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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta MacEivan's message_ 'Peace Be Witk for tfee like Uie ancient He- brew g reel ing: "Peace Be With You." II is especially especially appropriate f.t this season when nor- mally tear a lot about Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men. Sometimes, I fear, talk iiboul Peace on earth without thinking seriously about it. Christmas is a time for good eating and good fellowship. It should be a lime for good and benevolent thinking as well, pci Ivjps on lhal theme of Per.ee Earth. Commonly we as- sume thrt peace among men is the highest goal. I believe there is a better one, like a Peace on Earlh thst means what it says. 1 suggest that it should be in every human heart si Christmas and A all seasons to aim at living in peace with LT.-GOV. MaoEWAN From J. W. McCallum and Staff at TRAY-PAK MEATS LTD. 238 12C St. North Phone 328-7132 all the components of the good earth. That Old Testament charac- ter, Isaiah, is one of my fav- orites. I suppose be did re., ex- psct lo see the fulfillment of his dream; but 1 admire his vi- rt all my Holy Maunir.in.'' He was thinking of the real peace on earlh; with mankind living in harmony with his surrouiKiinas instead "of being al war with Nature for his own gain. I be- lie vc the person v.ho deeply dc- Peace on Earth will work ,ad conserve his soil and for- est: ha will have cjncern .or wild ores lures as well for humans; he will try lo protect the precious resources of air and water from contamination: he will brag more about the oil and gas ho is leaving in earth for his grandchildren than the volumes of non-renew- able oil end gas he is exlract- 11 g hurriedly and burning; he will take a picture, of a deer instead of shooting it: h? will 1 ick up broken rr.ther than add to it; ho will throw soms crumbs or seeds for the birds. Men have U'lked a lot Earth, let's about it as about Peace on talk and think something which would place humans in the b2nevoic-.it role of of the Earlh. What a wonderful challenge that would offer! sion of a world community in At this Christmas season and which, in his words 'They for many Christmases to come, will neither hurt, nor destroy in May Peace 13e With You. Christmas in medieval Eng- who were two years old and land was called Christes- younger. The first Christmas Masse, then Chirst's Mass, un- rmty hove been as early as it aquircd its present spel- 6 B.C. ling. The day is still known In many European countries as by by the Germans, and Yulen Jul by the Scandinavians. Most scholars agree that Dec. 25 is most certainly not the birthday anniversary of the Savior, and that He was not born in what we now measure as 1 A.D. The custom of cel- ebrating Christ's Birthday on Dec. 25 originated in Home in the fourth century of the Christian Era, some say in 354 A.D. The Roman monk the calculations for the calen- dar in the sixth century, prob- ably misplaced A.D. by at least six years. Herod the Great, according By HAL McCLUnii ETHLEHEM (AP) Franki ncense and myrrh still arc avail- able here nearly 20 centuries after the biblical wise men brought them from the Orient as gifts to the infant Jesus. And their cost is climbing. Christian tradition says the three wise lowed the brilliant star over Bethlehem bearing gifts o{ gold, frankincense and myrrh. Frankincense and myrrh are Oriental gifts in biblical times. While they are not exactly rare today, they are difficult lo obtain unless you know their Arabic names, bahour and Inban. Tiny mama-and-papa gro- cery stores fronling Manger Sciuare or hidden down Beth- lehem's cobbled alleyways do s'.ewsrrh in the Great Garden a fairiy Drjsit business in bah- our ant] luban at Christmas and Easter. Grocer George Halwun sells up to 110 pounds of frankin- cense each year, mostly lo pilgrims. "It's not a big business but it has been steady over the he says. The price has shol up 20 per cent since last Christmas, due to devaluation of the Israeli pound. Both items are im- ported, from India and else- where. The cheapest grade of myrrh sells for about a dollar a pound, the most expensive, Frankincense is even higher, from lo a pound. Orthodox Christians from Greece, Cyprus, Israel or the Israeli-occupied Jordanian west bank buy most of the frankincense and myrrh. The churches also use the strong, hiehly pungent incenses. The pilgrims usuallv cross Manger Square to offer the frankincense and myrrh lo the old Church of the Nativity, built over the grollo manger revered as the birthplace of Jesus. Or if they wish lo lake Ihem home Ihey will have the incense blessed by one of the black-robed Greek Orthodox priests. But what about gold, the third gift of the magi? "Most of the pilgrims do not buy gold here, they are loo said one Bethlehem goldsmith. "But some bring old gold jewelry from home as offerings." In finally choosing Dec. 25 for Christmas, the early church "Christ's Birthday" and is cal- fathers probably were not un- led Noel by the "French, Nat- mindful that the Roman fcasl ale by the Italians, Weihnacht week of Ihe Saturnalia ended on Dec. 24, utter which some purification of the soul would be in order. Worshippers ol