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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Kaleidoscope December New Texas Page Garden Ridge ByEDDA BUCHNER Correspondent It Is fun to take a peek at someone elses Christmas Its a bit like being a child again looking through the open door into the Christmas room and wondering about things yet to come On the morning of three Garden Ridge families had opened the doors to their festively decorated homes for the Garden Ridge Women And as the companionable crowd went visiting from house to one got the Club notes sense that women enjoy holding on to traditions and take pleasure in surrounding the holiday season with evergreen At the Hinson two rotund snowman stood sentinel by the door and Santa Claus in his drawn by spirited was just about to take off from the roof A smell of hot punch and cinnamon sticks pervaded the traditionally decorated The floor to ceil ing Christmas tree beside the fireplace was hung with lac quered wooden toys and between the larger than all the other ornaments was a rocking a reminiscence of childrens playthings of long On a desk nearby stood a three tiered peopled with intricately carved shepherds and tiny with trumpetblowing angels and the procession of the three wise It slowly revolved around and driven by the heat of four candle flames wafting up to wooden propeller On the dining room table almost half dozen painted nutcrackers held an earnest their square movable jaws silently closed under furry beards and knitted It was easy to imagine that they would secretely march around the house during the magical night when all toys are said to come to In the Landrum house it was as though a breath of the desert Southwest had joined the cool Nor thers of firgreen Christmas tradi On an outside a 5foot diameter wreath made from native mustang grape vines encircled a set of curly rams horns giving the im pression of a Georgia OKeefe still between Navajo weavings and handmade pottery was an unusual creche a nativity scene made from adobe pueblo which displayed a picture of the Landrums first But in a shadowy corner sparkled the large Christmas tree and 10 Christmas stockings hung all in a row from the The first five stockings had been made years ago by a Japanese exchange student for the immediate Bobby Lan drum had made the others in the following years as the family ex panded with inlaws and grand The delectable cookies made by the Garden Ridge Women as well as the imported petit fours and chocolate covered gingerbread were set out in the dining room beside an elegantly decked table set with heavy pewter and heirloom china of white rosepoint The spacious Gill house proclaimed Christmas with large gold ribbon dark green wreaths and bright red This theme of bows and wreaths was carried on throughout the windowlit Every door was graced with its own some tightly wound vines draped with silk leaves and tendrils or loosely wound spiky holly leaves in ever varying Ann Gill had made them not surpising perhaps because she SeeGARDEN Page9 National Association of Retired Federal Employees National Association of Retired Federal Chapter held its Christmas dinner a the Lodge Dec H John vice president for South Texas in stalled the following officers for 1988 president Dr James Ellis first vice president Glenn 1 se cond vice president Wilbur treasurer Walton Hoffmann and secretary Carmen Lyons The committee chairman are Ben Stephens Charlie May sunshine Mildred Wise Amy Mae Charles Billie Helen Roland Ora and public NellieCown Veterans of Foreign Wars Because of the expertise and resourcefulness of Clara and Benno Ifannstiel chairing a committee of the meeting room at the VFW Host Home 7110 was in Christmas readiness or Wednes days monthly session Dec y Mondays nights Dec 7 member ship rally and oysterfish blowout was moderately enthusiastic with an estimated Kl5 attending 15 of whom were either new members or re it was revealed Vice Commander Bill Piel announced this brings the membership to 86 6 per cent of quota Preparing the repast of slaw and along with the above mentioned entrees under the tutelage of Benm were Melvin Lawrence Hugh Paul Vogel Barney and Bill Piet Commander George Kirsl explain that an effort would be made to designate the row of tables on the north side of the main hall as a non smoking with during all social and that cooperation of attendees would be solicited Bingo chairman Hanno Hoffmann agreed to forego Bingo parties on the Friday nights of Dec 25 and Jan 1 because of the holiday season Motions for donation of to the Audie Murphy Christmas long nurtured by hospital chairman Pat and to the Cheer Fund based at and promoted by the fkraliiZeilung were Kirst also called for delegates to the District V convention at Wimberley on Jan y and 10 Jim Schwaller was awarded a Ife membership in recognition of his building of various decorative cases for the meeting room Comal County Genealogy Society The Comal County Genealogy Society met Dec 1 for a Christmas Social President Billy Hightower presided over a brief business presenting plaques for special recognition to Sarah Tom and Jack Douglas Other recognized were Dana Glenn Marydean laudine Jean Potts and Carole Vice president Vi vian Zipp presented Alfred Brueckner a GermanEnglish dic tionary for his help in Sarah Pierson gave a brief history of the society since Its organization in July Members and guests were served at a Christmasdecorated buffet Gruene