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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Do unto others Brothers' feud ends happily By HATTIE I. CIIKSTEU ords in a cardboard box on the OHNNY WAS cleaning tlw stable and feeling very annoyed. Les al- j ways left Uie dirty jobs for him while he 1 got the easy ones. He knew how to get around Mother. Christmas was coming too, and Les would man- age to got what he wanted-he always did though Johnny knew that money for Christ- mas presents this year was go- ing to be pretty scarce, with Dad in the hospital and the crop so poor. "I suppose I shouldn't mind cleaning the mus- ed Johnny. "If it weren't for the cream cheques I don't know what we'd do." But it was vex- ing that Les never seemed to be around to take his turn at the nasty jobs. Johnny stabled the cows, and poked their heads into the stan- chions with a friendly pat for each. Then he went to the house for the milk pails. "Guess you'll have to do the milking yourself tonight, John- said his mother. "Les had to go back to the school. He is working on a project at shop that has to be finished for the Christmas display, and Albert is helping him. Mr. Dora could help them tonight, so I gave Les his supper early and Al- bert's father drove them in." "That's my brother, muttered Johnny. "I knew he'd work it somehow to get out of chores." "What was that, But Johnny said, "Oh, noth- ing." He didn't want to bother his mother. He knew she was worried because the news from Dad hadn't been good the last few days. "I'll come out and talk to you while you milk the cows, John- said ten-year-old Mindee. "Good said Mother. "I'm going to leave you two alone tonight for awhile. Mrs. Gardner phoned that Mr. Gard- ner was going into town to Lodge, and she was going to an executive meeting of the W.A., and I could go with them to sec Dad." Mindee chattered happily as she played with the family of spotted kittens that lived in the barn, fixing their supper of bread and warm milk. Milking the six cows wasn't so bad af- ter all, thought Johnny. The barn was cosy in the lantern light, and the cows sounded so contented munching then- chop and hay. When the milk was separated and the separator rinsed. John- ny took his text books down and laid them on the table. Then he went to the box and took out one of his cherished records and put it on the record player. He had to keep the rec- loor, but he looked longingly at .he record cabinets in the cata- logue every lime he had a few minutes to spare. He hoarded his allowance until he had saved enough to buy a new he'd never be able to save enough out of his tiny allow- ance to buy a cabinet for the records and it was sure Mom couldn't afford to buy one this year. Johnny sat down and worked at his assignments, now and then pausing to help Min- dee with her lessons, or to change a record. Les came in about grinning. "Did you get your project fin- asked Johnny. "You bet, and Mr. Dorn thought it was great, too." "What'll you do now for some excuse to keep you from help- ing with the asked Johnny, sarcastically. "I'll think of something, grinned Les, as he took his text books down. That was one thing ibout Les, he never quarrelled. "I'll bet you muttered Johnny. Johnny didn't bother to go to the Christmas shop display. He wasn't interested in shop, so he didn't know whether Les got compliments on his work or not. Christmas morning prospects seemed a little brighter. Dad was much improved and the doctor thought it possible he might get home for New Year Mom had knitted mittens for all of them tucked into their socks, and a large orange ant apple, and there was a big batch of fudge and taffy on the kitchen shelf. Les teased Mindee durinf breakfast and coniplimentec Mom on her hot cakes and sau sage with homemade syrup am jelly. Then he left the room and went into the porch. In a moment he poked the door open with his foot, anr1 dragged in a large box. "Here, he said "This is for all the times you did my chores. Open it." "For "Yep! Merry Johnny worked the lid up anc peered 'inside. Then he pullec out the thing he'd wantet most in the world a recon cabinet, made by Les at shop "Hey, Les, it's great! How' you do "Well, Mr. Dorn gave me i lot of help, and Albert helped too. But it was fun fooling you Only 1 was afraid you'd comt to the display and guess. Mr Dorn gave me 'H' on it." "I should think he would, Mother said. "It's a wonderfu piece of work, son." Johnny thanked Les for hi gifts. He resolved that he'd er be vexed at Les again whei he managed to get out of doin chores he hated, for of course he was Les. Just taking time out to wish you a very merry Christmas? From Frank Aitken and Staff at Superior Gulf Service 1804 3rd Ave. South Phone 327-0313 THE LOOK OF CHRISTMAS is universal. The gaily dec- orated and