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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, December 24, 1974 THE LETH3RIDGE HERALD 17A Germans gave tree habit By ROALD HAASE Copley News Service "O, Tannenbaum, 0, Tannenbaum." Thus rings the opening of the familiar German Christ- mas chant, which in English translates into "0, Christmas Tree, 0, Christmas Tree." Perhaps it's fitting that the most famous song about a Christmas tree should be in German. It appears that the Germans and other Northern European peoples were responsible for transferring to America the custom of decorating evergreen trees in the Yule season. Where and how this transferral of custom first oc- curred is clouded in a kind of historical haze. It is known that the Puritans who settled in New England in the 17th century did not look with favor upon the open celebra- tion of Christmas Books about the origins of Christmas customs in America are a trifle vague about the subject Most agree that there is a possibility that the German (Hessian) mercenaries working for Bri- tain during the Revolutionary War celebrated Christmas with the Yule trees. James H. Barnett in "The American Christmas" says that Germans had settled in Pennsylvania long before the Revolutionary War and that it is possible that the custom began there. Barnett quotes an account of a Christmas celebration in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1747. The account states that piles of green brushwood had been pil- ed into pyramids and the pyramids were decorated with candles. Barnett suggests the possibility that this is where the Christmas tree tradition was spawned. In "The Trees of Christ- compiled by Edna Met- calfe, it is pointed out that Christmas trees began to appear early in the 19th cen- tury in German settlements in Pennsylvania, by 1840, they were commonplace in that part of the country. The Metcalfe book also Greetings With The Spirit Peace and Love hope and )oy goodwill among men and nations these heartfelt wishes we share with you this happy holiday season We hope your Christmas is a truly beau tiful one Joyce Max Brown and Ann and Henry Spatuk Lost Lemon Tent and Trailer Park BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA TO ALL OUR CLIENTS... YULETIDE GREETINGS and BEST WISHES for the NEW YEAR From FRED and DOREEN at RADFORD INSURANCE AGENCIES REAL ESTATE LTD. DIAL: Business 562-2501 BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA Merry Christmas We extend our warmest greetings with hope that this Holiday Season brings you and yours a full measure of good health and happiness May all the joys of Christ- mas remain with you throughout the coming New Year AMANAGEMENT STAFF THE GREENHILL HOTEL BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA 31'W PHONE 562-2232 Res. 562-2504 Holiday TIB the to jolly! Here's hoping your are filled with only the best! Our wish to you and yours is for a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a JOYOUS NEW YEAR! GORDON JOHNSON and STAFF CHIEF MOUNTAIN REALTY LTD. P.O. Box 114 COWLIY, ALBIRTA Phone 628-3775 or 628-3836 mentions the placing of a tree by a captain in the U.S. Army at a Western fort in 1804. VERN DECOUX photo Frosting A touch of snow adds beauty to Turtle Mountain and the Frank Slide in this view from a hilltop near Burmis recently. His kids suspect he's Mr. Scrooge By VERNON E. BROWN Copley News Service My kids thought I was Scrooge four years ago when I told them I wouldn't buy them any Christmas gifts. They had good reason to feel that way All their pals would be getting lots of glittery presents under their trees (mostly toys that would fall apart in a few days) and we would have nothing but a church service to go to Isn't that terrible? Before you condemn me out of hand, though, I'd like to ex- plain why I did this awful un- SEASON'S GREETINGS From HELEN and IRENE GIBOS at the TWILITE CONFECTIONERY BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA May the infinite blessings of the joyous season abide with you and your family and may the coming year be filled with Peace and Prosperity Canadian thing of not buying Christmas gifts one year. My thinking was that we, my family and I, had lost the meaning of Christmas if our holiday revolved around open- ing gaudily wrapped presents under a tree. Our children had come to expect that anything they demanded, within reason, would be given to them on this holiest of all days. So, quite understandably, for them Christmas became simply a time when they could hit up their parents for presents they ordinarily wouldn't get. But what is Christmas