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IMAGE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. "q USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. J THE FLORALA NEWS- THURSDAY, t PAGE Spir!t of Christ' To "'Now, Dasher. now, Dancer. Rudolph made his first pub- " now, Prancer and Vixen! lic appearance in 1939, in the ,-All By ANNA MAN ; With this simple and sin- reaches its peak. the nation and around tile sang. On, Comet! on, Cupid! oil, gong, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed ~1~ Ill Donder and Blitzen'". Reindeer " with words and " ' ~ ' I : "Merry Christmas, one and cere greeting, all the warmth In this community, as ill world, days and weeks of list- Now as in earliest times Here, just as Santa said musm by Johnny Marks. all." and excitement of Christmas cities ~.nd towns throughout making, gift-shopping, home- the spirit of joy and wonder them, are the names of theThe story of Rudolph, whose ]~. III tinfoil ~ll~~ ~Jllllll~ decorating, party-planning echoes anew in the hymns 'eight troy reindeer"who drew red nose made him first a joke ~r/~/~,'(iti~ ~ ~ and Christmas-progranl-re-and carols of Christmas. his-miniature sleigh," accord-and then a hero, seenls to have ~ :-Jl~ ,~ hearsing are reaching a hap- mg to Clement C. Moore in his the indefinable appea' that ~1 g py culmination. For Giving k V poem, "A Visit from St. Nich- ma es a uletde tradition. As vJI t~1 1~ ~"~"~i Families gather, Santaen- Christmas is for giving, olas." the otiler remdeer in the song ters, church bellsring.Tile eagerness of children But, since Moore wrote his predicted, when Rudolph's red ,4 1% ~ ~~'~5/~Christmas arrives! waiting for Santa, ~he ex- pocmm1823, Santamusthavenose led the team through a /~ -/ . Every year, Christmascited plotting and planning added some new reindeer. It's dark, overcast Christmas Eve, .,~ ;/ ~~i/~ seems to generate more eager tllat goes into the choosing certain that he has at least it seems likely he'll go down in a~i'~ '/~ t.., anticipation, here and every- and wrapping of gifts, the one famous sleigh-puller not Yuletide history, a permanent w4~',~" where, with earlier and more packages heaped beneath the mentioned in tile poeln - th(.p:u't of the legend and lore of " ,(~~ ~S __~. ri~ -- enthusiastic planning- aP-spiritPropriatelY.and thefrjoypaitof C,n'ist -f the .~pirittree happilYof Christmas.symblize the red-nosed RudolDh. San'La Claus Even as tile Wise Men ~ave ~'-" mas is in the planning,of their most precious liens- The spirit of Christmastires, to honor Him, so people starts witl~ thoughtfulness. ~ive generously at Christ- . It begins in the hearts of mas, and true ~enerosity i each of us. It grows with a stems from thoughtfulness--- hope. a wish. a prayer,giving with open hearl a.~ It slmws itself, outwardly, well as open hand. in such manifestations as AND ~ merl.y songs and bountiful ~I r gifts, and in the festive dec- /"OF ,i';ht'/ritlg A I'|AIIPY NI W YI AR orationsahdglawing lights Christmas is for sharing, t now adorning local streets 'l'llUS giving tO tne less Ior- , and stores, homes and lunate is a traditional part i- . churches. .~{ < It expresses itself, mo;t of tile Chrislmas,spirit. II deeply, in private devotions Joy ~rows throuRi~ shar- and in special services such in g. says tile holt clay rues- ~ ~ ~].~.:: ........................... ~ ~ r as those scheduled by local sage, and sharing is most ~.:%~}~, churches, blessed when it extends not ~i~F'~,~ -:~.a ~ .. ,:'i}~}i{~ It is a spirit abounding in only to those near and dear ~i~P" '::v:(!~l~..":~::~ii. ". " . and tr, ditions honored need. " ~~' " " :'.,4~ of all, it is tile spirit of rev- I"or Greetings ~!iiii~iiii;~!!~ :!;i:'!i~!~i{~~-~ ~~~l~illlll~ ~ii!i I erence and joy that shep- !::iiiii:".:!}{}:{i~{~]'~a~~}!i::: herds and wise nlen knew. Christmas continues as it ::::::::::::::::::::::: ::"'a~'-:'