stocked storo counters at left could be in any American city but the setting is Frankfurt, Germany. Below left, a famil- iar scene small faces pressed against a show win- dow the better to see the toys in Paris. And, right, a face in the crowd which seems to be registering a minority opinion an employe in a London toy shop isn't finding much joy in the season at the moment. That wonderful nisht long ago 4 mother should know December 24, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 3 "AHs for Ihfi Bribe ra By CATHERINE DRAKE ERE Is a story of the first Christmas night. Esther listened wide-eyed while her brolher Ruben told of seeing the Angels and hearing ths wondrous singing that starry midnight so long ago. The family question- his talc, thinking he'd dreamed it; but not Esther! "I'm going over there as soon as my work is she next ard he bowed low. "be- cause our Vcdas call Him Di- offered the final strange because Ho is a human infant like unto our Unconsciously Esther had moved nearer and nearer tho unusual scene. She felt a strange glow as she admired the gifis and the Babe and the travellers. The .''.rangers, rir-ing. broke CHRISTMAS: a time for loving By FRIEDA DEKKER T THE sound of the knock, Mrs. Dickinson laid aside the letter she was writing. Hel- en perhaps? Yes it was. Obviously Helen was not allowing even .he pressures of Christ- mas shopping to interrupt her neighbor hood news real She sighed as she hung up Helen's coat and wondered how long it would take her to get around to My-Jamie and Your-Gary. "My Jamie just had another Helen said, before the first sugar cube had time to sink into her tea. "Be sure to mention it in your next letter to your Gary, Ruth." Ruth passed the Christ mas shortbread. "I'm sure you are Lots heading out for Christmas A lot of Lethbridge residents will be enjoying an overseas Christmas this year. "You name it and we have ocople goinu said one city travel agent. Hawaii is the most popular overseas spot but there are also bookings for Mexico, Las Vegas, London, Amsterdam, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Several oilier people are head- ing for a Christmas vacation in Fiji. In fact, a lot of people are going there every hotel on the island is booked solid, said a local travel agent. One of the most distant points on the Christmas travel sched- ule out of Lclhbridgc is Bris- bane, Australia. Time Airways reports that ONE GOOD THING ABOUT WINTER There is one good thing about winter he brings Christmas. Through the bleak i December the thought of the coming festivities is pleasant like the reflection of n fire i on our faces. We taste the cake before it is baked, and when it is actually before us we find that it is none the worse for the fond handling of Imagination. Spirits are light! There's much happy cheer and merriment as we join in the celebration of Christmas. B J HAIR STYLING SALON Juno Skrivcr and Staff 506 4lh ATC. S. Phono 328-3650 proud of him, Helen. He's done "Those students had ideals very well since he started at j and stood up for them, even the heaviest Christmas travel 1 be into Lethbridge. "We are booked heavily into Leth- bridge before Christmas and out of the city after Christmas. "I guess it must be a lot of young people coming home for the holiday." Christmas Eve Is the most heavily booked day followed by Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. Extra flights will be put into service during the holiday period Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 and Jan. 3. There will be no flights out of Lethbridge on Christmas Day. Travel agencies and airlines report family travel is heavier than normal. Many people will also be tak- ing to the buses to get home for Christmas. University students are heavy users of bus travel. Most of them are travelling to points in western Canada but some are going as far as Mexico and Miami. lira garage." "My Jamie knows what re- sponsibility is. None of this Leen age nonsense. Get your hair cut or I'll march you to the barber shop myself, Rill told him, so he bad it cut Yon never see my Jamie hanging out in that rowdy part of town, either. He isn't that: kind of boy. Besides Bill would take away his car keys for a couple of Helen hovered over the plate of dainties. "Bill and 1 always thought you were much too len- ient with your Gary, if you don't mind my saying so. Uni- versity may have its place hut a good steady job like my Ja- mie's would do him more Rood than a Ruth brushed a crumb from her lap. The conversation was following its usual run and mostly it didn't bother her. Af- ter all, Jamie was a good hny. But today, with Gary so far away She wondered if Helen knew about the sale at Lacey's. Maybe if she "The reason T came." Helen -ent on, "is that my Jamie ard there was a big protest msrch up at the