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festival has passed off with the usual religions and social observances in the city and country. There is no part of the United States where these holidays are held in as universal esteem as among ourselves. They are principally observed in other sections by two or three religious denominations; though we are glad to notice that, of late years, the disposition to make Christmas the Queen of the Festivals has become more general. In Virginia, this disposition has never required any cultivation. The celebration of Christmas is a traditional custom, handed down from the settlement of James town, descending from father to son in every homestead, and embracing men of every religious faith. It is generally kept up in some sort till the commencement of the new year, when the influence of egg-nogg begins to abate, and turkeys — happily for the community — come down. Let us hope that its moral effect, its hope, its happiness, and charity, will prove, like its evergreens, more lastin