Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD TuMday, 24, 1974 Biscochos MEXICAN CHRISTMAS COOKIES 1 cup vegetable shortening 1 '-4 cups granulated sugar beaten egg Z toaspoons grated orange rind cup fresh orange juice cup finely chopped pecans 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour V4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon teaspoon ground cloves Cream shortening and granulated sugar until light. Blend in next four ingredients. Sift flour with salt and spices. Stir into first mix- ture and work until smooth. Chill overnight. Next day, roll out small amounts at a time on lightly floured surface to Vs inch thick- ness Cut into desired shapes with fancy cookie cutter. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet in moderate oven (375) 8 to 10 min- utes, or until golden brown. Roll in very fine sugar while still warm. They're good and the recipe makes about 10 dozen. Is Time: Think Christmas The holidays next year can be so much more joyous if you think ahead for them, begin- ning in January. You won't be struck with panic every time you hear the countdown of "00 more shopping days until Christ- mas Watch the shopping columns ot magazines during the year. You may spot just the thing for someone on your gift list wants, and you may spot it in May or June Dor't the sales on C hnstmas cards and wrappings that start the day after Christ- mas They are half price or less, and think of being able to ad- dress them in September! With your budget in mind, the sales White sales can produce linens, which make nice gifts, at reduced costs. Tuck a little Christmas note- book where it's always handy. If vou listen through the year, vod II be surprised at how often friends or family will say, That something I've always v. or "I wish I had Jot it down then; these are the wishes jou've always forgotten by Christmastime Yet those gifts are the ones that say you heard, and you remembered. THE SEVENTH DATE The 25th of December is the date most Christians, now agree upon as the proper time to celebrate the birth of Christ. However, whatever agreement there now is was a long time in coming. As a matter of fact, Dec. 25th is the seventh date used by Christians for their celebration. Earlier dates were January 6th (the tra- ditional "Old February 2nd, March 25th, April 19th, May 20th and November 17th. The present day, now adhered to by all Christians except Armeni- ans, began in the year 353. still observe Jan- uary 6th. FOR HIM If there's a man who has everything on your list, a good gift is something he would hesitate to get for himself. A rug- ged, colorful golf bag should bring a smile springing to the face of any golfing enthusiast. OLD CHRISTMAS From Christmas Eve until the Eve of Epiphany, or the day be- fore "Old the ob- servance of the Yuletide in Italy is of a religious nature. But on the Eve of Epiphany it is dif- ferent It was on this night that La Befana was supposed to come. is the only one figuring in an Italian Christmas who could be compared to Santa Claus. La Befana was a woman, and not "a right jolly old elf." She was said to possess a stern na- ture and a rather forbidding ap- pearance. On Twelfth Night, or the Eve of Epiphany as it is known in Italy, she entered through the chimney and into the room where the stockings were hung. She carried a cane in one hand and a bell in the other She announced her arrival with the bell. So, when the lit- tle children of Italy heard the bell ringing they would hurry off to sleep before Befana comes. In the stockings of the good little girls and boys she would put gifts. But in the stockings of the bad children she would leave only bags of ashes! It was a scramble early in the morning of Epiphany to see whether their conduct had been approved or disapproved by wise Befana. Old Time Toys Are Coming Back The nostalgia wave in toys is likely to mean rag dolls, "trains and classic games. Besides new items there ap- pears to be a strong trend to the type of toys that delighted young- sers a score or more years ago. Rag dolls are an example. Rag- gedy Ann and Raggedy Andy have been around for about fifty four years, but this year they'll have lots of friends. One com pany, which successfully intro- duced a cloth "Grandma" doll brought out a companion "Grand- pa" doll. There are rag dolls named after television comedi- ans. Heirloom rag dolls are based on characters from children's books such as "Little Women" and "Vanity Fair." There are topsy-turvy dolls which flip up- side down to become different storybook characters. Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, for in- stance, becomes the Cowardly Lion when turned upside down In another reminder of the past a toy manufacturer brought back Tiny Tears, a crying doll which delighted little girls in the 1950's. Kewpie doll is enjoy- ing a revival. "It represents the old-fashioned innocence that the majority of American mothers who remember the doll from their childhood want to pass on to their children today The company that revived Lio- nel trains said production has in- creased more than was antici- pated and the sets being manu- factured to meet the demand is several thousand. A series of jigsaw puzzles cal- led Sports Heroes of Yesterday depicts such legendary athletes as Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth and John L. Sullivan. Nostalgia is a game one that tests your remembrances of things past. Avoid Weight Gain During Holidays The secret to weight control at holiday time or any other time is to never let the scale creep up more than five