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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, December 24, 1970 THE LETH6RIDGE HCRAID Christmas trees big part of Yule scene in Canada A TREE CHRISTMAS By NEIL CAMPBELL Canadian Press Staff Writer ;ATURAL trees are still a big part of Christmas for most Canadian families. Although artificial trees have made im- portant inroads on the domestic and export markets, most Canadians still prefer to have a pine, spruce, balsam or fir in their living room during Hie holiday season, a Cross-Can- ada Survey by The Canadian Press shows. Excep t i o n.s, are Manitoba, where sales of artificial trees are soaring and department store spokesmen say they may replace natural trees altogeth- er, and Metropolitan Tor onto where a government survey shows close to one third of the households have an artifi- cial tree. Christmas trees are big busi- ness in many parts of Canada. Although the most recent fi- gures show export sales drop- ping by almost 50 per cent in a decade, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia will still top the million mark. Not all families will buy their tree. Many families will under- take the traditional expedition to the country to cut down their own tree often poaching on private land to do it. NEED MORE STAFF The picture across Canada: NEWFOUNDLAND Sales of. artificial trees are "good" in the big department stores, but most people still use natural trees, usually fetched on a family outing to the nearest woods. No Christmas trees have been exported from New- foundland since 1967. Provin- cial officials said the province "could and should" te involved in tree export, "but we've nev- er had enough staff to pay any attention to it." NOVA SCOTIA Despite an expected drop in production, this province is still the largest exporter of trees in Canada. Between 800 and 900 carloads of balsam fir worth about ?3 million to growers will be ex- ported, most of them to the Uni- Dwyer of the Nova Scotia lands and forests department. Insect infestation that start- ed about two years ago will cut the province's output, Mr. Dwy- er said, but the U.S. market "wants quality, so quantity is down and quality and price are up." Many Nova Scollans still raid private forests and Crown land to cut their own trees. Artifi- cial trees are selling well, but they must buck tradition and a price-tag. NEW BRUNSWICK The export market is boom- ing for New Brunswick trees, especially for the balsam fir which thrives in this province. Sales to the U.S. market in 1969 topped million and provincial agriculture depart- ment officials estimate a high- er total this year. Growers, who have formed 10 associations in the province, feel the threat of competition from artificial trees is declin- ing as the whole market grows even faster than the sales of the man made trees. QUEBEC Artificial trees are gaining in popularity here, but R. H. Ja- mieson, sales manager at Simp- sons, said he doesn't see "any overwhelming switch from the others." There is a wide variety of; sizes and types of man-made; trees available, will' an unlim- ited color selection. Mrs. A. Jo- jhus of Eaton's said small trees for tables and better quality JAlways a Christmas nightf S long as there arc pine trees Growing on a hill, As long as there are firesides With a candle on the sill As long as there are reindeer, Snowflakes glistening white, As long as there's a Santa Claus There'll lie a Christmas night. As long as there are stockings Hanging in a row As long as there is holly And a sprig of mistletoe As long as there is tinsel And wrappings gay and bright, And church bells chime throughout the land, There'll be a Christmas night. As long as there are wise men Who choose to be star-led, And loving hearts made ready To crown the Christ Child head As long as happy children Sing with pure delight The age-old song "Good Will to There'll be a Christmas night. trees are gaining especially in popularity. More than three million trees wore to be exported to U.S. markets this year, a slight in- crease from 1909. said Jean Morin, forest engineer. ONTARIO A department of lands and forests survey in 1969 found that one third of Toronto's house- holds simply didn't bother witli a Christmas tree of any kind. Tlie survey reported that young couples with children "almost invariably" have a nat- ural Christmas tree, while old- er couples and apartment dwell- ers often have artificial trees, said Doug Drysdale of the de- partment's timber branch. Natural trees still dominate the market outside Toronto, and many families, especially in the north and rural southwest, still cut their own trees. Commer- cial farms have been establish- ed on this basis outside such larger centres as Ottawa, Lon- don, Hamilton and Toronto. Export totals should reach one million, witli most of the trees going to the Great Lakes states, especially to Chicago, and to the northeastern states. Most tree lots are run by ser- vice clubs or charitable organ- izations. Average selling price for a tree is Mr. Drys- dale said. No comparative figures a.'e available on the sale of artifi- cial and natural trees, but spokesmen for all department stores suggest the man-made trees will soon replace Mother Nature's. The province still exports about trees, mostly spruce to the U.S. SASKATCHEWAN Most of this province's Christ- mas trees are imported from Ontario or British Columbia, but in the north many families cut their own. It's amazing how many peo- ple do go out and cut their own BLUE SPRUCE Needles arc an inch long, four-sided, silvery green to blue green, stout, rigid, short-pointed and extended at right angles from nearly nil sides of the twigs. Twigs arc straight and dark yellow brown. i BALSAM FIR Its twigs grow out almost per- pendicularly to the branches. Nendles arc usually flattened, to long-- dark green, rounded and notched at the tip. WHITE FIR are yellowish green land smooth. Needles arc to 2-inchcs long, pale 'green, irregularly arranged and curve upward and outward. DOUGLAS FIH It has horizontal branches with pendulous branchlets. Needles are flat, to 114-inch dart yellow green to blue green. SCOTCH PINE In young trees, branches arc regularly whorled. Needles occur in clusters of two and are usually twisted, to 3- mches long, bluish or grayish green. trees, take the wife and kids out for a said F. H. Hewett, director of the forestry branch for the department of natural resources. A department stores spokes- man in Regina said sales of I artificial