Although there seems to be a general impression that the Christmas tree is an outgrowth of a German custom, it seems to antedate the Christian era, and is said to have originated in the fact that a spray of the palm tree with twelve shoots on it was used in Egypt at the time of the winter solstice, as a symbol of the completed year. Its adaptation by the earlier cele-brators of Christmas may have been the simple union of two contemporary customs; and as a surviving remnant of the Egyptian custom, it may be interesting to recall that Germans frequently attach a bush to a newly completed building. If a Christmas tree is used in the window it will be found best to cut off the branches on the rear side. This will permit it to be set further back in the window, and thus a larger tree may be used. A short stocky tree should be chosen of the right height to clear the ceiling. Its trimming is a matter of taste, but always permits a display of considerable merchandise. The use of decorations is recommended that are not inflammable. It is a good idea to cover the base of the window, under the tree, with packages of various sizes, apparently containing gifts, with names on them, which can be easily read from the sidewalk. The efforts some persons will make to see if their names may not be on some of the packages will show how curious many people are. The Christmas tree, with its happy suggestiveness, is a common resource of the store keeper, as well as a common delight to the purchaser.

The crosses are made of light wooden strips. The bottom is composed of a piece of funnel-shaped pasteboard. The center is a round pasteboard "drum," ten inches in diameter and four feet in height, surmounted with a kerchief holder illustrated on Page 513. The main attraction in a handkerchief is the border and not the quality. The price of it will indicate if of cotton or linen. The fact that the centres of both linen and cotton handkerchiefs are white, makes it otherwise hard to tell the quality through a plate glass window.