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r THE CLINCH COUNTY NEWS . ......................... FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, ,' When Father Carved the... WHAT ROAST TURKEY is to Christmas dinner today, the iboar's head was to the Yuletide 'feasting of Medieval England. Preparation for the feasting be- tgan during September or October when the boar's flesh was at Rs best. Hunters tracked the animal idown with well-tralned packs of iboar-hounds and it was dangerous Isport, 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 :~zis dogs. Nevertheless, the pluckier the IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY .... The Ray. Hugh GUes (left, on stand), min/ster of music at the Central Presbyterian church in New York, is shown leading the carol singing which marked the lighting of the Christmas trees on Park avenue last year. Six hundred persons joined the chpirs of five churches as the 30 trees lining the avenue were lighted and dedicated in hemor of U. S. war dead. "AND THEY WENT UP..." ]boar, the louder his praises were kl- sung, the merrier the feasting, iwhen his head was borne to the re ,xu y !Christmas table. World's Christmas Legends Numerous Multitudinous legends claim in- numerable origins for the Christ- ~rnas 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- rnastime and surround it with feasting and love and the laughter of children. The legend of the Faithful Pine which sheltered the Holy Family during the flight to Egypt is less well known perhaps, but so very charming and touched by the mys- ticism appropriate to the Nativity theme. With Herod's soldiers in pursuit, Mary simply had to rest awhile 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 Jesps blessed the old tree. And if you cut a pine cone lengthwise at Christmastime, you can still see the imprint of His little hand. Nor has legend overlooked the bright baubles which bedeck our 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. Mistletoe Has OomeLon -Way Since Days of Druid Worship The mistletoe, has come a long way from the days when it was ~vorshiped by the British druids to Yts present status as a criminal killer of forests. However, its use as a symbol of love, peacemaking and goodwill survives to this Christmas intact from the pre- Christian days of the ancient Scan- dinavian light god, Balder, whose palace stood in the Milky Way. The beloved Balder, so the myth goes, was slain by a mistletoe ar- row but was restored to life at the intercession of the other gods. Cus- tody of the mistletoe plant was then entrusted to the goddess of love who ordained that henceforth anyone passing beneath ~ts bough should receive a.~ kiss in token of love, not vengeance. Held high, it never could be evil. Christmas Mass Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is the event of the year in Rome. Every Roman Catholic church in the Holy City is crowded with men, women and children anxious to see the processions of church officials in their splendid robes. The larger the church, the more he~tutiful the sight. And, of course, the ser- vice at St. Peter's is the most magnificent in the world. At St. Peter's all the men present are required to wear evening clothes and the ladies must be dressed in black, thus offsetting the brilliant beauty of the robes. Even the guards on duty are attire~l in elegant red and white uniforms. ~ There was no macadam highway leading from Nazareth to Bethle- hem when Mary and Joseph under- took their memorable journey nearly 2,000 years ago. As far as routes were concerned, there were three. The western route led along the sea-coast and through the plain of Sharon. This route was unpopular with pious folk like Mary and Joseph who shunned the heathen cities, rowdy travelers, etc., as much as possi- ble. The shortest route, via the fruit- ful "plains of Esdraelon into the mountains of Samaria and through Shechem and Bethel, was not very popular either. The road was tol- erable, but steep; however, the ffews had little use for the Samari- tans, and vice versa. The Jordon route, which de- scended into the Jordon valley and followed the river's east bank around Jericho, was favored by the majority of Galilean travelers who for one reason or another (the Passover, etc.) went down to Jer- nsalem at regular intervals and knew their way around as well as suburbanites kn ow their w a y around m o d e r n metropolitan areas. If the Jordon route was a little round-about, it was fairly level-- and steeped in Jewish history, from the shadow of Mount Tabor where Saul in desperation sought his 'witch' of Endor, to the tomb a little before Bethlehem where the first Joseph buried his beloved Rachel. It is fairly certain that Mary and Joseph did not choose the western route when they planned their very special journey. Whether they chose to go by way of Shechem and Bethel, or around the walled city of Jericho may never be de- termined definitely. But, the distance- nearly 100 miles--was, in any case, unrelent- ing and conquered only by per- sistent plodding. And when Mary was too tired to go another step, Joseph took the packs upon his own shoulders so that she might ride the little d o n k e y which .trudged faithfully at his side. Verily indeed, did Mary appreci- ate the shelter of the stable that night--no one could have been more grateful or more happy than Mary. And she brought forth her first-born son, and laid him in a manger. Flower Legends Express Christmas Beauty There are many legends concerning Christmas, but some of the most beautiful have to do with flowers. The Christmas rose, for instance, was divinely created. A shep- herd maid wept at having no gift to lay before the Babe in the Manger. Suddenly an angel appeared before her-- The Angel spoke, his voice was low and sweet As the sea's murmur on low-lying shore, Or whisper of the wind in ripened wheat. Then, after hearing why the maiden wept, he touched the ground where her tears had fallen, with the branch of lilies which he carried, and immediately the place was white with Christmas roses, which the maid gathered and laid on the manger. Of the others/Sainfoin, or Holy Hay, is believed to have cradled the infant Christ in the manger. And the snowdrop is the flower of the Virgin Mary, and is said to be the emblem of the candles she lighted on Christmas Eve. 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