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Holiday Cclebi mod In America
Before Time of Columbus.
T*? Christian Norsemen Undoubtedly
Observed the Occasion on the
New England Coast?In Early
HI LB tho settle
ment of tho Amer
ican continent is
modern und its
histc ry clearly de
there wero Christ
In what is now
the United States
before the first
voyage of Colum
bus. The chron
icles of Iceland
tell the story of
, the visit made to
Greenland by Lief,
son of Eric the Red, of Norway, and
describe tho southward voyage of his
little vessel past the snow-clad moun
tains of Labrador and the wooded
?bores of Newfoundland, until Vine
land, nn Indefinite region on the New
England coast, was reached.
Here Lief, who was a Christian, and
the members of his little band of dar
ing adventurers spent tho winter of
1002 and no doubt on tho bleak New
England shoro the beautiful feast,
whose God-like spirit has Boftened and
conquered the world, was celebrated.
The Norwegian visltB to Vlneland
vere continued by Thorwald and Thor
?teln, brothers of Lief, who hnd suc
ceeded to the patriarchal office and
posscssioiiB of his father; and on the
deaths in quick succession of both
Thorwald and Thorstein tho wifo of
the latter, Gudrida, married a rich Nor
wegian named Thorfln and accompa
nied him and a company of his follow,
era to Vlneland, whero they lived
threo years. Gudrida was a pious
soul. When her second husband died
she visited Rome, narrated to Pope
Ilonedlct an account of her adventures
in this far western world and with iho
papal blessing returned to Iceland,
whero she founded a convent, of which
Bhe became abbess.
There aro no records bearing on th?
ChrlHlnuiB days spent "by tueio "hardy
Norwegians in New England, bat Inv
agination can well picture the renewal
In this strange land of the Christmas
customs of Scandinavia. And thus it
Is entirely legitimate to assume that
by them the first celebration of the
day was observed In the new world
History, and tradition as well, are
?llcut after this on new world affaira
until tho coming of the Spaniards, fol
lowed by tho Portuguese, French and
English. By them tho feast of tho Na
tivity was celebrated, and long before
Plymouth Hock was discovered, to be
made tho cornerstone of a new civil
ization, hardy fishermen from France
chanted tho hymns of tho Catholic
church In the waters of Maine. An
old French chart gives to certain In
lands near the Muchlas river, east of
renobscot. tho names of Isles des Hols
MageB and Havre Mage?Isles of the
Magian kings, and Magian harbor?
In memory of tho three wise men, who
followed tho mysterious star, to lay
their offerings of gold, of frankincense
and of myrrh before the Babe of Beth
In stem and puritan New England
Christmas was placed under ban. The
Plymouth colony, indeed, did not pass
prohibitive laws, but in 1622 Gov. Brad
ford plae?d all Christmas games under
interdlc and those who afterward
obBervi .ho day did bo secretly. But
tne Mat achusetta Bay colony, follow
ing the example of Cromwell's parlia
ment, which prohibited all observance
of the feast and decreed that "holly
and ivy were badges of sedition," en
ncted a law. In 1G59, obliging all men
to labor on Christmas day and inflict
ing a fine upon those who observed the
feast. It was not until 1C81?more
than 20 years after the passing of the
Cromwell regimo and the restoration
of the Stuart dynasty to the throne?
that this law, abolishing personal free
dom and liberty of worship, was re
pealed; and several years after this
tho spirit of New England waB reflect
ed In a letter written by Rev. Joshua
Moody to Rev. Increase Mather, in
which tho observance of Christmas
was thus referred to: "And the shut
ting up of shops on Christmas day and
driving tho master out of school on
Xmaa holydaies are very grevous."
Elsewhere throughout the colonies
tho feast of Christmas was observed.
Both New Amsterdam and New York
maintained tho old-world customs as
sociated with the day and In the south
tho beautiful festival never lOBt Its
hold upon tho hearts of the English
Today there is no north, no south,
no east, no west, to Christmas cele
bratton In the United States. Tho
story of the Babe of Bethlehem is
written on every heart and every
tongue on Christmas morning repeats
the song the angels sang over the
Judean M.'a: "Glory to Cod in the
highest at d on earth peace to men of
fiCOd Wi:? "
Atlao was holding up the world.
At this juncture Santa Claus drove
"Hello. Atlas," said Santa. "Still
holding it up, I see."
"Yes," woophed Atlas.
"Well, get busy with it," Santa ad
"After I make my trip thlB year
there won't be anything left for an ev
eryday hold-up man."
Had Something In Him.
Rev. Hudson Robert Jones had
preached what he thought was a
great Christmas sermon. On the way
homo from church he came upon a
youth sitting doubled up on tho steps
of a domicile. Wishing to admonlBh
this young person for what he took to
be Inzincss, he stepped up to him and
"Don't sit there like that, my hoy;
this is Christmas. Get up and stir
yourself; you certainly must havo
something In you."
"I've got a big Christmas dinner In
tr.e," was tho forced reply, "and I
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