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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas                                Center Cornp German tradition still says wait till Christmas Eve By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Take away the German traditions from Christmas and there probably wont be much left of the holiday as we know it Perhaps the most common symbol of Christmas is of Germanic The use of the fir tree for Christmas trees originated in the Black Forest in Southwest branches and small symbols of renascent life in had been attributes of the pagan winter solstice festival of the Germanic They have survived as Christmas Although it is not exactly known when other sections of Germany first adopted the it would not have been later than the early part of the 16th because Martin Luther is known to have added candles to a Tan In any event the custom spread outside Germany during the 18th and 19th centuries to the New World by German Germany is the homeland of not only the Christmas tree and its but also of many presentday Christmas The season begins with those four weeks which precede All over from the northernmost tip of Protestant Holstein to the southernmost corner of Catholic the Advent wreath ap pears in many Made of fir bran ches and interlaced with red it holds four candles and hangs from a ceiling lamp or stands on the living room Like many local Alfred whose father and husband were raised in still upholds the German tradition by displaying a wreath with four candles on it each year on her dining room According to on the first Sunday in Advent the first candle is lit at a ceremony in which the whole family par ticpates by singing Advent suc ceeding Sunday another candle is lit on the last Sunday before four lighted candles presage the many lights of the Christmas tree which are to appear in but a few more Although several days are special holidays in the different areas of one day stands out that has become universally That day 6 is a special day for children both here and in Tradition has it that in a bishops attire and with a long white goes from housetohouse and to classrooms in many schools as well admonishing the ALFRED LIEBSCHER Advent wreath naughty children and rewarding the good ones by distributing apples and Often he is accompanied by his Knecht who punished the children who have not been as good as was expected of In the the children put their shoes or stockings outside the bedroom door or window and next morning find them filled with nuts and Christmas Eve is usually an important oc casion for the German All of and factories close by noon on that People rush home to prepare for the according to And unlike the American custom of trimming the tree way in often employing the help of the familys it is German custom that the parents decorate the tree and that German children do not see the tree before Christmas We had a room that wasnt used for anything except to put the Christmas tree in each said Otto who was raised in Wed have our special Christmas which was usually and then wed all go into that room and sing carols before seeing our she In those presents were not Seidel Instead they were put into separate areas of the room where everyone could find their Although traditionally Christmas trees were not put up until Christmas Eve in most German they were usually left up ac cording to both There was a time when ours stayed up until almost Seidel But Christmas was different Here decorations are in the stores very well its no wonder why the American children want the tree to come down by New she And even once the tree did come it was still not always completely at least according to Wed take the tree out into the yard and decorate it with all kinds of odds and ends and she We didnt have all the fancy toys back so we put all kinds of things on it and if there happened to be a spare piece of tinsel that was caught on we got even more Thinking back on all the holidays she spent Germany as a Seidel had nothing but fond memories of all the fuss that went into She It meant more back at least to me it Christmas seems more like a business But perhaps the kids nowadays think more of it than I Maybe to them they think of it like I did back i Christmas Eve Taylor Communications 25 cents December HepaldZeitung Judy Aguirre and Grace Pelgado put finishing touches on the nativity scene at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Churchs nativity scales new mountain Staffphdtos NATO said unprepared This Christmas theres something a special built inside Our Lady of Perpetual Help With the help of two members of the Catholic Youth Brother Jim Grouchy has constructed what looks like the side of a mountain inside the This mountain is apt just any but instead a replica of Bethlehem and the journey which the Three Wise Men took to visit the Christ Brother Jim What looks like rock is really heavy brown paper which has been dipped in a flour and water mix ture to make it The paper was then formed and placed into the shape of rocks with the help of straight pins and he Tiny Christmas silver icicles and Spanish moss were used to add finishing touches before the miniature nativity figurines were Brother Jim said the idea for the exhibit came from one he had seen in Louis last The usual response people have when they first see the exhibit is usually that of saying its really dif he Its not until they are able to get close to see details before they realize its WASHINGTON AP The Congressional Budget Office says the United States will have to spend at least billion and possibly more than 10 times that much over the next eight years before NATO can defend Europe against Soviet The in an analysis released said NATO forces are now inadequate to defend against a con Flutype illnesses increasing HOUSTON Physicians at the Baylor College of Medicine said Tuesday an influenza outbreak which began in early December appears to be spreading Specialists at the colleges Influenza Research Center said at least 100 cases Atype flu viruses have been isolated at the center more than half of them within the past 10 Paul an epidemiologist at the said for every confirmed laboratory case there are probably about 340 persons suffering from The doctor said routine checks with Harris County clinics and hospital emergency rooms have shown a sizeable increase during the past week in the number of flulike 130 44 Pages 3 Sections USPS 377880 New Texas Mi certed Soviet even with the use of tactical nuclear The analysis said almost three months would be needed to mass enough allied troops to thwart an at tack by Warsaw Pact with the Soviets holding the edge most of that The inadequacy of NATO forces to respond to a surprise attack would suggest an early resort to nuclear the study predicting that NATO would make the first nuclear But thestudy said nuclear weapons would provide only a temporary respite from The Soviets would respond with their own nuclear the analysis and NATO installations are far more vulnerable to tactical nuclear attack than their Soviet The analysis was requested by the Senate Budget Committee as part of a review of defense The study laid out six possible options for beefing up defense forces in Europe and at costs to the United States ranging from billion to billion over an eightyear The a nonpartisan branch of offered two different types of defense for Europe an elastic in which allied forces retreat gaining time at the expense of losing and a steadfast holding firm against An elastic defense would require NATO to increase its forces by six fully supported armored including two from the United A steadfast defense would require U additional NATO five from the United the study Inside COUNTY LETTERS TO 1lfC NATIVE PUBLIC RELIGIOUS TV WARRANTY WEATHER Study finds Uncle Sams computers dinosaurs WASHINGTON AP The federal government could toss most ol its big computers on the scrap lease new equipment to do the same jobs better and save millions of dollars a year w the says a new study by government The fedjeralgoyernmjent was once considered a pioneer in computer said the report by the General Ac counting But it has fallen so far behind that most of its major data processing equipment is two or more production cycles behind current Only 2 percent of the governments computers were acquired within the last five The governments got a lot of dinosaurs out said one source familiar with the The report documents what com puter manufacturers have claimed for years the government is wasting vast sums of money by trying to make do with what it has rather than replace its aging computer hardware In every performance area physical electrical compute majya tainabiJity and ease of use computers are far better than those of W or even five years tjbe auditors But for a variety of the federal government failed to keep up with the   

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