The Clifton Record (Clifton, Tex.), Vol. 101, No. 102, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 25, 1996 Page: 1 of 22
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SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT - A recent Christmas program at First Baptist Church in Clifton offered the
story of Christmas. After the story unfolded inside the "inn," the visitors moved to the courtyard to view the
manger. The choir and the visitors heralded the birth of Christ with a candlelit singing of "Silent Night, Holy
Night. _ gta(, ph0t0 By Carol Moulton
Christmas Has Evolved From
Two Very Different Celebrations
By Carol Moulton
CLIFTON — Christmas, as we
know it, has evolved from two very
different sources. In the fourth cen-
tury, the Catholic Church first desig-
nated a December celebration of
Jesus’ birth to supplant a Roman feast
which included a riotous holiday of
wine and food.
In the year 800, a former bishop of
Myra called Nicholas, who had died
on Dec. 6,343, was declared a Saint.
By the 12th century a St. Nicholas cult
had developed in Europe and French
children were celebrating Dec. 6 by
dressing up and parading around as
a bishop. Schoolmasters took over im-
personating St. Nicholas dressed in
robes and with white beards.
During the 15th century, Martin
Luther denounced St. Nicholas Day
and reformation cleaned out the
Catholic calendar. In Germany and
Holland, the Christ child and Santa
Claus replaced St. Nicholas, and in
England, Father Christmas replaced
In the New World, the puritans
banned the celebration of Christmas
because of its revelry, its Catholicism,
and its encouragement of idleness.
But, 30 years later, in 1681, under
pressure from London, they repealed
In 1823, the original “A Visit From
St. Nicholas,” better known today as
“The Night Before Christmas,” was
published by Clement Clarke Moore,
forming a more domestic, merchan-
In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote the
universal story, “A Christmas Story.”
Cartoonist Thomas Nast of H arter’s
Weekly penned in 1881 what is now
accepted as the most popular depic-
tion of Santa Claus — the rotund,
white bearded, jolly old man with
toys in arms.
By 1897, New York Sun editor
Francis P. Church supported Santa
Claus in his reply to reader Virginia
O’Hanlon, which answers, “Yes, Vir-
ginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
Brown was the common color of
Santa's suit until the 1920s, when
Coca-Cola ads appeared featuring
him in the company's colors of red
The story of Rudolph the red-nosed
reindeer was created as a promo-
tional booklet for Montgomery Ward
in 1939 and Valentien Davis wrote
“Miracle on 34th Street” in 1947.
Gene Autry’s song, “Rudolph The
Red-Nosed Reindeer,” became a No.
1 single in 1949. If one is old enough
to remember, the single was released
on a red-plastic 45 rmp record, which
sold 50 million copies.
In the 1950s, Scotland made
Christmas a legal holiday, and in
1956 in America, the national retail
organization -Sales Promotions Inc.
issued guidelines for department-
store Santas. Rules included: “Santa
.must not frighten timid children with
Today, in shops around the world,
one can find red- and white-dressed,
rotund, elf-like Santas or tall, robed,
Saint like Santas, and just about ev-
Today, Christmas is celebrated by
almost everyone, and depending on
one’s cultural and religious back-
ground, it may be a day of worship
or simply a day for presents; but for
all, it is celebrated with happiness and
By Debra D. Brown
CLIFTON — Trustees of the Clifton
Thdependent School District hired the
firm of Claycomb Associates, Archi-
tects, of Dallas at a called noontime
meeting Dec. 18 in the high school
The firm will assist the school dis-
trict with architectural and engineer-
ing services related to the building
program to be considered by voters
in a $5.8 million bond election set for
Before the vote, Vice President
Kevin Smith outlined the scope of his
firm’s services, stressing that staff in-
put, communications, and documen-
tation were high priorities. In
addition,' Smith stud fhttWfihh “in-
sists on doing the design work at your
facility,” if the bond issue is approved.
Trustee Robert Payne made the
motion to hire Claycomb Associates,
with second by Trustee Cindy Fry.
The vote was unanimous. Trustee
Craig Hoffman was absent from the
At Area Churches
By Carol Moulton
CLIFTON — Many churches in
Bosque County have scheduled spe-
cial services and programs celebrat-
ing the Christmas season. A partial
listing of some of the special events
are as follows, by church:
Trinity Lutheran Church,
• Tuesday, Dec. 24, Candlelight
Communion Services will be held at
7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Clifton Church Of Christ
• Wednesday, Jan. 1, the church
Will have a New Year’s devotional and
• Tuesday, Dec. 24, Christmas eve
worship service at 6 p.m.
• Wednesday, Dec. 25, Christmas
day worship service at 10 a.m.
First United Methodist
• Tuesday, Dec. 24, A candlelight
service will be held at 7 p.m.
St. Olafs Lutheran Church,
Tuesday, Dec. 24, candlelight ser-
vices will be held at the Old Rock
Church at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve
candlelight, communion service at
• Tuesday, Dec. 31, Watchnigh
Service from 8 p.m. dl after midnight.
Gpest singers will be the Reveladon
Singers and the Jubil-heirs.
In other business, trustees unani-
mously agreed to earmark $30,000
of interest earned from approximately
$1 million invested with Tex-Pool,
along with future accrued interest, for
a construction account for future
Another unanimous vote autho-
rized the transfer of $500,000 in
undesignated Maintenance and Op-
erations funds for investment with
Finally, the board set administra-
tive evaluations for the board’s regu-
lar meeting in February.
The next meeting of the Board of
Trustees of Clifton ISD is slated for
Monday, Jan. 20,1997, at 6 p.m., in
the high school library.
on die north side of Highway 6.”
Persons already registered to
vote need not reregister, unless
they have moved out of the pre-
cinct, city, or state where currently
registered. Regitration cards must
be either postmarked or hand-de-
livered by jan. 8,1997, to be eli-
Eariy voting will take place from
Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, through
Tuesday, Peb. 4,1997, from 8 a.m.
to4p.m., in the Clifton ISD tax of-
fice at the high school campus, and
at several Other locations during
specified times, including the
school open house on Jan. 30,
1997, and select basketball games.
In-person voting on Saturday,
Feb. 8,1997, will he held in the
Clifton Civic Center and at the
West Shore Fire Station.
For more information on the
bond election, contact the school's
tax officeat (817) 675-8682.
CHRISTMAS TREES STANDS OUT IN THE DARKNESS - Driving
through the white-lights wonderland area of the White Addition in Clif-
ton, one might see this lone tree and star that lights up on a yard .
- Staff Photo By Carol Moulton
Jack Reeves’ Gatesville Murder
Conviction Upheld By Waco Court
WACO — Jack Wayne Reeves’ ap-
peal of a conviction in a Gatesville
court was upheld last week in the
10th Court of Appeals. Reeves was
sentenced in January to 35 years in
prison for the 1978 shotgun murder
of his second wife, Sharon Reeves.
Wes Ball, Reeves’ attorney in that
case and during a murder conviction
received in Bosque County this sum-
mer, said he and his client were “dis-
appointed,” and unsure of their next
move. Reeves was convicted in a Me-
ridian court in August in connection
with the murder of his fourth wife,
Emelita Reeves, whose remains were
found by a hunter in a shallow grave
in eastern Bosque County.
Reeves’ appeal claimed that evi
dence was insufficient for conviction,
that evidence was destroyed by a po
lice department, and that the judge
in the case improperly instructed the
jury concerning a missing “suicide”
Chief Justice Rex Davis rejected all
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