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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta TH5 UTHB5IDGE Sa'urtfcv. December 23, 1972- mage wra in lore By BETH MOHF. Copley Service It was ihc raght mas, that Sar.ia Claus fin- ally settled on his mot pop- ular image. That's when he be- came a old with "a round little face ar.d a little round bcliy. that shook when he lanehed liie a t-owl full o! jellv." Before K. C.er'.er.; C Moore made him a fa: ".'.''.e nian in his poern. "Trie iteorc Sir.; a tit or thin, '.ail or He had lot erf diiierei-.t narr.es ar.d earth-bound n: got thcee re-.r.fiwc ar.d, in MTv.e f.sces. nad f'Jt date? o'r.er '.h3r. mas Eve or Day. He has usually heard. Ihnush. excect i" I'aly where Santa is a iady. It's not surprise.-- thi; Sar.ia Is completely v.rite-haired. He's ahout year? old. He start- eri his career in the fourth cen- tury in T u r k e y. where be-1 of hU kindress and gen-; erosily in riving gifts, he be- can's" St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children. Although he has had. and even today goes hv. a variety of names, he still is frequently called St. Niche- In the Middle Ages, he be- came rnoro frivolo-js and from Christrna-s lir.til New Year's Dav was in charge of all holi- day festivities. In the spirit of fun, the Scots christened him "Ahhot of Umeason" ar.d "Lord The Ensiish raised to a h-i-h'jr siatiori and crov.TAvt him "Kir.g of the Martin Luther, religious lead- er in Germany in the em- phasized Christmas as Ihe birthday of Christ and thought of the three wise men who took the Child gifts of gold, frankin- cense and myrrh. He named St. Nicholas "Christkindlein." after the Christ Child, and Ger-: man children believed it was he i who brought gifts secretly on: Christmas Eve. The German people who crossed the ocean to settle in j this country ahout 1W years later changed "Christkindlein" to Kris Kringle. another name Santa is still called today, I; was the the Dutch people who. a long time ago. began calling St. Nicholas "Santa The call their Santa "Juliernssen'1 and the lady Santa in Italy is named' "La Befona." Throughout the years. Santa has worn various kinds of clothes and his usual mode of transportation was a horse. In Scandinavia, where it snows a great deal and sleighs were used all winter. Santa was given hir. sleigh and reindeer. And, that is v.-here he got off the I ground and learned to fly. The Scandinavians gave San- ta some of the legendary talents of the Norse god. Thor, who it i was said, rode through the sky in a chariot. The red coat was chosen as a reminder of the nugar. feast, cf Yule. Santa delivers r.is gifts at various times ir, different coun- tries, although Christmas, Eve is the most popular time. In Holland, gifts are ex- changed on Dec. 6, St. Nicho- birthday. In Mexico, Spain and Italv, presents are given on .Ian. G." Called "The Twelfth Day of "Epip- hany" and "Day of Ihe Three Kings." it is the day that the wLse men presented their gifts to the Christ Child. The first day of the New Year is gift-giving day in France and Scotland. English children have day after Christmas or Christ- mas Eve. matter where or when Santa makes his visits or what name he uses, ha almost al- ways stipulates that Children be good to he remember- ed. v of Once (it Christmas It wasn't a disaster after all! May tlie happine.-.? of friendships be By FRIEDA DF-KKER It's rot easv to tie ribbons you're as old as I arn and getting shaky. Two more days! You know, it's as hard to wait for Caristntjas r.ow as when I SKELTON'S JEWELLERY Cor. 4lh Avf. or.d St'n St. S. IETHBRIDCE fx-r except or.e That one hurts a litils. even row. Teei- i-itn, then. I S'lcss you'd call all enticed our club Christmas program ar.d the box soc-ial after.vare's I wonder i: mv feel af vous" at their first parties. I ETijeiS ;tot. Tr.ev're hoth such pretty girls ar.d so quick. Not like was. Ho'.v I struggled with my un- rulv hair. No beauty parlors then. A little powder though, to cover the sr-ois on my And my of lunch wa? large ar.d filled to overflowing. Mc'her saw to that. Enough good for half a boys! 1 didn t u'ant half a dozen though. Ju.st one. Any one. I remember the program seemed er.dless. and yet it ended suddenly and far too soon. Much too soon. Because there they were all lined up on a table dainty boxes ar.d terib- tior.fcd boxes ar.d or.e large scuare or.e. white and r.eat. And there were trie boys. The auctioneer was a cheer- ful neighbor, good with words, the who always gets call- ed on lor speeches a-td ihe Wai. From my corr.e-r near t h o cloakroom I watched. i c h boys had already picked a ha.s- ket? Which were still bidding? Har.ds waved. dollars. Six j dollars 1 Then the auctioneer held up the big white box. "What am I Hi- eyes travelled over the hall, hat am I offered? It's heavy. Must be full of good thinpl" dollar But across the ill there was or.ly silence. rrihle siN'mce. Not one htar.d lifted. Not one voice A cold lump grew inside nte. as as the box he was holding, only heavier, much