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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ViESAlD 53, 177? g THE I FTTH "JSI DOE ViESAlO Salurdny, ts, Recollections of Christmas Candles throughout the ages spent on a Missouri farm Bv u.vrrii: i. HKSTKR la my on a scuri much simpler und than the rr.oii.Tn teuv The coiL-.try rural O'''''n ru- rr.as programs, how v3s a! P. r.ira called Cloud ir my firs: pir.e tree to-.vcred alm roof of the church. I! p.'.ed with strings of sr.d craEterries. and here ar.c there. best ceocratioro to niy were ihe prwe hbrr.5, bujies. rc-i irJtiecs and gay stufie-d 'M'. a" oracle in :.he to wocder of worriers, the brsr.ches was a doll In a gorsera v.-hi I was sure it n the recitations, s-vn _. ever. U church st I saw j. A hj2e csi to !r.e as docor- popcorn car.dic-s But the childish ard went unheeded while I worshipped at her s'r.nne. But alas' the cite m the tree were for the children of the Sundav School, ar.d since we auer.cied Sunday School at an- other rural chapel a few miles rr.YV.-. '.'-.ere were for us. I ir: vai.n for my name to h-e railed ar.d finally sadly my doih' In our house there wasn't a Christmas tree. My father was Car.adjar, bom of English ar.d Irish parents, ar.d the tradi- tions of the old Ur.d were fol- lowed. Our siockbss w.-re lirnp- iv hLir.2 on the ?.t the 100: of tr.e '.f-d at iK-dtime on Eve. On Christinas rr.orr.ir.g they hulgtd '-vith an orar.se tuc'sri ir.'o the toe. slick candy, dark sticks o: horer.our.d candy ar.d licor- ice, nearly always a r.ew mouth ar.d a rew pair of thers that made feather mat- tresses ar.d downy pillow-s. and by we children for their huge white eg0s which we loved when thev were hard boilc-d. Mama's 'table eroar.ed with home-canned vegetables- sweet potatoes and 'we railed them! Irish potatoes, preserves ar.d pickles, and there was always pudding to finish if anyone could find space for it. Grar.dfE.ther ar.d Uncle Nate always could. Aunt Mary wouldn't refuse a bit because Mama made the best plum pudding in the world, she said. There was seldom snow on the ground at Christmas in Mis- souri and we couldn't use the new sled, but we knew there would be sr.ow eventually ar.d in the meantime w-e pulled it along on the ground. We must have been more r-.aUve than modern children, because we accepted without question that Santa came in a sleish drawn i Did you know j In Greece Christmas Ls call- cd feast of the Nativity. Noel is the (erm for Christmas in France. An Italian name for Christ- mas is "NativiuT' from which probably derived the Spanish i The German '-lleilige Nacht" signifies "holy night.'' Tne likeliest derivation of our O'.vn ''Christmas" is from the Hebrew ''mas" which means tribute. inspire men with beauty of faith Although it has been said there r.o candle to light the manper in the stable at Bethlehem. Hill from eariy times people have placed tap- ers in windows to light the way for the Christ Child and wel- come Him. In many countries-- anyone coming to the door at Christ- mastime was ifi'.-ited to enter. For some believed that Christ Himself '.vould appear at a house with a candle, conceal- ing his identity, to learn the extent of their kindness. Candles h nve inspired men throughout (he ages, linking bright glow v.ilh Ihc beau- ty of faith. Research by Hail- mark candle expert .John Sin- jem reveals that candles were i generally used at Chrislmas- I time as far back as the llth Century. Until the 18th Century they were made primarily from tallow or beeswax. The latter i was preferred, as an emblem oi Mary's purity, for wax is the product of virgin bees. Many persons believed that bees carne from heaven, and it was i not unusual [or religious insli- tulioas to keep swarms of them. According to an early writer, the- wax Chrisi's Ibody; the wick. His soal; and the flame His divine nature. i The religious of the candle grew through the cer.turi'.-i after early huddled in I he damp chill cata- combs of Rome, used lighted candles as a source of corn- fort. NEW MATEItJALS In 1750 a substance from the j head of the sperm whale a--> found to be superior to tallow and footer, in 1850. [jurafiin wax was developed ar.d C'jrr.bir.ed with stearic acid to make candles of the modern type, fiaybcrry cardies with their delicate scent are especially at ChrbUnas, and they are to bring good luck to the h'jrne. Tne bayberry candle h uniquely American. Bayberry bushes grew in great abundance in the new world, and after learning to extract the greenish wax from the wild hayberries, th'j Pilgrims used it to make The meaning of the gifts of the Three Wise Men ROSS HOSACK DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC 8-304 5th St. S. Phone 327-7244 mil ere'.1-' irve socks ;--n ar.d the soodies ur.cer the '.varm covers. But heard Mama get up ar.d Papa the heater, '-ve '.ve could ven- ture where- '.he hia; he. be a nevs'-pair-'ei slt-lgh .hat Papa corner-' rx-Thaps nc-'.v r.ev.