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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. P~.GE 108 "0 come, all ye /aithJul, 0 come ye, 0 come ye Come and behold Him, born from the Bible or legends joyJul and triumphant, to Bethlehem/ t~e King of angels'"from nature. , "Adeste Fideles" or "Jingle, ~~ ~ml,._'~"4":;::':::~ .... "':" ~ ..;~. ~2. ~ Bells," "Silent Night" or Luther Led Way :; z.... • %. '" " ~ :// o~ "White Christmas" -- across From the 15th to the 18th ~J ~.';.~>~Utii~l~l:-"~=:/";'~::ilk the years, hymns, carols and century, Christmas music songs have been mankind's found a particularly eager ~! ~ "'~:~'~'~ ~!'~ Christmas.Way of expressing the joy of audiencein Germany. Martin '~- Luther, who believed music II~~. ~]BW_ From simple melodies sung was a form of worship, helped ...... ~:.:~:.,..::..-~ in the family circle to the to encourage the composition |~~ majesty of Handel's oratorio, and performance of Christ- ::::::::::::::::::::::: :, I~Jl "'The Messiah," music and mas hymns. song seem to be the natural Luther himself wrote the way to celebrate Christmas. words for "Away in a Man- ger," and the music for "Unto -q : si,,#,,g Carol Us a Boy Is Born" and "Good ' --':~~~~=~]~Tl Singing of the first Christ- News from Heaven." Grouped mas carol is attributed to St. into a choir, his children ~~:.~ Francis of Assisi and his Col- sang these songs. ~~ lowers, in the 13th century. St. Francis arranged a Na- Chrlstmas Outla~ed tivity scene and led the sing- The joyous songs of Christ- ing of songs of praise to the mas fell upon hard times in Christ Child. 17th century England. An act of Parliament, in 1644, for- bade the observance of I that yourCbri#mas be ]o)'o,~. Aimul Man~ T|lings Christmas as a feast day. "~ To 7~)u all, sD,rr/eling "Tba'~ks." Subjects and themes for Long after the custom of early carols were many and Christmas was revived, the varied, art of carol singing Inn- Thanks for all past & future business English people sang of the guished. holly and the ivy and the A happy change occurred MR. AND MRS. G. V. GAMBLE wassail bowl. More religious when, in 1719,Dr. Isaac Watts in theme were the English wrote and introduced to his MRS. FAYE EUNICE DEWAYNE BROOKS songs traditionally sung be- congregation the carol, "Joy IPaI~ llA IPI~,~ tween scenes of mystery and to the World." This was the I- ~lllTIi;li ~]P mixacle plays, forerunner of modern Christ- In Germany, France and .... ORE Belgium, the visit of the Magi was a popular theme for car- ~)f Ca rols... ols. Other carols told stories I. I':ltgland and ICrani'e II;e "..:,".. ..... ) ' ............ / DONALD COTTON - ANDALUSIA, ALABAMA wishes for '! t a Happy and Healthy ~, i Holiday • ¢ to all our \ friends. We thank you for your / most kind support. I'ilSIOIII Of rarol sinking al Ciirlslmas stemmed from the songs smg IN-I~een the st',lies of II;e i,oedleval '%l|ystery'* or "llllral'le'" plays, whi,'ll were rrealed Io teat'h IIle Iliidc I- tile people of Ille lilule, few tif wllom could read. The early mlrarle plays por- trayed tile eomlng {if CIirist, in simple drama. I,aler plays became n|ore elalmrale, with fictional scenes added. Santa, the giver of many gifts, is a man of many names, too. While he is be- coming almost universally known as Santa Claus, Santa or St. Nick, many European children still wait for the arrival of St. Nicho- las. St. Nicholas was the first of Santa's names and came from a real bishop in the fourth century, A.D. He is said to travel not by rein- deer but on horseback, and , wears bishop's robes. Over the years, Santa has gained still other names. In France he's Pere Noel, in Finland Father Christmas, in Germany Kris Kringle, in Russia Father or Grand- father Frost. REMEMBERN BETHI,EHEM "O Little Town of Bethle- hem," a U. S. carol, was written by Episcopal Bishop Phillips Brooks in 1888, while he was rector of Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia, Pc. On a trip to the Holy Land two years earlier, he had see~ the "little town of