Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
_ THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Friday, December 24, 1971 citizens reminisce isn't the same as It used to be' Why Dec. 25tli dioscn Christmas lias many mean- ings, and perhaps the most ob- vious variations can he found among the older and Liit younger generations. A recent Herald feature illus- trated what a group of ele- mentary school children thought Christmas was al about. The Herald also visited ihe Green Acres home for the to see what some 01 the city's senior citizens Christmas to be. MARION DAVIE, 83 "I feel some children don't reallv know the meaning of Christmas. They think it a time for candy and gifts. Mrs Davie believes the meaning of Christmas has to be taught in the home. She says many parents do not teach their children the real meaning of the festivities. "People are going overboard with buying gifts on credit, and it takes them all year to clean up the she said. "When I was a little girl in Edinburgh, Scotland, there was no exchange of gifts. "The children each hur.g up their stockings, and in the mor- ning they would find an orange, an apple and some small, homemade gift in it.' Mrs. Davie said a Christmas stocking always brought hap- piness to the children in her day She believes children to- day take their Christmas gifts for granted "Weeks before Christmas, stores put all HIST new toys on display. Whtn the children see they like, they run and loll their 'parents, 'I want this.' She says Christmas has changed a great deal over the years. "When I was a girl in Simcoe rsuallv they get that toy and Ont. there weren't very ______ mftc PfVinlf' Jt's the season Cf love and goodwill. May people the World over share in its joys, From The Management and Staff at Lethbridge Upholstery Ltd. 611 6th Ave. South Phone 327-8422 other's they have pick- ed out. But by the time Clirist- inns Day coines, Mrs. Davie i said, they have seen the toy in i action oil television and havo probably already played with it while it' was on display. "The novelty and joy are practically gone when they first unwrap their chosen i gifts." Mrs. Davie says she won't be a part of this sort of Christ- mas; "I've cut down on Christmas gifts and have sent the extra money to Pakistan relief. They appreciate it and need it." The meaning of Christmas to Mrs. Davie is "our Saviours birthday." "It should be a time for fam- ilies to get together, instead of 1 all this partying at 1 she said. ''People are going overboard with celebrations." j Mrs. Davie, a Lethbridge resident since 1944, will be spending Christmas with her 1 daughter and her family. 1 ISA WELLS, 83 "The spirit, of Christmas and Santa Clans Is alive today as never before." Mrs. Wells Christ- mas celebrations have changed to a certni'i extent, but mainly transporta- and greater money to spend, childhood Christ- .rent in Ontario, were no cars then, so 11 'he riff-rent families would 0 by horse and sleigh to one tint and uncle's place, where e would have goose 11 said. They didn't exchange sifts mong the different families, ut everyone brought a small -ift for the host and hostess. "I think Christmas is still in the family way if can get even-one togeth- er." she said. As for Christmas presents vithin the family. Mrs. Wells jid no one boueht gifts from he stores then, but were busy or months before Christmas naking them themselves. One special family custom Mrs. Wells remembers was making the Christmas cake. "Each member of the family stirred the and made a she said. Mrs. a resident of southern A'berta since 1910, will spend Christmas with her daughter-in-law and grandson, who live in Lethbridge. CARRIE JONES, 86 ''You give me. something and I'll give you something." This seems io sum up the way Christmas gift-givjnp is hsndled today, says Mrs. Jones. She believes many gifts are exchanged simply on the basis of a feeling of responsibility, i rather than bt-cause people ac- 1 tually want to give something to someone else. j "I'm buying no Christmas j gifts this year I'll send the j money I'd spend on Chrstmas gifts to Pakistan relief." She says Christmas is being 1 commercialized "beyond rea- i son." There's so much money thrown around uselessly at this I time of year. i "Christmas should be the j time to celebrate the birth