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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SANDY'S GIFT These people are real By Garnctlc Sliipnobotlmm Simons pondered on what to buy her son for Christmas, He wasn't interested in toys anymore. He had all the books he liked, adventure, science fiction, his favorite records, et cetera. Last year she gave him clothes and a pair of skis. He still wore his skates to play hockey. While they were having lunch together, after the morning ser- vice, Sandy surprised his moth- er by asking, "Mom, may I have a Bible of my "Why yes, dear." Mrs. Simons was very happy that her son, was interested in the Holy Bible. "I shall get him one for she thought. Time passed quickly. The at hf chm'ch' frlends Christmas season came all too'111 Jater and very soon lL was "Merry Christmas, she said as she put her arms around his shoulders. "Hi Mom, Merry Christ- His eyes were sad. She knew he was thinking of his father. "Sandy, I've an idea! Let's open oiir gifts now." he said and reached for his gift to lu's mother. Kneeling, he watched her face. Sandy opened his gift. "Oh he exclaimed with tears of joy coming to his eyes. "A Bible, a Bible all my own." He stooped over and kissed lis mother. S'nc held him gen- tly for a full minute, then she said, "Come on Champ, let's get .hat turkey in the oven." Their day was full. They went to the Christmas service r r Thursday, December It, 1970 _ THE IETIIBRIDGE IICRALD 3 Christmas hag present giving pan soon. Mrs. Simons busied herself Christmas Eve putting the last minute touches to the turkey. Sandy had helped her put up last year's decorations. She re- membered how much fun she had when Jim had helped her decorate. Sandy had tried so hard to take his father's place. A tear fell, but she quickly brushed it aside and smiled as time for dinner. "Sandy, come and set the table. The turkey is almost ready. "Come and see Mother, I've been busy too." Mrs. Simons was really sur- prised. Sandy had made a love- ly table decoration for the cen- trepiece out of a log, holly leaves, candles and mistletoe. The table was completely set she heard Sandy come up the j with sparkling glasses and sil- walk. ver, with Christmas mats and He stood in the doorway, crackers. Then she noticed, three place mats of the Christ- mas decor. "It's lovely she stated proudly. After Sandy said the grace, cheeks pink, skates over his shoulder, blue eyes twinkling. "Hi Mom! Golly am I hun- gry. It smells great in here. What are you Simons finally glanced at her son, she noticed he hadn't touched his dinner. she said softly, "eat your dinner before it gets cold." Sandy didn't hear her. din- kitchen table. I think you had best get to bed early tonight. Big day tomorrow." She smiled at her ten-year-old son. She was so proud of him. Christmas Day came bright and clear with a nip of frost in the air. Sandy was up early. When Mrs. Simons came into: She leaned over, the living room, she found him j "Sandy dear, eat your sitting on the floor beside the ner.1' tree, robed and slippered. She Startled, Sandy jumped up. put a cushion on the floor and i A book fell to the floor from sat down beside him. inside his V-necked sweater. His new Bible. He picked it up, clutching it in his hands. "Mother, may I be "But your dinner." "I'm not hungry any more. I want to finish the Book of Matthew." "Your turkey dear, you like turkey." "Mother, this is better than :urkey. These people are real. is a time for children White Christmas in London Festive Lights All over the world, countries and people celebrate this radi- ant season with a festival of lights. Have a sparkling festi- val in your own living room. Hang an enormous crystal chandelier above the tree, its branches and the prisms re- jecting light of Christinas time. BLATTERING through the snow to Bucking- 1 ham Palace, this troop of Lifeguards from the Househ o 1 d 1 Cavalry typifies the "winter wonderland" atmosphere of a white Christ- mas in London. But whether it snows or not, Christmastime in London turns the swinging capital into a fes- tive, fairy talc cily. The famous stores on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Pic- cadilly are crammed full of Christmas goodies and eager shoppers; the boutiques on Kings Road and Carnaby Street are ablaze with wild fashions and accessories; and the pubs are alive with god cheer and friendly faces. Christmas is a time of fun and festivities and much merry- making. But most of all it is a lime for children. Walk through the streets of London in Decem- ber and you will see kids of all ages, sizes, colours and creeds. Noses pushed against toy shop windows; goggling open mouth- ed at the fabulous street decora- tions; singing carols round the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square; and being taken to one of the eighteen pantomines that are