MERRY CHRISTMAS TO OUR READERS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO OUR READERS.

In a few days more, next Monday, all Christendom will be celebrating the greatest day in the year. The Christmas spirit has come to be so general, and it has impressed itself so strongly on the national life in America, that the day has acquired the character of a national holiday. For good feeling and the interchange of good wishes as well, being recognized as Christendom’s festal day. The yearly event gives it the character of a national holiday, and it has come to be a well and widely recognized one. To-day the customary greeting, “A Merry Christmas,” does not mean merriment itself so much as it does the joyfulness which is spread abroad by the spirit of the day. The lessons presented by Christmas possess a beauty which makes the day at foundation a truly great one and the influence is a constantly increasing one. The Christmas spirit is growing not only among the peoples of this country at the holiday season, but happily is expanding as to time, fori it is a good spirit for all seasons. This year this vast influence exercised by the spirit of Christmastide is particularly striking because of the unusual and abnormal conditions obtaining here as well as abroad as results of the war that has been raging in Europe for more than two years. This country, however, is at peace with the world and a substantial measure of prosperity has come to it during the past year, while the indications are that its further prosperity is assured. This favorable outlook, coupled with hopes entertained of peace abroad, being among the possibilities of the not far distant future, mean that Christmas greetings this year indicate very much more than a mere formal celebration of an ancient custom. They are a recognition of the true spirit of Christmas; its elevating lessons and fulfillment of conditions to make the people happier. It is, therefore, with hope and cordiality, supplemented by confidence, that FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING extends the old time, always bright, greeting to its readers. “A Merry Christmas.”

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO OUR READERS.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO OUR READERS.

All Christendom will celebrate the greatest holiday of the year in three days more. In America the Christmas spirit has impressed itself so deeply on the national life and upon those of all races within its borders that besides its character as Christendom’s festal day. Christmas has come to be in a sense a national holiday for good feeling and the interchange of good wishes, which supplemental character has come to be well recognized. A “Merry Christmas,” the customary greeting of the day, does not mean merriment itself so much as it does the joyfulness that is spread abroad by the spirit of the day. The beauty of the lessons presented by Christmas make the day at foundation a truly great one. The vast influence exerted by the spirit of Christmastide is even more striking than usual this year, because of the unusual conditions obtaining as a result of war that has now been raging more than a year among some European countries. This country, happily, is at peace and is growing in prosperity, with every promise of still further steady progress. This outlook for increasing prosperity at home and the hope of peace abroad means that, this year’s Christmas greetings can be very much more than the mere following out of a custom. They are a recognition of the true Christmas spirit itself with its elevating lesson and confidence in conditions to make people happier and better off. So it is with sincere confidence, as well as hope and cordiality, that FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING offers the ancient. yet bright, greeting, “A Merry Christmas,” to all its readers.