Jungle with his mo- Denver7colo.,7numinates its ^f stoddngs_were hung, ther, Mamabobefobeo, and his He gave a watch to Blababo- Civic Center during the holi- The people in bed, gested that this might be an especially brilliant star visible only at long intervals. A reported appearance of a bright star in that part of the heavens about the middle of the 13th century, coupled with a vague account of a similar appearance 300 years earlier, led to the thought that these might possibly be former appearances of the star of 1572. If, as this might indicate, the star appeared at intervals of 310 to 315 years, three intervals of 300-odd years from the time it was first reported would carry it back to about the time of father, Flababobefobeo. They befobeo and said to give it to __ _ lived in a little grass hut by his father He .also gave him a &e birth of Chr- watch for his mother. Then Santa gave him a car, a book, and the Ewakewa River. One day while Mamabobefo- days" with memy thousands'of The carols all sung liahts Santa was riding with the toys in his sleigh, _ YULE TOWNS For he knew Christmas was on^thr^er^d'^babob^obeo year Blababoli2fobeo went to the Yule-named towns have a spe- well on its way. ' "1~"~: J * -«— bJ'waThanS some"cIothes a higJ^\ ^f6' *** eve5"y was lying on the hammock reading the newspaper, Blababobefobeo thought he'd go for a cial interest in Christmas. Ari- The reindeer were happy fly- tually have towns named ing with the load. zona, Florida and Kentucky ac- Thank goodness they didn't ~^fa ^ WQods_ go he walked "Christmas". Then there are have to pull it on the road. and he walked goon he found a Christmas Cove, Me.; Nazareth, -When Santa had made his very little cleari He st d there Pa.; Bright Star, Holly Grove first stop, Anoher Theory Johannes Kepler, a German astronomer, made discoveries '" "iC that led to still another theory clearing and got many other about ^ gtar Qf BetbJehem. things. And that is how Blababobefobeo met Santa Claus. THE SNOWFLAKE I see a snowflake far away, In 1604, he observed a configuration, or close grouping, of the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. He determined that such a JrayTfJ:JeIi.L ^Ltti'' ?Ty ww^ mu "i.°L, BLT + A .and played. Soon it got-very And" stoDned to look "and watch configuration occurred each and Holly Springs, Ark.; as well The reindeer began to dance and dark And stoppea to iook ana waxen ^^s ^ paip„intw « as Noel, Mo.; Noel, Va.; Mistle- to hop. toe, Ky.; Wiseman, Alaska; and When Santa came back, it sway. Santa Claus, Ind. THE NATIVITY. Page from a medieval Book of Hours shows the Nativity scene as illustrated and illuminated by the Lim- bourg brothers, famous illuminators. Books of Hours, or "Belles Heures", are hand-lettered and individually-illustrated prayer boohs intended for private devotions. This one was prepared for Jean, Duke of Berry, some time before 1413. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters Collection, purchase, 1954. He tied up his pack. When Santa had delivered all his toys, CHRISTMAS IS HERE He shouted to the girls and Christmas time is near. boys, Time for joy and time for cheer. Merry Christmas, Merry Christ- The lights are shining, mas> The bells are chiming, Ana to all a good night. For Christmas time is here. The holly is hung. Christmas The tree is strung. Christmas is a time for joy, The boys and girls are having Of laughter, fun and happiness. fun. Christ was born this day. For Christmas time has begun. To him in faith we pray. -- Connie Bersuder, 4th grade 805 years, and calculations estab- Suddenly Blababobefobeo jt glistened as it came my way, lished that the same grouping heard someone in the bushes, -j^g snowflake came afailing. might have appeared in 6 B.C. He was scared. He could not j^ looked so shiney in the ray ~ which, some research indi- find his way home. He cried qj= ^g sun on thiS fine day. cates, may have been the cor- __, _.._--„ ..., „.,., rfl iike to wat^ but ]. shan,t rect year Qf christ,s birth_ Since legends identify the wise men as astrologers, this Jerry Hieber, 7th grade theory accounts for the fact that, as reported in the New Testament, only the wise men In a little sleigh sat a little SHOE TREATS saw the star, man. Blababobefobeo climbed Spanish children, at Epiph- While the ihree planets down the tree and walked over any, i3xpect the Thri3e Kings to grouped together would shed to the little man. bring thi3m gifts, and they set unusual brightness, the average The little man was Santa out shoes filled with straw or observer might not notire tlnam, Claus. He was taking some toys grain for the horses the Kings while the wise men as astrolo- and cried and cried. Soon he gave up crying and hid in a tree. Then he saw something come out of the sky. It landed right in the middle of the clearing. stay. The snowflake came afalling. D. Houghton, 7th grade out of a little sack. He gave a ride. gers would.
|Title||1962-12-21; Saline Reporter|
|Description||An issue of a Saline, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Focused on Saline and the surrounding Washtenaw County area. Previously published in Ann Arbor with the title Reporter. In May 1958, the newspaper offices moved to Saline and the title of the publication changed to Saline Reporter. No longer published.|
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