Bethlehem" on Christmas Eve, and the viv- id memory of this scene later Led to the writing of the carol. Science Seeks In the happy spirit of the holiday, when peace settles as gently as freshly fallen snow, we pause and count our many blessings• Numbered high among them is your cherished patronage and good will. Bountiful thanks and sincere greetings to alL 9 121 SOUTH MAIN - STORE FOR MEN AND BOYS - ENTERPRISE ALABAMA Source Of 'the Star Since St. Matthew first de- scribed the star of Bethlehem its mystery has fascinated mankind. Was it a miracle? Or was it a brighter-than-usual star or other celestial object? Astronomers, while seeking to identify the star, emphasize that it may have been indeed a miracle that can't be ex- plained in terms-of natural phenomena. However, research has provided material for con- jecture that the star may have been a natural occurrence. ( )he Discovery A Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, discovered a new and brilliant star in the constella- tion Cassiopeia in 1572, ac- cording to the Encyclopedia Americana. Since that discovery, The Americana says, it has been suggested that this might be an especially brilliant star vis- ible only at long intervals. A reported appearance of a bright star in that part of the heavens about the middle of the 13th century, coupled with a vague account of a similar appearance a little more than 300 years earlier, led to the thought that these might pos- sibly be former appearances of the star of 1572. If, as this might indicate, the star appeared at intervals of 310 to 315 years, three in- tervals of 300-odd years from the time it was first reported would carry it back to about the time of the birth of Christ. .-t.not her Tlneory Johannes Kepler, a German astronomer, made discoveries that led to still another theory about the star of Bethlehem. THE FLORALA NEWS- TH URSDAY, DECEMBEI~'II'I mas carols. In America In America, the compost- For Coneer| Halls tion of carols began to flour- Christmas music for the ash during the 1800's, ~nd (~ concert halls began to be three favorite carols sung to- created after the Reforma- day are from that period. tion. "It Came upon a Midnight Italy introducedtheChrist- Clear," one of the earliest mas concerto, during the, American carols, was writ- 17th and 18th centuries. Cor- ten by the Rev. Edmund H. ella's "Christmas Concerto" Sears (1810-1876) as a poem. ii:~i!iiiii is perhaps the best known of it was later set to music. this kind of Christmas music. "We Three Kings of Orient In Puritan England, the Are," was first published in ~ i~" oratorio became a popular 1859. The Rev. John Henry form of music, thought to Hopkins, Jr., wrote both the represent the righteousness words and the music. in man. Handel's "Messiah .... O Little Town of Bethle- : was performed and admired hem" was written by Bishop . for this expression of pious Phillips Brooks in 1868, as an sentiment, with little consid- expression of his feelings at- s eration for its relationship to ter a visit to Bethlehem. the story of the Nativity. Music for the carol has It was not until about 1900 been attributed to Lewis H. ~' This that "The Messiah" began to Redner, an American organ- be performed primarily at ist, and also to a tune from c0mesy0ur~ Christmas time. early English hymnals, withd~ ) oppreci01~ I f°rY# "~:"*": I patron~ .. ::::'.~:~::} . and god --.: ~* ~ will, "..:-;~! is on his way # o ~i.'" .......... Tastee Freez Betty & James Peters, Angle, Rusty, Newton & Lee, Donna Hughes, Nettie Hayes and Mildred Norris £¢:: From The Emplo Of ,. • ° •% • %.. "-....: Every year we look forward to our new model cars with their many changes and improvements. But there's one model we never want to see changed.,, the jolly old gent w~th the packful of nice things for all. New model cars . . . we'll always show them. New model Santas . . . never. We like him like he is! May he be wonderful to you this Christmas and bring you an abundance of happiness. YOUR CHEVY DEALER IN FLORALA SINCE 1925 -