pounds over your normal weight Five pounds is not too difficult to deal with; twenty five pounds is a different story. Unwanted gifts are easy to exchange, but those extra pounds are something else. The best and most sensible way to get rid of the unwanted pounds is to eat your regular balanced diet, but eat just half as much as usual. Cut out bread and sweets and all liquors and wines: At the end of a two week period, you should be back to your former trimness if you haven't cheated. Models and actresses do this all of the time Weighing them- selves daily, they know exactly when they have gamed a pound or two and they start cutting back on food until they've taken it off. That way they are able to maintain a constant weight, which is better for health than the yo-yo syndrome, as constant ups and downs in weight cal- led. CHRISTMAS PAST You're an oldtimer if' you can recognize the gentleman behind the Santa beard in this photograph from the year 1953. He's Willard Wat- erman, then star of radVs "The Great with trim Barbara Whiting posing as an evergreen. Money Gifts Right If Something Different If you decide that the best present for a child you know would be money, try one of these ways to add a bit of glamour: Ask your bank for a two-dollar bill. Buy a silver dollar even though it may cost some more than its face value. Write a check. The youngster, you give it to may never have had the fun of endorsing and cashing one. Wrap imaginatively tucking a bill into a toy car, for ex- ample, to suggest that it be saved for a trip. A CHRISTMAS CAROL PHILLIP BROOKS Christmas in lands of the fir tree and pine, Christmas in lands of the palm tree and vine; Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white, Christmas where cornfields lie sunny and bright; Everywhere, everywhere Christ- mas tonight! Christmas where children are hopeful and gay, Christmas where old men are patient and gray, Christmas where peace, like a dove in its flight, Broods o'er brave men in the the fight; Everywhere, everywhere Christ- mas tonight! For the Christ Child who comes is the Master of all; No place too great no cottage too small. The angels who welcome Him sing from the height, "In the city of David a King in His might." Everywhere, everywhere Christ- mas tonight! Then let every heart keep its Christmas within Christ's pity for sorrow, Christ's hatred for sin, Christ's care for the weakest, Christ's courage for right, Christ's dread of the darkness, Christ's love of the light, Everywhere, everywhere Christ- mas tonight! So the stars of the midnight which compass us round, Shall see a strange glory and hear a sweet cound, And cry, "Look! the earth is aflame with delight, 0 sons of the morning rejoice at the sight" Everywhere, Christ- mas tonight! AND BEHOLD THE The Three Wise men would never recognize the Star of Bethle- hem this Christmas But it's there, in plain sight though now fragmented into the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus. A popular astronomi- cal theory is that two or more of these planets appeared to come together in the heavens so that they looked like a single star to the Three Kings Astronomers, offer this others in the assumption that the Star of Bethlehem was in fact a genuine celestial object. Some Biblical scholars, how- was really a conjunction or ap- ever, argue that when the Three parent coming-together of sev- Wise Men talked about a star, eral planets. They point out that, they were actually using the due to changes in the calendar word in an allegorical descrip- since then, the birth of Christ tion of a spiritual experience, was really about 7 .or 6 B.C. St Matthew described in the other explanations that the Gospel how a star guided the star of Bethlehem might have been a supernova or lehenr And behold the star which they had seen in the east, star, or that it was an exception- before them until it came aUy meteor dis- and stood over where the child counted because none of the was And seeing the star they re- manv professional stargazing as- joiced with exceeding joy." trologers of the time mentioned Astronomers say that the star any-such observance. For Hanukkah: 'Latkes' Are Favorite Food 2 pounds (about 4) potatoes Yi cup grated onion 2 eggs slightly beaten 2 tablespoons flour teaspoon salt dash each of nutmeg and pepper Salad oil or shortening for frying On medium grater, grate potatoes. Drain very well; pat dry with dishtowel; measure 3 cups In large bowl, combine grated potato with onion, eggs, flour, salt, nutmeg and pepper. In large, heavy skillet, slowly heat oil, Vs inch deep, until very hot but not smok- ing. For each pancake, drop potato mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, into hot fat With spatula flatten against bottom of skil- let to make about 4 inches in diameter Fry 2 or 3 minutes on each side', or until golden brown. Drain well on paper towels. Serve hot with applesauce or sour cream. Christmas Sled AUTHOR UNKNOWN Oh, for the winters that used to be' The winters that only a boy may see! Rich with snowflakes' rush and swirl, Keen as a diamond; pure as a pearl, Brimming with healthful, rol- licking fun, Sweet with their rest when the play was done; With kindly revels each day decreed, And a Christmas sled for the royal steed. Down from the crest with a shrill hurray' Clear the track, there! Out of the way! Scarcely touching the path be- neath; Scarce admitting of breath to breathe; Dashing along, with leap and swerve, Over the crossing, round the curve. Talk of your flying machines! Instead, Give me the swoop of that Christmas sled. 