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Ancestry of Santa
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Like the songs that are sung In the
Like all tales that are tenderly
Like the memories of loved ones
that hallow our hearts,
There's a story that never grows
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H A T is Santa Claus’ age?
The Jolly, roistering, pot
bellied, ever young old fel
low that we know has made
his appearance on earth in so many
• ► Lo! The angels first sing It in
guises that the secret o f his first com
ing threatens to remain forever veiled
And the watchers with wonder
in the midst of antiquity. No one can
• * They’ feel the first thrill o f the
say with any certainty just when he
first made his appearance among pre
In the story that never grows old.
historic men, for merry old Snnta in
Round the Christ Child of Bethle
one form or another delighted chi I
drens hearts In many a pagan house
Are clusters of apples of gold.
hold centuries before the commence
, ► And pictures of silver adorn every
ment o f the Christian era and prior to
Of the story that never grows old.
any recorded history.
The name of Santa Claus, by which
, , It gladdens the hearts of all chil
he is known in America, is the Dutch
name for St. Nicholas. The name
And millions o f manlier mold
Are happier, holler, better by far,
Krfss Krlngle, by which be Is known
For the story that never grows
in England, is a corruption of Christ
Kindlein or the Christ Child. But tlie
festivities that distinguish Christmas
existed long before Christianity, and a
jolly god of good cheer appears as the
T h e C h r is t m a s G uest.
personification of the period from the
Whoso shall come any way this night,
earlier pagan times. Now the Santa
By moor or hill or shore,
Claus of today Is simply that old Jolly
For him the blessed candles' light.
god sobered up. washed nnd purified.
For him tho open door.
The Dionysin of the Greeks. the Sat
(Oh, Mary, this for thy Son’s sake,
Though mine comes in no more!)
urnalia of the Romans, the Twelve
Nights of the old Norsemen nnd of the
My hearth is swept, my Yule logs burn,
Teutons all celebrated the coming of
My board is decked and spread;
the winter solstice. People then gave
For any who may seein in turn
themselves up to all sorts of revelry
Are warmth and wine and bread.
(Oh, Mary, grant my son this night
and excess. In the Dionysin the repre
Be housed and comforted!)
sentative figure was not the young
Bid, banned or beggared come for guest. Dionysus or Bacchus, but the aged
cheery nnd disreputable Silenus. the
My heart shall share his woes,
And on his head my hand shall rest
chief o f the Satyrs and the god of
To bless him ere he goes.
drunkards. In the Saturnalia it war
(Oh, Mary, grant my son this night
Saturn; in the Germanic feasts it was
That blesslhg and repose!)
Thor, both long bearded nnd whit«,
haired gods like Silenus.
This night, for thy one Son’s dear sake,
Wait light and warmth and wine.
Now', although the central figure of
Oh, Mary, we be mothers both!
the Christian festival is the child God
Take these my tears for sign,
the Christ Kindlein. the influence of
And this I do for thy sweet Son.
long pagan custom was too strong
W ilt thou not do for mine?
within the breasts o f the early Chris
tians to be easily superseded. The t.rn
dition of hoary age ns the true repre
sentatlve of the dying year and Its et
tendaut Jollifications still remainc-
smoldering under the ashes of th<
past. It burst into new flame whei
the past was too far back to be lookei
upon with the fear and antagonism o
the church and there seemed no longc
any danger of a relapse Into pugnnism
A t first, however, the more dignified
representative was chosen as more in
W IN E the bittersweet and holly
keeping with the occasion.
Arched above the hearthstone’s was unconsciously rebaptized as St.
Nicholas, the name of the saint whose
festival occurs in December and W’ho
Joy, not melancholy,
Come, indrifting with the snow.
as the patron of young people is espe
In each face the frost’s a-tingle,
daily fitted for the patronage of tin
And afar on flying wing
festival which has come to be looked
Comes the alelghbell’s rhythmic Jingle
upon as especially that of the young
Through December Journeying.
