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HAZEL EYES By Haaal Brannon Smith By now everyone must be bubbling over with the Christ mas spirit. Churches holding their Christmas programs Sunday reported full houses and lots of interest shown. The streets and stores seem filled with people and almost everywhere in town you look you aee a beautifully decorated home or lawn—or the cheerful reflec tion of a Christmas trot in side. Christmas is truly a time for families, for love and laughter, for helping those less fortunate than ourselves in the spirit of Him who came so that we might have Christmas. It is true Christmas has been commercialized to such an ex tent that sometimes we lose its true meaning—forget what it is we are celebrating. For the vary young the significance of the holiday is wrapped up in gifts to be received—and un (nrtnnstvlv anma nt nu> folks feel the same way. Some business men are accused of forgetting what Christmas means except increased volume i of business—and all of us are prone to think of Christmas only as it affects us individual ly. But this year, we believe, people are approaching the Christmas season with higher hopes and aspirations than in many yean. Perhaps it is tied up in the change in the national government due in January and a thought that surely, before another Christ mas rolls around, we will be out of Korea. Last year we were bogged down in a Korean stalemate— and this year it is the same except for one major differ ence. Our new leader has said in no uncertain terms that something can and will be done about Korea. ** This sho'tald *^Se a prayerful Christmas. Now, as never before, we should pray for the new leader of our nation—that he will be given the wisdom that God alone can give to get us back on the right track in this coun try. On a recent trip to New Or leans we saw in that city a large number of beautifully il lustrated billboards with the words: “Put Christ Back In Christmas.” This is a key to open the door to paths we must trod if we want America to be safe and secure. This Is our annual Christmas Greeting Edition which you should receive on Christmas Eve. We hope you like it. Most of the firms in Durant are represented in its pages— all wishing for you, our read ers, friends and customers, a joyous Christmas season. You will enjoy reading the season’s messages of cheer and good wishes. The column we wrote last week about people going out in the woods and taking trees and greenery belonging to other people has brought forth quite a chorus of “amens” from many of our readers. Many of our readers said we should have gone farther and written a special columun on hunters who go on private property which has been "post ed’’ against trespassing. Several of them said they have lost valuable cows and bulls to these trespassers— hunters who unknowingly kil led cows while hunting quail. One of the speakers said he thought one of his cows was deliberately killed by hunters. We would hate to think that there is anyone in Holmes county, hunter or otherwise,' who. would deliberately kill a | man’s livestock. But that’s a risk that every hunter takes when he goes on a place to hunt where there are cows. No man has a right to set foot on property where it is pasted against trespassing— and he certainly has no right to hunt on it. No “sportsman” worthy of he name would do it. We do wisn for each and every one of our friends and readers the very best Christ mas ever—may the day bring you your heart’s desire and may the New Year that follows be filled with happiness for you and yours. ~ THE DURANT NEWS == _ Edition 94th_yEAH _NUMBKR 16 DURANT. MISSISSIPPI, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 25. 1952 ==^«= =====-=^=;^=-ggg^B> ^SB———_______ And there were in the same country shep* herds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of she Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you it born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. , And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by she shepherds. But Mary kept all these things. t I And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be j taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in s manger; because there was no room for them in the * i i Now when Jesus was bom In Bethlehem of; Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold,1 there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him. In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, en* quired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they de parted and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they were come into the house; they saw the young child with Mary his mother; and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, _&nd_frankincense, and myrrh. ::T^V.rU,V"“U “7 rLra0,,7- ana M<* ,nt° - Herod: ,ha* ’* n»*ht be fulfilled wh.ch was spoken of gZ , ;_* ^e.th“u ,herc 1 bfinK thee word: for Herod the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt, have I ^ ■ *'4j<— will seek the young child to destroy him. When be arose, called my son.