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THE GARNET AND GRAY 7
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In offering this issue of the GARNET AND GRAY, it is with the hope
and expectation that although there were no Christmas and Spring numbers
last year, the school itself has lost neither interest nor capacity for Work.
Last year the staff was able to publish only the one Senior issue. But
that in itself wnas a splendid example of the high quality of former publica-
tions. This year it has be-en decided to edit, in all, three issues: a Christmas
and a Spring publication, climaxed by a tinal graduation number.
The staff realizes that the success of these issues, in respect to both
financial and literary contributions, depends in a large measure on the
complete coordination of the student body. By this response the degree
of the pupils' interest is estimated. The work of our predecessors has
caused the standard of this paper to be elevated to an enviable plane among
other scholastic publications. Since the opportunity to gain experience
was limited last year, we shall, at all times, gladly receive instructive criti-
cism, which will secure the maintenance of this undertaking, and at the
same time be beneficial to the publications themselves. The success of
these editions can be achieved only by combining a singleness of purpose
with a unity of effort. Therefore let us combine our efforts for the advance-
ment of our paper with material aid and with true school spirit.
PAUL DAVIS, '23
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
True Christmas spirit produces delightful and exhilarating effects on
the individual of average circumstances and intelligence. VVho can remain
despondent when confronted by its contagious merriment, and who is not
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8 THE GARNET AND GRAY
warmed by the radiance from its magnetic influence? The troubled are
soothed, the weary invigorated, and the sorrowful cheered by it.
The range and influence of the Christmas spirit is wider, and its power
greater than that of any other holiday in the year. It penetrates to all
classes of people, to localities in which the spirit of other holidays holds a
place of no importance, and lends a delightfully festive atmosphere of good-
will to the actions and motives of everyone who possesses ity so that the
people with whom he is in contact are necessarily better for having asso-
ciated with him.
At last we are commencing probably the most enjoyable and the most
anticipated season of the year, and we have concluded that the best motto
for it is one that is commonplace but especially favored by our noble cheer
leader: " Get some spirit into this, now! "
CHARLOTTE LEONARD, '24
IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?
As soon as we were old enough to understand, our mothers told us
about a kindly white whiskered old gentleman, who was very fat and wore
a red fur-trimmed hat and suit. This fact often made us wonder how
he could slide down the small opening of the chimney, as mother said
he did, and H11 the stockings, which we had expectantly placed before the
fire-place, from a magic sack, which he carried on his back.
When we arrived at the advanced age of eight years, having been
told by playmates that there was no Santa Claus, we decided to lie awake
and find out the true facts for ourselves. This we did and soon discovered,
with breaking hearts, our parents distributing presents and trimming the
tree, and we decided we had solved the mystery of Santa Claus. Now
we were sure there wasn't any Santa Claus and from that time on, we
laughed in scorn at all reference to him.
But do we remember what Santa Claus originally meant to us? He
was kindness and generosity. For no reason whatever he would come
around distributing gifts and happiness at Christmas time. Hundreds of
years ago there was a true Santa Claus. Because he so admired the kindli-
ness and generosity of Christ, Saint Nicholas did his 'best to imitate him
and went about distributing his wealth a.mong the poor. After his death
his goodness did not go for naught. People seeing the happiness derived
from the gifts, decided to keep up the custom established by Saint Nicholas,
and once a year on Christmas Day in almost all the homes in the world,
gifts are given in his memory and in his name. So you see there is really
a Santa Claus.
.ADALINE GERTSKIN, '25
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