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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 _ THE 1ETHBRIDGE HEi'.ALD Friday, December 24, 1971 Louisiana IHISTMAS on me banks of Louisiana s i j ,ion. Tllc medals slow-flowing breathtaking panorama and powerful "u miniature masterpieces of and Frcnch-Cana- i ings >y amo Chores "f Louisiana waterways I dolls made in the 1'Jdi and Cdilj fir bonfires. par- Mil, centuries have trench o .ides'" fireworks displays and German bisque heads with cHliel t hours of joyous Vulc-1 skin or jointed bodies, id" caroling. At Hodges Gardens south o On tho Mississippi the Chnstmas festival alone the River Uoad between of ijshts in Louisiana's 'gar- New Orleans and Baton Rouge, j (lcll in the forest" offers Uirist- vounsstcrs have ton busy I mas lighting and Nativity since Thanksgiving building 1 sccncs throughout the forma more than 100 M-foot tall, pyra-j gardens from December _" mk-sl aped bonfires lo light the j Through New Year's. The mam "kv 'after dark on Christmas part of the pageant featuring Anyone for an Easy-Riding Santa? The very with-it St. Nick at right is among the new looks in Christmas cards tills vear. Although the em- phasis is heavily on the mod in most lines, there is still enough of the familiar to satisfy traditionalists. Below, the popular Night Before Christmas and Peace on Earth themes. Atheism and Christinas Conccniratcd in the Liitcher- Gramcrcy area, the bonfires take two months to build and nan (H mi. the acclaimed Centenary Col- lege Choir and recounting the Bethlehem epic in song and narration is a spectacular pres take two montns to uumi ,mu narration are constructed from long poles Cntation whether staged from a set in a pvramid frame with j lighted float on the logs stacked horizontally, like j ]skc Or at the splendid outdoor cabin walls, to the top. fcatre. lumber, old tires and NCW Orlean's Jackson Square sticks fill the structures' cores m famed French Quarter or ...___ tVlfi and the last materials, bamboo canes and reeds which pop like firecrackers "lien heaicd. are woven among I lie logs just lie- fore the fires are lighted tn burn deep into the night. In north central Louisiana, Natchitoches. oldest town in the Mississippi Valley, celebrates a Vieux Carre on the ippi River is the site of an almost spectra] candle lighting and caroling ceremony sponsored on Christmas Eve by the Patio j Planters, a group of VIPUX Carre homeowners. Every person attending eeives "a candle and song sheet re- Eala Christmas Festival on the the gates of the square banks of the Cane River on the when S'L Louis Cathedral first Siturdav of December, this i chimes !i o'clock, carolers enter vear December the darkened square through its This old town, founded in I f0ur gates, forming a great j 17H is a treasure-find of ante- I candlelit cross, helium homes and old brick j On Berwick Bay at the mouJi streets and provides an historic 0{ the Atchafalaya River, Mor- selling for the theatrical pyro- gaii City, shrimp and petroleum technics extravaganza, par- centre of Louisiana s bull ades Santa's arrival and thou-! Coast, celebrates Christmas by sands of Christmas lights drap- j decorating a shrimp boat. The in- the main street, both banks "Spirit of Morgan City, set in and the bridaes across Cane j the neutral ground on Mam River Street, has been Hie city's sym- Chrislmas concerts at North-: bol for 19 years, and oac.i Holi- western Slate University, a par-1 day season, the boat is decor- ado water show and booths ated with thousands of colored where a famous regional food lights, reindeer and a Santa specialty Natchitcches meat ciarjs to make the vererable pies are sold entertain the j vessel "Spirit of Morgan City crowds until the simultaneous I a bright community contribu- rirev-orks displavs on each side tion to the spirit of Christmas. v __________ ctnrryv of the iiamc and hurst The handsome, 34 storey of the name ano OUIM me IUUKOUHK-, o-i in a brilliant shower of colored j Louisiana Capitol standing on a fire above the more than high bluff overlooking the Mis- witnesses