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Christmas Tree Has Deep Roots Today the Christmas Tree is a central feature of the Christmas celebrations but its origins are ancient and pre-date Christianity. Pagans used trees as part of their religious ceremonies The Druids decorated Oak trees with fruit and candles in honour of their Gods of the Harvest. Dur— ing the Roman festival of Saturnalia, trees were decorated with gifis and candles. The Vi- kings regarded evergreen conif- erous trees as symbols that the darkness of Winter would end and that Spring would return. So how did the Tree become part of Christmas? One legend tells of St. Boniface who encountered some German pagans about to sacri- fice a child at the base of an Oak tree. He cut down the Oak to pre- vent the sacrifice and a Fir tree grew in its place. St Boniface told the pagans that this was the Tree We wish all our Friends & Customers a Merry Christmas Protection Storage Johnny Patty Gean 620—622-4600 Protection ‘ Thursday Dec. 24, 2015 of Life and represented Christ. Another legend ascribes the Christmas tree to Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism. The legend tells how Luther saw the stars shining through the branches of a forest as he walked at night giving him an impres— sion of twinkling lights. The beauty of this so impressed him that he cut down a small ever- green and brought it into his home to recreate the scene us- ing lighted candles on the tree’s branches. Germany seems to have started the use of a decorated tree as part of Christmas. When trees were scarce a wooden pyra- mid was sometimes used and this would be decorated with branches and candles. The use of the Christmas tree spread to America with German emigrants. Nowadays the Christmas tre:, (real or synthetic), is seen wrrldwide in homes, churches, wcrkplaces and cities. ‘Xmas’ Originated With the Church The abbreviation of Xmas for Christmas is not irreligious. The first letter of the word Christ in Greek is chi, which is identical to our X. Xmas was originally an ecclesiastical abbre- viation that was used in tables and charts. In the early days of printing, when font sizes were limited and type was set by hand, abbrevia— tions and ditto marks were used liberally. Xmas came into general use from the church, not as a “lazy and sacreligious” term designed to take Christ’s name out of Ch‘istmas,” as many believe. Chris tma and a to all our Friends and Customers Happy New Year CMS Electric Cooperative Touchstone Energy” Partner m A 1-800-794-2353 Alva \[ision Clinic Dr. Troy Smith & Dr. Callie Mosburg Both Doctors are now approved providers of Vision Care Direct. Also Sooner Care, Medicare, PVCS, BlueCross/BlueShield, Superior & SVP Call 580-327-2393 or 1 800-350-2393 for an appointment. Hours: Mon. & Thurs. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues. & Wed. 7:30 a.m. 5:30 pm. Closed Noon-1 p.m. Daily 504 College Ave. Alva, Okla. With deepest appreciation for your business and with sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas Happy New Year We would like to wish all our friends and customers Happy Holidays, and to especial/y thank you all for your friendship and business during this past year. ll start MACK; Tony Lisa Gales, Pharmacists 582-21 34 Beeley Propane Goldwater 582-2602 113 E. Main Coldwater