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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta g THE lETHBRIDGE HEJtAtD F.lcloy, December 24, 1971 Christmas season in Ireland Carols, singing, dundng old-fashioned Yule dinner When S-inla Ku i-.ii (.lapamsr For Santa Clans) opens I've i stranRe smell may fill (he air- on 6lh in honor of Kpmlanv, u. .he arrival of (he Three Wise Men at Rethlehera. Adults in I- ranee exchange gifts on New Vear s IJay hut the Impatient- y..unK fry are visited by Pere Nod on Christmas l-A-e just' like their American cousins. I he German chilr! finds candy and nuts in his stocking, or a potato. .depending upon his "report" to Santa. Italian children put out their shoes to eagerly uivait pres- ents from a female version of Santa Uaus called ISefaiui who, riding a broomstick, brings gifts to good children ant) ashes to had ones. While waiting for llefana, who comes on .Ian. (ith llalianchild- ren and their elders draw small gifts on Christmas Kve from a jar called Hie "urn of fate'. In Sweden, the feast of St. Lucia on December ll'iih ushers In the Christmas season. Kach community chooses a lovely Lucia IJueen to represent the young girl martyred for her religion centuries bcftm- in an- cient Home. The chosen ljueen is feted and entertained royal- ly. In families with daughters, throughout Sweden, the pret- ti'-st Is traditionally chosen as l.ueia. Her "sift" is lo wail un everyone else for the day. The systematic British Ions nt'o established December 26th us "lioxlnf? this pugilistic sounding occassion, servants and tradespeople all over England are given boxes of money in token appreciation for their services. "Christmas isn't Christmas without presents" said a con- cerned Amy in the classic "l.ittle Women" and tradition bears her statement out. What- ever the amount spent, what- ever the present, Americans cer- tainly agree with Amy's sent- iments. Studies show that 27 billion dollars were spent Christmas presents in a ra- cent year. I-'VALEEN E1J IS llBLIN Even (he Irish will agree, that its best in the winter ,_ but 'tis boiler to sec jt [hpf, than not at all. There's little interest n activities like sailing and ten- nis in winter, admittedly, but the races, riding, hunting and fishing go on all year round. For the bolidaycr there are advantages in a winter visit. Hotel rooms are more easily available and usually cheaper, the golf courses and fishing streams are even less crowded, there arc no traffic jams on the way to the races, and for shop- pers the bargains arc easier lo find. Even though southern Ireland enjoys a Mediterranear.-typc chmate (thanks to the Gulf Stream) and palm trees grow north of Dublin, it can be, as the Irish are the first to admit, chilly here in winter. Some- times ice P.S thin and tough as riding, the races or fishing, and ah old-fashioned Christmas din- ner preceded by drinks aru the fireplace. A program of Irish singing and dancing often follows and Inter, after the chil- dren are abed, the hardier r.dulis go on lo enjoy a night of ballroom dancing. Many country and cas" ties, even that usually close (or the season, open for Christmas and New s days. In Dublin the delights are many. As in the country tly food is hearty. Lobster, prawns and other fish are caught and served the same day. Meats are raised locally. Chefs add a French touch to Irish food but serve the traditional Irish' soups, game dishes and wheaten bread. The elegant movie houses ar busy in v.-inter; the theatre sea- sun' is in full swing; the sing- ing pubs are cheery places. Winter, too, is the season of the hunt balls on country YARN FOR DECORATING A little Imagination can turn ordinary materials into works of art Take knitting yarn, styrofuam shapes and a few bits and pieces of dec- orative braid and turn them into dazzling trimmings. You then have unbreakable ornaments for the tree and also an ideal project for the whole family to enjoy. You can wrap (he yarn n round iljrofo-un cones, circles, diamonds or half- circles. For. further dec- orations add tassels, pom- poms, braid or whatever i n IS T1IEIIK A WARMER WAY OF SAYING "MEISRY CHRIST- MAS" AM) IM.KASI-: COME TIUN A FRONT DOOR THAT'S BEDECKED WITH GREENS AND TRIMMINGS? Liiniinarius laud Pinalas A Very Merry Christmas To Our Many Friends and Patrons DICK DIETRICH DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC 5th Strecl South Phone 327-7244 Possibly (lie two best known ornament's from Hie. Southwest that have spread ia popularity to other naris of the country .ire luminaries and pinatas. I.umin- nries are set nn rooftops and lawns. Once they were bonfires, hut in the interest of safety they are now made by plunging a larue candle into a brown paper i'f snnrt. The pinata is a colorful and whimsical creation of crepe and tissue papers made iir.n hollow forms to resemble birds, animnls. llowers any shape that eomcs to minci. The pmaia is filled with candy and I'.vs and suspended on a rope. children get three whacks each at trying to break the pinata with a stiek to make the concealed treasures come tumblins out. For the Spanish descendants came lo' the Southwest by V.-.T.