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HAYTI, MISSOURI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER IS, 1922
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Tfte Spirit of Christmas
Time comes always and, alas, at a
precocious age nowadays, when the
"Santa Claus myth" is no longer be
lieved, but the time should never come
when the ideas and the imagery of the
Christmas fairies, of Mother Goose, and
the carols of the old, old Yuletide should
lose their hold upon us. We should
never become too old or tc lost in ma
terial things, or too engrossed with the
struggle and conquests of life, nor too
dulled by its defeats, to enjoy and be
lifted up by the spirit of the Christmas
In fact, we think there should be a
law enacted making it a felony to de
stroy the illusion of childhood, espe
cially the personality of Santa Claus.
It is thelsaddest" day in the life of a
child wi ' the bitter discovery is made
that the vl ."arable spirit of Christmas is
It is a hard-hearted person who be
comes an informer, and the court should
show no mercy.
If you wish to throw off the burden
of years, if you wish to become young
again, if you wish to tread the paths of
the past and go back over your yester
days and be a child again, just go out
on the sti'eets now, here in Hayti, or any
other places where The Missouri Herald
circulates, and watch the eager-eyed
children clinging to their mothers'
hands, looking with awe and admira
tion at the store windows filled with toys
and the many things the child loves.
Forget your own pleasures for a
moment and join theirs. Listen to the
whispered conversations of the little
ones. Hear their wondrous speculations
as to what the venerable saint is going
to bring Christmas night, when every
thing is as "still as a mouse."
Watch them turn the pages of the
papers like this issue of The Missouri
Herald and count the number of Santa
Claus pictures to be found therein.
If you do, and have any heart in
you at all, you will toss care to the four
winds of heaven and become youthful
On this day of days the childish
hope and joy reaches its ripe fruition.
It crystalizes expectation. It is the best
event in the history of the year. Keep
How any person could think it
proper .to destroy this illusion is beyond
The storekeepers, as tired as they
are, derive a certain stimulant in the
laughter of the children at Christmas
time. Of course, when the child grows
old enough to become wise, and acts the
innocent for the present it expects, it is
different. The joy is lost then. The
pleasure becomes logical. But that time
comes soon enough for us all.
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"PEACE, GOOD WILL"
HE best Christmas sermon the world has ever heard was the
first. It was short and simple :
"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will
And the child whose birth those words heralded came among
men to preach that simple gospel.
Theologians have, in many instances, with strange, perverse blind
ness obscured and darkened the appealing beauty and simplicity of that
Jesus went up and down the world holding out white hands of
peace in benediction upon humanity, saying in His tender compassion,
"Let us love one another."
And because His words were so simple, so understandable, the
world has clung to Him through ages of fear and doubt and disputation.
More and more the Christ spirit triumphs among men, and it
triumphs because it is the spirit of perfect love.
It takes no scholar to grasp that spirit. Every kuman heart has
felt some measure of the love that makes human brotherhood ; there is
none who cannot understand what "peace, good will toward men"
Only as the spirit of love works its way among men, teaching them
new kindness, to mercy, to justice, can Christmas really be celebrated
in the world.
Whosoever has hated his human brother, whosoever, high or low,
has wrought against his fellow, whosoever has withheld sympathy and
service from a neighbor that man, be he ever so pious and prayerful,
has never entered into the spirit of Christmas.
And wherever men love one another, and help one another, and
bear each other's burdens, and dedicate life and hope and aspiration to
the good of their fellow men, eager to achieve a world in which justice
and truth and charity prevail there indeed is the spirit of Christmas
manifest. For there they have learned the new commandment, the
eleventh and greatest of them all ;
"Love one another." .
Spirit of the Holidays
Only a few days remain before
Christmas. Already the streets are
thronged with shoppers and sight-seeing
children. Childish chatter and
youthful merriment fill the air. The
spirit of the holidays are again upon us.
And it ought to be about the best Christ
mas we have ever had. We have been
bounteously blessed. We have had bet
ter crops and have more money than we
ever had before. In this we speak for
the people of Pe'miscot county as a
Now is the time to remember that
"it is more blessed to give than to. re
ceive." At least, so we have been told i
since our earliest days, and so the Book
of Books admonishes us. We hear it
.emphasized once .again aithis season o '
tfre year. OlSr hidayrfMou'ght3, should
take the form of generbus1"planning -if or fcf
the happiness of others .
There is only one way to infuse in
to Christmas the spirit of the founder of
the feast, and that is to make the giver
a sharer in the joy that is brought by
his gift and return in a blessing to
him. Go back through the years, you
forgetful elders who fret with disap
pointment over your children's apparent
selfishness, and try to recall one occasion
when you really felt it more blessed to
give than 'to receive.
Is there somewhere in that happy
past an incident that might have served
as the suggestion for a Christmas story
of the type that thrilled us in" the old
time magazines, the story in which the
poor widow's home was made happy
by the unexpected appearance of
Christmas fairies of no ethereal sort.
Can you not feel again the chill,
stinging wind of the clear country night,
or the murky air of the city streets, see
the glitter of the snow drifts that spark
led like mica coating on a Christmas
card? Can you recall such thoughts
and not grow young again and feel your
If so, remember and realize that
poverty and destitution are never so
keenly felt as at Christmas time.
. Let no sense of condescending pa
tronage mar the sincerity of your gift
giving this year, to those you love or to
There is plenty of time after you
read this in The Missouri Herald to plan
and prepare. That is mainly why we
are issuing this big Givers' Guide today.
Read the advertisements herein and
take advantage of them. r Open your
hearts and purses so that when on the
midnight air of Christmas eve the old
song is borne, it may be your happy ex
perience to have added your share to the
jdy that all the world should know on
the birthday of the Prince of Peace.
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