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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LEIHMUDOE HERALD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1772 PAGES 1 TO 12 SCANDINAVIA Sheaves of grain on an outdoor pole provide a Christmas tree for the birds before a Swedish or Norwegian farnilv sits down to a holiday feast. GERMANY and HOLLAND St. Nicholas leaves a.present wherever he finds hay and water that the children put out for his white horse. MIDDLE EAST The youngest camel in the Wise Men's caravan is said to have survived because the Infant Jesus'gave it' immortality. Thus gifts arrive on the back' of the living legend. i j 1 t I L f ?K UNITED STATES and AUSTRALIA Hemispheres apart, but Yule celebrations are similar, except that Santa gets a bonus Down Under for wearing fur in summer. 9 r ITALY Gifts or switches are handed out on Epiphany by Befana, an ageless woman who, legend has it, refused to help the Wise Men, then repented, and sought to follow them. y m LI MEXICO Blindfolded children try to hit the pinata, a piece of pottery usually covered with papier-mache. When it breaks, a cascade of gifts and candy spills. ENGLAND Mummers perform in. the rtreets and inns with children's classics the favorites. The nation that once had the twelve days of Christmas has shortened the celebration considerably. tlir.'.ti UCX BRAZIL Christ Child is added to his. crib in the pesebre, or manger, on Christmas Eve. The next day, Children serve breakfast to their parents in bed before opening presents. Shoes are put on the hearth as a handy receptacle for le pere Noel or le petit Jesus to store a gift. Originally, footwear was wooden, but today, any shoe will hearth isn't necessary. ARGENTINA Fireworks light up the summer sky to add an Argentine touch to an otherwise typically Spanish Christmas celebration in the land of the pampas. Features Inc., I ;