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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4A THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 1974 Christmas in Switzerland w Christmas Land indeed. Everything in the pure white snow, the air perfumed by the stately pine trees and sleigh bells sing merry melodies as the horses travel briskly over the mountain roads St. Nicholas has been succeeded in many parts of Switzerland by the an angelic figure who travels over the land every Christmas Eve in beautiful sleigh drawn by sue reindeer. The sleigh is heavily laden with Christmas trees, fruit, cookies and toys for the Children In every home there is a Christmas tree around which the family gathers and sings carols while the youngsters play with their new playthings In many of these homes, the head of the family opens the big Bible and reads St Luke's, about the birth of Christ In the country districts, Santa Claus does not make his visit on Christmas Eve but on December 6th. December 6th is the anniversary of the first St. Nicholas who had the custom of giving secret presents to the poor, and was especially kind to children He lived in Asia Minor where he ruled as Bishop in the fourth century In some rural areas the boys of school age arrange a parade with Santa Claus at the head of the procession The marchers stop at various homes to collect small gifts, and sometimes go to neighboring towns for donations In the evening they gather in town hall where the gifts are equally divided Santa Claus is also honored with impressive ceremonies on December 6th at Zurich where a giant St Nicholas leads a parade of youngsters dressed in long white nightgowm. and wearing masks and headgear The blow horns and ring bells as they solicit gifts of toys and fruit from the spectators along the route of the parade Holiday Travel On a major holiday like Christ- mas, most travelers leave for their destinations as soon as the work day ends the day before the holiday and return as close as possible to the end of the last free day. Crowds are always a part of holiday travel, no matter how you go Your best way to cope with crowds is to avoid them; plan your holiday trip for times when other people are least likely to visit. Decide well in advance of the holiday, when, where, and how you want to go If you'll need hotel, motel, or transporta- tion reservations for your trip, make them well ahead of time, otherwise, you can't expect to have a choice or even be sure of getting accommodations If you're going by plane, re- member to make your ticket res- ervations at least a month ahead of time. During major holidays like Christmas and New Year's, even six weeks is not too far in advance, considering the great number of people making plans to travel then Since airports are extra crowded during the holidays, it's a good idea to pick up your tickets in advance. However you travel, plane, train or bus, consider the circumstan- ces that holidays often create for the carriers Terminals are jammed, schedules are tight, and ticket agents are busy and fre- quently harried. JOYOUS CHRISTMAS Christmas should be a holiday of observance of its joy- ous origin, joyous in its expres- sions of good fellowship and cheer. The spirit of Christmas is best caught in the crinkle of a smile or the twinkle of an eye. Christmas is tradition, preciously cherished or brightly born. It links the anticipation of a child with an adult's reassuring com- fort in a long-famiiisr ritual of goodwill. Each year Christmas repeats its message of peace and goodwill. A joyous holiday, spiritually and secularly. Re- joice! Have the merriest Christ- mas ever. THE HOLLY and THE IVY The Holly and the Ivy, When they are both fully grown Of all the trees are in the wood, The Holly bears the crown. O the rising of the sun, And the running of the deer, The playing of the merry organ, Sweet singing of the choir. The Holly bears a blossom As white as any flower; And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ To be our sweet Saviour. The Holly bears a berry As red as any blood; And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ To do poor sinners good. The Holly bears a prickle As sharp as any thorn; And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ On Christmas in the morn. The Holly bears a bark As bitter as any gall; And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ........ For to redeem us all. The Holly and the Ivy Now both are full well grown: Of all the trees are in the wood The Holly bears the crown. Double Sweet Gift For Special Friends Double a gift of homemade sweets by gift-packing it m al ways welcome kitchemvare, col- orfully trimmed and tied. Line a tall, clear-glass pitcher with pa- per, fill with goodies and top off with a bouquet of straw flowers and Christmas balls you've fitted with pipe cleaner stems. Or: stuff a large skillet with cookies and candies, cover and tie with jumbo yarn. Or tissue wrap homemades and send them on their way in a wire salad basket or an apothe- cary jar you've lined with shiny medallions. Or- choose a red tea- pot for small sweets. Or. load a many faceted mold, turn it onto a wooden platter and secure with yarn. Bright coffee mugs make per- fect totes for sweets and are wel- come in any home Fill them with plastic-wrapped homemade sweets and top handle with a big bow. Use a set of measuring cups Snapdragon Is Christmas Game "Snapdragon" is associated with Scandinavian fire rites and initiation rituals, and was played on Christmas Eve A quantity of raisins was placed in a large shallow bowl with brandy poured over then lighted. The players tried to grab a raisin by plung- ing their fingers intq, the flames at the same time the Song of The Snapdragon was sung: Here he comes with flaming bowl, Don't he mean to take his toll Snip! Snap! Dragon. Take care you don't take too much Be not greedy in your clutch Snip! Snap! Dragon. With his blue and lapping tongue Many of you will be stung, Snip! Snap! Dragon. For he snaps at all that comes Snatching at his feast of plums Snip! Snap! Dragon. But Old Christmas makes him come Though he looks so fee! fa! fum! Snip! Snap' Dragon Don't 'ee fear him, but be hold- Out he goes his flames are cold Snip! Snap! Dragon. Elderly Drummer Is German Custom A veiy old German custom is to have an elderly man, with a drum attached to his neck and resting on his stomach, lead a procession around the house after the Christmas dinner. The drum major marches into each room to frighten away any witches and to prevent them from returning the following year. Finally the group goes to the children's room, which is opened with great ceremony. In the center of the room stands a large Christmas tree, illuminated with candles and laden with gifts for the boys and girls. A huge Janus head or Jack-o-lantern is placed in the center of the tree, lighted with candles so that flame and smoke issue from its mouth, nose, eyes and ears Then the children make for the tree and soon strip it of the gifts. The older members of the family also exchange gifts and ]oin in the boisterous play with the children Frosty Is Part Of Happy Christmas The clownish snowman of song and storv who led the young- sters such a merry chase con- jures up pictures of appled cheeked children with mittened hands and colorful scarves, build- ing an icy figure on the front front lawn. Cast-off clothing, coal for eyes, a carrot for a nose, and a broom tucked jauntily under- arm complete the masterpiece. Legend has it that a snowman has a life of his own after night- fall, and comes to the aid of woe- ful youngsters when needed. One unhappy young boy, finding two lumps of coal in his stocking, tiptoed out the door and stuck them in his snowman's face Miraculously, the figure came to life and smilingly invited him to a broomstick ride. Over hill and dale they flew, enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas Eve merrymaking The boy re- turned home enchanted with his trip. A dream9 Perhaps! Snow- men, like parents, think no child should be unhappy at Christmas. Merry! Merry! Merry! Ring Christmas Bells Ringing around the world and across the ages, bells are a part of the traditions of Christmas Zurich, Switzerland, has long been recognized for beautiful bells. Every Christmas Eve, the Zurich bells ring out loud and clear, calling families to church. This same tradition is re- peated in thousands of other cities, where chimes and bells ring out at midnight from the steeples and spires of churches Bells contribute to the sights as well as the sounds of the holi- day season They are a popular decoration and are used as or- naments on trees. It is said that bells inspired Clement C Moore to write his famous poem, "A Visit from St Nicholas." The inspiration came from listening to the merry jin- gle of bells on his horses' har- ness, as he drove along on a frosty winter night. Baked Rum Balls EASY AND GOOD 1 pound vanilla wafers 1 tablespoon cocoa V2 cup light corn syrup cup dark or light rum M> cup finely chopped filberts Confectioners' sugar Crush wafers fine and mix with remaining ingredients, except sugar Shape in ball and divide in 4 equal parts. Shape each part in roll in 1" balls, put in covered container and let stand 36 hours Put on lightly greased cookie sheets and let stand at room tempera- ture Vz hour Then bake m slow oven (325) 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Sift confectioners sugar over cookies while still warm Makes about 6 dozen Southern Menu is Peas, Rice It is a tradition in the South to eat black-eyed peas and rice on New Year's good luck One source says the Romans associated the spots, or eyes, with death and used the beans as a sacrifice. You may not believe m Hopping John's ability to bring luck, but vou can believe in its ability to save you money Recipe follows. 