Forest Park Review from Forest Park, Illinois on December 23, 1970 · Page 28
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Forest Park Review from Forest Park, Illinois · Page 28

Forest Park, Illinois
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Wednesday, December 23, 1970
Page 28
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FOKD.T PARK HEV.'EW, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER ?3, 1970, PACK '.8 Cynce again the spirit of Christmas radiates its promise of hope, love and peace throughout the land. As you reflect upon the Miracle and glory of the Holy Birth, may you be comforted by the faith, gladdened by the message and sustained by the inspiration of Christmas, now and always. May holiday joys and blessings be yours. Howard R. Mohr Greeting A winter landscape of yesteryear best expresses the peace and contentment of Christmas. May that peace, contentment be yours We thank all our patrons for letting Forest Prinfmg Co. 7233 Madison Street 366-5100 Santa Claus Has Origins In America Hear them? They're sleigh- bells — and we all know what that means! Santa's here, and with him arrives one of the oldest, happiest, and best loved traditions of the Christmas .season. Today, of course, it just wouldn't be Christmas without Santa Claus. but it Is interesting to ponder Just where the jolly old gent got his start, and it might be surprising to learn that it wasn't really the North Pole. The name Santa Claus, itself, is an American derivation of the name St. Nicholas, an early fourth century bishop in Asia Minor, according to the editors of the Encyclopedia International. Santa was first brought to this country by the early Dutch settlers, who called him Sinterklaas. These Dutch burghers portrayed him as a merry old man., sometimes even with a wife they called Molly Orietje. Santa also looked a little different then, and he wore a wide-brimmed black hat, short Dutch breeches, and smoked a long clay pipe. Later, the British brought their own Father Christmas to America — a happy, roly- poly Falstaffian figure. Inevitably, Sinterklaas and Father Christmas became one. Add to this the Norwegian's Krlss Krlngle, with his sleigh and reindeer, and the picture Is nearly complete. It was finally the task of American artists and writers to create an image of Santa Claus such as we know today. Washington Irving, among others, contributed to the concept of Santa as/aTolly holiday figure, while Clement Moore, In his famous "Visit from St. Nicholas" »"'Twas the Night Before Christmas"), added to the concept. However, the notion of Santa Claus which really captured the Imagination of young and old alike was drawn by the American cartoonist Thomas Nast In 1863. Yes, that's Santa all right, with his fur-trimmed suit, shiny black boots and long white beard. Just the way we've always known him — or so it seems. fJURNED THE.IR. HOUSES BEfOK-E MdVi^& 1 -rue MAILS osep >^ THEM / Merrily, Bolls Are Ringing For Holiday Ringing across the age.i and around the world, bells arc part of the traditions ol Christmas. Zurich. Switzerland, has long been noted for Us beautiful bells, say the ed- iturs of the New Book of Knowledge Every Christmas Eve, the Zurich bells ring out loud and clear, calling families to church. This same tradition is repeated in thousands of ulner cities, where chimes and bells ring out at mld- ilight from the steeples and spires of churches. Bells contribute to the sights as well as the sounds of the holiday sea•or. They are a popular decoration and are used as ornaments on trees. Tradition has it that bells inspired Clement C. Moore to write his famous poem, "A Visit from St Nicholas." The inspiration carne from listening to the merry jingle of bells on his horses' harness, as he drove along on a frosty winter night.

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