Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Dotroibor 14, 197) IRIDGE HERALD Friday, Dctc'.nbor 24, 197) Customs make Christmas very special Hogmanay celebrated by Scots NGI.AN'D is full of old customs ant! tradi- (ions, their origins i often obscure, which j frequently uo nlrast sharply with the bus- tling pace of present- day life and this is never more apparent than at Christmas. In London and other cities, the big stores display a fantastic variely of gifts: theatres and j cinemas do bumper bivsiness; j and hotels throughout the conn- j try welcome people eager to' sample the special delights of seasonal entertainment and food. But it is the traditional cus- toms which make an English Christmas so special. At Dews-, bury in Yorkshire, a single bell is still tolled on Christmas Eve to announce that the devil died when Christ was torn. In a number of villages in Somerset and Devon, you may find vil- lagers burning ashen bundles of green ash logs on Christmas Eve: a custom at least 1.000 years old which may have little to do with Christmas and. according to legend, began as a celebration of victory by cither King Alfred or King Arthur. j Many of the old customs of the season tend to be retained in villages rather than towns, including Mumming P 1 a vs. These are ancient plays with several v a r i ations. usually handed down by word of mouth over the centuries. Some are specifically about Christmas, some feature heros such as St. George and others linked with obscure fertility rites. You may still be lucky enough to see one, with the players in strange traditional costumes, in certain villages in H a m p shire, Gloucestershire. Worcestershire, Berkshire and Derbyshire. In some cases, the mummers visit inns and hotels in the area and present their play in the bar. FIRST YULE CARD In Scotland, much greater emphasis is placed on cele- brating Hogmanay (New Year's) than Christmas but it was a Scottish bookseller, in fact, who originated the Christ- mas card in 18-11. Three years later, a London publisher commissioned John Calcott Horsley, a member of the Royal Academy, to design a commercial greeting card, thus starting a trend which has developed into today's mam- moth proportions. Christmas trees became pop- e of Oslo in Norway. ular in England at about the similar services i hit! t] Britain, all the equally same time, the custom being introduced by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. It las now become traditional to lave a decorated tree in the riome during the twelve days of Christmas. London's famous Christmas tree is erected in Trafalgar Square each Decem- ber. Since 1947, the people of rv, Oslo have sent a great tree i from the Norwegian forests to symbolize Norway's partner- ship with Britain in World War II. A Christmas tree is the focal point for carol singing in most I towns and cities and crowds j _ gather nightly in Trafalgar Square during the week be- fore Christmas to join in the singing. In 1971, Uie tree will be illuminated from Decem- ber 10 toJanuary 5. Christinas is a time for! music, particularly in the churches; the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in 15th century King's College Chapel, at Cambridge, is one of the most famous. This ser- vic dates back to medieval times and has held in its but U'eat throughout cathedrals. entertanmen an i often an inclusive cost cover- 1 try hotels with a special Chnsi- J moving is the devout simplicity, coupled with enthu- siam, of the .services held it small village churches. Many special four days. Trust] of largest hotel groups, have es- tablishments p r o v iding ah1 types of Christmas programs, i mas program the country s i Christmas programs: lagc onurciiea English hotels have with daily inclusive rates rang- ing from to per person. At the Imperial Hotel with its commanding position over- looking the waters of Tor Bay, in south Devon. Christmas guests pay only 52.50 over the usual daily rate if they stay for tariffs vary, and so do the ar- rangements, from full "hovsc- party" style, through informal get togethers to quiet hotels with a few special arrange- ments. Events usually include receptions, dances, g a m es, carol sir.ging and children's i a minimum of eight days. Arms in the picturesque Cots- wold village of Broadway. Guests pay S30.00 a day for an inclusive four -day program the pleasurers of is the Lvgon chl.istmas London. miles to the east, with a cour.lry In London, the ma-ji either hotels U III lunch or dinner to non resi- lut.uai.v. dents. This usually includes and have the bonus of seeing roast tivrkcy with chestnut and the North Cotswold Hunt meet Sau3age stuffing, bread sauce, right outside the hotel on Box- roast potatoes and bnissel me Day morning. sprouts, follow... k wjth brandy season, bright IS A letter to Santa Claus present form at King's sir.ce 1919. It provided a pattern for JUDY WALKER told her about Santa being a i And she knew how to find out if man And her sister had j there, really was a Santa Claus. into the house, AREY sat side-saddle an Ol people and