Calgonian Uni- versity and it turned into a riot and some of the students are though the authorities didn't agree. And the students weren't really responsible for the riot- ing. Gary says tire trial will show "So your Gary wrote you. declared. But Sarah, her Moth- er, demurred. "Little girls had tetter stay at home and not go among Seemingly eight-year-old girls have not1 changed greatly through the centuries. That af- ternoon while Sarah and a neighbor sat knilting, Esther took her woolen shawl and ran toward the stable in the rocky caves where Kubcn said this little family was living. She shyly peeked in at the half open door. There sat the young mother bul the rest of the cave WES too dark for her to see anything further. Disappointed, she turned homeward, review- ing several plans for going into the stable. At last the answer came a gift! Watching her chances the next day she saved her small loaf of bread and reaching the stable door, timidly knocked. Sli2 was told to enter. She saw the Baby and the others of the group bnt was too shy to speak. Each day she contrived to take some small gift to the lovely Lady a few dates or figs. the and she turned Irom the group and fieri. Bursting into ihrir home she breathlessly lokl the whole story, albeit in poor order. A few minutes Inter, closely holding Sarah's hand, they each beheld the ca- mels and riders silently riding away to the East. Esther led I he way to Iha door and Sarah, too. saw flic little family. Later when harsh orders came from the King, Sarah inquired about them but learned they had left for another home. As a Mother, herself, years Infer, Esther told (he strange .story to her children and won- Christmas caroling St. Francis of Assisi popular- ized the tradition of Christmas caroling. The word carol means to "dance in a ring." The 13th century saint, in order to bring the Christmas message vividly and directly to his villagers- many of whom could not read a manger scene with real people and animals. When the villagers came to sec it, he led them in joyous "car- oling. Well, you took an awful chance sending him there. You don't sec my Jamie protesting. When he comes home from a day at the garage he's too tuckered out for that foolishness, I can tell you. I hope they leave those pampered hoodlums in jail over Christmas. That'll teach them a lesson. Too much loving and not enough lickings, is what Bill always says." Ruth's eyes wandered to the tiny creche set up on ths man- tle, where another mother look cd down at her Child in a wood- 1 en manger, "Christmas is for loving. she said softly. "Christmas is a gift of love to all people in the she added. Helen stood up. "You always were much too soft, Ruth. Bill talk to your Gary when he comes home for Christmas! But there's a sale at Lacey's, so I should hurry." As Helen's footsteps chatter-1 y ed down the steps, Ruth turned S back to her letter. A heavy tear SF fell and smudged the address some honey and even some goal's milk. One such visit was postponed until dark and she had no gift. Something urged her to go. noticed the extremely bright star low in the heavens but her errand to the stable was upper- most in her mind and she hur-; ried on. Approaching the stable she was amazed to see three large, stately, while camels with splendid trappings and j gear, tethered to stakes near the entrance. Completely awed, she softly stole inside and saw three on their knees before the Babe and His Mother. Such wonder- ful clothing they wore. Lor3 flowing gowns of rich white with trimmings of purple and scarlet and gold! Each was of- fering the Mother something in a costly box. As she opened them she heard each donor ex- plain: "Gold, for our prophets and sages declare this Child to be a said the Wishes to Folks Everywhere! Hope Many Joys Are Yours To Share Bob and Chester "BOBS BARBER SriOP" in jail. You'd better warn your Gary to stay away from that as she wrote, Mr. Gary Dick radical I son, c-o Calgonian Gaol From The Management and Staff of Sarc Repair Ltd. (Electric Shaver Repair Centre) Iclhbridgo 41! 4lh Avo. S. Medicine Hal 67i 2nd Avn. S. E. Phono 327-2656 Phono 526-6131 Hope "STcnir TTaliday is Bright Heartfelt Thanks to our Neighbours, Customers and Friends, for their loyal support From The Management and Staff of Consolidated Concrete Ltd. 5th Ave. 28th St. North lethbridge To you... the family, tool Wo wish trig merriest and brightest. "Go Greyhound" and Leave the Driving To Us Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bcollio and Staff of Greyhound Bus Depot and Coffee Shop Slh SI. S. Phono 327-1551 On most grateful appreciation, we wish you and your family all the peaceful joy and happiness of that Holy Night when hope was given to all mankind. U From 1'ie Management and Staff of I ST LOUIS FURNITURE 5th ST. S. tETHBRIDGE ;