Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
y, Declmbti 13, 1WS THl HCRAID 3 Fran fir Remembering a particular Christmas I'm sure everyone remem- bers wie particular mas past teller than rAtere. 11 have 'Jo v.ith the pe'jp'e arouwl >w, soni'j special gift you received, or just a general sll aru-jiA happy holiday. Every c'jltljra- tion can't te top notch, s'jir.e have to a little bit dull, or there would be no v.ay to the enjoyment of any. O.'ie Til always happened in 1915. I Vr'asn'l very old that year, somewhere arouraj ten, us kids knew a great v.ar was on, afld ur.derstwod the alhes weren't doing very well. I also nov; realize v.e more money than usual, of high prices for wheat, arid the west had a bumper crop of it. still lived in our Ehack in Swiit Current, Sas- katchewan, hut it wa.s and v.-e had everything but a big My sijfl I looked forward to the corning of Santa Ciaus and attended sil the Christmas tree concerts v.e could handle. One in particular bad an entry fee of vegetables, canned goods, or home which would be distributed to the poor en Christmas day. A prize was ofle.-fed for biggest potato, carro'., and some vegyiables. roo'.td ajoujvi in our dugout cellar for the largest we had, ar.d l--id them up on the floor menU! of the miners she was rsiied. She in height, to'jehirj? tr.e a me mi jx-'! e mo-'J Di recorded the remark of a ms-n a rn ceiling: the sp-er-cid fesr the: i old Cjuc-tr: div to tr.-e from the and dressed up m red sri d E reo ;-.peiic to yvj, or that if had been a y be om e d streamers and shiny o'j fear that v.hen he did h i s the father of seven abundant in 'there be too to have reversed A.S Jioon the here a handkerchief ar.d Ar.d then the gifts of be in 3 corcernr-ed trey loin a rn v a.' o i', o IT. j ny r. rr.-v: so m a we-viertr CTJ th? face r t r.e f r.ir.e "d 5 i 1 c f tl-.e your very breath of it Earth, he t'jrrj ovc" after vie the tree cid or.-; of One !o stay at who hoards a piece1 for Santa this r.ovc-1 day they afford to pay decors tior.s. t'jmrrje-s felt dj5 it v.i: h t r, C s rr.e into a th ere v, Me rry r'hrl.-. t :rjj pro jo was when or, board srJp for rc.fjt rr i- jrtrung acres tr.e over And roved v.-hen Giiion door, I oo king for tr.fj play. hi n ci a rne' ir.v ar.d like it had 'beers arj 1 V.'O'J 1 d h v- h 'r' VJ r i! arri'. a1, for v.e coy r- rj r' jt- tie tr.e o-.er each other's to get Jjno, or: joy. niih if-s'- 'f :r. tr.e same j CLS of ir'.o for play, P thtV" :r'.-vH'trAm. Onlv ra'.rer to ktep r_i oyal" 'Vr'jJ f' '.f of all (y-ir.g tht S do r.o1.. aLve. lie 1 %-r f V r --r' or of rtallv tr.e co-rt case ar.d ''av! ArxJ the 'ell- to r'f-U- Vj'vt'zi tre'uVes fib't; t'i help Vvithou', p.r.y farrjly t0 Cnivd to v-i'ii t r. from the dining Chri 1 a i lo of I rcmernher tr.e v, .r. f-zr.d'. ri j a rid J1- ste in the kitchen. where: everything so good sr.d yet v.ir.ho'j'. to aik, A1! too soon trje lamps would he lit it v.ould bo time Christian one was rtsl'v in ?-Tore furxey. ing, I-rtirg ffe'r Vrt ir.e yeiiov; f'hris'.ian Art'' _, v. er e o1 r j r.r. r. a rr; 1 o over in t.rne. '.-r.fr Tr.en a rjuiet du art c.earjy I of fro f r-; a s fa mi 1 Limited, 2J'J d v ery r; :n f rorri 1' fi Uje jiving Lo depart. Finally it afu-r e i s rx-5 u t if il iy i i u children chv.-krrd to lo gf.t 'Ar-i' r.o'.hin? harJ ar.d art r- us; and v.riat a ff- or ever' in or.e i n tA f: r sr, rr; rny rr.emorifcS i o b-.rl.e-, c a period ;-f. Grrir.'irria's be the v. >h .-orrK- h-. k-s the l -Aili their the Fubject. Kur'r.er. fan be krns. Ar.d (or ar.'J per ha they not ortl y 1 ine? the r ss tr.r: art of Chritf y j ha ve im n pirr s p r, ft bit, btif, T arn the the art of first or wilt be the scon ft and but (he an r ''Tji'jn rlov-n v. c; that shrninq corxiiUon.s of itior. that of two 71 e jf-ILe-, thf- r-'ikfrs ?r.d o v 'n r h we; r-a n vf r return period bur f ;-o': the- an'J the 'lark fr.ijt rc-tij -n 'if. r- V: i n; r n r 1 1hf: A v, fr r v i 1 r1 our art T'nr iTjorr, v.fj found frv; art, for by Msr Berber The Voice Of One -By DSL FRANK S. MOP.LEY The best Christmas gift A young father informed TWI that he tthinLs faith is irrelevant. Jlis is that fjf India as well afi other Axiatic tries v-'lw say, "Give us your science, yvir and your but you reUgion at home. Missionaries are out Now Iher e is no more m c-arj i n g.ful and necessary gift the father toulrl his chiW this Christmas than laLLh. Tr.c JudaeoXJhristian failii has given him every good thing his community enjoys- Tho contrast between the Ajsiatic countriea in their squalor and backv.