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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. News - Thursday, December 23, 1976 Page 11 The Christmas bells peal loud and Authorized Science Seeks 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. One Discovery A Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, discovered a new and brilliant star in the constella- tion CasslolJela in 1572, ac- cording to the Encyclopedia ~,merlcana. .Since that discovery, The Americana says, it has been 'Twas The Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas When all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes teat St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her kerchief, and 1 in my cap, , Had just settled our brains for a long winter s nap, When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. 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 ttme of the birth of Christ. Message Of Catalog dim & Louise Caldwell, OWNERS Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave a lustre of midday to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reinaeer, With a little old Ertv'er, so lively and quick I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. Christmas Lives Anew Legends Honor St. Nicholas I-re's the patron'saint of pawnbrokei's. He watches over mariners. Since the More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And h'e whistled and shouted, and calltd them by name: ~vow, Dasher. now, Dancer. now, Prancer andVixen! On, Comet.t on, Cu ~id.t on, Donder and Blitzen! To the top of thUtporch, to the top of the wall! Now dash away, dash away, dash away all. in the east, and of wise men As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, who followed it to find and When they meet withan obstacle, mount to the sky, worship Him. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, Luke the physician wrote of With the sleigh full-of toys,-and St. Nicholas too. shepherds watching in the fields and herald angels sing- And then in a twinkling 1 heard on the roof ing in the hel.we Is. a Theprancingandpawingofeachlittlehoof. At church services during ! 1 As I drew t'n my head, and was turning around, this Christmas season the Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound, words of the tax collector and the physician will be read and He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot, studied once again, with ever- dnd,&is clothes were al[ tarnished with ashes and soot; A ~ndle of toys he had flung on his back. deepening meaning. And he looked like a pedd~er just opening his pack, And as the story is told anew, His eyes how they twinkled]his dimples how merry! it IS also refiec'ted in the many His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; observances of Cllristmas, both in churches and in homes. His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, The joyful sound of carols And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow. harks back to the first of all The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, carols, the words of the heav- And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath, only host, "Glory to Ood in He had a broad face and a little round bellythe highest, and on earth That shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly, peace, good will toward men." The glow of candles symbol- He was chubby and plump,-a right jolly old elf, izes the birth of Christ as the And I laughed, when I saw him, in spite of myself. Light of the World, and it also -- A wink of his eye and a twist of his head mirrors the eternal gleam of Soon gave me to know 1 had nothing to dread,the Star of Bethlehem. He spoke not a ~ but'went straight to his work, The spirit of giving takes And filled all the stockings; then turned with a ]erk, And laying his finger aside of his nose,guidance from the gifts of the Booth Drua ComDanv And givfnga neE, up_ the chimney he rose. Wise Men, who brought gold, He sprang to Itis sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, frankincense and myrrh to And away they all flew like the down of a thistle; Him. Above all, at Christmas, Henry Wilson, OWNER / / ! / / HRI fourth century, he has been remembered for his generosity. Many of the legends linked with St. Nicholas, real-tale ancestor of to- day's ~Santa Claus. "And lo, the Star, which they saw in the east, went be- /ore them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was." Matthew 2.'9. "And they came with haste, and /ound Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a man- ger." Luke 2:16. From two who became His disciples ~ome the words that TO ALL OUR FRIENDS tell the story of that Holy Night, the first Christmas. Matthew the tax collector IN FLORALA wrote of the Star that shone mankind experiences once again the reverence, wonde~ and rejoicing of the wise men, of whom Matthew says, "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him." FROSTED AND FRINGED Christmas cards of 1870 were frosted and fringed with heavy silk. The folder-type card, so much in evidence today, was not popular during the 19th century, when single cards were more frequently seen. But 1 heard him exclaim, Ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, And to all a good-night~" When you're buying day gifts, a good choice is often crystal. Why? It's not only beautiful and enhances any table setting, but it often is highly versatile. Take a crystal vase, for example. It can double as a holder for breadsticks. The trend in barware to- day is a return to elegance. Double old-fashioned glasses in the deeply faceted Stratton and Aspen patterns by Fostoria Glass Company spar- kle with color and ring with the clear sound of fine crystal. A crystal salad bowl has many uses. It can be used as an ice tub or table center- piece with floating flowers or colorful fruit. Crystal is a gift that's always appropriate be- cause it lends itself to any and every decorating theme. BuC' his most enduring connection is with youth and g4fts. In Europe, his feast day, December 6th, has, traditionally been an occasion for merriment and gifting. May the peace and joy which radiates from the heart of the Holy Child, fill you and yours with the wonder and splendor of this Blessed Season. And n ay the miracle of His coming be an inspiration and comfort to you always. Best wishes for a joyous Christmas. Message Of Christmas Lives Anew "And 1o, the Star, which they saw in the east, went be- /ore them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was." Matthew 2:9. "And they came with haste, and /ound Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a man- ger." Luke 2:16. From two who became His disciples come the words that tell the story of that Holy Night, the first Christmas. Matthew the tax collector wrote of the Star that shone In the east, and of wise men who followed It to find and worship Him. Luke the physician wrote of shepherds watching in the fields and herald angels sing- ing jn the heavens. SURROUNDING EMPLOYEES AREA the celebration of His Day bring peace to the hearts of people everywhere. Our sincere wishes to you and yours for the Merriest Christmas ever. Grateful thanks for your loyalty and confidence. !