trees have been be- hind last year's, but forecast a good season. ALBERTA Canada's biggest Christmas tree might be a 55 foot fir draped with "dancing lights" erected for radio station CFRN in a west-end Edmonton shop- ping centre. Like most of Alberta's trees, tile fir is imported from Brit- ish Columbia. There is a small- er market for scotch pine from Ontario and for the Alberta jackpine, when it is available. The trend to artificial trees reached its peak about three years ago, and the man-made tree now accounts for only about 10 per cent of the mar-1 ket. Two of Edmonton's biggest Several Cliristmases in Lebanon True brotherhood of man (EIRUT, Lebanon, (AP) Christmas conies several times a year in Lebanon and even the Mos- lems hang out the mistletoe. There are about two dozen religious holidays a year in this eastern Mediterranean country with its population of 2.4 mil- lion almost evenly divided be- tween Christians and Mos- lems. The government, which is al- ways headed by a Christian president and a Moslem prime minister, encourages obser- vance of religious holidays be- cause it ties the different sects together and promotes national unity. It also prevents out- breaks of religious fighting that have troubled other parts of the world. Beginning in mid-December "Moslems and Christians give parties, decorate their homes, stores and streets and ex- change cards and one Lebanese said. "Like other parts of the world with non- Christian religions, Christmas here is becoming in many re- spects a secular holiday." Actually there are several Christmases in Lebanon, which Ministry of Tourism officials never tire of describing as the only country in which Jesus Christ took a vacation. The Eastern church the Greek Orthodox and the Ar- menians follow the Julian calendar, which is 13 days be- hind the Gregorian one used by the Protestants, Roman Catho- lics and Maronite Catholics. This means there is an almost continuous round of celebra- tions between Dec. 24 and Jan 7 when the Armenians have their Christmas. On these holidays, Moslem leaders visit Christian political leaders and clergy to pay their respects. Then the Christians return the visits on Moslem feasts. "The concept of brotherhood among men is a characteristic of both a Lebanese said. When Christmas and other holidays come, the Le- banese translate the idea into action. It's one of the strengths of our country." "The Greatest of these Ily KIUKDA rjKKKER was dial afternoon, I rcir.em- ber, and like most young boys, com- pletely immune to motherly persuasion towards being-morc- respcclful-to-parenls, hanging- up your clothes and helping- with-thc-chores. A', that moment he was staring inertly out at the cold December yard, with the han- dle of the floor polisher idle in his hands and the floor showing no more shine than it had twenty minutes earlier. Witli company due any mo- ment and my patience already buffetted by the pressure of hours of unfruitful shopping, the wrapping of gifts which upon second look did not live up to their price tags, the end- less chore of writing Christmas cards, holiday baking which had gone awry and the speed of calendar clays eluding me, I viewed the whole approach of Christmas with something less than delight. Looking his way, 1 decided irritably it was time to put a mother's foot down hard. Just then he turned and there were tears in his eyes and he said, "I know some- thing sad that you don't know." The tears became sobs and not until his arms were around my neck and his face muffled against me, could I coax the story from its secret liiding. It had happened that morning while shopping when, in antici- pation of our visitors, we stood before the pastry counter where silver trays on gleam- ing glass shelves held every- thing from plain buns to high, crumb-topped cheese cakes. While the crowd jostled about us, we discussed the company merit of this rich tart and that square and finally decided on a dozen chocolate-iced dough- nuts, to be supplemented later with coffee and my own inade- quate Christmas baking. I had not noticed her. She was just a little girl, he said; a little girl and her mother. Their clothes were plain and irt of old. The little girl had stopped and stood close against the glass window of the counter to look at all the food. Then she readied out and lugged at her mother's arm. "And did her mother buy her something special." I ask- ed. Two nine-year old arms tightened around ir.y neck, and the sobs began anew. "Site bought one ho said. Suddenly I remembered about another boy who said, "I must be abuui my Fauiur'a business." I finished the kitchen floor myself. There are other tilings to nurture in a little boy than speed and efficiency with a floor polisher. And in mothers. Especially at Christmas time. Something called love. .H% wish you joyous time of year, va extend test wishes __ to all our neighbors.. LAKEVIEW DRUG LTD. 1017 Mayor Magrath Phone 328-550? (Dlb-Fasbioneb H f 6reetings jgj Hope you and your family share an old-fashioned Christmas decked with friendship, fellowship, festivity. FRENCHY'S PLUMBING HEATING LTD. 629 9th AVENUE SOUTH PHONE 327-4652 dealers estimate the city of 000 buys about trees. BRITISH COLUMBIA The market for natural frees, most of them from the Nelson district, has been declining an- nually, but the province should still export well over one mil- lion. Part of the B.C. crop goes to Alberta and Saskatchewan, but most of the trees are sold in the U.S. South Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolines. In past years, some Moslem determined by the moon, fell around Christmas and heightened the festive mood. That doesn't hap- pen this year but conveniently Christmas falls on a Friday, the Moslem sabbath. "The religious aspect of the holiday doesn't pose much of a said one Lebanese Moslem, "our religion recog- nizes Jesus as a prophet but not as important as Moham- med. In fact some of the most beautiful verses of the Koran are the ones that describe Mary and her child. Affections of Christmas fill the aif with Santa, children, gifts and siniles. Hope they're part of your holiday. THE MANAGEMENT and STAFF of JOHN WIMP'S SHELL SERVICE We will bo closed Dec. 55, 26 and Jan. hi. We will remain opon Dec.27th and 58lh. 3rd AVE. and 9tli ST. S. PHONE 327-1967 It's our favorite time of year when we have the opportunity of wishing ail our good friend's a very merry ChrfstmasJ The Lethbridge Herald PRINTING and LITHOGRAPHING DIVISION Corner 5fh Avenue and 7th Street Soul'r LETHBRIDGE ;