of 1 the Holy Child. i "I know t have a lot to be j I thankful for this year last j 1 Christmas I was in the hospi-! tal Mrs. Jones said. i Mrs. Peters en originally came from Denmark in 1903, and has lived in Lethbridge for the past six years. um mere A favorite in her family's many Christmas gifts. People Christmas was getting togetn- couldn't afford them because they paid as they went. We still had merry Christmascs." Mrs. Jones said if credit weren't so easily available to- day, the Christmases wouldn't be so elaborate. "Many people build a debt over Christmas buying, which lasts the whole year she said. Mrs. Jones, a resident of Lethbridge for nine years, said she will likely spend Christmas at Green Acres. KAREN PETERSEN, SB "Christmas isn't the same as it used to be. People seem to have taken Christ out of Christ- mas with all the glitter and ad vertising." Christmas used to be centred around the home, said Mrs. Pe- lersen. Then it was a family gathering time, but now "it Christmas tree. This family custom was as important to Mrs Peterson as banging the stockings for Santa Claus, she said. Mrs. Peterson said she usual- ly' goes to church as part of her Christmas celebrations. This year she will be spend- ing Christmas with her son and his family in Calgary. AON'ES DEANE. 77 "Getting Ihs Christmas tree used to he the highlight of the festive season. Real evergreens smell like Christmas." Gill-giving Some historians trace the or- igin of Christmas gift giving to a similar Roman practice gameras each New Year's Day. Chris- seems family members all go tian theologians believe it sym- their senarate wavs to various holizes the gifts brought to the parties." 1 infant Jesus by the magi. Mrs. Deanc says that more ban all else, "Christmas is for children. "Merry Christinas is what we all say, so we, should try to make all people, especially the children, happy." When Mrs. Deane. was a child, it was customary for her family to celebrate Christmas for three days. "I feel many children don't have a really merry Christmas in she said. "Often the money to be spent on Christmas is squandered by one of the parents. I know of a case in Lethbridge where a turkey was given to a poor family for their Christmas din- ner and the father sold it so he could buy Mrs. Deane said. "To me, Christmas is a nice memory of the Christ Child be- ing born." Mrs. Deane, originally from Russia, came to Canada in and has lived in Lethbridge for six years. She will be celebrat- ing Christmas this year with her son and his family. The Christmas pudding Tin- first Clirislmas pudding was a concoction of stewed wheat, milk, raisins, sugar, and j spices. Oddi and ends were December 25th was chosen as .plm of Jesus Christ because that K _ mll date was a great hoi- j lCCagulated into plum pudding iday for the pagan Romans. j In 274 A.D. the emperor Aur- elian chose December '25 as the birthday of the uneniKjucral sun (natalis solis invicUl. At the beginning of the winter sol- stice the sun again begins daily :o increase its period of light an the earth. The title seemed suitable for the birthday of Jesus Christ, according to Christianity Today magazine, b e c a u s c he was known as "the sun of righlcoin- ncss." At some point before 336 A.D. the church at Home established December 25 as the day for commemorating his hirth. Firsl Yule card The. first Christmas card probably sent by W. C. Dobsou, one of Queen Victoria's print- ers, in 1M5. He sent friends lithographed copies of a sketch he bad made to symbolize Christmas spirit. Cakes and fruit Romanians and Germans bake long, thin cakes that sym- bolize the Christ Child wrapped in swaddling cloths. In Sicily, many families decorate Christ- mas trees with apples and or- anges instead of tinsel. bringing you good wishes galore! JOHN'S RADIATOR SHOP 401 4TH AVE. S. PHONE 327-3250 We send greetings, hale and hearty, to our friends everywhere. Have a great Representatives for AMERICAN BREEDER SERVICE B.C.A.I. CENTRE WESTERN BREEDERS SERVICE From the Management and Staff of Lethbridge Artificial Breeders Co-op Stockyards Phono All of us at Eaton's wish all of you a very Merry Christinas, EATON'S Eaton's Closed Saturday, December 25th, Christmas Day, And Monday, December 27th, Boxing Day. Re-Opening Tuesday, December 28th at 9 a.m.