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The Spirit of Christmas Future

posted Dec 16, 2017, 11:14 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Dec 16, 2017, 11:15 AM ]
This Christmas, as our parish celebrates its quasquicentennial, imagine what Christmas was like 125 years ago in 1892:

New-fangled electric tree lights were all the rage, and metal ornament hooks were introduced that year. Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky also debuted his brand new Christmas ballet The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg.

Hanging stockings in anticipation of Santa Claus’ night-time arrival was a brand new tradition, causing many concerned clergymen to preach against it because they feared that the emergence of such a folk culture would draw people’s attention away from their celebration of Christ’s birth! (Were they right about some people?)

"Tasteful" presents were articles that did not cost any money, such as a piece of music, a hand-written note, a few flowers, or a handmade work of love. If you did have money to spend on presents, it was considered a waste to spend it on people richer than yourself, but a virtue to give to anyone poorer.

Christmas dinner was either turkey, boiled fish or boiled ham, served with mushroom patties, potato snow, minced cabbage, creamed tomatoes, sweet potato croquettes or mayonnaise of beets. Sound appetizing?

But we can’t just look back. Our parish must also consider the next 125 years, so for the 13
th Annual Lighting of Trees and Angels, Immaculate Heart of Mary celebrates “The Spirit of Christmas Future” as our Faith Formation students lead us in classic Christmas carols. As they do every year, the Boy Scouts will usher in the Peace Light. cuori BELLissimi! will accompany us on a couple carols, and our adult choir will perform as well, for a truly multi-generational experience. It all starts at 6:30 PM in church, with the lighting around 7:00 PM. Come and support our future!