In the religious world the birth of the Nazarene is observed according to the various ceremonial methods prevailing in the respective denominations. In some of these the observance consists of elaborate ritualistic services. In others, simpler methods obtain.

The primary purpose of all these observances is, no doubt, to keep in remembrance the significance of Jesus' birth in its relation to mankind.

In the secular and social world the observance of Christmas is little more than materially festal. There is practically nothing of solemnity or religious soberness associated with it. Too much, indeed, is it given over to the merely sensual kinds of pleasure, and by far too much of this supposititious enjoyment is of the grosser sort. All this is as far removed from the true spirit and intent of the occasion as mankind could well have it.

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Among the Churches
December 26, 1901

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