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MISTLETOE AND HOLLY ADD TO THE
JOY OF THE FESTIVAL.
"r Decoration the Red Berried Hol
ly la Mora Beaatlfal Than tbe Pal
er Mistletoe Better Adapted to
C:-, C UK I ST MA S
t from tbe spreaj-
' iiig, dignified tree
to the tiuy spray
of mistletoe or
bunch of Lolly,
would be a festi
val devoid of its
c b icf feature.
Therefore the col
lection and sale
of these special
T i festive items or
9 become momen
tous undertakings, which involve transac
tions that in geographical area and ex
tent reach from across the seas to the
Maine woods. Mistletoe, which is so
prized by the romantic young people, who
value its significance far more than its
beauty, is at its best in England, though
a great deal of it comes from Virginia.
The Englh mistletoe has a flat, very
green leaf, wifh large single berries, oval
in shape and peculiarly waxen in ap
pearance, while the American branch of
the family boasts smaller leaves and
lierries in clusters of three. It is pack
ed, when gathered in Europe, in eight
foot long open crates and shipped across
the ocean, with ns much care given to its
preservation as though it were far more
precious than it really is, save in the
opinion of tbe romantically inclined. The
common mistletoe has been associated
with many superstitions from the most
ancient times and has been highly ex
tolled for Its medicinal virtues. It is,
however, excluded from the pharmaco
poeias now. The origin of the modem
custom connected with mistletoe" Is not
very clear. Like many other customs, its
original significance is only guessed at.
If known, perhaps the innocent merri
ment now associated with the plant
would be exchanged for a feeling of stern
disapproval, and the mistletoe would be
banished from our homes.
Mistletoe mny be made to grow on the
apple and other trees by cutting a notch
in the bark on the under surface of n
branch and carefully inserting the seed
therein. Two precautions are specially
necessary. One is to place the seed in
such a position that the embryo shall be
directed toward the trunk of the tree,
and the other is to avoid crushing the
seed. The apple is the tree on which the
mistletoe grows most abundantly. Tbe
orchards in Herefordshire. England, are
preatly infested with this parasite, which,
however, has a value of its owu, for it
appears that upward of a hundred tons
of mistletoe are annually forwarded to
London and other large towns from that
county alone for Christmas decorations.
The holly, with its bright berries and
glossy leaves, is one of tbe most decora
tive greens used nt the Christmas sea
son and is adapted especially well to
wreath form, the color lasting longer and
the general shape being more satisfactory
than when made of the evergreen.
Strange as it may seem, hum reds of holly
wreaths are sent out to the cemeteries,
their green and red brightness signifying
tbe loviug remembrance for dear ones
passed away, yet somehow a little Incon
gruous even from a sentimental stand
point. One is so opt to associate holly
with crackling wood tires, rollicking jolli
ty, good eating and drinking and other
material enjoyment that in memoriam it
deems n trii'.e out of place, yet in the
poem of that name which Tennyson has
made immortal we read, "Willi trembling
lingers did e weave the holly round tbe
Christmas heartb." So that tbe holly has
before its present vogue in cemeteries
been associated with tbe memory of those
no longer with us.
Botanically epcakiug, tbe holly is a ge
nus of trees and fchrubs of the natural or
der Ajui foliaceae. chiefly uatives of
temperate climates, with evergreen,
leathery, shining and generally spinous
leaves. Tbe common holly, the only Eu
ropean species and a native of some parts
of Asia, also is a well known ornament
of woods, parks and bhrubbcries in Great
Britain, the stiffness of its habit being so
compensated by the abundance of its
branchlets and leaves as to make it one
of the most beautiful evergreens. It Is
found as a native plant iu Scotland, al
though Ilritaiu is nearly its northern lim
it. It attains greater size and displays
greater luxuriance in the northern than
in the southern parts of its geographic
range, often appearing in the former as a
tree of considerable size. 20 to 50 feet
high, while in tbe latter it is generally a
In table decorations holly at the Christ
mas season is used most effectively. It
is on the authority of a leadiog florist
that we state that the correct arrange
ment of a Christmas dinner table, so far
as its evergreen appointments are con
cerned, is a large wreath of holly in the
center, surrounding a dainty vase con
taining mistletoe. Over this and sus
pended from tbe gas fixtures is another
spray of mistletoe, tied by brilliant scar
let ribbon to match the berries of the
holly on the table beneath. Near tbe ends
of the table are banked masses of holly,
in the center of which are wired upright
loops of scarlet satin ribbon, their trail
ing ends straying over the green leaves
on to the white cloth. Tiuy bontonnieres
of holy or mistletoe are placed at the
men'i places, larger clusters, more on tbe
order of corsage boaquetR. being supplied
for the fair members of the company. So
great has become the demand for holly
wreaths that orders are given to the flor
ists weeks before Christmas, and it is not
unusual to send two dozen wreaths to one
house, all tbe windows being decked in
hi apropos garb, any left overs doing-do-tv
suspended wherever their green and
red cheeriness can be utilized to artistic
and pleasing advantage. It Feems an ex
travagant fad when one considers how
soon the beauty fades, yet the good cheer
that (speaks from tbe disks of green and
red in tbe mansion of tbe millionaire or
the hovel of the pauper more than com
pensates for what onr Puritan ancestors
would deem willful extravagance. Phil
Christinas O.vstrr Soup.