1 cup dried black-eyed peas 3 ctips cooked rice pound smoked bacon or salt 1 onion, chopped pork, cubed Salt and pepper to taste 1 red pepper pod, crumpled Cover peas with water" soak over night. Next day, add more water along the onion, salt pork or bacon and red pepper and simmer until tender, about hours Stir in rice, heat thoroughly and serve. CHRISTMAS QUOTES Make Your Own WRKATH; et container Fill each of the cups with homemade candies or bite-size cookies Pre- wrap them in plastic wrap before filling the cups Then overwrap cups with plastic wrap or shiny foil and tie cups together at handles. Trim with paper flowers or tree ornaments. Forget, forgive, for who may say that Christmas day may never come to host or guest again. WILLIAM MURRAY The Christmas spirit brings home to should bring home to us the profound Bib- lical truth that "It is more bles- sd to give than to receive Any thing that inspires unselfishness makes for our own ennoblement. Christmas does that I am for C FORBES I love Christmas but I'm glad it comes but once a year WILLIAM FEATHER CHRISTMAS IS CHRISTMAS IS A JOY, AND THE JOY OF CHRIST- MAS IS HOPE CHRISTMAS IS A PROMISE AND THE PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS IS PEACE CHRISTMAS IS A SPIRIT, AND THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS LOVE. You will need heavy-gauge wire for forming a circular frame or hoop, evergreen branches six or eight inches long, and light, flexible wire for fastening bran- ches to the hoop When a hoop is completed, lay an evergreen branch face up on the left side of the hoop and wire the stem tightly to it Then place the next branch so it overlaps the first, like shingles on a roof, and fasten again Continue ad- cliiig ursncucS in a clockwise direction until wreath is finished Decorate your wreath with cones, berries, nuts, seed pods, dried weeds, bows, bells or other ornaments It is better not to use spray paint, glitter or artificial snow your wreath will retain its natural look Wreaths, of course, can be hung on doors, in windows or used as table decorations. THE NEW BORN KING The little Drummer Boy was poor as the new born King He had no gift to bring in His honor "Shall I play for you on my he asked, and Mary nod- ded The ox and the ass kept time, while he played his best. The Child was delighted. He smiled at the little Drummer Boy and his drum "ABOUT THAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT I PROMISED, DEAR I JUST LOOKED AT THE FAMILY BUDGET THE GIFT OF A FLOWER LEGEND French legend tells how the Christmas rose came into being. A little girl accompanying the shepherds on their way to see the Christ Child was sad because she had no gift to offer. The Angel Gabriel appeared, and, taking pity on the child, caused a beautiful white rose to spring from the ground. Overjoyed, the little girl picked the bloom which she took as a gift to the Infant Jesus. Red and white blossoms are traditionally used the red for joy and laughter, the white symbolizing spiritual calmness and purity. I LIKE YOURS, TOO Dolls and cuddly things bring smiles to young ladies on Christmas morning. Each Christmas brings memorable moments, often captured for posterity with the new camera dad found beneath the tree. Give Special Care In Toy Selections Attention should be given to the proper selection of toys anx time, but with the emph'asis on toy buying at Christmastime, special care should be taken at this time of year. A Division of Consumer Pro- tection warns that children's games and toys can be as deadly as dynamite. Electrical toys can electrocute a child in a fraction of a second. And toys that use heat, can maim a child easily. Do not select toys which have toxic substances, especially those painted with lead-base paint. Be sure the toy is too large to be swallowed or put into a child's mouth and that it has no small parts that can come off and lodge in the windpipe Purchase toys that are not highly flamable Avoid buying toys operated by alcohol, kero- sene or gasoline Avoid toys with