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THURSDAY, DEC. 21, 1950
jS^gsysftireftsWs^^r^^^rWSrtRW’WtRSr*?^^ 1*4 Corner Main & Elm Greetings Christmas, Stauffer Pure Oil/ Station We wish to take this opportunity to thank all of our Customers and Friends for their past patronage and to wish them all a Very Mem w Kt w| Ilf PHONE 295-W The FARMERS GRAIN COMPANY BLUFFTON, OHIO i# lip? .. w-- ALMOST HERE Time to Wish Our Friends and Patrons A Very Merry Christmas tome. LELAND DILLER BLUFFTON, OHIO Bluffton, Ohio Cares and trouble vanish for a brief time in the joyous spirit of Christmas fellowship. May your loved ones be close to you this Christmas may the Star of Peace shine o’er your RISSER’S Sandwich Shop 5 THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTOfr i When Father Carved the... BOAR’S ^HEAD WHAT With ROAST TURKEY is to Christmas dinner today, the boar’s head was to the Yuletide feasting of Medieval England. Preparation for the feasting be gan during September or October when the boar’s flesh was at its best. Hunters tracked the animal down with .well-trained packs of boar-hounds and it was dangerous sport, attacking the ferocious beast with spears or surrounding him and driving him into a net. His ear was his most vulnerable spot, but before the dogs could get a grip on it and pin him down, his sharp teeth often wounded—some times even killed—the hunter and his dogs. Nevertheless, the pluckier the boar, the louder his praises were sung, the merrier the feasting, when his head was borne to the Christmas table. World's Christmas Legends Numerous Multitudinous legends claim in numerable origins for the Christ mas tree. One better known legend concerns an early Christian mis sionary, sometimes identified as St. Wilfred, who once came upon a group of Druids preparing to make a human sacrifice under a large oak. He had the oak cut down and, as it fell, a young fir tree sprang up in its place. The missionary seized the evidence and made the fir tree a symbol of the new faith: henceforth, the tribesmen were to set this symbol of immortality in the halls of their lodges at Christ mastime and surround it with feasting and love and the laughter of children. OHIO the Faithful Pine the Holy Family to Egypt is less but so very The legend of which sheltered during the flight well known perhaps, charming and touched by the mys ticism theme. appropriate to the Nativity Herod’s soldiers in pursuit, simply had to rest awhile Mary and sought shelter within the hol low trunk of a huge fir tree. As the soldiers approached, the tree bent its branches to conceal the huddled little group. When the danger had passed, the baby Jesus blessed the old tree. And if you cut a pine cone lengthwise at Christmastime, you can still the imprint of His little hand. A Y W E HAVE THE PLEASURE OF EXTEND ING TO YOU, ONE AND ALL, OUR SINCERE DE SIRE FOR ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT YOU MAY WISH FOR OUR EVER INCREASING CIRCLE OF FRIENDS HAS MADE THIS CHRISTMAS A VERY HAP PY ONE FOR US AND WE ONLY HOPE THAT YOU, TOO, WILL RECEIVE YOUR SHARE OF HAPPI NESS. FOR YOUR FINE PATRON AGE WE ARE THANKFUL AND ASK THAT WE MAY CONTINUE TO SERVE YOU IN THE YEARS TO COME. see Nor -has legend overlooked bright baubles which bedeck modern Christmas trees. The first Christmas tree was really an ap ple tree, according to legends col lected by Florence B. Robinson. And, although the fir tree long since has supplanted its predeces sor for Christmas use, the popular tinsel bauble of today is the repre sentative of the fruit which for the early Christians symbolized the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and his reclamation by the birth of the Saviour. our 113'/, S. MAIN ST. ‘Qrandpa droll’ JielpA d^uAiianA Celebrate .Midwinter 9eilival Although Christmas is no longer a holiday in Soviet Russia, a non religious midwinter festival is celebrated and children receive gifts from “Grandpa Frost.’’ In Czarist Russia, it was custom ary to well-to-do families with large homes to entertain lavishly on Christmas day. The invita tions were extremely formal and begged the invited to consider that. ttft thousands of years it has been so with us it has not com menced, with us it will not cease. Do not, therefore, disturb the festival do not bring the good people to despair. Without you there will be no maiden festival at Anna Karpowna’s.” In planning these houseparties, hostesses gave particular attention to the selection of partners for the young ladies. The selection was sometimes very satisfactory and sometimes left something to be de sired. Arrival of the “fair maidens,” each with her mother and retinue, bringing cake and sweetmeats and gifts for everyone, proceeded ac cording to prescribed ritual: the guests sooner freezing in their sleds before the gate than to alight before receiving the greeting of the host and hostess. Having been ceremoniously wel comed, the guests offered prayers before the icon (sacred picture) and then proceeded to the feasting and festivities arranged for them. News Want-ads bring results. Wishing A Merry if Christmas to One and All SKIP’S NURSERY Columbus Grove, Ohio and LINCOLN HIGHWAY NURSERY Upper Sandusky, Ohio ■0 4 v 'I AM Nearly wwwrwww WWtWlrtWtRWW«qrt*t«O*^^ eace owar en URICH CITY MARKET Bluffton, Ohio MEATS—GROCERY—PRODUCE sjo k 1 twenty centuries have passed since men we^e asked to lift up The their hearts and follow in the footsteps of the Christmas Child, simple pastoral life of those days has long gone, replaced by a complex industrial civilization. Yet, mankind, on Christmas, skill turns to the lessons of the first Christmas to seek peace within its hearts. Jesus still bids us “Love ye one another.” 1 y kA K* PAGE THREB GREETINGS May the joys of season an everyday possession for the whole year. This is our wish for you. lances May this Christmas Message of Peace and Cheer Bring You Lasting Happiness Through out the Year $ PM1. SftA. A'