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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT, REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED, PAGE 6B Whe Through the years, the ways of celebrating Christ- mas have taken on many different forms. "lies Gather, It's Christmas! friends, with much merri- dren have always l'ankecl ment, fun and feasting, high on the gifts list. Right no.' in this comnm- In the not-so-long-ago, THE FLORALA HEWS- THURSDAY, DECEMBER Manger Once Pagan Sile nity, families are celebrating ho.'ever, just one important O~tLhered in tile Church of Today's Christmas tree is the holiday with just suctl present --- a doll for a little the Nativity, thousandl of apt to be plastic or alumi- gatherings, such merriment, girl, perhaps and a toy ac- Christians from around the hum, rather than nature's fun and feasting,, cordion for her brother was world .'ill worship in Bethle- own fir, spruce or pine. The Like families of yesteryear, all that youngsters might ex- hem this Christmas, A high- glow of tiny beeswax candles they celebrate witl] gifts and pect at Christmas. light of their pilgrimage is, for on a tree is only a memory, greens, with the warmth of Though Santa is more most, a visit to the Grotto of replaced now by st~:s of alegllowing hearth and the bountiful nowadays, the gifts the Nativity - traditionally, twinkling eJecrrm lig t'. g of a lighted tree, .'ith he brings are like those of at least, the manger .'here A French Legend tells why originally white, Jolly Santa, once trans- stockings hung by the chin> yesteryear in at least one Christ was born. the Christmas rose--the only story goes but w ported only by reindeer- ney with care and even with way. They reflect the inter- Opposition to Christianity rose that blooms at Christ- girl" gave 'it as drawn sleigh, may now dr- candles, though these beckon ests and fashions of their in the first years of the new rodS--sometimes has a bit of Baby .Iesus, the ' rive by helicopterorjet plane, brightly from candleholders times, religion actually led re the pink on its white petals. A reached out His h But in spite of changes, the rather titan from the tree. Dolls, yesterday and today, preservation of the ma*nger -- small girl who was accompany- the bloom, and it essence of the season, the All these ways of celebrat- dress in the favorite styles at', improvised stable in a cave ing the shepherds on theirwa-y suddenly tipped basic spirit of Christmas, ing are part of the legend of the moment. Toys too h,.'wn out of rock, near the to visit the Christ Child, was. stays the same. and lore of Christma.~,show tile influence of'current' center of the hill town of unhappy because she had no ~ ~ Christmastide is, above all, . events. B,.thlehem. gift to offer the Infant. Thef'~.~ a time for togetherness and Exchtlngln,~ (~.lyt.~ Toy racing cars, for in- The Roman emperor Hadri- Angel Gabriel appeared to her ~-~P .~. ~'.i rejoicing. And..a modernExchanging gifts at Christ- stance, came in with the au- an, who ruled from 117 to 138 and was so impressed by the ~',aJd~ unrmtmas, ~ust. l)Ke an olc~- mas is one of the most time- tomobile, while todav more A.D., sought to halt the fast little girl s sincerity that he .~ ,~"J lashionea unmstmas, cmJs honored ut customs, and toys. complex types of wheel toys spread of Christianity, and he touched his staff to the ground, ~ "~ for gatherings of family ano dolls and games for the chil- take advantage of modern had the cave converted to a and a rose--more beautiful ~51;~. l technological developments, grotto for the worship of the than any other sprang from the rtW~,~l~'~l~ pagan god Apollo. The very frozen earth. The rose was ~jlr' ' ~L ~: ''':~:::~: ~ :~ I { ' Zn" Greens fact that the cave was marked, ~_ __ ~--.-- ~¢~"' ':::>:: :~ .... • he!peal to lareserve knowledae .~:Z :~'..~:::::..: eluding part of a slag, ~ , . ~: '~'~"::" ........... .:.~i~ ...... .... Z~-~ i~} ~ .... Christmas Eve seeking tilt' '~ a single dish all could share. 1~ " ...:::.Chrlst Child and doing good ~--~o~--,¢o~---~-~.--e'>."~U,Ot..r ,;,,EEX.~ " ~-:;:i: :ti i l{i{{i::i{i:~=:'!': =.~!!i{~!!L V ..... ?':• :•":-';;~.~c~ ~ ~ ~"~ :L•.•-• to children. / ~iii ~7 .. ........ ~ ~ ~ :~: ~~,~ =:::: IItM;IM; MIS'I'I.I',IIH. Many Christmas greens / " :q e:i{:;..:: ....... .~L. " " ! ~:: • ..... ::~""t '~ ~ .~: ....... Hanging mistletoe in the used today were once pagan ::i::.~:,~..,~"~'l ....... t ~'-'~~:i, ~ ~,.r.. ' home is a tradition wllich symbols. Flowers and leafy / "e ::: ~ .... ::~:;~:::i~