Extension Homemakers The Gruene Extension Homemakers Club had its extension party Dec 9 at the extension meeting Each member brought a covered dish The ham was furnished by the club Guests for the occasion was County Extension Agent Scott Blanca Esmelalda Ortega and Kathy Noble Velma outgoing and last installed officers for the newly formed study group Julia Soefje as chairman and Lor raine Ledbetter as secretary After the group exchanged Christmas presents and played games The were White Elephants each club member brought Next months meeting will be held at the extension meeting Ola Mae Zuschlag will be hostess Kiwanis On Kiwamans met at 11 a m at The Faust Hotel for a short ilirevtors meeting before the regular meeting at noon The treasurers report and secretarys reports were distributed and approved by common consent Ralph Reed reported on the flag and Ray Ebert brought the group up to day on Christmas baskets Gary Mathis reminded of the March of Dimes Walk a Thon set for April 23 President Or ville Gammenlhaler than opened the regular meeting and welcomed an In terClub from Greater Randolph Area Club headed up by Lt Gov Doug and including immediate past governor Pappy Tom and Gil Poore The group also welcomed Ralph Behling as a visitor from the San Calif Club Because this was the lieutenant governors first visit to the he presented a slide pro gram for improving club club meetings and club He also stressed recruiting of new members and advocacy for abused children as part of the clubs aim and goal of We he also said that 24 has been confirmed as the date of the official visit of TexasOklahoma District Bob He recommended the group participate in Project Outreach if we did not sponsor a Key Retired Eagles Activities Club The Retired Eagles Activities Cub met recently at Eagles Members spent the evening playing cards and singing songs Officers for 1988 were elected as follows president James Schlather vice president Bernice secretary Alcot Kanz treasurer Ir ma and sergeantatarms Eugene Schertz The next meeting svill be 17 from 2 to 6 at Eagles Lambda Psi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi The Lambda Psi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi had its Chrismas meeting in the home of Pam She presented a program on Chrismas crafts and served The Beta Buddy Chrismas gift ex change took place and plans were made to bring gifts to needy families in New Braunfels for the service pro ject Congratulations to Lauren Brandt as she was honored as Holly Princess Laureate Upsilon Following a brief business meeting conducted by President Ann members and guests of Laureate Upsilon celebrated the yuletide season svith an oldfashioned Christmas dinner held at the Forke Store on Dec 8 The stove was decorated with native cedar boughs and red bows placed throughout The tree was decorated with candlelight cookies and popcorn Sale of the Season December 15th thru Christmas 25 off JAZ Watches 20 off gold earring jackets and rings 15 off silver 105 130 Seguin The Staff Residents of VISTA VILLAGE Retirement Community Cordially Invites You to our OPEN HOUSE December 19th Register for Door Prizes Refreshments 264 Loma Vista New Braunfels 6251202 The dinner set for was centered with the traditional poinset tias flanked on each for the full length of the with natural pine redskirted Chrismas trees made by Lottie Bright red and green napkins were held with candy wreaths holding place Entertainment was provided by Pam who played traditional carols on her musical Gifts were distributed from beneath the tree to the sound of sleigh bells by Santas Jingle and Cochairmen of the event were Willie Mae Coffmann and Sydonia They were assisted by Kitty Florence Lottie Glenny Bobby Whites and Man1 Next meeting will be 11 in the home of Evelyn 1218 Guada Coma Garden Club Guada Coma Garden Club met in the home of Peggy Morris with Patsy Bebee Members enjoyed a Christmas tea and singing of Christmas Mary Kaderli reported that a group of the club members had cleared the xeriscape beds in Landa Morns reported that it was the children of the garden club members who placed the greenery1 on the downtown parking Members brough Christmas presents to be given to Teen Connec Hostesses for the meeting were Toby Carol and Pat sv Sensational ems tone Sale The beauty of fine gemstones cannot be Enjoy these precious stones in 14 K gold and SAMIS FINE JEWELRY 173 Seguin Located in Densons 6293318 P Whats wpng with this picture If this scene looks we urge you to read Even during as joyous a holiday season as hazardous situations can unfold in your own living fake the overloaded electrical outlet or extension With half a dozen Christmas lights plus household appliances plugged into you could be playing with Frayed electri cal cords are equally Your extension cord hidden under the carpet may look better that but its an electrical Such cords should also be placed away from heat and And dont forget those festive Christmas lights strung in your trees and along the frame of your If not specified for outdoor use you may be placing your home in electrical For maximum purchase a ground fault circuit or for your indoor and outdoor electrical For a pictureperfect Christmas look out for electrical risk situations in your This is part of a series of informative reports developed by PEC to help you save energy and w W Vff Heighten in Eneyy Jon risen Dripping KytnBMgl
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