playing in London this year. But young or not so young, London welcomes visitors from around the World and gives them a Christmas holiday they wiil never forget. Changes in the Netherlands I want to know them better. Sandy carried his beloved Jible with him always, even when he became a man. Breaking- with tradition HOW TO KEEP YOUR MSTERDAM (AP) Tlle growjng number of successful Dutch emigrants who re- turn here to spend the year-end with family will be struck by the trend to break with traditional Christmas celebra- tions. Christmas in Holland used to be a snug family affair revolv- ing around church celebra- tions. But this is not true any- more, at least not entirely. The old way of acknowledging the birth of attacks from the young and progressive forces who want to live up to the Christmas chal- lenge of "peace for all men of good will." The new force stages Christ- mas fasts in public squares, ac- costs church goers to confront them with the plight of the hungry in underdeveloped countries, and organizes meals and haprenings for persons without homes. There is a growing aware- ness to justify and purify the Christmas celebration, to free it of its smug self-indulgence of eating, drinking and having a good time. The shift lias the active co- operation of many young lists. Louis van Dijk, a favorit jazz pianist of the Dutch youth is a regular performer wil Let's get those Christmas plants off io a good start It's much easier io keep them in good health than it is to nurse them back after they begin ailing. Take the poinsetla with red, pink, or white bracts. It is very sensitive to changes in temperature, so keep it out drafts. Use water at room temperature. Bracis will last longer if the plant is kept at lower temperature, particularly at night If it is near a window, move it back at night so it won't get a chilL Give it bright light but no sun. -Gradually withhold water after the plant is through, blooming. Store in a cool basement until AprE or May, watering it once a week. When the weather warms up, cut back stems to about 6 Snches and sink the pot in a protected spot in the garden; prune it back in July or August or a couple of times during that period. Before the weather turns cold, bring the plant to a South, window; water and feed regularly; give it total dark- ness about twelve bours a night during October and November, Bracts should show color by Thanksgiving and you can dis- continue the artificial darkness. The prizedpartof the poinsettia is the colored bracts or leaves, and not the true flower, which often falls soon after the plant is purchased. If the small flower parts do fall, the showy bracts still remain attractive. To old friends and new go our wishes for a wonderful Christmas season, HERMAN'S ROOFING 2914 13lh AVE. S. PHONE 327-5203 SANTA CXAUS-DUTCH STYLE. A young boy has a private word with the while-bearded character he taows so well. It's St. Nicholas, Wend .of all believing children, in Amsterdam for his traiiliinnal -jlelL good withes find tfionks. VALUE VILLAGE PHARMACY 13th ST. AND 6th AVE. S. PHONE 327-4147 his trio at modern Christmas celebrations in churches. A Dutch pastor said he had a lot of co-operation from young artists when he installed an anti-Christmas chapel in Am- sterdam two years ago. It was a meeting place for those who felt displaced with their own family. Discussions were stim- ulated to discover the real meaning of Christmas as it re- lates to problems facing man- kind now. Last year a "kerst-in" was held in Amsterdam's Mozes and Aaron Church. It was characterized as a happening featuring the reading of the Christmas gospel accompanied by music and dance. A poet, stage and circus artists and mu- sicians participated in the Christmas celebration which had as its central theme the need for love in the present loneliness. It was followed by an ecu- menical meal which was over at midnight when the church was returned to the traditional- ists to celebrate their Christ- mas mass in Latin, More and more traditional Roman Catholics are feeling uncomfortable in their own jarish churches and are turn- Jig to the old churches which adhere to the Latin Christmas Tliis is evident by the numerous requests from all over the country for reserve seak for the series of midnight masses to be held in St. Jan's Cathedral at Den Bosch. Christmas season is the only By KAY TATEISHI OKYO, Japan (AP) Christmas comes I) once a year, an when it comes brings more tha good cheer for th predominantly n o Christian nation which eel brates the Yulciidc withoi placing emphasis on its re: gious significance. By mid-December the Chris mas atmosphere of the wes blended with traditional Jap anese activities for the ye; end, spills all over Japan, l! impact is especially strong i such places as the Ginza i Tokyo, the Dotombori in Osak and the Kawaramachi i Kyoto, major counterparts