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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta French cities decked out for Festive season Le Pere Noel always rides on a horse Christinas Eve lS Winter vis- itors to Europe dis- cover that Franco's I holiday season is more festive than most, since it starts earlier than at home, and extends somewhat longer. Celebration begins December G on St. Nicholas Day, and lasts until January 6, {he "Fete des Rois" or Epiphany. In Paris and the provinces what happens between these joyous dates can be quite ex- traordinary- Lights, cere- monies, leasts and fetes abound. Christmas is particu- larly bright in the capital where trees in the Champs- Elysees this year will be ablaze with twinkling lights and clusters of sparkling gold icicles. Between December 5 and January 5 mere than twenty key monuments of Paris from the Arch of Tri- umph to tlie Colonne de Juillct will be illuminated nightly from p.m. until p.m. The extent to which Paris decks itself out for the holi- days may come as a surprise even for those travelers who have seen what happens in our big cities at this time of year. Parisian public places are adorned with magnificent Christmas trees. Shop windows along fashionable streets such as Faubourg St. Honore, Victor Hugo and Matignon have elab- orate displays, some animated, and most of elegant design. Still France's Christmas dis- plays are mostly an up-dating of holiday celebration which evolved in the last 20 years, and even the Christmas tree in the home is of recent dale. Conservative French men still think- of Noel primarily as a religious holiday to be cel- ebrated with the family. Pres- ents are for children and tend to be modest tokens of small toys, fruit and canily. Adults exchange cards, and share a gourmet feast on New Year's Eve. Travelers who want to go beyond the tinsel sights to dis- cover the true holiday mood will be drawn to the illumi- nated Parisian churches such as Notre-Dame, St. Germain des Pros, Saint-Merri, and Saint Medard. Choir programs are especially rewarding at the great Renaissance Church of St. Eustache, and Saint Sevcrin where Sorbonne university stu- dents sing. Famed organists and soloists heighten Christ- inas night ceremonies at Saint Sulpice, and the Madeleine. The traditional Christmas as still feted in French families starts with S't. Nicholas Day devoted to children and "Le Pere the Gallic version of Santa Claus. France's east- ern provinces come alive with droves of small Saint Nicholas- es when costumed youngsters lake to the streets in funful homecalls rather like Hallow- een. Candies, nuts and fruits are rewards handed out. Pere Noel rides on horse- back Christmas Eve to go down chimneys with small presents for tiny shoes beside the fireplace. Pere Noel is a :airly modern friend, as tradi- ;ionally "Le Petit Jesus" ar- rived with such gifts. While many French homes now have xees, it is far more usual to see the crcdic, a Nativity scene with terra-cotta figures called sanlons that come from Prov- ence. Home decorations may also include Christmas roses, evergreens and mistletoe, while sage, chestnuts and spices scent the kitchen. Churches are magnificently lighted. Carols are sung. Caril- lons ring out at midnight. In small towns colorful proces- sions often are part of the fes- tivities. At les Baux, near Aries, for example, a proces- sion of lantern-bearing shep- herds comes from nearby mountain villages to midnight Mass. Valberg in the Maritime Alps has a torchlight procession on skis. The City of Marseille presents a tableau of townspeo- ple portraying various Nativity scenes. In the Loire Valley the J.OOO year old Benedictine church of St. Benoit-sur-Loire and the famed llth cenlur; Abbey of Soles'mes on the artlie tributary, both hav services with outstanding Gregorian Chant. New Year's Eve heralds a Bonne Anncc with Lc Rcveil- lon, a sumptuous feast likely to last nearly 'til dawn. Dining is coupled with cotillion dancing and special entertainment in Parisian spots like Maxim's, Tour Eiffel Restaurant, the Lido, Moulin Rouge, Alcazar and Don Camillo. Even trav- elers between flights can cel- ebrate in like fashion at Orly Airport's Les Horizons, and Les Trois Soleils. France's distinctive re- gions each have specialties for the occasion. In Brittany, it's buckwheat cakes with cream, while Auvergne proffers chest- nuts with milk or perhaps wine. Parisians serve pate de foie gras, oysters with white wine, ..._.., leading to the Arc dc Triomphc. turkey or goose, plus many courses crowned with cham- pagne and dessert. Rich pastry isn't overlooked. Tlie Buclie dc Noel is a log- shaped cake covered with bark- like chocolate topped with fruit icing representing flames. This gourmet delight replaces the traditional log formerly brought from the forest to warm tlie niglit-long festivities. In Paris it's now fashionable to fete Lc Ecvcilion in a res- taurant instead of at home. The hostess can join the fun, and all-inclusive prices offer un- limited food, drink and enter- tainment in a vary Parisian atmosphere of gaiety. Many dine a bit earlier and follow the feast with one of the spe- cial shows at the Casino de Paris, Lido Cabaret, Olympia Theatre, Bobino, Folies Ber- gere, or Mogador Theatre. The holiday season in France closes January 6, the Fete ilcs Rois commemorating the ad- oration of the Magi. The custo- mary dessert is the Galellc lies Rois, a flat cake in which a bean or miniature figure of the Christ-child has been hidden. The person who gets the favor in his slice is proclaimed royal ruler and chooses a