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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta 3 m Don't Make hard work of Christmas Raking when you can get such good results at The 'Quality Unsurpassed' Fruit Cake Sultana Cake Madiera Cake Shortbread AH kinds of ornament- ing. Robert Scott Prop. Phone 21S1 Not for XMAS alone, but for every day in the year Fine China, Cut Glass, Dinnerware, Tea Sets, Novelties, Glasses and Crockery, are an everyday necessity. We have the completest range of these goods in Southern Alberta. SEE US 315 6th, St. South Phone 556 in rx CHRISTMAS in Canada and the United States means for the girls and boys the coir.ing of Santa Glaus, the hanging up of stockings, the Christmas tree with its candles and pop corn and bright array of gifts, skating, sleighing and tobogganing for those who are so fortunate as to live far enough north.. Christmas is celebrated in a very diilerent way in Mexico, the next, door neighbor to the United States on the South. Would vou like to go with me to spend the Christmas season in Mexico.' Then we must start some days before the middle of December, for the festivities there are long continued, starting nine days before twenty-fifth of December, as you all know, and lasting until the Feast of the Epiphany on_ the sixth of January: and this entire time is one long delightful jubilee. If, instead of a tedious railway journey, we had WJLU Aladin's wonderful lamp and could simply close our eyes, rub the lamp, wish and be there, what a change we would find upon opening them' We would close our eyes upon a country of ice and snow and open them in a land ot white sunshine, of skies as blue as those of Italy, a summer land of lovely ticwers. Only on the lew lofty volcanic peaks is snow'ever seen, and" not even the most daring of you would dream of tobogganing there. Instead of shoppers hurrying to and fro. muffled _ in. warm clothing and furs, we would rind canals crowded with flower-laden boats and market plazas thronged with gaily- dressed natives. Flowers are so cheap that even the most humble home can afford sprays of the beautiful Christmas plant. Noche Beuno. As there are no chimneys, the children do not try to stay awake on Christmas Eve to see Santa Claus descend with his pack. Only in the homes of American residents do the children hang up stockings. Among the Mexicans the custom is unknown. The celebrations which begin on December sixteenth and continue until the twenty-rifth. are called Posadas. The word in Spanish means an "inn." or_abiding place. While the celebration was originally religious, it is now onlv'partly- religious and has become a very gay and sociable occasion. The Posadas are limited to the cities, but in those places the poorest as well as the richest families hold them. The origin or the Posada is in the gospel story of the birth of Jesus. Caesar issued a de- cree that all the world should be taxed. so and Joseph went up to Jerusalem to be en- rolled. Mary made the ioumey on an ass which Joseph led. Each night of the nine which the ioumey is suppos- ed to hsve taken, they were obliged ro ask for shelter which was often refused. On the last day. arriving at Bethlehem, they found the city full of people and no place either in pri- vate house or inn for them to rest. At last they took shelter in a stable and there the Christ was bom. In order to cele- brate this journey fully, the Posadas begin with the journey at Nazar- eth. Each year a house is chosen in a family circle or among a group of mend's, and at the house for nine con- secutive nights.the tVstival is held. Or, sometimes, the cele bration will be held at different houses during that time. The 3ou'rney from Xazareth to Bethlehem is repre- sented by the first part of the celebration. At the appointed the guests assemble at the house which has been chosen the celebration and each person present is furnished with a lighted candle, and. two and two, they march around the halls and through the corridors "several times chanting the solemn "Litany Loretto." As each invocation is ended the audi- ence chants "ora pro nobis" (pray for At the head of the procession the figures of Joseph and Mary, made of clav or wax. dressed in gay colored satins, are borne, either in the" hands, or lying in a basket. Sometimes these figures are dressed