At first St. Nicholas did not supersede
Bet the board and ask the blessing
the Christ Child, but accompanied him
For the bounty amply spread,
In his Christmas travels, as. indeed, he
In the simplest wfords expressing
still does in certain rural neighbor
What a loving Father said—
“ Peace on earth” —for this is nearest
hoods of Europe where the modern
When the snows with us abide
spirit has been least fe lt
And the winter air is clearest
St. Nicholas, according to the hagi-
In the hush of Christmastide.
ologist, was a bishop of Myra, who
flourished early in the fourth century
lie is the patron of children and
It is strange that everywhere St.
Nicholas is most honored and his feast
day most observed the most pious and
instructed among the common people
know little of the legend of the saint.
He is treated with that mixture of se
riousness and frivolity which becomes
a dying myth.
In southern Germany and Austria a
youth garbed as St. Nicholas and ac
companied by two angels nnd a whole
troop of devils in hideous masquerade,
with blackened faces nnd clanking
chains, on Dec. 5 (St. Nicholas’ festal
day) makes a round of certain houses
where the little ones of the village
have been collected. To the good chil
dren he brings gifts of nuts and ap
ples, while the naughty ones are left
to the devices of the satanic followers
in his train.
In many places the bugbear over
shadows in importance both the Christ
Child nnd St. Nicholas. He appears
under different names and in different
guises. In Lower Austria he is the
frightful Krnmpus. with his clanking
chains nnd horrible devil’s mask, who.
notwithstanding his gilded nuts nnd
MIS R E IN D E E R STEEDS A R E PR A N C IN G .
apples, gingerbread and toys, which
Bring the old musician’s fiddle.
he carries in his basket, is the terror
Relic of the bygone days.
of the nursery. In Hanover. Holstein
•end the fairest down the middle
nnd Mecklenburg be is known as Clas
While the llUing music sways.
Ught of foot and quick of laughter.
In Silesia his name is Joseph.
Swing the dancers, toe and heel,
Sometimes the bugbear was a female
As they pass or follow after
In Lower Austria she was called tli *
In the quaint Virginia reel.
In Sunbin it wns th*
^fake a welcome for the stranger
Berchtel who chastised children, tho
•benid bis footstep cross the door.
did nqt spin diligently, with rods, hr,*
4y the memory of the manger
rewarded the industrious with drie 1
And the Christ that was of yore
pears, apples nnd nuts.
Gather children’s faces round you.
As he gathered them long syne,
The female bogy survives espeelnll
I f it be the years have crowned you
in Russia and In Italy. In the forme*
With their radiance divine.
place she is known ns the Rnboushkr
Deck the tree and light the candles,
In the latter as the Befana. Befann I «
Let the stockings all be hung.
n corruption of Kpiphnnin or Epiph?
For a saint with furry sandals
ny. for It Is on Epiphany. Jon fl. th;
O’er the housetops high has swung,
the Italians make presents to the
And his reindeer steeds are prancing
Through the star bespangled rime.
children In commemoration of the gif
And the moonbeams pale arc glancing
given by the three wise men to Chrb
In the merry Christmas time.
on that date
-E rn e st M cGaffey
Ladd & Tilton Bank, Portland
National Park, New York
cited ns reason for disbelieving the
whole narration. The people of 2,000
years ago attached little Importance U
dates, except current ones, and it may
he remembered that the destruction
of Jerusalem occurred between the
time of the Nativity and the writing ot
the gospels, at least In the shape In
which It has come down to us.
R e d F la n n e l.
Red flannel as a cure for rheuma
tism has ninny adherents. No doubt
the fianuel keeps warm and protects
the stiff Jolut nnd sore muscles, but ns
far ns the color goes any other in the
spectrum would be fully as effective.
Like iiiuny of our hoy nnd girl super
stitions, the notion has become so
deeply grounded as to have an un
doubtedly favorable mental effect. Per
ish the iconoclast who would destroy
T h e M a g n e t.