partner. Crowns of gold paper and a toast mark the reign of the year's new rulers. Joyous song and dance highlight the cel- ebration. France's winter season is crowded with fun. Opera and concerts are slated in and major cilics. Although it's not likely to be a "White Christ- mas" in the capital, Savoy's alpine ski resorts such as Cha- monix, Courchevel, Val d'lscre and dozen more beckon vis- itors to extend the holiday sea- son on powdery slopes. It's a gala time to start the new year right. Friduy, December 24, 1971 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD 7 ookies Add Flavor D Hoppy Holidays C is for cookies Tho nlcan irislmas trees ever nro thoso immcil with garlands of pop- am and cranberries and homo ade cookies. It's a" old-fash- ncit idea that few mothers take me for any more. Even if you refer your tree laden with tin- el anil'lifihts and expensive orn- menls, don't overlook the joy f making cnokics for Christmas, adds a warm and hospitable roma to the house and gives iMrcn on inner happiness that an never he bought or forgotten. Holy Night, nil is calm, all is bright. We wish you the great gifts of friendship, love and peace. FROM PERCY AND 1RMA RIPIEY RIPLEY OPTICAL CO. LTD. 618 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-7626 Season's Greetings and Best Wishes fc" THANKING YOU FOR YOUR PAST PATRONAGE, WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SERVING YOU IN 1972. From tlie Management and Staff at NORTHSIDE TAXI 531A 13lh SI. N. Phono 327-6262 328-6344 '.M HOUR SERVICE A REAL DAZZLEK-werauy-B colossus took Hi years to construct. lant Of Peace s Mistletoe The hanging of mistletoe at Christmas is an English which goes back to the Druid beliefs. This plant was icught to bring good luck, nd was BO sacred that II nemies met beneath the misfle- oe in the forest, they would ay down their arms, exchange and keep a truce mtil the next day. From this custom grew the practice of hanging the "plant >f peace" over a doorway at Christmas as a symbol of good will to all comers. A kiss under the mistletoe was a declaration of love and a iromise of marriage, and an ;ngagement announced in this way was thought to bring lappiness, good fortune and ,ong life to lovers. Festive scene in French village. FOR YOUR TABLE Decorators say that your ta- ble arrangements should be kept as low as possible. In this way conversation acrosstheta- ble is possible without dodging heads back and forth. To Ail My Friends and Customers ROBERT A. ATWOOD BOB'S ELECTRIC 1903 6th Ave. 5. Phone 327-2954 FEWER TOY GUNS Toys under the Christ- mas tree might be aimed a little closer to peace on earth, because, sales of realistic- looking toy guns have dropped rather sharply. Children are still in- terested in the guns, how- ever, parents are not en- couraging their young ones to "see how it Interest has turned to basic games and educa- tional toys. Tip To Mothers Here's a simple mix-lure with ..hidi youngsters ean make ornaments or what-hiive-you: Mix one part salt and one part flour ivilh cuouBh water to make the mixture spongy. If desired a little dry temp- ra paint can be added to the mixture. After ornaments have dried for two or three days the can be colored with water paint or even varnished. Origin of "Yule! The word "yule" originatec pagan northern peoples o te ancient past who though 13 sun was a wheel revolvin round the earth. Obscrvin jat on a certain day in mil vinter the sun's appearanc nd disappearance marked th hortest day of the year, the ailed Hie cycle the "hweol, time of celebrating. Dutch started i The Dutch are believed have been the first to han stockings on the fireplace ma tie in anticipation of St. Nich las, patron saint of childr and the symbol of gift-givin How To Wrap That Round Package To -wrap a round package, place the package on the paper and cut so that there is an inch overlap on the side. Fix neatly tape. Leave enough paper at both ends to fold over and meet in the center of the cylinder. Pleat these ends neatly toward the center making firm creases. Cut two circles of paper to fit the ends of the cylinder and paste them over the pleats. A round package or object can also be wrapped in several layers of tissue paper with overlap fixed with tape, and 'two or three inches of paper at each end. Tie the end over- laps firmly with ribbon or yarn. Cut rosette like ends that result in thin strips to resemble a party Decorate each end with a bow. Mr. Steve Grbavec, Manager LETHBR1DGE LIMB BRACE CO. ,205 3rd AVE. SOUTH PHONE 327-8411 At Yiiletime, ti'e extend to you imr wish that merriment may brighten your home, all season' long. From the Management and Staff of HAGEN AUTO ELECTRIC LTD. 1209 3rd AVENUE SOUTH PHONE 327-5090 Christmas gaiety is in the air and wishes for the merriest in our hearts. J G. KAY ACCOUNTING SERVICE 1910 2nd AVE. S. PHONE 328-5121 Accounting, Bookkeeping and Income Tax Service A Ckristmns Christmas is Here! Hope your hearts are light Filled with things that Make the season bright. Bowman Wallace Co. ttd. 612 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-2362 (Wishing- I All the Joysof iQuristmas i There's a jingle in the ait as holiday dicer rings evcrywlicrc. CAUGARY POWER 920 3rd Ave. N. Phone 328-8191 May the season shine with warmth, peace and happiness for you and your family. i .f, ,0..., y Many" oTs'tomers "a7d Friends Frorr BOB SMITH, MANAGER OF SMITH HUSKY_BULK_OIL HIGHWAY NO. 3 EAST PHONE 328-6212 CHRISTMAS YOU DESERVE THE VERY BEST! From Tho Managcmenl and Staff of Spic Span Dry Cleaners 112 8th St. South Also College Shopping Mall Phono 328-2437 Phono 323-E511 ;