CHRISTMAS GIVING The first Christmas gifts were those which the Wise Man carried to Bethlehem to lay before the Christ Child in the manger. Their gifts, given in adoration, were pre cious items of the day—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The latter two were gum resins used in medicines and perfumes. But then, as now, it is the spirit of giving rather than the gift itself that makes it most appreciated. | I \ « I 1 Universal Christmas Has But One Meaning POSTVILLE (Iowa) HERALD Wednesday, December 21, I960 '"Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men." May the blessed words re-echo in every heart this Christmas, bringing joy to one and all. S POSTVILLE LOCKER SERVICE Probably, if all the words that have been used to describe the meaning of Christmas were laid end to end, side by. side, they would form a gigantic bridge from here to Bethlehem. Throughout the world, in every corner of Christianity, Christmas is THE holiday, universally cele brated, universally recognized. Because of the fact that so many have written so much about Christmas and its meaning, it is remarkable that the story of the Nativity has remained such a simple and unaffected narrative . . . "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son." In this modern world that we live in, and the space age to which j we have directed our best minds and greatest talents, it should be a welcome change for every man, woman and child to seek the! serene solitude of the Master's House and there meditate, with reverence, unashamed,, upon the true meaning of this holiday that we celebrate as Christmas. Away from the laughter and festivities, the caroling and the presents, one can still stand in the shadow of the momentous event which took place nearly 2,000 years ago. Because God so loved the world, He sent forth a Redeemer, His only begotten Son, bringing the promise of eternal salvation. The true meaning of Christmas is neither hidden, nor is it obscure. It is obvious. And it cannot be ignored. This is why Christmas is universal; why it belongs to men of all races, in every corner of the world. And this is why each and every one must carry the meaning of Christmas within his heart—and build his own bridge to life eternal. TWELFTH NIGHT, TRADITIONAL END OF YULE SEASON Postvilie, Iowa u 35 SAINT NICHOLAS X>est tOiskes $n the spirit of the first Noel, we extend to all our friends our best wishes for a Christmas rich in the blessings of peace and good will, love and happiness. A jolly old gent, with a "little round belly," dimples how merry," and a nose "like a cherry" . who but Santa Claus? The description, of course, is from Clement Clark Moore's famous poem which begins "Twas the Night Before. Christmas." Moore, Washington Irving and Thomas Nast are generally credited with being responsible for the image of Santa Claus as we know him today. Irving is credited with being the father" of Santa in this country. The year was 1809 and the publication of Irving's Knickerbocker History of New York, which contains 25 references to the fabled gift giver. According to Irvin, Santa wore a "low, broad-brimmed hat," a huge pair of Flemish trunk hose, and rode over the rooftops dropping his gifts down chimneys. He also had Santa smoking a pipe, which was twisted in the hatband of his broad-brimmed hat when he was not smoking. It was Moore who took Santa from the horse-drawn wagon and put him in the sleigh, exchanging the horses for eight tiny reindeer. Thomas Nast, who enjoyed a great reputation as a political cartoonist, started drawing caricatures of Santa about 1863. He retained Santa's pipe, as given him by Both Irving and Moore, as well as the beard and furs. But he enlarged considerably Santa's "little round belly," making it the big round one Santa has sported ever since. Today child "kings" crowned with golden paper coronets roam the streets of Europe on Epiphany, singing hymns and carols. In Italy, millions of children awake to find their stockings filled with presents from La Befana, the good- hearted witch who takes the place of Santa Claus. In France, a portion of the Epiphany cake is often set aside as "la part de Dieu"—God's share. It is given to the first poor person who comes to the door. In Greece, three pieces of cake are cut: one for Christ, one for Mary and one for St. Basil. -Jn Britain, Twelfth Night cake is washed down with Lambs' Wool, a drink made with hot, strong ale spiced with nutmeg and sugar. Twelfth Night, or Epiphany, is marked with many customs, ceremonies and legends throughout the world. French and Swiss children, for example, look forward to the pastry they receive on that day in which a bean, coin or china figure is hidden. Whoever gets the prize is crowned king of the family. Epiphany means "appearance" and commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus. Their arrival was proof to believers that Christ the Savior had been born, The visit is told in Matthew 2: 1-2: "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. "Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Early Plays. During the Middle Ages, Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, was commemorated with plays presented in churches. Solemn observances largely disappeared in Elizabethan England, and they became a time for revelry. Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" refects this mood. It was probably presented in a command performance at Whitehall Palace on January 6, 1607, according to historians. Host \ "of Good " tUtskes We have a long, long list of warm wishes for all our friends for a bright and joyous holiday! FARM BUREAU INSURANCE RODNEY SMITH Postville, Iowa l3)2>2)2l3!2)2'.2i3i%3lS;2!3t£S;3i»i9;3>3 < 3)%3t WE HOPE THAT THIS CHRISTMAS WILL BE A JOYOUS ONE FOR ALL OUR FRIENDS Postville, Iowa | DALE FICHTEL g g Postville, Iowa « LOOK FOR SANTA American children look for presents in their stockings or under the Christmas tree. In Italy they seek them in "Urns of Fate" and the children of Norway seek them in hiding places all through the house. GREETINGS A message to each and every person living in the Postville vicinity: May this 1960 Christmas be the Happiest one that you have ever had, and may the New Year, 1961, bring you Jillions in Blessings, Health and Prosperity. Hotel Commercial Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Luhman Postville, Iowa It's time again to wish everyone a whole sparkling Christmas Day-full of happiness. May every shining minute of your Christmas Day be one you'll live with enjoyment and and remember with pleasure. May it be a day of peace and good will, a festival of light. Again, from all of us to you Merry Christmas!
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