-arontss consists in faith. A certain faith this democrat- ic and compassionate country aJone maintain it. Anyone who has travel- led that. Every culture Is the fruit of a certain laJth' It V.-05 the Bible, Jor example, that shaped the very language as well Ufe and thought of the people of Great Britain, The political liberties oi Great Britain, Holland, America, Australia, sr.d New Zealand are directly traced to the Puritans and the scholastic phijosophers. The Puritans are much critidied no men is a hero to his valet, but a historian says of Ne-rV England that one might d-AX-1] there from year Ic year and a drunk- ard or hear oath or meet a beggar, a condition changed nith of The average duration of life- in New Eng- land in the and itth cenlrnes double that of Europe. The most astonishing fact ahvjl th's tunp has been the of compasEioi and concern for the underprivileged. When one sees the unconcern in other one realizes that this spirit stems directly from tlie JudawhCTnrisUan faith. The com- pisvion in B'jddjiisrn is beautiful, tfJt pav fcive. Only Jesus taught ajj acxive compas- iion "to seek and to save the lost." In Israel if 2 man gsve less than one- of ids income !o charity. he v, as taid to "an c-vil eye.'1 tvjk from Isiiah the desciipUon fjf has Spirit of trie Lord is upon jne, be- cause He has anointed me to preach nev.s to the poor, He has sent me to pro- claim lo the captives and leccver- ing of KJght Uj blind, UP set at iibeny who are bniised, to proclaim the cep'te.ble year of the Lord.'' Fr ank goes bo far as to tay that the of compass-ion was born oo Day: It was this Judaea-Christian thst crtaUx3 men of integrity and: where feit'ri has declined so has integrity. Tne o'td Quakers were like this and "as honest a became a proverb. Trie Puri- tan Christmas was bt'csvie o' its asvjcie'.ion with bear baiting, drinking, dicing, carding, and obscene plays. It was this Judaeo-Christian faith that created ihe internationalism of world law and unity, transcending race. It was this faith that created, as a dhine revelation, tiie natural equality of man U was this faith that brought to mankind, the ability to conquer Einr to change character, to become Saint Augustine. Saint Francis, or John CaVdn. It was from the matm: of tills faith that rno-dern science and education were born. It was this faith that gave men the hcrpe o' eiemal ijfe. that conquered death. And that 13 what the incarnation and Christmas are ART BUCHWALD Mrs. Clans takes the reins i dates given for trie y bu: because great >r leader Keir makes f appearances the time ns to be about the turn of century. Being uafamiiiar I do not know if the place names are mostly irn- ginary but suspect lh ey are. The U-r-ing arx3 workLng condi- tions may no-t be exaggerated, unions became power- ful wo-kers were protected ia-.v the callotisness of em- was almost beyond be- Some things abo'jt trie story puzzling. Trie drive and in- displayed by Maggie in a husbar.d seems I when she takes him acJ: to the dreadful coal min- and then saves to buy a business slightly removed the hor- of alh For a man who d show such reEolution in ll e er.d ar.d in flashes along to have keen so do- osrs of marriage seems un- Then. Giilon 'ASS in court 'when the rr.iv him smart enough to the ov.xer after the suit had filed. I'. U po-sbile ma' tome reaij- v.-il] find the novel tedious ir.fi long diverairins '30 to poaching a salmori for jra'fns. out J found it throughout ann thought Or.e notable feature of the is the absonte of of the .sex act i-.irh ha-', reached pathological ir. much of con- WASHINGTON Santa Ciaus sit- ting in front of his television set en mas Eve watching the Eav Packers playoff game whe Mrs. C a us came in, "Are you going to sit there si! diy watch- ing that idiotic game''" "Will you get out of here me Santa Ciaus said. "But you've got to go to v.