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    2Cegend of
the 2?,amb
There is a beautiful leg
end concerning one of the
creatures in the stable
where the Infant Jesus was
born. It seems that there
was a little lamb sharing
the Blessed Child's first
abode. As the animals all
gazed in silent adoration
upon the Holy Babe, this
little lamb felt badly be
cause it had no gift to of
fer the Newborn King.
Suddenly the lamb no
ticed how thin the Babe's
blanket was . . . surely the
Infant must be cold! The
straw upon which He
rested offered very little
warmth. The little lamb
knew then that there was
indeed something it could
offer to this Holy Child.
Quickly, the lamb nestled
by the Child, sheltering
Him from the cold.
Warmed by the animal's
shaggy coat, the Christ
Child smiled and touched
the little lamb. According
to the legend, the lamb's
coat was suddenly trans
formed into soft, curly
wool. And that is why. the
legend says, all sheep now
hear a warm and woolly
coat ... as a symbol of a
special gift offered by that
little lamb on the first
Christinas night.
Yule Log
The yule log has long
been an important part of
Christmas. In Lithuania
the word for Christmas
means "lot* eveninc "
Mr. and Mrs. David Russell
719 E. Donaldson
Ecology Factor
Spells End for
Yule Bonfires
Twelfth-night, the night
before the feast of the
Epiphany, marks the end
of the Christmas season. In
past times, it has been the
practice of celebrants to
observe the end of the hol
iday season by burning
their Christmas trees in one
great bonfire, But the ecol
ogy movement has appar
ently finished off any rem
nants of this old custom
here in this country.
In one midwestern city,
where the burning of
Christmas trees had been
an annual community event
for many years, complaints
from pollution - conscious
citizens has forced the
abandonment of the tradi
tion. So much pressure was
brought to bear on the local
pollution control agency by
environment-minded resi
dents that harried officials
were forced to reject a re
quest for an open-fire per
mit from would-be Twelfth
Night celebrants.
Let us renew the message of
Christmas at this season.
Hoke Concrete Works
We want to wish yon a of the
oj this holiest of holidays...Christ mas.
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T -f f
House of Raeford Farms Inc.
We welcome the opportunity to wish you, our friends
and neighbors, the best of everything at Christmas and
to thank you for your patronage in the past. We look
forward to serving you again!
Marshall Parks Grocery & Grill
McCain, N.C
Merry Christina* anil Happy New Year
Remember to hurkle your safety belts
and drive carefully during the
Holidav season and always.
Hoke Auto Company

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