Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
IDA THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tutiday, Dtctmbw 24, 1974 FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN There was in the days of Herod, the king ofJudea, a certain priest named Zechariah, of the course of Abijah. and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the and ordinances of the Lord, blameless. And they had no child, because Elisabeth.was barren; and they were both now well stricken in years And it came to pass, that, while he executed the prtest's office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zechariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zechanah: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shall call his name John. And thou shall have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God And Zechariah said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this, for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years? And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shall be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. And the people waited for Zechariah, and mar- veled that he tarried so long in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to hit, own house And after those days his wife Elisabeth con- ceived, and hid herself fue saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men Luke I 5-16, 18-25 Let's Analyze Santa Claus Every year about this time somebody starts analyzing Santa Claus. The concept of Santa has been criticized as a jolly fat man. He is said to set a bad example be- cause overweight people are not happy, or at least not as healthy as skinny ones. Now comes a professor of an- thropology who points out a curi- ous contradiction in the Santa Claus legend He says we live in a society that is based on the mass production of goods by highly specialized machines. The goods are purchased money and the desire for the goods is promoted by massive advertising. Once a year, the professor we insist that the toys distribu- ted to children emanate from the Santa Claus workshop in the North Pole We tell childien that their toys are delivered by reindeer sled and through their chimney, and that their gifts were not bought by Mother and Father but by a mythical gentle- man of extraordinary outward appearance Equalizer The professor states that ad- ults use Santa Claus as an equal- izer in a world that is really based on interpersonal competi- tion and in which goods and power are won by the more suc- cessful from the less successful At Christmastime, family finan- cial priorities are rearranged so that "Santa Claus" can give an electric train to a poor child who in the real world would have to be content with much Holy Night Flower Is Poinsettia Mexicans tell the story of blood falling on the ground from the broken heart of a young girl and from each drop, a poinsettia plant grew. The poinsettia, tra- ditional flower of the Christmas season, was known to the Mexi- cans as "Flor de la Noche Buena" Flower of the Holy Night. The Yuletide emblem was dis- covered by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1928 while he was U.S. minister to Mexico and the flower was given his name. Dr Poinsett sent some cuttings of the plant to Robert Buist, a Philadelphia nurseryman, who specialized in collecting new plants He named it "Euphorbia poinsettia" and later it was clas- sified in botanical terms, Poin- settia pulcherrima The poinsettia has become one of the most popular Christmas emblems. Many people enjoy a gift of the potted plant and pic- tures of it appear on Christmas cards and ornamental wrappings. CHRISTMAS IS CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR SHARING, AND ONE OF THE NEAREST TO HEART WAYS OF SHARING IS TO INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO JOIN YOU AT YOUR TABLE. FINE FOOD IN PLEASANT COMPANY IS ONE OF THE SWEETER AMENITIES OF LIFE AT ANY SEASON, BUT AT CHRISTMAS IT SEEMS TO BRING THE CIRCLE OF HU- MAN RELATIONSHIPS EVER CLOSER IN RENEWED WARMTH AND APPRECIA- TION. "SO IT'S CHRISTMAS I'D STILL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE IN BLUE JEANS." Lovely Decorations With Less Wattage Christmas is a time of bright lights, but in this day we are en- couraged to use less and less energy. We might put more emphasis on draping the house with green- ery, candlelight and mimlights This provides a lovely effect us- ing less wattage. Christmas is a good excuse for using all the glistening crystal and shining silver you have. Use old or new crystal to hold can- dles and bowls of shiny orna- ments. Place anything that gleams or sparkles in front of mirrors which will reflect the light In addition to the gleam from reflection, their frames can be decorated with garlands