Albany High School - Prisms Yearbook (Albany, NY)

 - Class of 1922

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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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