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Ferris Institute Holiday Announcement. (December 1914.)

Of all the days we long for- birthdays, wedding days, gala days- one day looms up brighter and more glorious than all the others. Christmas. This is the day that makes sweet music in the hearts of children, in the hearts of youth, in the hearts of those grown old in service. It is the day of gladness made beautiful in giving. What every age needs most is not the art of accumulating gold, houses, lands, stocks and bonds, but the art of cultivating patience, courage, trust, loyalty, faith and love,- the treasures of the soul, the symbols of eternal youth. Something to eat, drink and wear is worth while, but something to give,- a smile, a "thank-you," a good morning, a hearty handshake,- is worth more to the hungry soul. When the Christ spirit shall reign in the hearts of men, the Kingdom of Heaven will have come. We need to be born again this Christmas and at every other Christmas that shall come to us, born into an appreciation of love's solution of all human problems. Let all the children of men rejoice in the matchless gift to the world of this day.

Source: Santer, Richard A., editor. The Ferris' Christmas Greeting Messages, 1909-1927. (Big Rapids, Michigan: n.p., 1999), n.p.