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Holiday Announcement

1916

Christmas, every day in the year, has not been realized. Two years ago, civilized countries entertained the hope that the spirit of Christmas would soon dominate the conduct of the whole world. War stricken nations in the year nineteen fifteen have learned that the coming of the "new day" has been postponed. They have learned that the absence of the Christ Spirit means that the destruction of the world, means an Inferno that even a Dante could not describe. The saving lesson of the hour is the renewal of hope, the consecration of life to the ideal lived and taught by the Savior. Love, not hate, is the elixir of life. Love in the home, love of father and mother for the children, love of children for father and mother, love of brother for sister, and sister for brother, love of "Peace on earth, good will to men" is the pressing need of the hour. A Merry Christmas for the children, a Merry Christmas for the fathers and mothers, a Merry Christmas for all the people of the United States, a Merry Christmas for all the war stricken nations of Europe- a Merry Christmas for all mankind. This wish of long ago is our eternal legacy; it is our everlasting hope, more precious than ever before in the history of the world. May our Heavenly Father help us to rejoice in this hope.


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


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