small, loose or sharp parts, rough or un- finished surfaces, cheap plastic or glass parts that can be easily broken, dangerous spikes or pins used to attach eyes, ears, etc on dolls or stuffed animals Also, avoid parts activated by a spring or motor that may pinch fingers or catch hair Reserve electrical toys for older children. If buying elec- trical toys, however, be sure it has been tested for fire and shock hazards and may be con- sidered safe for handling. Inspect toys for safety be- fore you buy! Fireplace Adds To Holiday Atmosphere For many families, the holi- days would be incomplete with- out a fire in the fireplace. How- ever, a small fire is just as cheer- ful as a roaring one and much safer. Most people prefer wood logs, although coal or charcoal can be used, especially in small fire- places with grates. Hardwoods make the best wood fire. Scrap lumber cr softwood create too hot a flame and can cause sparks to fly out the chimney. This may be a fire hazard to your roof or nearby trees. If a fire is not out before you retire, push the logs in to the rear of the fireplace or stand them securely into either corner. Be sure the fireplace screen is securely in place. At Christmas- time, DO NOT burn wrappings from presents in the fireplace, flames may flare into the room. Let Your Table Add To Holiday Your centerpiece may reflect the folklore of the holiday or it may be a classic dinner table ar- rangement It may also be a tableau of objects that display your awareness of beauty in all things. Lower your artistic sights, however, if your centerpiece starts to rise above 12 inches. In order for your guests to see one another, keep your centerpiece low and your candles high so that they will not flicker annoy- ingly at eye level. The size of your centerpiece will be geared to the size of your table, as will the space alloted for each place setting. If you have enough room, plates may be 30 inches apart center to center otherwise 24; cer- tainly never less than 20 inches, or your guests will really be rub- bing elbows. Lazy susans, pedestal cake plates, soup tureens, punch bowls, baskets or souffle dishes are likely candidates as contain- ers for arrangements, as is any long rectangular container. A grouping of small potted plants, or large, fat blossoms floating in a shallow bowl makes an at- tractive arrangement. A patterned tablecloth or col- ored tablecloth helps set a fest- ive mood for the holidays. "I DID I DID HEAR SLEIGH BELLS ON THE ROOF 'Le Jour de Noel' For French Children In France the Jour de Noe'l or Christmas Day is exclusively for boys and girls. Centuries ago the custom began of telling children how "le petit Jesus, Sauveur adorable, Le nuit de Noel" was born in a stable and the children came to believe that on Christ- mas Eve the heavens would open and Le Petit Noel would come down to bring them pres- ents, if they were good children. In more recent times Le Petit Noel has been replaced by Le Pere Noel Father Christ- mas a heavenly personage who has charge of distributing toys and good things to well-behaved children In many parts of France the children believe that Le Pere Noel has a companion, Le Pere Fouettard Father Spanker who carries a load of switches, a few of which he leaves for those children who have not been good. Christmas in Hawaii 7'WJ) Christmas was proclaimed a holiday in Hawii in 1862 by King Kamehameha IV. That same year the first candle-light service was held. Today the Nativity scene is much in evidence in Hawaiian stores and at church and civic gatherings. Christmas carols have been sung with great en- thusiasm ever since 1823 when an American missionary. Reverend Hiram Bingham, translated "Joy to the World" for the Islanders. Evergreens do not grow on the Islands but every year thousands of Christ- mas trees are transported by ship from the Pacific Northwest. Often the trees are painted white to simulate the snow-covered trees Hawaiian children have never seen. They are trimmed with balls and tinsel just as on the mainland, but Hawaiian leis made of shells, nuts and flowers are added, too: The Hawaiian greeting for "Merry Christmas" is "Mele But this is only one of the many forms of greeting, for the Hawaiian citizens are of many races and tongues They live on their beloved Islands in har- mony, and at no time is this more apparent than at the holy season of Christmas when all unite in celebrating the birth of the Infant Jesus. The boys and girls of our fiftieth state can only imagine what a snowy Christmas would be like. They often eat their Christmas dinner out-of- doors. Afterward, they take part in sports and games ;