The Akaroa Mail FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1915.
Thb Xmas Season is here once more. It is impossible to view it witb thai; light-hearted happy manner in which
we were wont to greet the Yale'tide, L Theie are too many fathers, b-ntbers, I and sons away on the battlefields, and their absence makes a void which it If is bard to fill. All who have anything * of a sympathetic temperament must i also remember tbe numbers of hou«e t bolda who have lost a member in this j terrible war. In New Zealand there 1 are many families who have lost a son, ] and the hearts of all go out to those I bereaved ones. These families have J made tbe supreme sacrifice for their , country, and would be willing to give of their best again for the honour of tbe Empire. Their grief is tempered with pride in the glorious name the New Zealanders have earned for them selves, but, at the same time, the per-! sonat loss must be felt by all. Xmas can hardly bs solemnized in a jovial care free manner when all this is borne in mind; However, it not right to rob the children of their enjoyment of tbe season, and the grown ups also should try to carry in their minds the j message of "Peace and Goodwill to all Men/ There is this one great saving grace about our present time of trouble and stress, and this is the sinking of all petty jealousies and meannesses, It is impossible to hold such things in mind as local jealousies, and many families are knit together by the bond of common suffering as they have never been knit before. Our Empire ( is engaged in a desperate conflict, but we are free in New Zealand to go about our business as usual, thanks to tbe glorious work of our navy. Ger many has shot her bolt, and has conquered the two small countries of Belgium and Servia, and taken a very small portion' of France and Poland. There is no doubt that the Allies are now on the move to victory. Ifc may be some time coming ; but final viotory is certain to come to the Allies, who have engaged themselves to spare no effort to crush the military despotism of Germany. We cannot forget the conflict with Germany even at this season of peace when tbe brotherhood of man is felt most keenly, but we can hope that the image oi '• the Christ child will be in the hearts , of all our soldier?, making tbem merciful as well as strong.. Every New Zealander should be happy in the knowledge of the glorious history our boys have made at Gallipoli, and in face of our heavy casualties and the continuance of the war, we do not hesitate to wish all our readers ' A Merry Xmas.
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The Akaroa Mail FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1915., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3507, 24 December 1915