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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE lETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, December 24; 1970 is in. sharing By DOHA K. THUW JIamlie did not She was no use accelerating his selected a uicciwas looking out of Ilic window, diaphragm in argument. "Dear iilump chicken from "Reminds me of Hie move we old he thought, "who "lc shelves. made six months ago." she re- worked so hard over the years, "wllat j marked. "There's a big family developing a sharp tongue and we filled the freezer moving ill next door, ami as a kind heart." After lunch he before we moved i far as I can see they've got went off and came back with lie thought, as he [nothing nolhing." she re- a handsome bird which he si- plunked it down on the kitchen table ready for their first Christmas in town. Then he went downstairs to complete pealed. "Just a lew slicks of Icntly deposited on the kitchen furniture, and a little groceries for six. "And as for of I able work. and went back to his chicken. The next morning when lie the cupboard he was building I she said, turning around, i'lid got up, -Ivlauriic was stuffing it for their new house, as Maud j sneering distastefully at 1 hi' That seemed to put a little was still sleeping. j immobile bird, "you needn't warmth into Christmas. About half an hour later bring it upstairs again. liver' But Ed was not satisfied. In something hit him hard on the since we got married you've the country one is friendly to chest. As it bounced off him been promising me a newcomers, and he didn't see into the corner he suddenly j instead of that everlasting i why they should not be friendly realized that it was the chicken chicken for Christmas. And in town, too. So he went over from the kitchen table. j here it is again. Now thai we j to greet Ihe Arlhritically he made his i can afford it. you can just go "They ain't got a thing." he way upstairs, chick in hand. downtown and get us a real' reported when he returned did ya throw that j big turkey and we'll celebrate! "I'm a goin' to get them a chicken downstairs he 1 even if Ihe kids are all married Christmas Soon he was demanded of Maudie. ''It needs j and away.'' back with a fine specimen. He lo he (liawcd out for Christ-: When Maud spoke in that got out their old trimmings, mas." tone of voice, Ed knew there i used when the kids were home and. over he went again. B> this time newspapers were shading the windows, children i were running in and out, the eat was on the window sill, and the dog in liis dog house. He seemed happier when he came back. "They sure liked it." he remarked as he went i downstairs to do a Ellle more i hammering. When he came up again, Maud was nowhere lo be seen, but she returned in an hour, APPY H a n u k k a h j found thai the Temple had been desecrated by the enemy. It would have to cleansed and le-dedicated before it could be come m a va- iely of shapes, colors and designs, but the most popular are the ones depicting nine lighted candles in an eight armed Menorah with an additional candlestick holder rising higher in Ihe centre, ac- cording to a spokesman for Norcross. Ilnnukkah means dedication used again as a place of wor- looking more satisfied. "Dropped in to see how they were getting she ex- j plained rattling the dishes for supper. An hour later, at the lable. remakred ship. However, in the midst of the destruction, only a small flask of oil to relight the Menorah j she remakred casually, "I could be found. But. miracu- i guess you better bring up that leusly, according to the Tal- chicken again, Dad. That tur- mud, the lamp burned for eight key was too big for us any- -1 days, until a new supply of i way." and this eiglit day holiday, also holv oil mild be Ed looked at her suspiciously call-ed 'I he Pest.val of I sjnce fhen the and srmled ,0 himself as he become the symbol for this begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev which falls during the month of December holiday. When the The holiday originated in 165 i Menorah was B.C. It was then that Judah the Maccabee and his band o; guerillas marched triumphant- ly into Jerusalem after 'defeat- ing the four armies of the ty- rant Syrian king, Anliochus IV. Much lo their dismay they Christmas Dares In History It was on Christmas Day in the year 1646 that the truculent and capable Peter Stuyvesant, with a fleet of four little ships, sailed for the world to become di- rector general of New Amster- dam. The long, rough voyage came to an end the following -May. On Christmas Day in 1776, Washington crossed the Dela- ware. December he stood before congress at Annapolis and resigned his commission as coni- mander-in-chief of the American army. He arrived at Mount Vern- on on Christmas Eve, and the next day was possibly the hap- piest, one ia ins iony and busv life. first Hanukkah made, the Jews recognized that it was forbid- den to imitate the seven-branch i candlestick of the Temple. Also, they wanted lo honor the little jar of oil that had served them well, so they designed an eight-armed lamp with an individual center shaft for the