A Merry Christmas from the past

A Christmas message from 1956 carries a message that seems just as relevant today as it did 60 years ago.

We found this while researching a story on how Christmas was celebrated in years past in New Prague. It was written by Arthur J. Suel, longtime publisher of this newspaper and grandfather of the current publisher, E. Charles Wann and general manager Art Wann.

We share this message once again, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of a Savior.

————— “Christmas, the holiday on which we commemorate the birth of a child in a rude manger in a cave near Bethlehem nearly 20 centuries ago, is an anniversary that stirs the hearts and the minds of the entire Christian world.

Christmas holds particular significance to children, yet it affords an opportunity for adults to reaffirm and renew their faith, hope and charity and to share in the glory and beauty of childhood.

Never in the modern age has a troubled world more direly needed figuratively to retrace its steps with the humble shepherds and the Wise men to the humble stable where Christ was born.

In the true spirit of Christmas, the publishers and staff of The Times wish for you and yours the joy of Christmas in “the peace that surpasseth understanding.”