- of llrxico. the Christmas season begins with the Feast of Our T.ady of Guadalupe on De- cember and continues through La Maridad, Christmas Day. MERRY CHRISTMAS, or frost whitens the green grass overnight. Snow has been known to fall, to the delight of excited children, but snowmen melt in less time than it takes to create them. December, January and Fcb- uary are the coldest months, vcraguig between a low of 35 nd a high e.t 47 in Dublin and bout a degree warmer in Cork, iven at Malm Head in the cx- reme north of Co. Donegal the cmperature range for the win- cr months averages between 9 low and 46 high. In Canada >nlv the Pacific Coast cities en- the peace of that first Noel shine brightly on you. May its true meaning fill your heart and home with love, understanding, happiness. From the Management and Staff at L.H.C. Real Estate Ltd, 2020 2nd Avc-ini" North Phone 328-3644 rishing you a very happy haliefity season! r-ROM The Management and Staff of CATELLI LTD. a visitors are welcome whe- ther in hunting pinkr, or not, so long as they have the consti- tution for at least six hours of drinking, eating and dancing and pay about S5 for a ticket, These dances are formal, distinguished from what Irish call a "hop.'1 which costs less and which they think more fun. The sights of Dublin many: lha impressive domed architecture, the streets of Georgian homes, the statues huge Phoenix Park with its ex cellcnt zoo and botanical gar- U1C rtiCint, tn- such balmy mid-winter dens, Dublin Castle where you e'mpcratures. bll{ compare un- 'avorably when it comes to rain (the average January rain- 'all in Vancouver is more than three times that of Dublin and can trace your ancestry, St Patrick's Cathedral and other old churches with their curiosi- ties. Trinity College with its mixture of modern and ancient buildings, and the museums and Victoria gets almost twice uo i galleries, particularly the Most hotels used to close on j National Gallery with its amaz- Christmas Day in Ireland but i ing collection of European art. nowadavs an increasing num-1 The sightseeing buses operate bcr arc" staying open to cater to lout of Dublin all winter and the travellers who spend Christ-1 offer- an agreeable way to sec l _ r ,u- here. The country is delightful then. Visitors and lo- cals are entertained with carol singing around the fire, a visit some of the surrounding coun- hilly seaside gar- den country to the south, the racing region in the interior. Harpist Entertains Diners at Irish Mediev 1 luu me, a iiivuf., from "Santa Claus, afternoon and the scenic coastal towns to outings such as golf, horseback I the north. ___________ 13th Si. 357-323A Christmas season folklore is fascinating. Whether true or not, there are innumerable tales on traditions of the holiday season. Animals are prominently mentioned in.many legends and customs. One Christmas legend tells of the little gray lamb with a longing in its heart to be white- It wandered to the dwelling of me Holy Family, lingering at the door. The Christ Child, seeing the lamb, beckoned it in. He laid His hand on its head, and it became white as snow. Norwegians. Swedes, and it is believed (hat on Christmas the Swiss make it a special Eve all animals can speak, point to be extremely friendly In Worcestershire, it was at and hospitable on Christmas, one time the custom to give a both to domestic pets and wild bough of mistletoe to the cow birds. that first bore a calf after New A persistent Christmas Year's Day, to bring goodluck legend is that bees hum a to all. carol in honor of the Christ In Syria, the youngesl Child. In England, holly is camel which accompanied the placed on the hive lo wish the Three Wise Men is called the bees a Merry Christmas. camel of Jesus, and it is [his Spaniards are tauchl to camel which brings gifts to h-cat cows kindly: they believe children, that cattle breathed upon the In Bohemia a horse is taken Christ Child to keep Him into n river at Christmas nnd, warm. Tradition holds that walked against the current, cows and horses kneel in The rider tosses an apple into adoration at midnight each the stream and if it hits the Christmas Eve, Among the horst it will be stronger durine residents of the German Alps the coming year. Christmas camly Ton wll enjoy making, as well as the results, o! this candy recipe. It would be well-to have a candv thermometer, but Uic recipe is not difficult 3 cups of sugar ALMOND CRUNCFI 1 cups flake coconut 1 raps corn syrup teaspoon soda 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup roasled almonds chopped First butter a cookie sheet 15 by 10 and sprinkle on one half of the coconut Combine syrup, sugar and water. Over medium heat, slir only until sugar is completely Dis- solved and mixture starts boiling. Wipe down pan sides with damp cloth to remove any sugar crystals, then boil without siirring to 300 dcRreeson candy thermometer. Add butler and almonds, reduce heal and slir until butter is melted. Remove from heat and add the soda and salt Slir vigorously for minute. Pour evenly "over the baking pan sprinkled with coco- nut Spread thinly and cover with (he remaining coconut Boll with a rolling pin to flatten, then mark one inch squares before it hardens. It's a good idea lo go over and over your markings wilh a knive, so that it will break into neat pieces when it is cold. Alberta Meat Market (Lethbridge) Limiter] 510 6th Avc. S. Phono 327-3J92 A bright Christmas to our many friends 1 GILL BICKMAN Speedy Storage Cartage Ltd. 2345 5th Ave. 'A1 N. Phone 327-5734 Merry Christmas am! Happy NEW Year I rom Electrolux Manager C. W. Rilling and Staff 506 3rd S-uth 327-4481 wlitJ To All My Friends and Customers A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year HANS MACHINE SHOP T276 -2nd AVENUE 3OUTII THOME 328-346J _.L I be holiday iciisnn, it (i jili'aftirc lo extend best Irishes and thanks lo all nur friends. From John and Staff ot B B ECONO SERVICE 1903 3rd AVENUE SOUTH PHONE Tltanks your generous support iinil consiilcralfail. Merry From Ken and Edith Whitfield and Ihi.-ir ;.taf( FLORENCE BAUER BETH SCHWEITZER DOLLY McCRAE Parkside Coin-op Laundry Dry Clean Ltd. 7634 Soull Phone 327-0011 brighten this season's joy let us remember the first Lethbriclge Central Savings Credit Union 31 I P.ili M. ;