in brilliant costumes of lace with tinselled borderings. At each door the procession pauses and knocks and begs admittance, but no answer or invitation to enter is given. At last, however, the door is opened and ail go in and and Mary have secured shelter for the night. _The are placed on an altar and sonic prayers recited, though these are generally hurried through in the quickest manner possible. Frequently on the last night a stable is arranged in a. room or on the roof where Joseph and Mary are placed with utmost reverence. On this night, a figure of the infant Jesus i? also carried. After the litany, the party proceed to have a general good time, which is kept up until a late hour. Everywhere, throughout the city is heard the litany sung by winding in and out of rooms and around im- shrines. The patios are hung xvith lights, and fire- works blaze skyward in every direction. The pinate takes the place of the Christmas tree It is an oval shaped, earthen jar. handsomely decorated with tinsel and streams oi tissue paper, made up to represent clowns, ballet .girls, monkeys, roosters, various grotesque animals and even children almost life-sized. The jars are crammed full of sweets, rattles, whistles and crackers. The breaking of the pinate follows the and is an exciting event which occurs in the patio. It is suspended from the ceiling and then each person desiring to take part is blind- folded in turn, and armed with a pole, proceeds to strike the swing- ing pinate. Three trials are permitted. Sometimes many are blind- folded before a successful blow brings the sweets and bon-bons rattling to the tloor. Then there is a race and a scramble for the dainties. Thousands of these pinates are broken each Christmas season and the vendors perambulate the streets with a pole across the shoulders on which are suspended the grotesque figures. It is quite a common sight to see business men hurrying home carrying these strange-looking tissue paper trimmed figures. These are the chief features of the Christmas celebrations in Mexico, so different from our own. A merry time, the girls and boys of Mexico have to be sure, but don't you think we will be quite willing to stay at home another year for a real holly and mistletoe Christmas with iinirlinii belN a-ul a urul earth' Xmas Cheer Will come to you and your friends if you buy them a present they can use and appreciate. Now what is nicer than a pair of ROYAL SHOE STORE Warm Felt of Leather House Shoes to wear these cold evenings. Our line of house ami street shoes for the whole family is complete. Drop in and look them over. WISMNC YOU A MREKYXMAS The ROYALSHOE STORE 3 doors south of Lethbridge Hotel, 5th Street S. K. WATSON. Prop. WE RETAIL High-class Groceries, Fresh Fruit, Produce and Confectionery A very special and large assortment for Xmas WE WHOLESALE Fresh Fruit, Produce and Confectionery Write, for our regular Price Lists Most up-t. -te Store in Southern Alberta The Gc )d Company LETHBRIDGE, ALTA The Roy Electric Co. 305 6th Street S. Phone 735 Wishes their many Friends and Patrons the compliments of the season. W. J. Armstron Jewelry Silverware China Cut Glass Leather Goods The largest and richest stock of artistic merchandise in the city. Our prices are based on small profits and always repre- sent full value. Small orders at low prices are invited. When you compare prices consider the quality Issuer of Marriage Licenses Cor. 3rd Ave. and 6th Street cut glass perfume botMe, re- member ccTry a large as- sortment or Bulk Odors and 'would be tr> supply you with any quantity you may ask for. Fancy Perfume Atomisers and'Sschst Powders_______ Jackson S Cope Successors to JOHNSTON JACKSON Sherfock Biock Phone 1232 TO OUR STORE AND BUY YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. AND THEN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL SE GLAD TO GET THEM. DON'T THROW MONEY AWAY ON NO-'COUNT TRASH, BUY SOMETHING THAT IS COMMON SENSE. COURSE, WE HAVE PRETTY THINGS THAT WILL PLEASE THE WIFE. "HIM" AND THE CHILDREN gne w nave WtHTV-c: uut. oj. way to get here. IT WILL PAY YOU IN DOLLARS A.ND CENTS TO DO THIS. Inter CORIBRJ, UniStsl North Yard, s 428 covers'ani tray Battenbnrg Dottics-Bonnd or square, linen centres, from very fine frona WOMEN'S SLIPPERS Velvet slippers in gray and red .......75c Felt, fur trimmed r ;