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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED, . pressed in poetry and prose ]El e / "?l T !NFJ" I N by such outstanding literary ~ figures of the past and pres- rmaJvew wa , ........ 8," ~, en~ as wmtam ~naKespeare, ~l" t~ml~~l/'CF~l * ' Samuel Taylor Coleridge, teMerrLeChrystmasseToeYou Sara Teasdale and, more re- ~" q ~" cently, T. S. Eliot, Archibald at writers of every age exchange of Christmas cards simply greetings with sprigs MacLeish, William Carlos medieval times haveover tne years nas been a or borders of holly on an oth- Williams and the late Rus- contributions to the ~trong influence in preserv- erwlse plain card. slan writer, Boris Pasternak. ~us expressions andlng the traditional words, or Bu then as early as the Pasternak's "The Christ- es that are associated greetings, associated with the 1880's in ~.ngland End also mas Pine Tree" has been ex- L Christmas. season, in America, verses aDuroprl- cerpted for a greeting card a expressions as, "A From .the very beginning ate to the season anal corn- which reads in part: e ,Merrie Chrys.tmasse of greeting cards, prime :.m- posed by famous authors, I love her to tears, at sight, ou, nave now oecomeporcance was pmcea on me ro in fi . .............. were p v g popular on from the rat. ic ana one spelling message l~;se11,, in lagt, some Christmas cards. As she comes from the woods k But the continued of the earliest cards were One such poem by Henry in storm and snow. Wadsworth Longfellow --So awkward her branche~, the with a portrait of the emi- shyest of fit~! n ]r nent gentleman -- appears We fashion her threads un- ~ IF1 -- Md~ ~ ][I on one of the antiques in the hurriedly, slow. K~' I I~ e~ t./~ I~ Hallma~rk Historical Col-lee- Her garmentsofsilvery, go~- __ ~ tion, a treasury of more than samer lace, Stvi ,qb.n 50,000 greetings which pro- PaUerns of tinsel, and span. -/ .... "~_JL~ rides a variety of the ex-gles aglow presslons of good cheer and From branch unto branch, Christmas wishes by famous down to the base ....... .~. ....... [ love her to tears, from the writc~ uvcL- ~LaC ,ycigl'~. -" . __ k_:_L. llr~l, mill IKNrI~II[ The age old message of the ASSORTMENT OF DRESSES season is to be found in to- In a .crowd of. fr,|,ends on day's. Christmas cards, ex- Chrmtmas night. AND PANT SUITS ........... RACKS SEASON'S GREETINGS! , $ 00 $ AND ONE PRICE RACK AT SCUFFS SPECIAL $200 PAIR BE SURE AND REGISTER FOR PANT SUIT TO BE GIVEN AWAY 3:00 P.M. DEC. 24 BUDDY'S BODY SH SPECIAL Through New Years Only Complete Wash And Simonize Wax Job ONLY $14.95 Reg. s24os Vlnal Top Completely Reconditioned FOR ONLY $ I 8.95 Reg. s3896 PICKUP SERVICE AVAILABLE By Appointment Only Phone 858"6618 Lockhart, AI. J In the true spirit of the season, we wish you all the "'old-fashioned" joys o! the holidays.., the ever-new delights of good friends around you. good times and good cheer, and the gladness of exchanging gifts and greetings. And, in a spirit of sincere gratitude, we wish to extend our thanks for your favors and friendly good wil~. Each day in our business life makes us appreciate more deeply how much our pleasant association means. Opp, Alabama a Portions of Sir Walter Readers Still Loyal to Dickens F vor]te Scott's "Marmion" have been used for still another Christ- "A Christmas Carolln Prose, the family of his clerk, Bob ond father." mas card verse: "England was merry England Being a Ghost Story of Christ- Cratchit, making merry over One of the most famous when mas" was first published at a simple Christmas dinner, speeches in the English lan- Old Christmas brought his Christmas 1843, and since that highlighted by a goose -- guage is, doubtless, TinyTim's, siberia again, time its popularity has never "There never was such a at the conclusion of the Chrlst- The damsel donned her kirtle waned, goose" -- and a pudding -- mas