The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1913. CHRISTMAS.
Tab Christmas season is on us again —the time of family re unions and exchange of good wishes among friends, Fortunately the Christmas spirit goes deeper than that, and at this season when.we welcome the advent of Ohriet upon Earth we should all try to carry out the message brought down to the watching shepherds, " Peace and Goodwill to All Men," There must be differences and troubles in every community with all the various temperaments and different points of view, but at such a season ail should try to take the
larger vision, and extend a feeling of peace and goodwill to friend and foe alike. Therein liea the true joy of Christmas. Feelinga of " envy, malice and all uncbaritableness " are laid aside, and the season is more enjoyed in consequence. At home in England Christmas comes as a break in the winter season, and the enjoyment inside the bouse is not marred by the snow and Bleefc outside, but here in New Zealand we usually have a bright and sunny day, when family parties can enjoy pleasant, gatherings outside. The change of the festival comes bard to those born and bred in England, but though the fare is heavy for our warm weather, the enjoyment of pleasure trips io the Christmas holidays is very keen. The only drawback to the change of the season is the loss of the purely Home spirit which surrounds Christ mas. In England people spend
Camtmas in iheir own homes, sur rounded by their families, but in New Zealand it is only natural tbab house holders leave the hot towns for the country seaside, though this year it looks as though we shall a truly English Christmas from the point of W- 3 atlior. r i he various th o as to the correc*; season for Christmas make Vry pleasant reading It is maintained by some that Guisfc was born in mid-suinmpr, and that is proved by the fact that the shepherds lay all night out in the fields watching their flocks. The change of the time of the festival was due to the fact that the early Chrigtians altered the date to fit in with the old Teutonic feast o! the Yule tide, which was held in midwinter. Iα middle English days the good fairies communicated with mortals at this season of the year, placing their charms upon the deserving, and as recorded in the famous lines ol Shakespeare "the bird of dawn" heralded the approach of these happy days when peace and goodwill reigned. Ever as the world becomes more civiliaed we work harder for our happiness, wringing the pleasures dry in our mad pursuit, passing by ihe good things that lie within our reach. The Christmas season teaches us to bear in our hearts peace and goodwill to all men, and once we have lost eelf sufficiently to do that happiness will follow. We should cultivate the heßft of the child who "finds and rr-ver seeks." Christmas time should teach us <be wisdom of those lines of
" 'Tis no in titles nor in rank, 'Tis no in wealth like Lunnon bank, 'Tii no in making mickle mair, 'Tis no in wisdom nr in lair To make us truly b.'esfc,"
" J( happiness has not her seat, Nor centre in our breaet; W" may be wise or rich or great, But never can bo blest."
" Nne treasures, nae pleasures Can mike us happy !ang.
The hean'd.aye, the part fcye
That's either right or wrang."
In conclusion, we wish all our
A Mkhry Chhistmas