Magnet is derived from the name of
the city of Magnesia. In Asia Minor,
where the properties o f the lodestoue
are said to have been discovered. It
has, however, been asserted that the
name comes from Mngncs. the name of
a shepherd who discovered magnetic
power h.v being held on Mount Ida.
In Greece, by its attraction for the
nails 111 Ills shoes.
M o d e rn iz e d C o m p a ris o n .
"The pen," remarked the rendy made
philosopher, “ is mightier than the
“ Yes,” replied the man who writes
able articles on universal peace, “ blit
I ’m not sure that the typewriter is
mightier than the battleship."—Wash
T h e B e n ig h t e d P a re n t.
Little Girl—Why did your mamma
spank you? Boston Child — Because
she Is too untutored and Ignorant to
devise a more modern reformatory
method of punishment.—Life.
U s e s o f F a ilu r s .
I thank God that I was not made n j
dextrous manipulator, for the most im
portant o f my discoveries have been
suggested to me by failure.—Sir !
The angry man should never do to
day what he can put off until tomor
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Junction of plnnots-Snturn, Jupiter
and Mars—nnd that the first two
named were In conjunction as seen
from tile earth no less than three times
In the year preceding—that Is, B. C. 7.
Another theory about the star of
T often lias been stated that the Bethlehem which has been advnnced
birth of Christ must have occur Is that the star seen by the magi Is
red four years before the date Splca, the leudlng brilliant In the con
fixed on for tho current chronolo
stellation of Virgo, the Virgin. For
py and that it is probable the evcut be many years before and after the
fell at some other time in the year Christian era the star was changing
than a few days after the winter sol Its place until it was then literally a
stice. The renson for the confident as "star in the east,” nnd Its movement
sertion is the ascertaining of the fact
that Herod died about four years B. C.
The basis of this supposition Is the
report that at the time of the birth of
Christ “ there were shepherds nbldlug
In the field, watching their flocks by
night," a circumstance not natural in
the latitude of Bethlehem near the
shortest day. That Is the height of
the rainy season in Judea, and the
date does not appear to have been oh
served generally before the fifth cen
Many students of Biblical history
have argued thut the story about the
star of Bethlehem points to a date for
the Nativity not later than May 8,
B. O. 0. On that date the planets
Venus nnd Jupiter were so closely in
conjunction as seen from the earth
that tho apparent distance between
them was equal only lo the breadth of
the full moon. These “ lands were
then visible in the east a couple of
honrs before sunrise uud must have
produced a strikingly beautiful appear
ance nnd hnve been spoken of us one
object. That wag about fifty days less
than two years liefore the death of ;
Herod, a fuct which hnrmonlr.es well
with other conditions of the narrative,
for It Is probable that the mandate
for the slaughter o f all the children
T H E S T A B O F BET11I.EUEU.
two years old nnd under wns Issued
aonie months before his decease, and In that direction may have been the
the limit o f two years would leave an very fact noticed by the wise men of
ample margin for uny uncertainty ns some centuries preceding who expect
to the time of the appearance of the ed that the prophecy about the Virgin
star, as related by the magi; also there would be fulfilled when Its principal
were no paschal full moons on n l-'ri star readied the position noted, i f
day between the years II. O. Ü and this were no the visit of the magi from
A. D. 33 and no other following that Bactrla. In the far east, is easily ex
till A. D. 00.
plained. and the chief difficult; attend
From this It would seein to follow ing the explanation lies in the fact
that Christ was thirty-eight years old that such an important search ns they
at the time o f the crucifixion, nnd tills undertook Is noticed by only one out
would vindicate the sagacity of the of the four evangelists.
Jewish doctors who nlilrmcd that he
The uncertainty o f the centuriea In
was not yet fifty (forty?) years old. It regard lo the date of the Nativity In
Is remarked, too, that In the sitting of year nnd month may never he cleared
the same year there wna a triple con up. Its existence has. been unfairly
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