heavier. And its corners were very sharp and c'jf into my throat. A minute A year "Tell vou iList know there's (oo rr.uch good food in here to let go by me. I'm bid- ding a dollar ar.d a half on this or.e for myself. Soldi" Inside the cloakroom I soak- ed up the tears on someone's -.vcolly cnar sleeve V.'hy had we picked such a big box? Or not fancied it up more? V.'ith flow- er- maybe, or Christmas bells. shared our lunch with the other young people, the auc- tioneer and f. ar.d it wasn't so hard after all. It gets easier to pretend after a while. I think I o'-en laughed a bit. But back home in front of my i bedroom mirror, I knew it -.vasT.'t the box. Powder never i really covers spots. Tight curl- ers do ugly things to a thick thatch of hair. And it is a wide fearful step between girlhood ar.d being a woman. Yes. many Cbristmases have i come and gone since- and many gifts, hut none I value more than the kindness of one man who kept one Christmas from disaster for me, and helped mt grow a little. Our is simple but sincere Lfou enjoq a Merrtf Chriitmos. and o very happy New Year! ALSASK PROCESSORS JOHM DKPWRY f-.r OLD COALDAIE ROAD PHONE 323-2911 Gifts By ALBERTA K. WK1.I.S "Hello." cried Santa. rr.erriiv. "Htilo." said I. "Chat's thio I see A Santa with no gifts for But Sar.ta or.ly smiled at me. "Ah. yes" to said, "For vou there's '-Faith, ar.ri Charity." Jimmie finds a neiv friend Noel hy From the management ond Staff of MacDonaids Consolidated Ltd. 28i5 2nd Ave. South Phono 327-4i66 Wishing you our friends the happiness of Christmas time1. GERRY ANDERSON and STAFF DIEPPE SERVICE 203 23th ST. 5. PHONE 327-7411 iettti Shippobotham The (iair hell rang. JiJTimie didn't hear it. He he sobbed. door opened. He was so he didn't unii! a hand goritly shook him bv the shoulder. a voice said ly in his ear. Jimmie so startled, he sat up quickly and into the prettifcst blue eyes rrt: had ever sec-n. .Jirnrnif, I'm Mrs. Robinson, our neighbor next door. Your nother asked rr.e to look in on Mld_ Mrs. Robinson. 50 he t; Him. You just simply just talk hesitate at her invitation. to Him, arxi remember always He loved the RobiiMon home to give with its spacious rooms- He j Jimrnie went home that day fascinated hy the open fire-: hill oE love and he fcnew when place. he grew up to bg a man, that he going to people his new Frigid Jesus. He knew that he would never be aeain his Mother "nils is my son Jeff Mrs, intrrxiucfyi th'r two boys. Jeff v.as tall ar.d had blor.de curley hair azid a cl'ban, fair complexion. He was older than Jimmie and they soon became friends. "My Mother the teacher in my Sunday School Jeff Vr'as workinz. Brazil Santa Papa Noel, a Santa Claus Is known in Brazil, eti- ters through the window at Christmas Eve, as majry of the houses have no chimneys. Gifts are -eft for the boys and girls in the shoes which they are careful to arrange for their convenience. 'Sounds Jimmie re- limmie realized he had been staring with his mouth wide open. When Mrs. Robuison men- tioned his .Mother, be frowned arid pouted a little. did Mom have to move? I didn't to corne had to Sunday I School, nor had he ever heard I of .lesus. He and his frierxls had i been left to play by themselves. while Mothers worked at i their various jobs- I'aey had started school they had i heen given lunches so they but. you see Jimmie. in un'.il the it v.as. tvj far for your Mother to go to work, so she had to ccorr.e to our 'neighborhood. You'll like it when you meet iorne nev; friends." Jimmie v.as about making ne-.v friends. va.5 indeed homesick for day was done. Jeff and Jirnmle to church as it was only three blocks from Robin-son home. Mrs. Robinson started t. He didn't i class by reading from the book He v. Tim, Rob and Jack. They had be of Matthew aarl told the cla-'-s about birth of the bs Jesus, God'a ton. .Jimme v wide eyed and every word. Mrs. Robir.son his friends sr.ice little "Have you had your break- fas.t questions on the Jimmie had never c.-illed [was the first to anv.er. He v.as before. It made him feel i so interested in the lev he important. Hr; slid off thft j forgot arxiirt toing londy ir. May the joys of this Christmas sepson rekindle cherished memories, and your heart wiih great happiness. The Management ond Staff of Progress Clothing Ltd. Ii2-il4 ith Street South Lethbrldge v.er.t to wash for breakfast. you like to corne to School many to learn Mrs. flobiason said, and v.'heri you are he .tly liked All you to do i.'-. Our Oirfstmas Wishes M'.-y for KoL-j'iv so'won. corns Irucs ho you and your Jamil 7. J. M. ElKTRIC 326-B 10th St. H. Phono 328-6768 Jusf a light hearted greeKng to our friends and patrons a Merry Christmas and a Holiday Season that's cheery and bright. GOLDEN GATE RESTAURANT WE WILL 8E ClOSED DEC 24, 25, 26 urtl DEC. 31il, JAN. Ul 320-5th Sf. S. Ring otil, sing out rhcr-r. Knjfjf 'if homn, and happy holifiay. From the STAFF of CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD, 16O5 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 323-8181 ;