tEfye ^tutor's Comment
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-
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