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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Stitu'day, December 23, 1972 ens ves on n m odern London i'.ors to leave the Dickens House on Cliristmas Eve. The house is not open on j ed down a thin sun- Christmas Day. but then it need li '-lit on' Christmas Eve outside not be, for Dickens is where in Lor.clon at this season for those o! us who grev.- up hating Ebenezer Scrooge in- ___ stead of each other, but learning j "'cxer a desk in his second- voting from "A Christmas Car- f'oor a sprin of this sea-: oi" that even the worst of men fan's, holly already had curled may be cleansed by kindness from By XKI1. MORGAN' C'oplpy Service LONDON Snow-flakes swirl- No. 43 Doughty Street, the nar- row brick rouse where Charles Dickens lived ar.'i worked 131 ar.d its berries '.vizrced the warmth within the house. Here is where Dickens finished wrote al! of "Oliv- er T'.vist." aid began Nickiebv." tir.-.c, I'm called the who tends the hfiiise now through a trus- teeship oi the Dickens Fellow- ship. So ve departed, the last vis- Chrislinas Came Ringing My Doorbell By HATTIE I. CHESTER Christmas came ringing m y doorbell So gay in her bright scarlet ''me:, With earrings of red holly berries And a green cedar wreath for a crov.-n, I oper.ed the door and said, "Welcome. Do come in and stay for a-A-hiie.'1 She tripped lightly over my threshold. And my house with her smile. I hoped her bright presence would linger Tnrough all the days of the year, To brighten the world with her spirit Of love, generosity, ar.d cheer. ar.d good. Dickens' "Carol" is repeated in countless theatres and schools and over the BBC, in England as in much of the rest of the world, as the ever tens- er, ever more beleaguered dis- ciples oi faith, hope and chari- ty see-: some annual reassur- ance that God will, indeed, bless us every one. In Chelsea and Kensington, in the villages of Sussex ar.d Essex, roving bands of carol- j ers go from house to house in a j manner not much different from that of Dickens' time. On Christmas Eve we walked the narrow streets of the old City of London through Cheap- side, where Scrooge and Mar- ley oppressed the poor. We wan- dered inside Eov: Church, of which it was said in Dick "Everyor.e born t mas watched other actors James's Church on Piccadilly, onstage in a Terence Kattigan which Sir Christopher Wren de- drama about Lord Nelson. Not signed about 1680. The carols so much harl changed, really. were by a choir from th'j De- Despite Irilling tax rates and partment of Employmeri but inflation, opulence manages to the congregation including a been a parishioner at St. James's, and so had Prime Min- ister Edward Heath (before his move to 10 Downing We thought for a moment thai St. James's might claim Dick- reign in London's West End. marvelously drunken Irishman ens too, but then not even Brit- Sotheby's and Christie's an- i who ranged the aisles with is'n tradition can bridge the gap nounced record years as they 1 dark mutterings through much between Piccadilly and Cheap- totted up the millions of pounds of the sc-rvkf: joined in sing-1 Only the Irish drunk did taken in at auctions. Just off I ing. that, and when he was not The rector spoke only brief- preaching below his breath, he ly, but he managed to note joined lustily In the carols. Sir Malcolm Sargent, the com-1 Dickens would have watched poser of of the carols, had him closely and made a note. TREND STARTER The first known Christmas card made in England in 1343. This is one of 12 remaining copies. Its scenes of a family ai dinner and giving aid to the peer are familiar themes today. earshot of its bell is cocknev." 