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Cites Christmas Facts, Trivia Oliver Cromwell, in England banned Christmas Carols be- tween 1649 and 1660. Cromwell thought that Christmas should be a very solemn day so he banned carols and parties. The only celebration was by a ser- mon and a prayer service. In 1643, the British Parliament officially abolishes the celebra— tion of Christmas. The Puritans in America tried to make Thanksgiving Day the most important annual festival instead of Christmas. Silent Night was written in 1818, by an Austrian priest Jo- seph Mohr. He was told the day before Christmas that the church organ was broken and would not be prepared in time for Christ- mas Eve. He was saddened by this and could not think of Christ— mas without music, so he wanted to write a carol that could be sung by choir to guitar music. He sat down and wrote three stanzas. Later that night the people in the little Austrian Church sang “Stille Nacht” for the first time. St Francis of Assisi intro- duced Christmas Carols to for- mal church services. Telesphorus, the second Bishop of Rome (125-136 AD) declared that public Church ser- vices should be held to celebrate “The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour.” In 320 AD, Pope Julius I and other religious leaders specified 25 December as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ. Wishing for you The West Christmas E ver! We op 75m 1‘6 your business. King’ Corner 2 Coldwater 582-2003 Thursday Dec. 24, 2015 26 December was tradition- ally known as St Stephen’s Day, but is more commonly known as Boxing Day. This expression came about because money was collected in alrns-boxes placed in churches during the festive sea- son. This money was then dis- tributed during to the poor and needy afier Christmas. Melbourne, Australia has a sporting Boxing Day tradition. The Melbourne Cricket Ground hosts a Cricket test match. Some- times this attracts 90, 000 spec- tators. Cricket is Australia’s pre- mier Summer sport. The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Ger- many in 1531. Holly is linked to Christmas because its blood-red berries and spiked leaves are reminis— cent of Christ’s crucifixion and crown of thorns. It is also likely that Holly was used as a house decoration in pre-Christian times in Europe during the leafless and flowerless Winter season. The story of Father Christ— mas or Santa Claus has ancient European roots. St. Nicholas was the inspiration for the modern Santa Claus, a 19th century in- vention of the United States. But St Nicholas was himself derived from pagan gift givers such as the Roman Befana and the Ger- manic Berchta and Knecht Ruprecht. Subscfipfion Due? Send $28 to renew a subscription in Kansas, or $30 fiyoufive outside the state. Merry Christmas Happy New Year To all our friends and customers in Coldwater, Protection, Wilmore, Buttermilk and surrouding area, from all of us at Red Hills \X/aste Solutions Wilmore (316) 833-2990 We thank you for yourfiiendslzzp and loyalty. May all the joys oft/1e season be yours. Sherry Luzier Cosmetics TED flifiy Falls 1 18 E. Main Goldwater 582—2654 carry Christmas: Happy New Year James H. (Skip) Herd Attorney at Law 141 E. Main 582-2315 Coldwater ’3‘,» Shulz Iron etal Raymond Affeldt, Poprietor 401 S. Chicao 582-2127 or1-635-5710 Coldwater