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    Mr. and Mrs. Ransom Baucom
303 W. Edinborough
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Whoever heard of a skin
ny Santa? At one time.
Santa tear described as
slim and tall, believe it or
not. Today we are accus
tomed to thinking of Santa
in terms of Clement Clarke
Moore's "plump and jolly
old elf", described in bis
poem, "A Visit from St.
Nicholas." that we take it
for granted that Santa has
always looked that was.
But until Moore wrote
his now-famous poem,
there were differing notions
as to Santa's appearance.
He was described as slim
and tall in some accounts,
short and fat iii others. No
doubt many thought of
him as being dignified, for
he was known as St. Nich
olas at that time.
But then Moore wrote
"A Visit from St. Nicholas."
which appeared in print
for the first time in the
Sentinel of Troy. New York,
just before Christmas in
1823. At that time it was
published anonymously. By
1837, after having been
printed every year in the
Sentinel, it had been at
tributed to Moore.
The amusing and endear
ing description of Santa ?
"a little old driver, so lively
and quick . . . his eyes how
they twinkled! his dimples
how merry! his cheeks were
like roses, his nose like a
cherry ?" captivated the
imaginations of readers
and later, an engraving of
Santa accompanied the
poem to further establish
him in the public's mind as
a fat and jolly type.
With the passage of time,
Moore's poem has become
a traditional part of the
Christmas scene.
Hoeiday r<i
Served with our very best wishes
for a festive Yuletidei
Family Restaurant
We Will Close At 2:30 Christmas Eve
And Re-open Monday Dec. 29th At 6 a.m.
Harris Avsnue
At this holy season, may
we take the opportunity to
wish you every blessing!
Webb's Tire Service
and Wheel Alignment
Here's hoping your
Christmas stocking is
overflowing with lots
of goodies...and that
health and happiness
bless you and yours
at this holiday season.
RMford, N. C.
This is the wish we send your way:
May yours be a Merry Holiday ?
And we also extend a big "thank you"
for your patronage.
Monroe Motor Co.
South Main Street
A sincere wish for a Merry
Christmas and thank yon for
letting us serve you.
Hugh's Texaco &
Alignment Service
Campus Avenue
New York Life Insurance
Dauirl I nunttn
It'* tima to
grMt all our
frianda... and wish
thorn tha vary boat
?good haatth, good
friands and good
timas! Thank you for
your patronaga.
Raeford Plumbing & Heating

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