1 ten and stare, to master the Dickens and his company of Dickens strode these saine dialogue and characters that! amateur actors played J'The streets, often walking in the made him such an uncommon Merry' Wives of ba- lickecs' deep of night as h? pondered his champion the ur.derprivileg- fore the Qusen at Haymark- within plots, sometimes stopping to lls-: ed. et Theatre, where this Cnrist- A family is reunited Good things happen at Christmas Bond Street, an Oriental antique gallery observed Christmas by garbing an ancient Buddha in a Santa Glaus suit and putting another on skis at the lead of a sleigh-load of Chinese snuff bottles. As on every weekend, Lon- doners strove mightily to get to the country. The day after Christmas is Boxing Day, when those remain in Lor.don hardly venture into the street i as a matter of custom. In the j country, traditional Boxing Day hunts are under siege by mem- bers of the League Agaiast Cruel Sports, who propose to spray hounds with an aerosol lemon spray so that they will be temporarily blinded and un- j able to follov; the fox. The less privileged may tra- vel farther. ''Spend Christmas skiing with mixed party in re- mote Scottish reads a kiosk poster aimed at low- budget sportsmen. The tradition of centuries, from almost years before Dickens and on until now, I makes London a civilized and comforting sanctuary. 1 We wandered into a lunch- I hour carol service at St. By CATHERINE DRAKE Chelann wandered about the stores in an aimless manner. Christmas and all its loveliness two- thoughts of that first cheque i good her day! Her or rent money or fees thoughts raced j with t h such meant little to her. A roomed suite on welfare in a small town offered little more than necessities for her and her grandmother, .Although doing quite well in school at fourteen, she was never included in par- ties and cliques which the other Grawjma ,dt raore festive when would have to be for at least a Christmas cards in the mail and fortime. No more worries car and they stopped at a house for simply blazing v.-ith lights on Grandma to contend with. jn tve i Next day there were several n a fL'e NOEB. girls enjoyed. She wished Grandma weren't so vague when she asked her about her Father. Where was he? Arxd why did her mother seem to cling to her brother Howard more than to her? Reviewing this line of thought was futile so why not try and forget it speed the two dollars she had on something for Grar.dma. If they two could just man- age three more years, she would be finished with school and go to work. How the in a thousand dollars! Then reality a typewritten letter addressed fire-place and to poor Chelann caught her up short and she i to Chelann which she was al- it just seemed like fain-land. bought a pink scarf and gloves I most afraid to open. It was Everyone talked 'A once and with the money. [from her Father arid contained tried'to show her ail the pack- Each evening the pre-Christ- a ticket which she was to use under the tree, and the dog mas lights shone brightly on; to take her to the Okar.agan tj-ie ready for supper. Chelann's street arxi she and Valley. She was to spend Christ- they sat at the table mas with him, his wife ar.d a father 'said the Grace and neighbor gave them a huge brother and sister she hadn't her and Howard that known existed1. She was to e ;K his famiiy to- bring her clothes and treasuries gether. They were to remember for they hoped she would like from EOW on that, the peace oi i them well enough to make that tf.e Christmas was to be her home. She was not to worry (he slogar: of this ho'j-se- and its about Grandma for her future wa.s cared for. Concluding, he I said be had another surprise tm her but that could wait until she came. How beautlf'Jl the Christmas lights the latter part of her journey, each one stc-nan" with a centre to speak oi peace ar.d glon- the this year. Trxsn just a week be- j Okanagan station was aarwir.c- fore Qirii'mas their w h o 1 e ed she was ff> excited ste could world changed: scarcely her purse and; Grar.dma got the Ion? av.-ait- parcels ar.d leave the bus. le'.-er saying there was a Sr.e knew rjer gr-vup at w.rc- for there stood Hov.-ard a'most as tall as the man r.ex'. to him: Amid the em bracts and ir.tro- t'rs-.Tfs was her Father r.tuafly crv'ing; a pleasant v.