feast, "God bless us, every sheen; Generation after generation "Oh, what a wonderful pud- one!" The hall was dressed witl~ has laughed and cried over the ding. ~'' ~tAtt~ " ...... SURGING holly green; stor of the miserly Scrooge .... t - r ter is Y " "" ns of a.o a Iavori e cna ac As they go from house to Fo.h to the wood did merry- ~hhrO:hs;?r~gsh th~hr;lvtla~alsOpast' Tieny Tlor~, t hoe Cwr~:chitt~:r~p- chaOr~oSfsia~eOrsh~Saty]~:, amdOde~y men go v , c, To gather in the mistletoe. Presentandman wlao new now to Yet t'kCme--be7 formed Scrooge became "a sec- the rays of an electric lantern 'TwasChristmas broaci~edlhe came a or a flashlight. This reflects mightiest ale; keep Christmas well, if any ........... alive-ossessed theknowl ~. , ~, . an ola custom KnOWn as Star 'Twas Christmas told tile man p - l~acKage ~ortlng singing. merriest tale; edge." L~-a to Early carolers in Europe used A Christmas gambol oft would Charles Dickens, creator of t:ttus ot~ to make their rounds carrying cheer ~hepeCar~nraO~e~iii2 ~i~:eH!iaii c!~sp~!!lDna~s:hpoetsiei Elifien:a~rt' ~!ir~tg~tli~,ihaic~eeh:er~y The poor man's heart through ~e half the year." 't y La P of crying and laughing again as he was sorting packages lanterns and torches. In a lighter vein, one of and again as, captivated by h!~ one Christmas season. He en- America's most popular vers- ifiers, Ogden Nash, has con- story, he wrote the 30,000-wSr visioned all the packages bear- book in six weeks, ing a special stamp, with~the \ trlbuted his own inimitable When Dickens gave readings proceeds spent to aid pe~le ~"-~/~ style and thoughts to the from his works in England and who suffered from tuberculo- ~ ~.~ spirit of Christmas greetings America, the story of Scrooge sis. . ". /~/']~ ~- with several mirth-provoking was always the prime favorite The ana many of Den- /./ / / ~ ~. stanzas such as the follow- " ' audiences mar~ reading citizens en- ./I / ..1 .--. \ with his ..... r - " ~ . ~ r~ ing: Per~"s the best knox~n ,~art dorse~ the Idea, In 1904. Late , ~ ' s .... ~"~r-is Christmas ~in the plan spread to Norway /~: "OUrboughshallsofarcholly,dCrked withOZner~,,Cat~,,theY Cratchits, where- and Sweden. and zn 1907 ~as /~.~:.~:~-~,,~'~. S-ro^~e and the Ghost of ao0ptea m me u.~ More c n / -~.~ / ~5.~ // 50 countries now use the seal And trimmings red and green Christmas Present observed ' ~ "~'~-//// and jolly ; We get that old time Christ- mas feeling While tacking wreaths from floor to ceiling. To you we sipped a Yuletide cop While hanging deeoratlons up; Oht,oh::ze wish you ..ere in so,,;:= =....:,.e,. .. take 6 * 9 Firsts Are Traced Shepherds watched, angels ~ wiA " sang and wise men traveled t~m,,,i~t# ~~it far to behold the miracle of the first Christmas. C"hris[mas,s ~:~i] Since that holy night a mul- both religious and secular, have developed aspart of the ,,a, on/.~ ~l holiday. Each legend was once told, each custom once ob-of" served for the first time, and though origins of many tradi- and ~~il]~~, tions are now lost in, time, other Christmas "firsts' have been recorded for posterity. ~ao~.h... " There are historical Christ- mas"firsts," attested by church records and by scientifiCas ,:firsts"re- ". "':: "?,-J.....,~. search into the early years of "" " - " Christianity, as well b of later history and firsts" that blend fact with myth. HANGING MISTLETOE Hahgtng mistletoe in the home is a tradition which originated with Druid priests. These ancients believed the plant was a sign of peace and hope. v'ngton Ind Opp, Alabama str'es m come let us adore Him... and recapture the joy that filled the hearts of those who krmlt to worship on that first Christmas Day. With deep sincerity, we extend our greetings and wish each and every one a truly happy and holy Holiday. It is our fervent hope that the blessed peace of Bethlehem will be with you now and throughout all the days yet to come.