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The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1880. A Merry Christmas.

A journalist has much to write during the twelvemonths, but he chooses to make his work light when the happy season of Christmas comes round. He likes not to gush about the customs of the season nor to clink together smooth sentences about the Bethlehemitic choir and the burden of its song —“ peace on earth, goodwill towards men.” He prefers to leave that work to the men whose special mission it is and whom it well befits—the clergymen. But he would be rude indeed did he neglect on Christmas to wish his readers

A Merry Christmas, one and all, and to express his best wishes for their welfare. We do so now, most fervently. This season

is one at which it is much better that many things that one would wish to say were lelt unsaid, and however full one’s heart may be on other occasions, to be silent on this, except in so far as our words add only to the good feeling that ought to prevail. Therefore we have only to join our salutations to the many heartfelt ones we hope every reader of this journal will receive, and to hope that the dawn of Christmas, 1880, will be the beginning of a new era of health, happiness, and prosperity.

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The Ashburton Guardian. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1880. A Merry Christmas. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 225, 24 December 1880

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