c Fifth Avenue and Broadwa; rolled into one. Shorn of its religious contex for Christian out of a total population of 110- million the Japanese hav turned Christmas into a time o present-giving and revelry. I is a stage-setter of a sort fo t h e lime-honored New Year' holiday. Big department stores in ihi larger cities begin their Christ mas campaign early. Previous ly, sales were concentrated in June when Japanese observe the traditional Buddhist custom of exchanging gifts during the Lantern Festi val, to pay respects to their honorable ancestors, and in De- cember when gifts were ex changed again by tradition to say thanks for past favors anc Io welcome in the New Year. Added now to these time-honor- ed practices is Christmas. The department stores and shops are gaily decorated with Christmas tinsel. Brightly light- ed Christmas trees laden with artificial snow adorn the store windows or are given floor space along with reindeer- drawn sleighs and Santa Clauses of all shapes and sizes. Christmas carols and popular Yulctide music add to the atmosphere, as do the many live St. Nicks, usually female sales clerks and elevator girls dressed in Santa Claus outfits. Special counters are set up to sell Christmas gift cheques, while purchases are all wrap- ped with Christmas paper and tied with ribbon. In the more expensive stores and jewelry shops small trees are decked with pearls and other valuable trinkets. The Japanese lavishly plunged into the observance of Christmas with the same fervor and dedication that they put into everything, from swing music to the stock market, from 'skiing to shipbuilding. Christmas swept Japan, a dominant Buddhist country, on the tide of postwar Democracy. It has become one of the most popular seasons for a commer- cial holiday and for parties. Todsv Christmas in Janan is a major industry. Japan is now one of the world's biggest manufacturers of Christmas decorations and toys, from simple, cheap, and gaudy to intriguing, expensive, fancy items that range from the ordinary to the supreme in craftsmanship. More than 50 per cent of rnade-in-Japan Christmas baubles and toys are exported to the United States, and the others to Canada, Brit- ain and West Germany. Local- V -V NO STRANGER to Japan, Santa Claus is displayed especially in stores on the Ginza. Without him, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas for the who being largely non-ChrisMan don't celebrate Christ- mas anyway, not in the religious sense. crowds, although fewer in re-'------------------------------------- cent years, since much of th celebrating is now done a home where the family enjoy dinner that inevitably include a large double layer decorate cake and roast chicken. Th crowds, donning funny pape lats, weavfi in and out of 1 n d cabarets, aware tha Christmas is not a nationa loliday in Japan. The white col ar worker must report to work in Christmas Day despite his langover since the wine or oth r alcohol flows more ban at Other times. Japanese observance o Christmas is indeed a paradox feny, dubbed by criticis as One Day cele- rate the occasion regardless o. ts significance. The following incident may en an illustration of t h i s un- isual behavior: One Christmas Eve, several e a s o n s ago, a glowing Jap- anese reveller passed a church m Ginza, downtown Tokyo. He eard the gathering singing Holy Night." He stepped in- de, stood a while, tapped a oung couple on the shoulder nd asked: "Why not celebrate hristmas outside with the ime of the year that this spa- ions church, considered the inest gothic church in the Netherlands, is filled to capa- ity. ly the industry is also boom- ing. On street corners stand the Salvation Army bands with their "kettles" as the ladies in their navy blue bonnets jingle bells and sing "Silent "Hark the Herald Angels "Come All Ye to the solemn rhythm of a fading clarinet, cornet and drum. The appeal to "keep the pot boil- ing" is in polite Japanese. Nearby street vendors hawk everything from four-foot high inflated Santa Clauses and fancy calendars to live puppies and baby rabbits. Christmas Eve brings out the WELCOME Door decora- tions, whether you fashion your awn or buy them ready-made, ex- tend a cheerful greeting to holi- day guests. Mistletoe, of course, is one of the traditional and most popular plants for Yuletide use. Goodwill toward men. fit tltls [oytul season, may there come to every heart a glad renewal of the warm- ing spirit of peocj and good will to all. GALT HOME APPLIANCES 319A 8th St. S. Phone 327-3889 0, Santa's stocking is full of our appreciation for our customers and friends. YAMAHA 21st ST. and 2nd AVE. 5. CYCLE SALES SERVICE PHONE 328-6977 TO CHRISTMAS Qhristmas is here! Hope it brings you and your loved ones a bounty of good dieer. Merry Christmas to All Our Friends! CHINOOK PAINT BODY SHOP 612 4th St. S. PHONE 328-2975 ;