The HSU Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 13, Ed. 1, Friday, December 12, 1980 Page: 4 of 8
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DECEMBER 12 1980
Ara Okatta Artta
By CHERYL ANTHONY
Have you caut the coveted "Christmas spirit"? If not erect an ar-
tificial Christmas-tree in your dorm room. Have your picture taken with
Santa or an assorted variety of elves. Let Rudolph the red-nosed
reindeer brighten your path through the sky as you fly from one depart-
ment store to the next. Adorn your window with paper snowf lakes and
sing "Jingle-Bells" to induce the mood. All the symbols authen-
ticating the secular aspect of an event once blessed with sacred re-
joicing are prevalent now to help you find that contagious spirit.
This society is noted for relishing the season while giving as little
acclaim to Christ as possible. This appalling oversight has even
reached the extreme of permitting the festive occasion to be ab-
breviated "X-mas." Amid being Inundated with the superficial joy of
the world my heart of hearts longs to find the true essence of
Christmas this year. The Yuletlde spirit is associated with clever
decorations ardent shoppers expert gift-wrapping or boisterous
caroling. Just a week after the long awaited day comes a New Year
when the "auld acquaintance" of Christ is forgotten leaving people to
return to their former worldly spirits. The true Christmas spirit was
never there. It can only be found dwelling In the family members who
know God as Saviour and Father.
Somehow we have even confused Santa Claus with the Son of God.
if my theology is correct Jesus has outgiven the jolly man in red. San-
ta may have spent many sacrificial hours In his toy factory but I
believe Christ has given His own life continually gives us abundant
life and follows through with the gift of eternal life.
My hope is that when the rush of last-minute shopping is over
Christmas parties cease and cookies cut Into snowmen shapes have
been. consumed I will remember the season as one which glorified the
Giver of life. Though the Lord delights in beauty and artful celebration
only He is worthy of being celebrated in worship. My Inner spirit is
weary of the empty flashiness of secular merchants. The Christian's
available alternative is to thank the Father for giving him the Son and
consequently the privilege of that same birthright Into the royal fami-
ly. Insufficient and unfulfilllng are the pageantry and showmanship of
finding merely a pseudo-spirit of Christmas for art's sake.
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Taylor visits Mexico
In cultural seminar
Ira M. Taylor chairman of the art
department at HSU attended the
second annual Invitational
Americas Studies Seminar In
Jalisco Mexico Nov. 7-16 spon-
sored by the Texas Cultural
Participants included museum
staff members artists patrons
and educational officials. Puerto
Vallarta and Guadalajara were the
two cities hosting the seminar.
Though no'polltical influence was
imposed on the meetings the
visiting Texans were recognized as
ambassadors of good will.
"This year I was invited as a
print-making expert" Taylor said.
A new intaglio press is to be-
housed in a museum in Jalisco. "I
was to install the press" he said
"and start a print-making program
for the artists of Guadalajara."
"The purpose of the seminar is
to foster understanding between
this state and the state of Jalisco"
Taylor said. "I made several con-
tacts with peers Mexican ar-
tistsand some of those we plan
to bring to Hardln-Slmmons in the
future." Taylor considers meeting
his contemporaries the highlight
of the trip. He became acquainted
with Manuel Lepe the artist who
visited HSU last week with his
paintings during a previous visit to
The art teacher believes the type
of exchanges between the two
cultures Is "very needed." There
are deficiencies in each country
that can be alleviated through in-
tercommunication. "You have to
know the people first to solve the
problems" Taylor said.
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The HSU Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 13, Ed. 1, Friday, December 12, 1980, newspaper, December 12, 1980; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth98975/m1/4/: accessed January 15, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hardin-Simmons University Library.