School Arts Volume 9, No. 1

School Arts Volume 9, No. 1

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... merry masquers in, And carols roar'd with blithesome din. If unmelodious was the song, It was a hearty note, and strong. Who lists may in their murmuring see Traces of ancient mystery. White shirts supplied the masquerade. And smutted cheeks the visors made; But oh! what masquers richly dight, Can boast of bosoms half so light 1 England was merry England when Old Christmas brought his sports again. Sir Walter Scott. Christmas! What a start the word gives us, yet if we are to have any Christmas plays or dances, it is quite time we were making our plans. The selection from Sir Walter Scott's "Christmas Eve in the Olden Time," gives us a slight idea of what the Christmas celebration meant in "Merry England." Many of our own present day customs of the Christmas season, notably that of decorating our homes with evergreen and mistletoe, have come down to us from our English ancestors. England was not alone in its observances of Christmas, for the season has been taken note of in all countries from very early times. The date was fixed at a time of year when the ancients were accustomed to hold many of their festivals, particularly that in honor of the Sun. The Saxon nations and other northern countries kept a festival at this time of year in honor of the god Thor. This festival was called "Yule" or "Jule," and was marked by both religious and secular observances. The Romans, Greeks, Mexicans, Persians, and Chinese all had similar festivals, and in all countries it seems to have been a time of equality, with no class distinctions, and presents were given and received, much as we give Christmas presents now; moreover there still remains the same strange mingling of the divine and the secular. An interesting...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236942426
  • 9781236942425