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tEfye ^tutor's Comment Christmas. CELEBRATION of Christ's birth is now observed by the Christian Church all over the world. This observance dates from about the fourth century for, according to the best historians, the Christian usages before this was to celebrate the death and not the birth of remarkable personages. And in the fifth century it became general to celebrate the birth of the Saviour in all Christian Churches by feasts and festivals. The holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log, and the giving of presents at Christmas time relate more to, the customs of heathenism and paganism than they do to Christianity, but the custom of making presents has become consecrated by ages and contributes greatly to making this festival a happy and interest ing event. For "It is more blessed to give than to receive." The sending of Christmas cards by way of friendly greeting has only been the custom within a period of some fifty years. No matter how poor or insignificant one may think themselves, they should always remember that there is one present or gift that they can make on Christmas day which is priceless beyond compare, and that is that they can give themselves to Christ and promise to follow as well as they can in his footsteps. Winter and House Diseases. JITHE TWO WORDS, "Winter" and "House," can nearly be used ^£1/ as synonymous regarding most diseases that occur at this time of the year. A "House" disease is nearly always a "Winter" dis ease. The germs that cause all infectious diseases are with us most all the time, but it has been noted that there is a prevalence of these diseases during the Winter. Colds, coughs, bronchitis, pneumonia, like-wise diseases of children as chicken pox, measles, diphtheria and scarlet fever are much more common during Winter than Summer. Not so very long ago physicians thought this was due to the cold and dampness, but now, however, the chief cause of these "Winter" diseases has been found to be the lack of fresh air caused by impro- 17.