Torter Staffed with Chestnuts.
Sweet Potatoes. Baked. Bice Croquettes.
Cauliflower. Parisian Style.
Celery. Cranberry Jelly.
Lettuce with FrencH Dressing-.
Crackers. Cheese. Olives.
Ifioce Pie. Christmas Lemon Tarts.
Fruits. Xuta. Bainns.
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A Season. Joy and Herrrakl
1st the Eternal City.
Although the picturesque scenes and
grand functions which formerly attracted
visitors to Rome at this time of the year
are in a great measure things of the pa
' perhaps in few other cities of the world
is it possible to pass a more delightful
I Christmas than in Home, for here, in tli
venerable Caput Mnndi, all the cosmopol
itan usages and customs which follow in
the motley train of old Father Christmas
teem to concur in rendering it a season of
joy and merrymaking, while the peculiar
fascination of the Eternal City sheds
kind of glamour over the most varied cel
ebrations, and the beautiful religious cer
emonies are unequnled for solemnity and
Of all seasons tbis is in Rome tbe gay
est within the circle of domestic life, but
the vigiL instead of the day itself, may
be said to be the great occasion for fam
ily reunions. Here, as everywhere else,
the most important part of the profane
programme is of a purely gastronomicnl
nature, and the cenone i. e.. "bi-supper"
takes the place of the Christmas dinner
of tbe following day, as held in England.
The appearance of the shops is brilliant
and striking in tbe extreme at tbis time
of tbe year, tbe confectioners' windows
especially being full of things the sweet
est and prettiest sugar temples, snowy
cakes called pnaglalli, made of almonds,
raisins and flour (a redoubtable composi
tion, compared to which an honest Brit
ish plum pudding is as light as a wafer);
longitudiual papers filled with torrone
and all sorts of other delicacies.
! One of the first Christmas trees ever
introduced into Rome was for the little
Prince of Naples, heir to tbe Italian
throue, whose nursery governess was an
English lady, and since then the Teutonic
custom has gradually become a la mode
in Rome. London Mail.
SACRED THORN TREE.
Strangle Story of One That Blossom
Only at Christmas.
Six miles northwest of the quiet little
episcopal city of Wells rises a lofty peak,
called by the Celtic natives of west Brit
ain a "tor." It is conspicuous for miles
around, with the tower of an ancient
chapel on its top and with a neat little
country town and the ruins of a noble old
Sufficient evidence remains to show
that the abbey was of vast proportions,
occupying in all CO acres of ground. It
was founded by Saxon kings and further
endowed by tbe Normans and Plan
tagenets. The grand chancel and its fine
chapels were built in the finest style of
later Norman architecture, but now little
more than crumbling walls and pillars
testify to the once great beauty of the
The porch of St. Joseph's chapel, how
ever, is in a fair state of preservation.
Outside there grows the famous Glaston
bury thorn that blossoms but for one day
in the year, and that Christmas day.
This tree has a strange history.
During his long journey from Palestine
St. Joseph of Arimatbea visited the dis
trict, he and his 12 companions bavins
been sent by St. Philip, the apostle, to
convert the then heathen nation of Brit
ain and to cast out the Druid supersti
St. Joseph and bis followers found their
way to tilastonbury, theu known as
yhiswytryu." They were all n-weary,
and, nrriving on tbe summit of tbe bill,
Joseph, who was usiug a hawthorn stick
as a walking staff, stuck it iuto the
ground, and it burst iuto bloom. Tbe
present tilastonbury thorn is an offshoot
by continued grafting of St. Joseph ot
Arimatbea's walking staff. London
A Siberian Superstition.
A strange superstition, which may owe
something of its origin to tbe associa
tions bound up with the Biblical narra
I tive of the Nativity, obtains credence to
J tbis day among the peasants of Siberia.
By them it is believed that a gift of
human speech and superhuman prophecy
descends upon the beasts of the stnll and
byre during the mystic hour that herald
the Christmas dawn nud that if one is
bold enough to hide beneath the straw
on such occasions he will hear his fate
for the coining year foretold by his do
mestic animnls. A betrayal of his pres
ence, however, entails certain destruc
tion. Pall Mall Gazette.
German Staffing? For Roaat Goose.
For German stuffing take one-half
pound of fresh bread crumbs, one-half
pound each of chopped apples, seeded
raisins and blanched almonds, the goose
liver parboiled and chopped, one table
spoonful of powdered sage, the rind of a
lemon, two scant teaspoonfuls of salt and
a teaspoonful of ehopied onion. Mix thor
oughly and moisten with a teacupful ot
melted butter. Stuff the crop and body
lightly (if packed the dressing will be
soggy), and the result will be a gas
tronomic delight. Selected.
When bright Christmas fires sr glowing
And the fields are white with snow,
Down beside the fair Penobscot
There comes bsck the lonr ago.
