The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 21, 1955 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 21, 1955
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PAGE TWO BLTTHETILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1988 STEELE PARADE — Santa Clans was the big attraction in Steele when the first annual Christmas parade sponsored by the Chamber of Com- _ j ^ _ merce coursed down Main Street. Schools were dismissed for the event and nearly 2.000 spectators lined the street. (Pholo by Yeager) Steele Has Its First Yule Parade Some 2,000 Brave Cold Weather to See Santa, Floats By H. 1. YEAGEtt STEELE—Santa Claus was rushed from all sides as he headed the lirst annual Christmas parade through Main Street. Along the route he pitched bubble gum to the kiddles, then returning over the same route to the Max L. Kelley Park, he had more gifts and stopped for personal talks with the kid- dles. Eight floats and six school bandfi participated in the parade. Bands of Holland, Steele, Port- agevllle, bell, Ark., and two bands from Caruthersvllle were present. The second band from Caruthersville was from Washington high school. Eight floats by variuos organizations, a group of equestrians and city officials added to the parade which extended over nearly three city blocks. The weather, coldest of the season, shortened the tour and It was evident that both the crowd that lined the streets and those In the parade were uncomfortable because of the cold. The parade was a success from all standpoints, however, and It, WBS announced that the Chamber of Commerce planned to sponsor here • After parades In ateole. earoli "O Little Town of Bethlehem," was written by Phillips Brooka, Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Brooks grew up In a very devout home. By the tlmt he entered college, he had memorized over 300 hymns. When he was pastor in Philadelphia, he was given a leave o! absence to visit the Holy Land. While standing at the spot where the birth of Christ took place, he was Inspired to compose the words to this beautiful carol. The music was composed by Lewis Redner, organist at Brooks' church in Philadelphia. He was ashed one Saturday night to write ft simple tune to the words he had composed, for his Sunday School Class of young people. The music was set to the words by Sunday school ume the following morning. "Joy to the World." if you will examine closely, uses verbs in present tense. The words were written by Isaac Watts in 1719, during the dark hour of religious life in England. The music was composed by George Fredrick Handel, who had a reputation in classics, yet did wondrous work in writing music for hyinns. He attributed this ability to his strict training from a very religious mother. Another of our beloved carols, "O Come All Ye Faithful," was l written by an unknown hymnist of i Prance in the early 18th century, I It was first written in Latin. Cath- olics are more familiar with the Lalin title, "Adeste Pldeles." There have been 40 different English translations, but the most fa- mllinr one Is that by Fredrick Oakeley, written In 1802. Records show that in 1651 the song was attributed to John Reading. Another o! our beloved carols, "VVhile Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night," was written by Nathan Tate. poet laureate of England under , William and Ann. He was a son of an Irish clergyman. At first the hymn was acplaimed too showy and poetical and It was not until the days of Psalm-singing passed away that it became one of our traditional carols. The music was taken from Handel's opera "Siroy," Luke-2:9-ll. "The glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore carols. I don't know why, but I love for Christmas to fall on Sunday. When It falls oo any other day of the week, it fails to do something to us in a special spiritual way. If only churches hadn't done away with the old fashioned custom of bell ringing on Sunday morning! Since there Is no evidence that the date Is absolutely correct, I don't know why a certain Sunday in December was not set aside as Christmas Instead of the date of Dec. 25... ' The giving of gifts and the use of holly, yule logs, etc., have all descended from the days of pagan- Ism in this respect, than to actually observe the day as it is really intended. A legend, I'd like to pass on at more than something to hang tinsel and Christmas balls on ind would be a good time to gather the little. boys and girls together in your family and tench them the significance of Christmas. As 'Longfellow wrote about Christmas bell-ringing: "Their old familiar carols play and wild and sweet the words repeat, Peace on Earth, good-will to men!" Hope all of you have a very merry, merry Christmas and if you are looking for something to do that is in keeping with Christmas, gather around the piano and sing carols, noM"-U»t you know their history. • • Pilot Hot Misting LOUISVLLE, Ky. OP) — A "missing" pll»t're-«tabliihed radio contact with Bowman Field Sunday Just In time to head off a March. He explained he had to make an emergency landing for guolin«—on Indiana Highway 136. Two pounds of coal are used, to make a pound nf TNT. ,„„,„. ! this time of year, relates how on j Edmund H. Sears, when only 24! » Christmas Eve, 1200 years ago, j . -.