really? It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ years ago. True, Jesus' birthday was celebrated at the time by the giving of gifts the giving was done by the Magi, and the gifts were gold, incense and myrrh. The gifts, it should be noted, were to Christ, not any hangers-on who might have been around at the time. MERRY CHRISTMAS To you and yours Special Yuletide Joys For the patron- age shown us, sincere thanks to all our friends and patrons and Happy New Year to all FABRIC BOUTIQUE Blairmore, Alberta 562-8152 GREETINGS It s the season to be grateful for blessings and we appreciate your patronage and goodwill Wiyne ind Normi ind Stiff it THE PASS HOTEL CAFE "Licensed Dining Lounge" MERRY CHRISTMAS and Best Wishes for the NEW YEAR From ft Diane Clark at THE SLEEPEE TEEPEE MOTEL 18 ultra modern rooms one. two and three bedroom units Telephones TV Kitchenettes Phone 562-2887 Box 46 Blairmore EUGENE'S SHOE STORE WE'RE HOPING YOU HAVE A JOYFUL AND HAPPY 1975 GENE and JENNY ROJEK BLAIRMORE. ALBERTA HEIDE'S PIZZA Extend warm Season's Greetings and best wishes for a prosperous New Year to all. from... GEORGE, MYA and STAFF FRANK, ALBBRTA Best Wishes for Christm and a porsperous Year From Walter and Tom Oakley and Staff at The Rangelind Motor Hold it lundbnek and The Niw Diyton Hottl it Niw Diyton Beef and plum pudding add British Yule flavour By FRANK MACOMBER Copley News Service Who says you need a turkey for a yummy Christmas dinner? Certainly not the beef industry, which has come up with a scrumptious Yule dinner menu, including, of course, an eight-pound standing rib roast of beef. The holiday meal that features beef rather than turkey or other fowl is called an English Christmas dinner, possibly because the British are partial to beef even when there are plenty of turkeys around. To produce an outstanding rib roast for your Christmas table, you'll do well to follow these kitchen ground rules: First, get an eight-pound rib roast, even if it empties your pocketbook. You'll also need IVz teaspoons of rosemary leaves, crushed; salt and pepper; two medium-sized onions, sliced; five pounds of new potatoes, parboiled five minutes and peeled; four 10- ounce packages of frozen Brussels sprouts; three cups of hot chicken broth; nutmeg and pepper, plus horseradish sauce to polish off the taste. When you have gathered all your ingredients, rub the beef with rosemary, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place the roast in a large, shallow roasting pan. Top it with onion slices before roasting the monster for four hours and 30 minutes or until the meat thermometer registers 160 degrees for medium done. During the last 45 minutes of cooking add the potatoes to the pan and turn them oc- casionally. Cook the Brussels sprouts in the chicken broth with nutmeg and pepper for 10 minutes until they're just tender but not mushy. Then drain off broth. For the final touch, arrange the roast, potatoes and Brussels sprouts on a warm serving platter. And don't forget the horseradish sauce usually a mixture of horseradish, sour cream and salt. It gives the beef an extra taste fillip. A pint of sour cream and half a cup of horseradish is a good mixture. But your guests can't just sit around eating beef and vegetables, can they? So why not start out the Christmas dinner with a tomato juice cocktail, follow up with cream of celery soup, green beans in wine sauce, jello, spiced apple rings and of course salted nuts, relishes and hot rolls. Some hostesses like to serve Maraschino-Filbert pudding with a meal like that, but others insist it's too rich. Or, the traditional plum pudding and white sauce, another British favorite. Alternatively some fruit ices would be acceptable to most of your guests. Tea or coffee will fit in, but so will a few bottles of hearty burgundy to help wash down the beef. Just to play safe perhaps you should acquire a couple of bottles of chablis, too, for some people like white wine no matter what they're eating If you want to get more fancy about Yule dessert, of course, there's always sugared'pecans to serve with the ices. This is how you prepare them: Beat one egg white and one tablespoon of water to a froth. Then mix one cup of sugar, one teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Using a pound of pecans, dip halves in egg white mixture and roll in sugar mixture. Then put the pecans in a shallow pan and bake them at 300 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. You'd better stir every 15 minutes or so, to keep them from sticking. If you're planning your Christmas main event for noon or early afternoon, better figure on turning out a passel of heavenly