From Bohemia's gilded cast lem
Do I longing flee again
To the bygone dreams ot boyhood -
slid tbe u.e clad bills cl Maine.
Bow we children watched the chimney
Till our eyes closed last in sleep;
Bow we waited, watched his coming 1
But we never got a peep.
Bow me shouted in the morranx.
Merry Christmas:" sweet retrain
A we emptied ail our stockings
Filled by Santa Clata of !
Oh. the Joys and toys of Christmas
In that borne of olden time!
By the (Treat log fires a-glowiag-
I can bear the voices chime.
Father's, mother's, sister's, brother's.
Reunited ones a rain;
Ok. the turkey, pies and aoodings
fccmad oa Christmas np in Maine!
Sew Orleans Times-Democrat.
CHRISTMAS LONG AGO.
The Banqaet In Old England Waa mm
Event of Great Ceremony.
Tte Christmas banquet of mediae
val times was a very brilliant affair,
followed by spectacular performances,
particularly at court, where proces
sions, dancing and the acting of alle-
' gories were favorite amusements. Be
sides the representations, the ballet
frequently acted some simple story. A
favorite allegory represented Prome
theus stealing the spark from heaven
: and making his escape, Vulcan and
i Venus forging the bolts of Jove, the
' fall of Phaeton, t! love of Semele
': and its fatal catastrophe, and Love
' and Beauty petting the universe ou
fire with their united iower.
From the time of Henry VIII until
nearly the close of the seventeenth cen
tury boar's head was a favorite dish on
Christmas day. This was an event of
great pomp and ceremony. After the
guests had assembled around the fes
tive board the procession of retainers
Was brought the lurty brawn
By old blue coated nervine man:
Then the grim boar's head frowned on high.
Crested with baya and rosemary.
While round the merry wassail bowl
Garnished with ribbons blithe did trowl.
At Queen's college, Oxford, the
bringing in of the boar's bead was at
tended with processional honors. The
boar's head was carried in by the
strongest of the guardsmen, singing s
The turkey as a Christmas dish was
Introduced into Kngland In tbe six
teenth century and is therefore of less
antiquity than the huge sirloin of beef
or the mince pie. Mince pies were first
shaped like a manger, as were the
Yule cakes given out by the bakers to
their customers. Mince pie was also
lou,r ago accepted as typical of the
riches and spices brought by the three
wise men to the Child in the mauger.
The plum porridge later developed
into the plum pudding, which dates
from 1073. At the old Christmas
feasts peacocks and cranes formed
some of the dishes. Before being roast
ed the peacock was carefully skinned,
j and after leaving the oven the bird
was reclothed with its old plumage.
A Chrlstmai Tree Feature.
Dancing Christmas fairies always en
hance the children's delight in the
Christmas tree and, once made, can be
used year after year. Buy up a dozen
or more of 5 and 10 cent dolls, and to
add to the variety Lave among the
number some Japanese and colored
dolls. Dress these to represent fairies
in bright hues of spangled gauze, tar
latan or tissue paper and liberally
sprinkle their hair and garments with
diamond dust powder. Each doll should
, be provided with a dainty pair of fairy
wings made from spangled tissue pa
per and fastened to the body by means
. of concealed wires. These wires should
be colled to obtain motion iu the wings,
anil nothing better can be used than
the fine spiral coils that come out of
woruout wire stitched brooms. The
least motion will set this spiral to
quivering, causing the wings to move
as if In Might. In like manner use the
spiral wire to attach the dolls iu hover
ing positions over and around the tree.
The effect is magical. Every footstep
causes jar enough to start the dolls
dancing and circling above and around
the tree, as If the Invisible fairies of
the air had come down to Join the
Christmas glee. Woman's Home Com
panion. Glblet Dressing.
To make a giblet dressing for roast
turkey put the giblets and neck in a
! saucepan with cold water and add an
' onion, salt and pepper and a slice of
dry bread that has been made very
brown in the oven. Boil until the gib
j lets are done. Then strain and stock.
Chop the giblets fine anil put tuem
and the stock back into tbe saucepan,
dredge with a little flour and add tbe
brown gravy from the bottom of the
pan in which the fowl was cooked aft
er skimming off the fat. Serve in a hot
gravy boat. Selected.
A Chrlatmaa Carol.
Bethlehem's plains are still as green,
Bethlehem's harvest fields ss white.
As when angel bands were seen
Making luminous the night.
But for long lias ceased the lay
Sung by that seraphic choir.
And for long has passed away
That apocalypse of fire.
Yet that ancient Christmas son?
Still is sting by faithful hearts.
And the litrbt that's vanished long
Brightness to the soul imparts.
Still to Faith's divining eye
Lustrous forms the expanse fill.
And to Love's quick ear the sky
Throbs with heavenly music still.
While tbe sges come sad go
Hymns of praise tmcrasing rise.
And with songs by saints below
Angels join tbeir symphonies.
Glory still to God is riven.
Peace oa earth is Hill made known.
And the Heir of earth and beans
Claims the kingdoms lor His own.
Christmas joyfully returns
tr, On the wings of this new mora.
Worshiping the Christ once bunt
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