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The Customs, Ceremonies, Traditions, Superstitions, Fun, Feeling,
And Festivities Of The Christmas Season.

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CHRISTMAS DAY.
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CHRISTMAS DAY.
25TH DECEMBER.
And now has arrived the great and important day itself, which gives its title to the whole of this happy season,—and the high and blessed work of man's redemption is begun. The paean of universal rejoicing swells up on every side; and, after those re­ligious exercises which are the language that man's joy should take first—the day is. one of brightened spirits and general con­gratulation. In no way can man better express his sense of its inestimable gift, than by the condition of mind that receives glad­ly, and gives freely,—than by mustering his worldly affections, that he may renew them in the spirit of the time. This is not the proper place to speak more minutely of the religious senti­ments and services which belong to the season, than we have al­ready done. We may merely remark that the streets of the city, and the thousand pathways of the country are crowded, on this morning, by rich and poor, young and old, coming in on all sides —gathering from all quarters,—to hear the particulars of the " glad tidings" proclaimed ; and each lofty cathedral and lowly village church sends up a voice, to join the mighty chorus whose glad burthen is—" Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace, good will toward men."
From the religious duties of the day, we must turn, at once, to its secular observances; and these we will take in the order (with reference to the progress of its hours) in which they come, —mingling the customs of modern times with those of the past, in our pages,—as, in many respects, we wish our readers would do, in practice.
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