-ork. The sleigh 15 piled high with toys ths rein- deer are very "Listen, this play-off means a lot tr. ire. If the reindeer are cold, they can :ome in and watch the game with inc." can you behave that way? dren all over the world are for you. to come dovtTi their You'll never it u yo'j don't Eiart Mn, Ciaus said, Santa opened another can of "Fur heaven's woman, can't I for a few hours, v.ithout your yakkinE a', "li you don't deliver those toys, they're going to find a new Ssjita Claos and you're going to be out of a job.'1 Santa took A swallow. "How did I were going to have a playoff game on Christmas Eve? Answer me thst! If J had known it. I have mace my de- liveries yesterday "Yesterday was not Christmas Mrs. Ciaus screamed. ai you -i'lirg there in your undershirt, v.i'.h your fat stomach sticking out. YOJ cer- tain] y have the holiday spirit." "There goes Brcv.nV Santi yell- ed. "A 12-yard gain. Nor there's a foo-.- ball player.11 "You're not even listening to me. V-'iil you get dresstd ana get wi that sled and go to until Lrje game is Santa said ''I can v.ork any day, but ho.v often do the Redskins get into a pi ayoff game Do vcra have anv more potato chips to go with this you Christmas won't be Christmas if yo-j don't -get toy; distributed? Just think lomonovv morn- kig millions and millions of chilcver will come wiUi hearrs beating fast, excitement glis'ening in eye5, kr.ess trernbiing and what wiU they find? Nothing. VTny? Because Sania Glaus was siting on his fat butt watching a foot- bail gamt.'r easy for you to Santa said. But I" ve sitin g here Sund s y al it r Sunday, no: to mention Monday nights, rooting for the Redskins. And now that they've made it and are in a playoff for the Super Bowl, you want me to them in the lurch to deliver a bunch of toys on the coldest day of the year. A man has to have priorities. Be quiet. This cculd be 5 crucial ''All Eairi Mrs. Clans, "if you v-on't trie TV I'll deliver the toys.'1 "But you don't like to drive a sleigh in icy -.veciher." Mrs. Ciaus on an overcoat, pin on boots and cpped a scarf aroun J head. "It doesn't rnatter. I'm not goicg to have those children disappointed.1' Santa shrugged. "Here's the list. Be careful going over Detroit. It gees very smoggy this time of the year." Mrs. Ciaus grabrxid the list, stomped out Elamzncd the door. passed beer to one of his elves, "Women sure gel mad v.'hen mey a man enjovinE himself. HO: HO: Christmas benefits By Chris Stewart Christmas is many things to many people. To some it is going ''home.'' To others it is a white Christmas with suear plums dancing, a lighted tree, the traditional mis- piurn pudding and succuiert turkey. To others it's hearing frorr: far away placts, from f ri ends who always f J nd time to pen 2 note at Christmas time, To everyone is friends and family. travel many miles, to join ti.e family on this festive day. Neighborhood friend? gath- er- It is a good end satisfying day for ail. If Christmas brings no benefits than to us slew and sr.ew the strength of family life i: r.avo had derided beriefits. LL'e has become such a mas us Ume for hurn1. Christ- parenu to wth their offspring and for tetn-agers to in fun younger family members. T.ie old are is and liiis L> priceless. Trie story of th? nativity Dicken's Chr.stmss carol come to life aaain. And v.fio cares if we're off time in DUT carol singing? It really matter. i'; long ?.5 we are ail in ihe Christmas spirit? Tne table, the crackers to bs piuhxJ, the from the lighted candie centrepiece, the smell of turkey and dress- ing vr.ll bo remembered all year as we rcrum to the hurry of living. What a privilege to pause on Christmas cay and in the spirit of appreciate anew familv and friends. to fj'jrii Jh ir.'o detail. sc-ene Giilon ar.d Mapeio's LS dfjiightjui. ff Crichton decides to fellow up v.ith a story of the f Earner orti merica I will be in line to i' DOLT, WALKER By Don At Christmas Ume. more than a; oth- er time of the >ear. the rr.y family consider a posiU'-c pairj neck. I am such a difficult to thop for! Trre problem ij- not to sorr.e- thing for the man v.ho has hut for a guy who doesn't any'iharif; I fee! badly when I tfiirjk f.f my VTJ'O and children wearily combing tiiroLCh trt- stores loordna for something thai please the old man, It ever; me oti occasion w ftbr.i'. for father Walker lhat might be su-'a'ole 55, gifts: golf bells, fiatK-ries for the car radio, cream. B'J: none: of rhtse has brought a g" e a, m i rro their eyes Right now I'm practising rny smile so that I can sc-em to be 2 joyful receiver on ChrUtmas morning. I fear I'ii be gives thirjcs I Gefiniteiy do r rxjlLshing fct thirq PiOrf-: a F.h'e to p'j'. up iiE ail, specif icavifis want: a gun. a gift ceraf lease a ladder M that I will iW year; or wor.ct for a fence.