Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
rase brings grieving father on his knees to God to help son J-ROM TODAY tiny leaves pi plucked the fir tree to the Christ In replace the sacred o! Odin. On Christmas Eve, tin- story goes, while (V famed lissionary was liev.ing down ie oak that the ;i tornado blasted it. Just behind it stood a voting fir (ree with the century and dedicated i ness caused him to reflect on iho brilliance of the of Christmas trees first in than 110 foot spread in Wilminglon, N.C., viewed national Christinas tree, brought in each year from one i1 i.i I.'s'liih'huii. to re this ri; ho OIKjUCk1. The use of n candle lighted Ires spread, first through Kur-ope, and then to America, vviic'-e it came to be Chrlslmas trees in th? United Slates include the General Grant Tree in Se-nuoia National Park, Ca., of Christmas pilgrims when il is brightly lighted and since the time of President John Adams, the the states and stationed on the Ellipse behind the Whilo House, was first lit by President Eisenhower in December, iu (i ii the fairest ornament in 1926 as tree in the White to sigr.il the start of the hu (in it to Electric illnmina-l Christmas Tree; a live oak the first of Peace. TJ tips on Christmas picture J .ii inner' with all bac-kL'i-ound which may informal poses, the are favorite want, and they'll hardly l flash back at the surprise is an important at Christmas, and you are there. Then tho in tin1 air. is the in: -t lime of for ]f VO'1 ill'O ill! in glares in the photo. And be sure to keen the backgrounds simple. Nothing takes away from a photo more Try to snap your subject when he least expects it. Keep your camera at a distance unti1 the right try to move in close when taking pictures of them. Another good point is to begins all over again when they see the results just minutes later if you happen to bz using an instant- 1st of confusion in the to move in close. to their level when camera. who t-'i iv.'t tilt1 most can take pictures of pictures. Too many is excited about of vour picture taking color photos, "staring" at a camera, a tendency to tha results of your pho- hr-ro iMv useful to put some color in is the mark of a good on them, with the on the spot, but children aro for bjtlcr holiday before taking tho to snap people in that the pictures look mare excited. Many chil- i- "i If your subjects who refuse to hold still or r' i if voii li-ivcn't in colorful morning is the for conventional ca- vrni'" a vrliiio, a' to take it Ihc'in in front of a colorful backdrop or hand them to take photos of your children, so be ready for turn into perfect models when they can see the pic- V.-UMI Vc'.i huy I'ilin and toy, wrapping paper they come dashing right away. vour it out other object they A to tear open the picture taking j vcu take g under the tree. They be a lot of fun when you nl'.-'t'is L's iiivir.rumt that your subjects. pretty early, so it's a prcp-.rly prepared. It can N properly. Vi' P. c Ii ih-1 backgrounds. pk'Hircs inclocrs v.-liii Ha ii. Iry avrki mir-'< nirs .-'t'hiv oiijjcls in children, most people arc a self conscious when you take out vour camera and start 1 taking pictures. Since candic shots depend for their E-kppij to load your camera and have it handy before you go to bed Chistm'as Eve. Once the children start opening presents, vou can take all the a lot mere fun when you can enjoy the excitement on the spot and see immediately whether or not you have the photo you want. The story in- voivi'S Hie writer's own family. r.OIUXVN HANSON Associated Press Writer Pain was Billy's ever- present companion. II delayed his falling asleep at night. It was with him th.ough the long dark hours, and it was his first wakening awareness every morning. For the last two of Billy's 11 young years, the pain had shadowed him. He grew thin- ner. His checks were drawn awl his eyes haunted. Billy's pain was the terrible aftcrmcth of a tobogganing accident. He had been flipped from the rear of one tobog- gan, and as he w-as silting in the snow another toboggan came from behind and struck him in the back. A tumor de- veloped on Ills spine, and though his parents were una- ware, it was turning cancer- ous. Desperately Billy's parents sought a cure. Billy was their only child. There could be no more. They took the toy from doc- tor to doctor, hoping one would say "I think I can help him." But never was there any encouragement. The search didn't end until Ui3 day a wizened, aging