-ho rr.rjst to ar.d Norecn awl Jimmy than her- short drive in a nice the Mist wreath bulb saying they did rxx it j telling it was 2 since they had new porch lights GU; world all. Vir. people. He added -A-ith a catch in his fjhast. God, grant a happy ar.d blessed fu- ture to rny ar.d fo-jr crjl- dren. Help me to a Father they can he proud of.' He paused a rr.orritnt ar.d thinking of Tiny Tim. f.T.ried his prayer with "Cod us, every The time draws near the birth of Christ: The is hid; the night is stiU: Answer each otritr in the mist. Fo'jr voices of four hamlets round, From far and near, on mead and moor, Swell out snd fail, as if a Were shut between nr.e and i the sound: Each voice four changes CJH the wirxi, Tr.a' now dilate, and now dficreas-e, i Pescr; and goodwill, goodvnll ar.d peace, Peace and good will, al! Tennyson Peter Lougheed's Yuletide message Alberta is a blessed land. are blessed in the exciting variety of the physical world around us: the greatest sports area in the world the wonders of wilderness for quiet exploring, meditation and contemplation the largest number of national parks in the nation the rolling hills and forests that cover four-fifths of our land the eye-stretching horizons of the Palliser plains the river and lake systems that feed three of the continent's surrounding oceans. We are blessed also in the riches that these lands the food they grov.- the minerals they yield. Most of all, we are blessed by the character of the people of the measure of tranquillity and harmony enjoy here in this land. Think only of other areas of the' the tensions and unrest arid violence that surround us. Fev.- blessings are unmixed. Tnere are problems to be much yet to be accomplished. 1. and my colleagues, can only wish that of us eventually share in full the abundance, the variety, and the peace that is here in Alberta. May a large measure of all these things and love besides, be in your home and hearts this Christmas time, and may bur Heavenly Father continue to bless us with peace of heart ar.d gladness of spirit through His Son Christ that we may keep Christmas in our hearts all year long. Peter lyj Premier Christmas 1972 f rtlflCltil but need Olg O HO 1C more .safety care Ky .MLF1KN" SNOTJUV I ularity in the its'. fr.e It is that pia'.'.ic trees, for exarnpi'i, this year v.iU to beautify about one out of three '.'orth American For this reason, more csrc than nwitd to avoirl fires in tr.e home. Gen- eral KlKtric lighting offer these rjo's don'ts for safe, effective iishting cf arti- ficial tre--s: ring v.-ith new, jr. needles are more to than rfelijr.'.fully rich in color. are v.arm to piiitic TfiW: bufe v.ero u.--e on nat- ural tret's and for general dec- oration. For a rr.ore dramatic ef- fect this year ijr.-e yo-jr plastic tree an over-all color by using a perhaps a color or a color wheel with a hulh. But v.fcatriver lighted or floodlight fizture yyj buy, look for tr.f; Under-Ariters Labora- tory tag ar.d remember that an old'string of light! may be out- dated by today's type of tree. May it safe Oon't pinnh pen-1 take a chance on hav- a fi.'ft. Assn.) room for her in senior citi- zeriS' home ar.d that had better come 5t or.ce. for a v; r, u 1 rj look out for her. Poor one more rr.ove ar.d jt to be made! But c.'rst to that ar.d tri'yj to vrith for he Ringing out the joyous sounds the holiday season, for you and yours, now and thru llie new year. JOYOUS HOLIDAY GREETINGS Ban on misllefoe SERViCO CENTRE Mutlttws b. z'jr.rf.l one of the in church decoration, it pagan, the badge of the Druirl. WESTINGHOUSE CANADA LIMITED APPLIANCE TV SERVICE LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Be of good cheer foi Chriitmo'. here! hope you enjoy it to th? your A Kappy Seoion lo you, to lo oil, From STEVE MIKLOS and STAFF of TRAY-PAK MEATS LTD. The Staff of LAKEVIEW DRUGS LTD. PHONE 328-5509 Ic df; o.'; o'jr c-.d jsc.a 818 from WfS. FLOPEIICE BUTtEP or.ti STAFF cf Lethbridge Messenger Service 10th ST. S. PHONE 328-2377 JOYOUS HOLiDAV Best vn'slies for a merrf Cbrisfmaa to you, our friends and Fr riDA HOVEY or.d JOE nr.'J STAFf 1514 5ih AYE. S. STYLE-RiTE BEAUTY SAION AMD Vll t-'Ji. M BRENDA'S SOUTIOUE Ph. To our fricnfls and patrons v.c wish you a season full of all the joys of Christmas. From Manager ROY ULLY and STAFF Gt PARTSMAN AUTOMOTIVE LTD, 1280 2nd AVE. 5. PHONE 327-4583 ;