The Christmas book; Christmas in the olden time, its customs and their origin the holly and ivy, sports of the eve, Yule log, boar's head, the ... carols, mysteries and plays, boxes, &c. &c

 
9781236220547: The Christmas book; Christmas in the olden time, its customs and their origin the holly and ivy, sports of the eve, Yule log, boar's head, the ... carols, mysteries and plays, boxes, &c. &c

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 Excerpt: ... secure that no better symbol of the Birth of the Sun could be employed. Gurth and Raynar rejoiced in their hearts, because the power of bale and evil, the fiend of darkness, and frost, and storm, was being bound again by the All-powerful; yet, while they rejoiced, they trembled also as the thought stole over them that a time would come when darkness would prevail; when the serpent generated by Loki would obtain his victory, and the world would come to an end. No thought was deeper rooted in the Northman's mind. But this gave him greater reason for rejoicing. When the victory would be gained he knew not--perhaps next year, and possibly not for an hundred years, but, as the season came round, there was a feeling of fear, the which only made the Tejoicing heartier when the supposed hour of danger had passed away. But the Scandinavians were not the only people who celebrated this season in the manner above described. The Persians kept their December festival as regularly as the Northmen, and they called it "the feast of lights," or, as Stukeley translates it, "the night of light, and the birth-day of Mithras." The remarks made by that learned author upon this subject are so interesting, that we cannot pass them by without notice. He observes, "I believe it "to have been originally a patriarchal feast, and taken from prophetic notices of the birth of the Messiah which is ultimately meant in Mithras. Por the very word in the Persian language signifies "Mediator. The original notion of Mithras is derived from the Messiah "expected by all the world from the beginning. Our Druids celebrated "such a night, kindling fires on all the hill tops and towers; and in "some counties here we still do the same on twelfth night...

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