lining the shores of j sissippi River at Baton Rouge historic Cane River. will be brightly decorated with In Shrcveport on Ihe Red lights .strung from near iis top j River in northwest Louisiana i down to the ground, and the, is a Christmas exhibit as beau-1 windows in the towering bmld- tiful and appropriate for the ing will be specially lit at night Season as it is rare. The R. W. j to form an impressive, great j Norton Art Gallery will present cross. "A White Christmas" featuring Louisiana welcomes Chnst- a 13-foot scotch pine flocked mas with grace and style. The white and adorned with 300 sil-! season brings forth festivals vcr. crystal and mirrored orna- and great bcnfires. but best of ments "and more than 800 cry's-1 all, it calls forth Southern hos- tal. multifacet star lights from i pitality and Louisiana's unique December 14-20. "joie de vivre.'' Candles and trees mark German Yule Today, m In His time, Id ix rejoice and renew' Jaith at this Holy Season. Thanh -you. From The Management and Staff Southland Ford Equipment Sales Ltd. 311 33rd St. North Phono 328-1796 Germany begins with) Advent, the four 1 weeks heralding t h e birth of Christ. All over the country, the Advent wreath ap- pears in even' household. Made of fir branches and inter- laced with red ribbons, it holds four candles and hangs from the chandelier in the drawing- room or is placed on the living- room table. On UK first Sunday of Ad- vent, the first candle is lit at dusk. On the succeeding Sun- days, the other candles are be- ing lit one after another until, on the last Sunday of Advent, the four lighted candles pre- i sage the many lights to appear on the Christmas tree in but a few more days. There is hardly a German home, however humble, witli- out its Christmas tree, or lan- nenbaum. That custom dates from the 16th century. The crib i put under the tree has a much older tradition; it came to the West from the Orient. i Christmas Day itself is a day of jollification in Germany, for the German Christmas proper is Christmas Eve when all shops, offices and factories close by mid-day. From six o'clock in the evening onwards, the families are at home to cx- change presents. It is also the hallowed hour of the ageless carols, many of them from old church hymns. Cliristmas fairs arc held in many cities and towns during the Advent season. The famous one in Nuernlttrg, the capital of German toy manufacturing, lakes place December 4 to 24 and attracts many a foreign visitor. Other renowned Christ- mas markets are staged in Frankfurt-Main and West Ber-j lin. in the warmhearted Ba-: varian metropolis of Munich, i in Hannover and Stuttgart. j While you may witness a St. Nicholas parade in the Rhenish city of Mainz on December 4, Miehelstadt in the Odenwald or Odin's Forest, south of Frank-, furt. celebrates a Christmas j market from December 2-10. Medieval Rothenburg above! the river Tauber on the Ro- mantic Road stages its Old German Rcilerlcs Market in mid-December. Pictures (i u e Berchtesgaden j at the foot of proud Mt. Watz- j mann, southeast of Munich, echoes with the traditional Christmas shooting of small t mcrlars on December 24. I Different customs, hallowed by local tradition, have sur- i vivecl in other parts of the country, casting a spell which seems to remove the Season from all reality. We iliatth ifiut The Management and Siaff cf Progress Clothing Ltd. 112 114 5lh Street South tctiibridgc JOYOUS To celebrate His birlh... o host of warm Messings. ALSASK PROCESSORS John Drnwry Thnnt Ycu lor Your Po OtD COAlDAfE ROAD PHONE 328-3911 from Manager Roy Ully and Staff of Partsman Automotive Ltd. 1280 2nd Avn. South Phono 3274585 contradiction to Bulgarians KENNETH RICHARDS OFIA Atheism and Christmas to most peo- ple would seem to be contradicloiy. But not to the Bulgarians. Atheism is one Chnstmas Lights By Alberta K. Wells HE 'Light of the World' is somehow lost In the garish of lights on the tree. But under its boughs, in a lowly place, A rustic stable I sec. The figures are clothed in flowing white And a Halo adorns the Head Of a tiny Babe 'The Light of the