shammash (servant light) by which all the wicks were lit. No special services are held in the synagogues, but, at the As evening service, the candles are lit just as they are in the j Jewish home. The first night, one candle and each succeed- remarked, "I guess for us, it's always going to be chicken every Christmas." GLAD TIDINGS Two young members of St. Monica's Choir of St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Lethbridge, raise their voices in the traditional hymns of the Christmas season. They are Patricia O'Connell and Jan e McMullin. I Dutch gave Saint Nicholas present name Santa Clans has many ANTA Claus wanted man. a of Santa's t ing night, another candle is lit, until on the eighth night they all burn brightly. A favorite custom among many Jewish families is the living of gifts to the children. An interesting coincidence is :hat Christmas is celebrated in .he same season as Hanukkah, and that candles in the win- dows of Christians carry the message of peace on earth good will towards men. And, for so many centuries past, But he won't be easy to track down he has too many aliases! In one part of the aliases around the cheeks and white beard comes I down to us from a poem writ- world he pops up un- der the name of Julenissen; in another, the Abbot of Unrea- son; and in a third as Saint Nicholas. TIMETABLE Santa's arrival date depends strongly on local customs. In Holland, the custom of i leaving secret gifts for children on -St. Nicholas's birthday be- came popular centuries ago. at Ihe same time Hanukkah ights shine from the Menorahs j in Jewish homes, proclaiming the victory of God and the eventual Iriumph of free men. Il's the season of fun and laughter. j icisk your jarnilY the bra- the Yuhlirlc can offer. Chriitmns. JOHN'S RADIATOR SHOP 401 4th AVENUE SOUTH We're ringing in the holiday sp.oson i with the best of wishes tor you ond yours. And a hearty lhank you lo our faithful pultons. Kiinger's Men's Boys' Wear Even today, presents are ex- changed on this day, Dec. 6, rather than on December 25. A bale of hay is often laid out for the benefit of Santa's horse, not his reindeer. In Spain and Ilaly, Santa ar- lives a whole month later, on Jan. 6, Epiphany. This day seems very appropriate, for it is the day on which the Thn Wise Men delivered the very first Christmas present, in Bethlehem. In Italy, inciden- tally, Santa is a she. In France and Scotland, San- ta arrives on Jan. 1, New Year's Day. In England, where gifts were once distributed ex- clusively on the day after Christmas, Santa is seen more and more often on Christmas j Eve, as he is here. This change is believed by some to be the result of increasing American influence on British customs. In England, too, the kinds of gifts that Santa brings are also becoming more and more like American gifts. A genera- tion ago, Englishmen ten d e d to be a lot more "practical'' than today. Husbands gave their wives a new cooking pot or a pair of new overshoes far more often than they do now. i Here is a "rogues' gallery" Saint Nicholas. In the 4th century he was modeled after the original St., St. Nicholas who lived in Turkey and whose deeds of courage and kindness earned him the title of patron saint of children. The legend of the good saint as a giftgiver was later spread to Russia, Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium and Germany. The Abbot of Unr e a s on. In the Middle ages, Ihe gift-giver became an officer who directed the festivities of the holiday season. Dubbed the Abbot of Unreason by the -Scots, and the Lord of Misrule, he held office from Christmas till January fi, and his word was law. Either selected or appointed, he ruled over holiday activities in royal households, cottages, and inns. The English called him King of the Bean, and to the French he was the Boy Bishop. Norwegians call him. and hi works overtime in the land o ten in 1822 by Dr. Clement C. the Fjords. He brings gifts to Moore, an American minister, good kids (only) before they go Dr. Moore based the peom on a colorful old Dutchman he had once met, and named it "The Night Before Christmas." He recited it lo his children, who were delighted. Then he threw it away. A lady visitor rescued it from the waste basket and had it published in the Troy Sentinel. It has become a li- terary classic and now almost every American child knows what goes on when Santa comes on Christmas Eve. Julenissen. That's what. the ly) before hey to bed on Christmas Eve, nol after, and in the week betweer Christmas and New Year's he totes his sack to (he "Jullre- fest" a community party for all the kids. Lc Befona. In Italy, Sanla is a lady, and a lough one! Kid: who have been bad are apt to find coals in their shoes instead of presents. Customs may change, but one thing remains the same. Santa Clans is a much-wanted spirit around this time of year! Christkindic! In Germany during the loth century, Martin Luther, a religious leader who also invented a lot of new German words, substituted Christkindlein, or the Christ Child, for St. Nicholas as the bearer of gifts. He wanted to make the act of giving gifts a symbol