they in the swing. She: alj too. plopped a foot into a uov did she hate having a big puddle of dirty water; sjsler all that was left of an early morn- ing snowfall. The sprouts, followed by Christmas The Castle' Hotel at Windsor j pudding with (in the Trust House group and. and mince-pies with a four day minimum! DECORATIONS APLENTY stay Et S25.00 per day) is so: During the fcsti situated that guests can com-; London's West End with decorations and lights i with Regent Street, one of the i capital's most elegant shopping thoroughfares, always o u t- standing. The theatre season is in full swing, wilh several pan- tomimes colourful mixtures of spectacle, comedy and music usually linked to a fairy1 tale theme. The biggest pantomime of all is to be found at the London Palladium which this year is she ran n m .she puued greying mud squooslied up over jt out and it over her patent shoe. kicked off her shoes, pushed past her sister and into her bed- MC-I room. She took her red crayon All the wav home, she finger- j out of her pencil case and un- crumpled the letter one more time. Then she printed care- fully: and Santa, pies, if your ed a crumpled little piece o! times before she reached home. From Wanda Hovey Joe Vanden Dungun and Staff Style-Rite Beauty Salon 151 9th Ave. South Phone 327-5000 real, send som snow okay. Yor friend Carey. each evening to its usual role as the theatre of the Sadler's Wells Opera Company. Throughout England, there will be a wide range of special Christmas attractions. T h c Duke and Duchess of Bedford have arranged a festive pro- gram, from December 18 to January 9, at Wobuni Abbey, their lovely stately home, 42 miles north of London. There will be competitions for chil- dren, teas with Father Christ mas, carol singing and bell ringing, exhibitions including items from the Duke's antique toy collection, and a gourme dinner by candlelight at per head. j England is always a wonder ful place for a holiday but a i Christmas it has a very spccia j atmosphere traditional, nos I talgic, stimulating, u 11 e rl memorable. Maybe that" is wh i so many visitors from ovei seas make the trip at Ibis tim of the year. Staging The Mer- maid T h c a t re beside the Thames at Puddle Dock is of- fering "Dick while "Robinson Crusoe" is being presented on ice at the. Empire PeAce us pause lo ting His praises and (o for peace. From Manager Peter Schipper and Staff o Short Stop Service Station 4th Ave. and 8th St. Sout Phone 327-4167 Pool. Wembley. During the She looked down at her foot. printed on the paper in big, friend Carey. j nas matinee performanc- then up and around the muddy j r0und. red. crayoned letters she put the letter hi an en-: es Of "The Wizard of playground. It didn't look like; was the message: Der Santa, j velope, sealed it and addressed There will also be a four- Christmas time. I want a baby big tear doll, a it to Mr. S. Claus. North Pole. weck season of matinees, from And it didn't feel like it anv-: tobagon and any of the stuf I; she walked slowly to the mail December 27, of J. SI. Barrio's more cither Her stomach felt 'marked in the catalog. box. pulled the handle "Peter Pan." with Dorothy- awful and she was afraid she I K ,vas a miserable walk and carefully dropped the letter; Tutin playing the leading role was going to cry. Home Twice she attempted to in. She heard it clunk when it, and Eric Porter as Captain i landed inside. Hook. This great children s la- She picked up a smooth stone. rubbed :t gently ar.d then tossed it off. Her sister had said there was no such as Santo Claus. But there had to lie. There VULETIDE GREETINGS! MAY IT ABOUND WITH GOOD CHEER AND HAPPINESS1 West Winds Constructors Ltd, lethbridge, Alberta just had to be! "Oh Santa Claus" she whis- pered "please come to my house and show my big sister you really are there." She climbed off the swing and i started slowly back home. She j couldn't figure cut how it was j ail supposed to fit together i all this stuff about Jesus and shepherds and wise men. And j no Santa Claus. She never bad understood how Santa Claus had gotten in on the deal. Last year she'd figured out that he was probably one of the wise men who'd brought a j gift to little .lesus and it had i made him feel so good that lie i decided to bring gifts to all tho! little kids. She winced when she thought; of that. Her hip sister had laughed and laughed when she j landed inside, i was snowing. leap over puddles and landed a heel length too short, spatter- ing cold mud up the back of her leotards. She figured it was probably the worst Christmas she'd ever had. In fact, it was probably the worst day of her life. And then she slipped on some ice. Slop! She jumped up and ran the rest of the way home. She wns mad. And sire was humiliated. ft Cheery a ftohtseltia, enduring as au erergreeti arc our wishes jor and Westinghouse Canada Limited Appliance end TV Service NORM REMUS Service Represenlolivn PETER DEGROOT Appliance Technician JOHN AOKI Television Technician North Mayor Mcnmlh Or. 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