ham- burgers early in the evening for those who are still around the house late. They're easy. Just take four pounds of ground beef, the leanest possible, mix it with three- fourths cup of uncooked oats, a fourth cup of chopped onion, half a cup of tomato juice, a teaspoon of grated lemon peel, half a teaspoon of garlic salt and a little pepper. After mixing thoroughly, shape the meat to form eight patties, wrap and refrigerate them until you're ready to fire up the grill that evening. Or you can broil them in the oven if it's too chilly to barbecue outside Your Yule guests soon will know why they are called heavenly hamburgers. A cheerful look at the Christinas joke ENGLISH BEEF AND PUDDING By JACK WEBB Copley News Service The United States may go down in history as the country that perfected the Christmas joke. Germans first decorated a Christmas tree. The citizens of Asia Minor can boast that they first hosted St. Nicholas (now known as Santa But what other country can lay claim to the Christmas witticisms of Bob Hope and George Jessel? Hope, of course, is the 70- year-old entertainer who used to be Bing Crosby's side-kick and has since earned enough money from his quick-witted humor to rival an Arab oil merchant. Every Christmas for years, starting back to the Second World War, Hope entertained the troops abroad with cracks this one, which he uttered before appreciative Vietnam GIs. "Most things here are ex- portable. Some are even curable." Hope, whose nose has been variously described as looking like a mangled Tootsie Roll and a miniature ski slope, has always managed to keep his GI humor up-to-date During the psychedelic 60's, he elicited belly-laughs from Vietnam soldiers with a few marijuana jokes "I saw a guy watching '12 O'Clock High' and he didn't even have a TV set." "I saw a guy with a lampshade on his head said he was waiting for someone to turn him on." Hope's Christmas jokes made history not only because they were funny but because they were often uttered under fire like the time during the Second World War when Eisenhower told him that things had been quiet for a few days. The next day, during a show, a bombardment began. "This is what you call Hope cracked. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR" May you and your family enjoy a happy holiday We thank you warmly JOE and VLASTA KRYWOLT at TEXACO SULPHUR SPRING SERVICE Frank. Alberta Greetings For Christmas For the Season's put- ting down a red carpet of good wishes. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL Dave Bruce and Lynn at KILKENNY HAMMOND Floor covering and appliance service Blairmore, Alberta 562-2536 May it dwell in everyones heart this season Merry Christmas and Happy New Year' Doug and Jeanie' ALLANS CONFECTIONARY Hillcrest, Alberta 564-4479 Ken Linda at K L CYCLE and SPORTS BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA wish all their friends and patrons the most Happy Christmas of all and sin- cere wishes for a prosperous New Year YOUR YAMAHA DEALER Motorcycles Snowmobiles Sales Service Phone 562-8181 After hours 564-4343 MERRY CHRISTMAS We welcome this loyous season and share it's peace and tranquili- ty with our many friends Our best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year FROM DOROTHY ind STAFF it Elizabeth Card Candy BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA CHRISTMAS GREETINGS When the crisp fragrance of Evergreens scents the air- when the lights of the holiday home say "Welcome that's Christmas1 Hoping it's merry and bright, full of delight for our appreciated patrons we send greetings and grati tude AIGI YASUKO SHIGEHIRO and GORDON MUNRO SHIGEHIRO'S CONSULTING BUSINESS SERVICES Blairmore, Alberta Sparwooti, B.C. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Thank You! "lease accept our appreciation and our sincere thanks for letting us serve you Too often in the rush of business life we fail to say 'thanks' loud enough for you to hear it But you can be sure we never mean to take your patronage for granted Our con- stant aim is to please and satisfy you more each time To serve vou is a real onvilenH anrj we are grateful for your confidence in us FROM OUR ENTIRE STAFF Blairmore Cleaning Centre COIN CAR WASH-COIN OPERATED LAUNDROMAT ONE HOUR MARTINIZIN6 Prop., TED and ESTHER TOLLEY PHONE 562-2911 562-249? BLAIRMORE, ALBERTA Spirits are light! There's much happy cheer merriment as we join in the celebration of Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! and a holiday wish that you may enjoy the best of the season' HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! JOHNSON BROS. SAWMILLS LTD. COWLEY, ALBERTA ;