of the Wise Men's visit to Bethlehem bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh. So the Christ Child came secretly to German homes on the Eve of Christinas. Kris Kringle. In the 16th cen- tury, a German colony settled in Pennsylvania, and again Santa's name changed! The settlers had brought the Christ- kindlein with them, but some- how it got transformed into Kris Kringle. i Sanla, himself! The Dutch j nicknamed St. Nicholas "Santa C'laus" for short, but his image as a fat little man with rosy ,f- SANTA AROUND THE WORLD Santa's making a lisf of nil our friends so that he (on be especially good lo eoth of you. Best wishes lo all. FARMER STOCKMAN SUPPLY LIMITED PHONE .327-0731 This is our best hoping rnnr Chrislmas is merry and GOLDEN GATE RESTAURANT 320 5th St. S. LETHBRIDGE WE Will BE CtOSED DEC. 25, 26, 27 AND JAN. 1, 3 Christmas toys signs of the times lASIIINGTON The Christmas toy busi nsss is anything bu child's play. This.yeai it will make more money than ever be fore and p r o d u c e more toys the makers say will be more lovable, more imagina live, safer, more educational, prettier, more relevant to to day's work! and more fun than anything yet to come out ol Santa's workshop. Traditionally, there'll be something under the Christmas :ee for everyone: Mom, Dad and even the youngsters. There will be dexterity games and mind teasers, cuddly toys for tiny tots, old favorites like trams and dolls, toys to play giown up with for children and toys for escaping the grown- up world for adults. In the highly competitive world of playthings, 1970 sales in the United States at the man- ufacturers' level are expected to reach includini one estimate of 5-10 million worth of Tedy Bears. Last year's retail sales ap- proximated 3 billion, or about for each of the 58 million American children under age 15, the National Geographic So- ciety says. Toys quickly show signs of the times. Though even Bronze Age children were delighted by miniature battle axes, war- toys this year are way down in sales. But law enforcem e n t toys are up. As one manufacturer puts it: "Guns seem to be all right as long as they come in a cowboy or police holster." Some games preach the mer- its of conservation and fighting pollution. The winner of one such relevant contest is the first player able to get rid of his pile of toy trash. On the other hand, pollut i o n fighters have picketed st o r e s selling a realistic play dump truck that emits realistic ex- tiaust. Christmas morning some chil- dren may unwrap love bead kits; others, child sized wigs just like mommy's and design- ed lo be washed and set. Little girls will be imitating their mothers as much as ever in fully equiped junior sized laundries and kitchens. Little boys will be whizzing along at 4 to 5 miles an hour behind the wheel of a motorized mini car, dune buggy or snow- mobile. Dolls will be more lifelike than ever, including some pro- grammed lo respond lo voice commands. And it's believes! this year the electric train wi.'l Furry Pillows Please Tough Little Fellows There's nothing quite like feel of fur to stir warmth in even the toughest little guys. Cover pillows in lake fur and you'll have a friend for life. It goes with any type decor of their rooms and makes a wonder- ful Christmas gift idea. You may buy inexpensive pil- lows or use ones that have out- lived their covers. Either make a slipcover type cover with a zipper on one end, or you can't sew dr don't want to spend that much time, simply hand whip the fur cloth to the pillow. chug back into flic hearts o? fathers and sons. An astrology fad has conjured up a variety of fortune telling charts, wand s, horoscopes, witches' outfits, artificial cob- web-spinning kits, crystal balls and other trappings of make- believe super-natural. Santa Is Placed In Nativity Scene In years, actually centuries, it has always been Joseph, Mary, the infant Jesus, a couple of sheep and perhaps the shepherds and three wisa men who were depicted in Nativity scenes. Last year the Queen of Angels Catholic Church inVort Angeles, Washington, added a new figure Santa Claus. It was explained that many Christians depend upon Christ- mas sales for their livelihood, "and they ought to be able to consecrate this part of theic lives to A priest said, "We must get rid of this dichot- omy, unless we're still laboring: on the false idea that the body and the soul are sepenite." And a reverent Santa in the crib scene, he continued, fol- lows the message that the church must incorporate the Accepting Santa for the symbol of commercialization and then including him in the religious scene will help the church get its message across that man's whole life 5s per- meated with religion. We're sending our warm holiday wishes your way! BILL BICKMAN SPEEDY STORAGE CARTAGE LTD. 2345 5th Ave. 'A' N. Phone 327-5734 As you rejoice on Christmas, may you gather many blessings and gain deep spirifugl contentment. A sincere "Thanks" to our many loyal pairons from Jerry Hisaoka and staff ol: ALCAN SERVICE STATION 1313 AMYOR MAGRATH DRIVE IETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-2728 ;