of evergreen. Put great emphasis on can- dles, being sure they are in safe containers, for example hurri- cane lamps. A living tree is not as hazard- ous as one that has been cut. Cut a growing tree or try to pur- chase one that has not dried out from prolonged storage. If a tree is brittle and needles shed easily, this indicates the tree is drying out and may be hazard- ous. Buy a fresh tree and keep it in water or wet sand outdoors until ready to use. Replenish wa- ter daily or when necessary. Before putting up the tree, saw off the trunk diagonally at least an inch above the original cut. Place base in water-holding container and keep water level above the cut. Check water level daily. Do not bring tree indoors un- til just before Christmas, and take it down as soon as possible. Do not place tree near sources of heat such as fireplaces, radi- ators, air ducts, or where it may block the way out of a room in case of fire. Don't rely on self-applied chemicals or solutions to flame- proof a tree. Trees chemically treated with Underwriters Lab- oratories listed fire retardant compounds are satisfactory. Use care in selecting artificial trees too; many plastic trees can burn. Use the type marked as made of slow burning materials. Those with built-in electrical sys- tems should carry the UL label. Metal trees are a shock haz- ard. Indirect lighting is recom- mended; however, if strings of lights are used, they should be checked for frayed cords or other defects. Do not use wax candles or other open flame devices on trees. Do not overload outlets with too many light strings. Edibles Favorite Yule Decoration Cookie Christmas trees in America were first mentioned December 28th, 1881, by Simon Snyder Rathvon of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He told in the Lancaster weekly newspaper how children ate the trimmings right off the tree. Decorating the Christmas tree with edibles isn't a new idea. It's been done for years. Early American Christmas trees were generally adorned with food- stuffs, including pomander balls made of apples stuck with whole cloves and tied on a string, strands of fresh popcorn, little dolls fashioned from corn shucks, clusters of pine cones and acorn and gingerbread cookies. The Pennsylvania Dutch deco- rated their trees almost entirely with edibles. They simply ate from the tree through the holi- days, dismantling it by the Twelfth Night. Norwegians baked a different cookie for each day of the season, but the Swedish thought it bad taste to over- decorate, especially at Christmas. In Europe At Christmas in Europe only the finest ingredients are used so the quality will be best for the Christ Child. In the old days, doughs were used symbolically for blessings also. Doughnut dough for Epi- phany, for instance, was tied in a white cloth and "baptized" by Syrian cooks in a fountain in the name of the Trinity. Then it was hung in a tree for three days to ferment without benefit of yeast. From this, small dough were made and placed where food was stored, furnishing "miraculous" leaven for the coming year. The Dutch shaped their cook- ies in wooden molds before bak- ing. Others rolled them out be- fore cutting them and baking them. The cookies were some- times used for wall decorations. Christmas Clubs Aid Holiday Shoppers If the holidays find you short of cash, there are a number of ways to get it. The bank Christ- mas Club may or may not be the best way. Christmas clubs were invented sixty three years ago and their memberships keep growing. The Christmas clubs and Chanukah clubs in 1973, returned three bil- lion in savings to their members and would have returned more if the banks that offer them paid out even the same interest they offer on their lowest paying sav- ings accounts. Some banks do pay interest, under pressure So, if the Christmas Ciub is your way of having cash on hand at Christ- mas time, it is surely worth your time to check the banks for the one that does pay interest. Many banks, particularly those compelled by local competitive forces to pay interest on club ac- counts, maintain they don't make money on Christmas Club mem- berships But they do hope that by coming to the bank fifty times a year to make Christmas Club deposits, the member will be tempted to open a regular ac- count or apply for a loan. EIGHT ASSOCIATIONS First and foremost in Christ- mas is its religious significance. The other seven are: burning the yule log, the Christmas tree, the Christmas carol, the greeting card, the Christmas stocking, hanging the mistletoe, and Santa Claus himself. Since that was written a quarter of a century ago the world has changed, but these symbols remain unchanged. THE MISTLETOE The custom today of giving a kiss of love or peace beneath the mistletoe, although a