the Persian god Mithras cel- ebrated Dec. 25 as the advent of the Sun. The place of Christ's birth is much better established than the time. If you went to Beth- lehem this Christmas and asked to see where Jesus Christ was born, the inhabitants would di- rect you to a small grotto, or Dionysius Exiguus, who made cave, beneath the Church of me Nativity. History fixes the year of the Savior's birth at 6 B.C. All the historical quibbling is f liltle significance to the real to the current Gregorian cal- meaning of Christmas, which endar, died in 4 B.C. He can be read in the face of al- is said to have put to death most any child at some mo- the boy babies in Bethlehem ment on Christmas Day. Burning candles in the window The custom of burning can- dies in the window on Christ- are rich with love and joy this blessed holiday. We hope it holds many fine moments for you. We Thank You for Your Patronage. Mr. touis and Ed Dykslag and Staff of Colonial Bakery 1112 6lh Ave. S. Phone 328 5923 Have a Happy and Joyous Christmas Holiday In iho warm-hearted spirit of on old-fashioned ChrisitiKifi, wo greet our friends, wishing one and all ,-he best of this bountiful time. Sterns Cut Rate Furniture MR. KENNETH S. GODTREY, MANAGER 31.1 3rd Ave. 5. Phono 327-3024 mas Eve began in ancient Ire- land and was intended to light the Holy Family on its way. It also commemorales Ihe burn- ing of candles hi the Holy Land on the night Jesus was born. Hanukkah, the Jewish Feast of Lights, was celebrated at the same lime. Friday, December 24, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Good service -he thought! TORONTO (CP) Frank Saunders mailed a Christ- mas card to his brother-in- law in mid-December last year. Ted Dewsbury, who lives cboul too miles away from Mr. Saunders, here, got the card last week. Thinking it was for 1971, he telephoned his thanks. "But I haven't sent out this year's cards said Mr. Saunders. As joy ond serenity fill the air during the Christmas Season, we wish to toko a moment to add our Best Wishes and Thanks. MR. KEN DALGLIESH 1201 3rd AVENUE SOUTH PHONE 328-6966 May ihe wisdom and love nl the Three Kings fill you with the. true meaning o[ Christmas. Thanks to Oor Many Friends CANADIAN SUGAR FACTORIES LTD. rrl Avo. ond 10th St. S. Phono 328-4481 OVERCOMING BLINDNESS Wilma Cheslnut, 18, who was blinded in September by a robber who wished to protect his identity, is learning to overcome her handicap at the Missouri School for the Blind, at St. Louis. At top left, Wilma (left) is shown how 1o apply makeup to her face. Upper right, she learns how to walk, watching out for protruding objects. In bottom photo, another school instructor helps Wilma find and feel parts of a Christmas tree. registers ring too Bethlehem Is prosperous JBL JL BETHLEHEM (AP) Christmas balls peal in joy to celebrate the birth here of Jesus Christ. Cash registers ring in an- other lone of joy, symbolic of the birth of prosperity in Bethlehem. The town of Arabs is enjoying a tourist boom and gaining a reputation as an in- dustrial and commercial centre. Besides the industries which produce souvenirs for the 150 busloads of tourists who visit Bethlehem daily, other entrepreneurs are busy turn- ing out textile goods, furni- ture, marble and olivcwood products, cigarettes and wine. Hundreds of Arab women work at home producing em- broidery for Jerusalem shops. Unemployment is unknown in this Judean hilltop com- munity just south of Jerusa- lem, There is a shortage of labor because some workers prefer employment inside Is- rael where they earn higher wages. Bethlehem is part of the Jordanian west brnk. occu- pied by Israel since the 1907 war. The ceasefire of August, 1970, brought a wave of tour- ism to Israel and the boom has embraced Bethlehem. Israeli sources estimate that about 300.000 tourists have made the short journey time in town, too. But the guides herd fcm like sheen r.r.d they don't have enough time to huv." We're dashing oil to wish one and all a joy-filled holiday. From Mrs. Florence Butler and Staff of Lethbridge Messenger Service lOlh SI. 5. Phone: 328-2377 from Jerusalem to Bclhlchem this year. Ellas Frcij, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and owner of a souvenir shop Rays business is good "from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31." He thinks it could be even better. He complained that the Israeli guides rush visitors through Bethlehem. "The tourists dcn't come only to see our churches." he said. "They want to spend Happy holidays! Hope they're packed with spirited, fun times and lots of special Christmas cheer. n s I A jy K. Mr. Bill Gregory 1 277 3rd Avenue Scoth Phone 328-5355 .As we celebrate the Christmas season, may the symbols of peace and freedom cnJiindle a fraternal spirit in all. GARY ERICKSON AND STAFF ERICKSON CONSTRUCTION 502 STAFFORD DRIVE PHONE 327-7932 panta's sleigh h ready to lieliier our season's bat wishes. f Gait Home Appliances 319A 8 St. S. Phone- 327-3839 hope your Christmas glows many happy hours spent with family and friends. Sincere thanks for your kind patronage. Herman, Alfons ond Hans from Herman's Auto Service 20 19 2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-1269 ;