- .-. --..-. the first Christmas tree was mi-1 raculously revealed. j Winfred, an Englishman who years old wrote the beautiful carol "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear." He had studied law but the urge Winfred, an Junglisnman wno to become a minister forced him had gone to Germany to spread to give up his law career. Sears got the inspiration for the the teachings of Jesus, found a group of worshipers gathered at Sears got tne Inspiration tor uie B-""F "» „„..,...,.-•» •"—"•- r words to the carol from seeing a *«* "°a* of Geismar. • about to bunch of laborers lolling on Christ- sacrifice little Prince Asulf to the mas day. The music was written by Richard S. Wells, who cast it aside upon first reading the words, but, afier hearing a Christmas ser- god Thor. ' Winfred averted the death blow and cut down the "blood" oak. As it fell, a young fir tree appeared. tier nearmg a unri^i/mas ser- IL ieu, a yuuiifc iu ncc aw*-^*^-^, mon at church he sa%v his theo- which the missionary declared was logical debt, looked it over again i the tree of life or Christ, of whose -- j --- ••* '- ; - birth he then told the people. and set it to music. I hope I have encouraged you to So when you turn on your lighted S&E SUPER MARKET Highway 61 North ' • Modern Self Strvic* FacilitiM • Choice Meats • Finest Produce • Quality Groceries • Frozen Foods Enjoy Modern, Self-Service Shopping with no parking problem at any time. Shop S & E for Quality. STARR GAZING By BETttE NELLE STARK Cvarfor New! Staff Correspondent tree, this little story might make et out your hymnals and read the you realize the Christmas tree )s words to each of these Christmas Maybe this would be a good time to really get serious and devote this column this week to something we should all be interested in. Unless you are a preacher or do an awful lot of religious reading you probably don't know the origin of our beloved traditional Christmas carols. With the help ol the Rev. George Falson, Presbyterian minister, in Osceola, I'd like to pass on to you the stories behind our best known carols. "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing." This beautiful carol was written by Charles Wesley in 1739. at the age of 32 years. That was the year he became an itinerant preacher. He had been ordained to the ministry In 1735. He became secretary in 1735, to Colonel, afterward General, Oglethorpe, governor of Georgia, but did not remain long in the colony, because the work was not congenial. It was during this era of Charles Wesley that the song, "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," was written. He was riding his horse from one post to another when the song came to him. He ran into a wayside Inn and asked for pen and ink to jot down the words of what was later to become one of our best known carols. Felix Mendelssohn, who was born of Jewish parents and was later converted to Christianity, wrote the music to Wesley's carol. Mendelssohn was only 16 years of age at the time, and very unwisely stated (hat It would never do for I "See Jimmie First" For The Most Practical Christmas Gifts! K sacred music. | The theme of this carol is from the Nativity story in Luke 2:13-15 — "And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying. 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will • toward men'." i "Silent Night, Holy Night," which every child in the universe has sung, if they ever attended Sunday School and let's hope there i are none who have never attended, is another story. The words of this familiar carol j were written in 1818 by Joseph i Mohr while serving as assistant; pastor of the Lutheran Church at Arnsdorf, Germany. ! Mohr was invited one night dur-. ing the Christmas season to the home of a friend. Franz Gruber, who was a musician. Gruber had I invited several of his friends for j the occasion. i Gruber presented Mohr with an! unexpected gift which caused Mohr i a great deal of embarrassment' since he had not brought his' genial host a gift. '• • During the evening's gaiety,: Mohr excused hlmsel! Irom the room and in a few minutes re- \ turned and presented his host with a sheet of paper on which was written the words of "Silent Night, j Holy Night." ! Gruber then set the poem to music. ' • • • • i Another of the more familiar .*" 'if. A Gift Mail Subscription to THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS IS ALWAYS A WELCOME GIFT Here's the answer to your gift problems it you are looking for something fresh and different. A Blytheville Courier Hews gift mail subscription will hit the spot with your friends and relatival away from Blytheville. It's the best way to keep them posted on hometown newt. [very day your gift will bring hours of reading pleasure. 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