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Holiday Announcement

1921

We send the old-time Christmas Greetings to all the world. Once more we hear the shouts and merry laughter of the children about the hearthstone, once more we see father and mother in the merriment. In those good old days the sunshine of Christmas love warmed the hearts of all. The star of Hope shone with resplendent luster. The simplest tokens proclaimed peace and good will for all the children of men. Covenants and treaties do not make for peace, unless their origin is in love. Where love reigns, covenants and treaties are unnecessary. Where love reigns, justice prevails. Where justice dominates the hearts and minds of men, there can be no industrial wars, no race wars, no international wars. The bounties of the earth are manifold. Jesus had such a world in mind when He said "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall it, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye put on. IS not the life more than meat and the body more than raiment?" This teaching involves the ideal of universal brotherhood, the ideal made manifest by America in the recent world conflict. Love is not passive; love is aggressive and constructive. In this age of unrest, in this age of mental, moral and religious fatigue, the clarion call comes from Bethlehem. Again we say, Christmas greetings, greetings of love for the rebirth of our old world.


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


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