relatively modern one, is derived from the fact that down through the cen- turies the mistletoe has been recognized throughout the whole world as a symbol of lasting peace. Ancient Europeans considered the mistletoe a magical medicine They carried it about with them for health and luck, and believed it a cure for ulcers and epilepsy as well as a charm promoting fer tihty Mistletoe traditions are said to have begun with the ancient Druids They attributed great power to the plant It was sup- posed to prevent disease and keep away witches Mistletoe means "all heal." Hanukkah Pre- Dates Christmas Among the holidays at this time of year is the Jewish cele- bration of Hanukkah. Because Hanukkah is generally celebrated in December, it is sometimes re- ferred to as the Jewish Christ- mas. As at Christmas, gifts are exchanged, candles are lit and it is a time of rejoicing. Even though there are simi- larities in the customs celebrated at Hanukkah and Christmas, their origins and meanings are entirely different and Hanukkah predates Christmas. Hanukkah is an eight day festi- val commemorating the military and spiritual victory of Judas Maccabaeus and his army over the King of Syria, who attempted to crush the Jewish faith in one God. Hanukkah, derived from the Hebrew word meaning dedica- tion, is also called 'The Feast of Dedication" and "The Festival of the Lights." It always starts on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Because the Jewish calendar is based on the moon rather than the sun, the Jewish holidays fall each year on varying dates of the solar 365-day calendar. Menorah On the first evening, a Hanuk- kah candelabra (menorah) is placed on a windowsill so that it can be seen by those who pass outside. The special menorah used at Hanukkah time holds nine candles, one for each of the eight days and a center called shamash. The shamash is used to light the Hanukkah candles. At sundown, on the first day, the head of the household lights the first candle while the other members gather around. New candles are lit each evening and the number is increased by one, until on the eighth night eight Hanukkah candles are kindled in addition to the shamash. Children usually receive mon- ey, called Hanukkah gelt, from parents and friends on the first day of Hanukkah, and adults of- ten exchange gifts. In a few families, gifts are given each day of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is often spelled Chanukah because of the diffi- culty in transliterating the word from Hebrew to English. The "ch" or "h" beginning of the word is a sound that comes from the throat. It is pronounced "hah' nuh-kah." BRIGHT EYES The joy of Christmas morning is reflected best in the shining eyes of children, gathered about the Christmas tree. The happy time is here again, and It shall be long remembered. Choose Right-Size Turkey This Year Count on a half pound of whole turkey per serving, and that means about one pound per person if you want second help- ings. Thus a 16-pound turkey will feed sixteen to twenty. But, if you want leftovers, buy a 20- pounder, which is a good size for taste and tenderness, too. A 20-pound bird takes three to four days to defrost in the re- frigerator, or about 12 hours in a sinkful of water. In either case, leave the turkey in its original plastic wrapper until it seems thawed. Then unwrap as soon as possible, and pull out the pack- age of giblets from inside the turkey. Often these are still frozen, indicating that the inside of the turkey is also still frozen. Finish thawing either at room temperature or, if you are not in a hurry, in the refrigerator. Keep thawed turkey under refrigera- tion, since it spoils more rapidly than fresh turkey, and plan to roast it within a day. or at most two days, of thawing. Make Jolly Snowman To Welcome Guests Cover one large and one small styrofoam ball with foil. Use toothpicks to fasten together. Make a face on the smaller ball with buttons for eyes, yarn for eyebrows, a tiny red ball for nose and a crescent of yarn or red paper for mouth. Make but- tons down the front with small buttons. Crush foil for arms, make hands with red mittens from cardboard and yarn. Fasten these to body-with toothpicks or common pins. Stand the snow- man on a circle or star of card- board covered with foil and marked with bright yarn. Make a hat from a drinking cup cov- ered with foil. Tie red yarn around the brim and make a scarf from several strands of yarn braided together. Stand the snowman on a hill of white cot- ton and group small foil covered balls around with sprigs of Christmas greens. A GIFT A GIFT, ABOVE ALL, SHOULD BE AN EXPRES- SION OF AFFECTION. ITS SIZE AND ITS COST ARE UNIMPORTANT. THE THOUGHT THAT GOES INTO ITS CHOICE THE CONSIDERATION FOR THE ONE