Ferris Institute Holiday Announcement. (December 1917.)
The whole world is longing and praying for a "Merry Christmas," because the spirit of Christ has not dominated mankind in the ages past. The world is engaged in a life and death struggle. For more than three years, the wanton destruction of human life has gone on. Millions of homes are crushed and the cry of the anguish is heard around the world. Underneath this cry hope lingers, the hope that illuminates Christmas, the only hope that saves.
Now as never before, man's hope, the world's hope, comes from Bethlehem. Forsake this hope, and humanity is lost- eternal night reigns. A better and more glorious day is coming, another Christmas is coming and another. By and by hate will give to love. Let your hearts go out to all the nations of the earth.
To father and mother, brother and sister and immediate friends, give no Christmas token that has a money value. Give to all those who are safe from the devastation of war, words of greeting, words that shall quicken the pulse, words of love that shall forever linger in memory. These greetings will prepare you for an even greater work of love. Remember at least one American soldier, or remember some stricken soldier whose name you will never know. Make with your own hands some article of clothing- or give to the Red Cross of your time and labor in order that you may bestow your love upon those who are defending your home, who are sacrificing for the hope of a better world. Do not call this work a duty, but call it a blessed privilege, call it a work of love, not simply for the American nation, but for all mankind.
Ferris Institute students will understand this message. This is the first Christmas in thirty-four years that Mrs. Ferris has not been by my side and inspired my utterances. Her memory, her abiding spirit of Christmas love warms my heart, her life aspirations are my aspirations and your aspirations. Once more I say to my teachers, my students, my neighbors, to all American firesides, to all of God's children, a Merry Christmas.