The Ethical Record Volume 4, No. 2

The Ethical Record Volume 4, No. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...and Commonwealths have so often rejected, shall indeed and at last be accepted as the chief cornerstone. The Ethical Record. ' 61 Keeping Ebristmas. The three great festivals of the year, --Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, --are all of them essentially festivals of joy. They are, therefore, the touchstones of our spiritual health; forthere is no surer test of that health than one's capacity for joy. The up-welling of joy in the heart is the up-welling of the very spirit of life; the very rhythm and rhyme of the world, beating full in the heart of man; the sign and assurance of his being in harmony with the music to which the world moves. It is at Christmas that this tide of the year's joy is at the full. No festal season is so rich in its varied expressions of gladness; song and story, rite and symbol, frolic and revel. So universally are the peoples of the Western world caught in the sweep of its gladness, that it becomes, of all the festivals of the year, the one that most grandly expresses the largest interests and hopes of the race; man's mingled love and gratitude and good will, his worship of nature, his human enthusiasms and adorations, and, above all, his tribute to childhood, his tender glorification of the child and the childlike. In Christmas mingle the mytholo-gies and the legendary lore, the scenes and the genius, of many races and lands. Here North and South, East and West, are in happy concert. Much of the symbolism of Christmas as it is still kept among us, --the lights and the evergreens, the yule-log and the mistletoe; even the plum puddingand the mince pie, --is a survival of man-s primitive celebrations of' the returning light of the sun after the winter solstice. Christmas is more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236830342
  • 9781236830340