doc- tor in a small town far from Billy's home examined the boy. "Billy will soon be free of he said. "Soon he'll know it no longer." Billy's mother knew what the doctor meant. She knew that soon Billy would die. But his father refused that interpolation. In his grief he accepted only that Billy would live. He needed that that keep going. Then came Christmas Eve. The father was awakened by the sounds of Billy tossing fit- fully in his bed. Walking into the darkened living room, the father looked at the presents under the tree. There were so many uno- pened gifts there for Billy. They represented the plans so carefully made for the boy. The father slumped into a chair. He put his hands to his face and he wept. Then, when grief could no longer come, he sai still for long minutes. The clock on the mantle ticked silently and the house was quiet as he thought. And he searched into himself, painfully, and witli determination. And he remembered. Slowly, awkardly, lie got down on his nees. Clasping his hands until the knuckles whi- tened, he raised his head and prayed. "It's long past the time, 0 God, when I must put my trust in You. So I pray that You will welcome little Billy when he comes. I know he'll be in good hands. I know that it is Thy will be done." The father got to his feet and went into Billy's bed- room. It was time for a pill. Tenderly, carefully, he took Billy's limp hand. He looked upon the boy he loved. Suddenly the little hand tightened. Billy opened his eyes. he said simply, "I won't be needing that pill to- night." Desperately, lira father closed his eyes. Then he took a deep breath and asked the question he knew he must. "Why not, "I've been dreaming, Dad. I've been dreaming about Jesus. He seemed very close. It might sound funny, but it's almost like He's here in the room with us right now." CLOSED HIS EYES Billy's fingers loosened in the father's grasp. The breath of life so silent it could barely be heard escaped his lips in a gentle sigh. And his eyes closed. 'llie father bent over little Billy, and he took the tiny hands and folded them. Straightening, he q u i c 11 y spoke liis final words to his son. 'That wasn't a dream, Billy. And what you said about it probably soiinding sil- didn't. "He's here and He's watch- ing over you and me. He's watching over both of us. "Goodby son." A Year-long Yule spirit By BETTY CANARY j T'S THE TIME of ycai when most of u; spend at least two j weeks scattering love and cheer about us The spirit of the sea son takes over ant usually we get by without eve! a twinge of guilt about the cth- er 50 weeks of the year. Sometimes love and cheer i: simply a matter of Christina- candles and colored lights flash ing in store windows mixei' with a sleepless night or two- while we try desperately to as- semble a road race set. Sometimes it is as simple as giving a toy for "neglected11 children or donating three cans of kidney beans for a food bas- ket designated for Uie "unfor- tunate." The ingredients for the or- dinary two weeks celebration includes a red velvet dress for a daughter, some extra money for the newsboy, several fran- tic shopping trips, 14 kinds of cookies, a hectic afternoon making flowers out of gold pa- icr doilies, a bit of incense, ;reenery and candles. Stirred together, p r e ss e d town and spilling over, Hie re- is always a heady concoc- ion of fun and excitement that like an underdone souffle December 26. This year we're attempting a lifferent mixture. Cutting down in the tinsel for two weeks in he hopes for more glitter in he other 50 weeks of our year, because a red velvet dress in December really does not re- place tlie bathing suit a daugh- :cr wanted but didn't get in July because we didn't have lime to go shopping. The tip for our newsboy will include the offer of a cold drink on a hot muggy August afternoon. We'll try more lemon pies and blueberry coffeecakes in tho next 12 months instead of mak- ing do with a marathon bak- ing spree in one month. We're not spreading the frost- ing of love thinner; we're tly- ing to make it go farther. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) id tidings ti from alt of us liere For your friendly pal Our wannest tlianks HIGA'S j JEWELLERY MEN'S WEAR v 406 13th St. N. NORTH VILLAGE RESTAURANT RIDGE TS May all Yuletiiiies' mystical joys elate your spirits and fill vour heart with j Love and Wonder! i I NORTHERN ASBESTOS C. A. 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