World A manger for His bed. the basic principles socialism. Bulgaria has been member of the socialist bloc ince 19-10, and its people proud- y insist they are even belter 'ommunisis ihan the Russians. Yet Canadians who have Bul- garian friends are quite used among Bulgaria's national trea- sures. There are two major reasons for the paradox of non-cburch- going Bulgarians taking such an Merest in things religious. First they are grateful for the fact that the Orthodox Church was in the forefront of Hie revo- lutionary movement which in (he 1870s freed the country from five centuries of Turkish oppression. A more practical reason is tourism. Aficr their famed 'Brian 11 lunus fiiu vjiun. uj-i. iun. o receiving gifts from them at Black Sea coast, hisloncal sites Christmas time as well as j are the Bulgarians' largest sin- cards The cards never exactly gle tourist attraction. Over the "Merry but bear such euphemisms as 'Compliments of the r "Holiday Greetings." Moreover, Christmas itself is centuries Thracians, Macedon- ians, Celts, Romans, Byzanti- ans, Slavs and Turks, among others, have occupied present- day Bulgaria, and each has left Moreover, luicu K, celebrated in many Bulgarian a mark on the country s villages. The day isn't a na- tional holiday as it is in most of the Western world. But the :5ulgarian constitution guaran- ,ees freedom of religion even though the great majority of the ieoplc are non-believers. The predominant creed among the rest is Orthodox, with a sprinkling of Roman Catholics and Protestants. Many among these groups still mark the day. But instead of turkey, the Bulgarian family prefers "a young pig for the feast. A special delicacy is an intestine stuffed with meal, veg- etables and herbs, which comss out much like our turkey dress- ing. A sweetish bread is baked specially for the occasion, tak- ing the" place of cur Christ- mas cake or pudding. The Bul- garian housewife even drops a coin or two into the bread to ensure the finder luck during th3 coming year. At the holiday season, which also encompasses New year's Day, children go from house to bouse singing folk songs and carols, and are often rewarded with small gifls. The slate guarantee of reli- gious freedom is no mere win- dow dressing, as it is in some countries of the bloc. Many Bul- garian churches, especially (hose in the larger cities, are surprisingly well filled on Sun- days. Numerous ancient church- es, some dating back to Roman conquest times, have been re- stored. Monasteries dot the country. Icons-religious scenes painted on counted lory. The remains of the Church or St. George, built by the Ro- mans in the 3rd century, oc- cupy the courtyard of the mod- ern Balkan hotel in Sofia. Rila Monastery dales back to St. John of Rila who died in 946 A.D. Its beautifully rich fres- coes of the Last Judgment and of the Ascension of the Virgin arc widely renowned. The crypt of Alexander Ncvsky Cathedral in Sofia contains what has been described by experts as the world's finest collection of icons. There are scores of oilier churches, and mosques, burial mounds, relics and collections of sacred art objects for the holiday visitor to enjoy. And whether the visitor wants to join in the Christmas celebra- tions in a remote village or to study Byzantine architecture, he will find a warm welcome from the Bulgarians. Balkan- tourisl, the state travel agency, has forecast that some 15.000 Canadians will have visited the country during the tour- ist year. Christmas btorij As we celebrate His Birth, we pause to study the true meaning of Christmas. Best of the season to you and your family. From The Mangement and Staff of Quality Bakery 1640 Mayor Mcgrath Drive Phone 328-4853 Management and Staff G. T. E. Automatic Electric (Canada) Ltd. MANUFACTURERS OF TD1EPHONE EQUIPMENT 3030 ilh Avo. H. Phono 338-3376 Tuw tk Jlidkt ftdm Cki 6 U At this happy moment of the year, tun pause In urcel you anil ilo you a Christmas filled with delight, The Management and Staff of JOHN WIMP'S SHELL SERVICE Wn will hi- tlojcd Dot. JS, 56 one! Jon. 1. 3RD AVE. 9TH ST. S. PHONE 327-1967 ;