'Yuletide Is Here' Love, Warmth, Cheer And inside, close to the hearth- stone, There is love and warmth and cheer, While a gay and festive spirit Seems to say, "Yuletide is here" The "gay and festive spirit" praised in this Old English carol is the holiday feeling What could make anyone feel more fes- tive than love, warmth and cheer? The comfort of being with those you love, family, friends, and neighbors, and of a tradi- tional holiday ceremony, say more than anything could that, indeed, the "Yuletide is here Traditions play a most import- ant role in the holiday feeling. Old familiar carols, candies, col- ors, greens, smells, and sights associate themselves forever with Christmas. Yet new tradi- tions are established every Christmas season which are as much a part of the feeling as that of the timeless tree. Just as the colonial lady chose new foods and decorated with greens, the modern lady selects bright new colors and appealing recipes. No matter what the century the holiday feeling belongs to Christ- ina" Christmas Celebrations Sending cards, shopping and gift giving are familiar parts of Christmas to Americans, but people of other countries celebrate the holiday season m many different ways. In Armenia holiday customs are primarily religious, with the before Christmas devoted to strict tasting The fasting ends with Christmas communion aftei which each young man gives his sweetheart a special gift to show he can provide her with the necessities of life. In Bulgarian farm communities the man of the house makes wishes for good health and good harvests on Christmas Day. Czechoslovakians go caroling in the'streets on Christmas. It is a time for visiting and those who have quarreled during the year forgive each other publicly on Christmas Day. In Lithuania a twelve course Christmas dinner is the highlight of the holiday season. Families spend the season at home or vis- iting neighbors. Before being ad- mitted to a home, visitors must sing a Christmas Carol Only chil- dren receive Christmas gifts In the Ukraine, Christmas be- gins with a 40 day fast ending on Christmas Eve. As soon as the evening star appears in the heav- ens, families sit at a straw cov- ered table, commemorating the manger scene, to partake of the Christmas wafer. Fortune telling is popular at this time of the year and young girls play games to foretell the kind of husband they will have and where he will come from. Christmas Eve (or nochebu- ena) is a night of gaiety for the Puerto Ricans. The feast that fol- lows midnight mass consists of roast pig or asopao a chicken and rice dish. In Rumanian villages one of the most charming holiday sights is the procession of boys with six-pointed revolving star lan- terns The children gather at dusk and go through the streets and along winding lanes. They stop at each door and sing old carols about the star that shone above the stable at Bethlehem. SHOP EARLY BENEFITS ALL... "I DO SO LIKE GOLDFISH BETTER THAN DOLLS." Christmas Season Folklore Time Christmas legends and Christ- mas folklore is fascinating wheth er true or not. There are innum- erable tales that form the tradi tions of the holiday season Animals are prominently men- tioned "in many legends and cus- toms One Christmas legend tells of the little gray lamb with a longing heart to be white It wandered to the dwelling of the Holy Family, lingering at the door. The Christ Child, seems; the lamb, beckoned it in He laid his hand on its head, and it be came white as snow. Swedes, Norwegians, and the Swiss make it a special point to be extremely friendlv and ho-, pitable on Christmas, both to domestic pets and wild birds A persistent Christinas legend is that bees hum a carol in hon- or of the Christ Child In En- gland, holly is placed on the hive to wish the bees a Merry Christ- mas. The Christmas shopping sea son is the biggest sales period of the year for most retailers And stretching out the holiday season, gives stores a chance to function more efficiently. When clerks are less harried and stores less crowded, shopping is more pleasant for everyone Most merchants know that a large percentage of gifts selected at Christmastime aie plentiful throughout the year. In case they may have underestimated your enthusiasm for a particular item, the longer shopping period gives them a chance to leorder so late shoppers won't be disappointed Last minute "panic" buying is not only a headache for you, but creates problems for the mer- chants When you take more days to shop, >ou can do your job by selecting gifts more thoroughly You can visit more >-tores, compare prices and qual- uv. and both you and the re- ceiver will be more satisfied with your selection. .Most merchants are sincere in their efforts to perform a help- ful service at this very busj time of year And that's why start Christmas early. THi: SIMPLE SWAG Tin no moie than an anange'ment of a few etei green for u.se on tloon, wall1-, mantel's or tables A Dimple can be mafic by wiring a feu long viergni'ii together, then attuthtng cones, or ribbons u hen the branches are tied To make a i-uch as an bfiia heaiy wire to the -ihape wire-on evergreen and decorate as you u ould u u math Garlands can be made fastening branches to a long of wire or heavy cord and 01 er a mantel or door. Eight inch branches are good, with each 01 erlapping the stem did of the formet AND ANGELS SING On that first Christmas, angels brought a message of joy and peace to the world. May the spirit of that first great hol'day surround us everywhere as we welcome again the news tha' Christ is bom at Bethlehem.