- for my brother. There svaLanch-e of Chrisv v.-ere river; "-i'li or.l" a rsrr.e slip at- changed but rny Uncle N ate sr.d Aur t Ma never weat honie froir. ChrUtmas at the farm '.vi'.hvJt several jars of Mania'is ar.d a loaf or bread, or oi buns. At Christmas dirir.er we feast- e-d or, oid English dazer-s of wriich roarr.ed o'or i bamyerd, valued for iheir fea- b'.' reindeer, whether there was snow or not, Ssr.ta was ma sic re. ar.d sleish oroV ablv didn't need sr.ow eiiher. There were r.o Christmas liehtv rie-corating the to'.vri we lived near, and the stores didn't put up decorations either. In fact I don't suppose t h ere any. sir ce h'O5e in the home or at church prOiTraJTis were home- made strings oi popcorn and ar.-d rings of color- ed pacer which had been care- fully hoarded all year for the purpose, strung together. There rnisbt also be or two ed garlands of crepe paper i; it was avai'abe. But had there been decora- tioriS iri tr.e town it 15 unlikely we children vrould have ever seen them as we rarely went to in tr.e winter. Papa did the necessary shopping on his business trips to town, made as seldom as for nine miles over rutted dirt roads in an open democrat or toe- a trip In cold weatber. But when I look back on my childhood Christmases, I can't remember that there was any- missLna. Tr.e was redoler.t rrJ-nc-emeat, pud- dina and roas'Lig pooc-ed ar.d glowed. ar.d we gathered about Grandma's kr.ees for the Cnristrrais svjry. >Ve didn't ha-.'e oranges other treats a.'i often as modern children, ar.d carrje at Df the v.ise men. we know- only thres. no doubt because of the three gifts. Meichior. King of Arabia. 60 years old. brought a casket of gold in the form of a shrine. Gaspar, or Caspar. King of Tarsus, is por- trayed usually as a youth of 20; he' is said to have brought myrrh in a gold-mounted horn. Bathasar. King of Ethiopia or Saba. brought frankincense in a censer or thurible-shaped jar. x; the gift of charity and spiritual 'given a small box. iiuide which wealth. For the perfect faith. For the myrrh, perfect truth. a stone, assuring them faith firm as a rock. Carelessly they tossed it into a well, whereupon fire from heav-1 en descended into the well. As- tounded, the Wise Men ascrib ed to this phenomenon some holy meaning, and they car- ried fire back to their coun tries and placed it into a great church. To this day fire 'kept constantly burning in ft'hen they presented the gifts many churches, and often wor- to the Holv Child they were shipped. if If Qirist Giild's Eternal Love; your holiday abound with lasting happiness And your heart be filled with the greatest gladness. from th--- Lethbridge Diesel Ltd. i These gifts are considered omens, prophetic of what Jes- i us was >o become goll for a j kins', frankincense for a high priest, and myrrh for a great healer or physician. for the light that shone from afar for the echoes of heavenly choirs for the twittering birds in delight for the halo that shone on that night for the brilliance surrounding the earth for the revelation He brought with His birth for the incense offered in prayer for devouiness of those who were there for the our majestic King for eternal understanding. THEY LIGHT THE Silent nig'n! candle featvirei ihe and music of trrs farncoi Christmas caroL Photo from Hallmark reetings We hope that your Christmas will be a merry one, bringing you the best of Frorr, MANAGEMENT and STAFF at NORTHSIDE TAXI T-T-'.''-j yvj 531 13th St. H. 24-HOUR SERVICE '-'I Phone 327-6262 328-6344 Sincere thanks for your courtesies to our firm this past year. From PERCY and IRMA RIPLEY RIPLEY OPTICAL CO, LTD. 618 3rd Ave. S. Phone 323-7626 Christmas Blessings To All... your gift at ChrMtmas be- pw treasure in nt-i', year, A-l STAR TAXI J. jHiLL AfiD C'.rr.c- 7tn '.I. r.-A Jl'n YULETIDE CHEER A CHE.ISTMAS GREETING BRINGING EVER.Y GOOD WISH TOR NOW AND ALWAYS Frorn Owner JIM VAN LOO STAFF ED PAT RGSSPT DON ACTIVE TV SERVICE t-.-i'-.. A Sincere Wish for a Merry Christmas and. Thank You to Our Customers! the Man'Ja.'irre-rit orrj S'-'jff cf MARKER'S MAIN SERVICE CENTRE LTD. ir-t f-ti. 'ir.4 IT. Canadian Dressed Meats 1-: In bridge; Limited May your happiness be so great that you treasure forever the many memories of this Christmas. Itfixt Wislirm from MINNIE and ALBERT SHAPIRO and GEORGINA VOS rd SADIE KOK ot ALBERTS MEN'S APPAREL 331 5lh ST. PHONE 327-2620 ;