RECEIVING IT IS WHAT MAKES A GIFT WORTHWHILE. FESTIVAL FOR GROWNUPS Christmas in Italy is more a festival for grownups than for children. Families gather to- gether on Christmas Eve and talk around the fireplace while they watch the the Christmas log throwing sparks up the chimney. Then they sit down to supper, the there is no meat, for Christmas Eve is a fast day but there are dishes pre- pared in every way imaginable. The meal ends just before twelve when all go to midnight Mass. "DON'T WORRY, BUMPER, I'VE TOLD SANTA ALL ABOUT YOU, TOO." Yule Charity Rackets Are Now In Season Sharp operators, of course, are active throughout the year. Dur- ing the holidays, though, they step up their efforts to take money from their victims. It is too often that their reasoning and their swindles are highly ef- fective. They know that Christ- mas shoppers carry more money than usual and that a heightened spirit of generosity prevails dur- ing the holidays. Even those who are generally cautious are more vulnerable to gyps at this time. Swindlers siphon off perhaps millions of dollars a year in- tended for worthwhile causes. Charity racketeers use any num- ber of schemes including door- to-door appeals, questionable "re- ligious" organizations, nonexist- ent "handicapped" groups, to name a few. "Christmas dona- tions" for a local hospital or church are common, but some donations never reach the in- tended beneficiary Be very wary of unknown organizations mak- ing charity appeals; they may or may not be legitimate and you should demand credentials of solicitors. CHIMES DEAR ARE THE SOUNDS OF THE CHRISTMAS CHIMES, IN THE LAND OF THE STEEPLED TOWERS, AND THEY WELCOME THE DEAREST OF FESTIVAL TIMES, IN THIS JOYOUS WORLD OF OURS! (19th century English. Author unknown) COLORFUL PLANTS These colorful little plants are fairly inexpensive and bear fruits that look like or- naments on a Christmas tree. The fruits will last for weeks if you give plants bright light, cool temperatures, and water when needed Christmas Peppers and Jerusalem Cher- ries. ANNIVERSARY The anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ is the greatest festival of the year, and is one of the few religious events ob- served by all His followers. In- deed, to all Christians the birth- day of the Messiah shares with Easter the distinction of being one of the two most solemn events of all history. THE BUSY OVEN 'Tis the season when ovens are working overtime baking both holiday goodies and party foods. If your oven tends to get a bit over-crowded this time of year, arrange baking pans so they do not touch each other or oven walls. Also, never put one pan directly above another one. This al- lows for freer circulation of heat, more even cooking tem- perature and better results. Christmas in Bethlehem Bethlehem is a little city, and it does not take many people to crowd it, but, besides being the birthplace of Jesus, it is the birthplace of Israel's great warrior-king, David When the thoughts of the civilized world turn to Bethlehem, many wonder how the people there keep this greatest religious holiday Very few American children can visit the little city, yet a number of travelers from America and Europe come to the Holy Land every year. Travelers want to be among those who crowd the streets on Christmas Day The Church of the Nativity has been built in Bethlehem. It is because of this that Christians in the "City of the rejoice and proclaim "peace on "good will toward A procession of bishops, priests and people form in the square in front of the church. Each is dressed in his most gorgeous robe Christmas Day in Bethlehem is not the Christmas Day we know; it is full of religious ceremonies, and when these are over young and old go back to their ac- customed life Christmas to them is much the same as any other day of the year Who would not be glad to spend a Christmas eve and day where-He who made the glad day possible was born? Treat: Christmas Lizzies Are Easy 4 eggs, beaten cup brandy 3 cups chapped seedless raisins pound citron (or mixed candied chopped 8 cups pecans, chopped 4 cups sifted, all purpose flour 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup butter, very soft 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed Sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and soda together. Cream butter. Blend sugar into butter then add beaten eggs, blending thoroughly. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with brandy. Coat pecans, raisins and, citron or fruit with flour and add to bat- ter. Drop by level tablespoons on to a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a moderate preheated 275-degree oven for 30 minutes. Makes about 10 dozen cookies which will keep for weeks (if you hide them) in an air-tight container.