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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TuMday, 24, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 21A Christmas joy dawns for Stella By AMY SPENCER Stella had never liked ar- tificial trees, until she saw the pink one in the window of Lawson's Hardware store. Until then, she had agreed with her cousin Clarice, that there was something rather dishonest and improper about anything that had not grown in a real forest. That, for- tunately, also ruled out the spindly, lop-sided, emaciated excuses for trees that came from the tree farms, so she was spared seeing flimsy limbs sagging under so much as a paper ornament, or sweeping up dry needles the minute the tree came in the house. It was better, they cor- Old-Fashioned Christmas Wishes Shore in this holiday's joys with the folks you love best. GALT HOME APPLIANCES 319'A'8 St. South Lethbridge roborated, smugly, to have no tree at all, than to have a phoney one. They had never had one at all. Now she saw the pink tree, not four feet tall, dense needles sparkling with man made frost, and glowing like the roseate dawn upon the snowy slopes of the distant mountains. She was filled with longing for it. If only she had it, she could deck it with pale satin balls, silver tinsel, and with white and gold angels. It would handsomely reflect the pink of the newly painted walls. She could buy herself the pendant watch that she wanted, the housecoat that she really needed, and the bath oil that she could always use, and lay them, gift wrapped, under the tree, as if it were a proper holiday. She could cook a Cornish hen, big enough for one, a tiny pudding, and get some really good chocolates, for once. It was when she began to think of the backgammon game that she came out of her day dream. What was the use of a game that needed two people, when she was all alone? What was the use of any of it' Imagine, buying presents for herself. "I never did believe in mak- ing pathetic little celebrations all alone" Clarice had written in her last letter "We made no celebration at all last year, but ate beans for dinner." Silly fuss Stella sighed. Clarice was right, of course. It was silly to make a fuss over herself. It was a little ironic, now that she made enough money as forelady, that she could afford to splurge occasionally, that she had no reason to When she was a green girl working at the mangle, and supporting Clarice, who was at university, it was hard to Fresh our holiday md thanks to 11 our friends QUALITY BAKERY 1640 Mayor Magrath Drive Zeltera Safeway Shopping Centra_______________Phone 328-4853 reefjngs On our menu for the holiday best wishes arid thanks to our neighbors, patrons. The management and Staff of the ALEXANDRA RESTAURANT 328 5th Strttt 8. find money for anything. They ate endless macaroni from mis-matched, junk store crockery, made do with tattered bedding, shabby fur- niture, and mud colored walls, until it seemed virtuous to do without any comfort or beauty when the need for economy had passed. Clarice had intended to put Stella through school as soon as she graduated, but she had this marvelous opportunity to fly off to the teeming jungles to help the natives, and Cana- dian cousins didn't appear nearly so important. "We must raise these nations she announced. "We mustn't be selfish, must we? You aren't really univer- sity material, are you? Why don't you stay on at the laundry? At least you know you can do it." Stella, as she always had, meekly obeyed, even the written admonitions that Clarice sent home. Less frequent "There's no telling what kind of a fool you would make of yourself if I didn't constant- ly remind said the letters. Stella was a little relieved when Clarice did not return, and when her letters became less frequent. Now, having just received another letter from the jungle, she was back to being sensible again, and sub- consciously resenting it. She trudged wearily into the grocery store, trying to decide between a can of beans, and a can of stew, when she found herself reaching for a can of asparagus tips. "Whatever made me do she thought, but the rosy light of a late winter morning was creeping into her mind. She was annoyed that it had been ten years in coming "Oh, excuse Her cart had collided with another. Why, it was that nice, quiet man who lived across the hall. "Don't tell me you are eating she said with mock horror. "I'm not much of a he sighed "I'm sort of middling she told him. "Why not eat at my place "I'd be glad he agreed eagerly. Clarice would die if she knew Now if she hurried, she would have time to go to the mart for those gift wrapped packages. Don't forget the backgammon But first, stop in at Lawson's for that pink tree FLASHBULB CAPTURES TREASURED MOMENT Photo tricks useful around family tree By GILBERT HILL Copley News Service Even an automatic electronic flash can be "fooled" to produce great Christmas tree pictures if you have a camera with usual lens and shutter adjustments The photographic problem is to get a good exposure of the green tree and yet retain the color of the relatively weak lights which would be "washed out" by a regular flash exposure. So, the trick is a deliberate double exposure made with the camera on a tripod, or other firm support, and a very slow shutter speed down to "time" exposure if possible. The flash should be just enough to produce minimum detail in the tree itself and its surroundings. Then the "time" of the shutter should keep the lens open long enough to record just a bit more of the tree and a full ex- posure for the light Christmas lamps. The "automatic" electronic flash requires that the lens be opened to a specific setting say f 8 for a certain distance range. The light automatical- ly provides the necessary ex- posure But the photographer may deliberately under ex- pose by setting his lens open- ing at fll or, over expose, of course, by using a wider lens opening of say f5.6. Now, most focal plane shutter cameras, which includes almost all of the pop- ular single lens reflexes, re- quire that the shutter be set no faster than abojut 1-60 of a se- cond anyway to use electronic flash. They'll work at slower shutter speeds, but not faster. So, with the camera on a tripod, slow the shutter speed to 1-30, or 1-15 of a second, and take a meter reading on the lighted Christmas tree lamps. The Christ mas spirit is in the air! Enjoy it to the fullest. HOUSE OF FINE ART 409-5th St. South Phone 328-1314 Hi! Merry Christmas May you have a wonderful Christmas, bright with happiness and joy. From MANAGEMENT and STAFF SILVER AUTOMOTIVE LTD. 1706 Ave. S. Lethbridge Heartiest wishes for you and the family for the merriest Yuletide ever! From the Management and Staff at HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERINGS LTD. _ jk QO7-C4I 909-3rd Ave. S. 327-5454 your holiday with heartfelt happiness. for your patronage we are grateful. MCLEAN MOVING LTD. By TED MORRIS Copley News Service "The Letter to the one about Santa Claus, may be the most requested bit of non scriptural Christmas tradition, but right up there, surely in the Top Ten, would be "A Visit from St. Nicholas." This is the merry verse which begins the night before Christmas, and all through the and carries on through St. Nick's arrival, the clatter on the roof, and the rush of the old boy to be on his way, behind his "eight tiny reindeer." Its lilting meter and the lively story it tells have put this verse in the all-time class of Christmas literature. "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was written in 1822 by Dr. Cle- ment Clark Moore, who was not a medical doctor but rather a professor of theology, who taught at a seminary in New York and was convinced that if lasting fame ever came his way it would be through "A Compendious Lexicon of the Hebrew which he published in 1809. But came Christmas Eve of 1822, and Dr. Moore gathered his children around him in front of the fireplace. He had knocked out a ballad about Christmas, and in the pride of authorship he wanted to read it aloud. Once the kids were settled down, Dr. Moore began. "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house And that might have been that, except for one thing. Dr Moore had composed this rhythmical romp for the delight of his youngsters, but a friend who had dropped by that Christmas Eve sat in on the reading. The friend thought it was delightful and he was impressed with the approving reaction of the Moore smallfry. The friend copied it down and took it to the editor of the Troy (New York) Sentinel. The editor liked it, too, and what's more, he printed it. Dr Moore, who possessed the outward dignity and serious mind of the dedicated theologian, wasn't happy at the printing. He denied writing the poem; he was working on a biography of King Castriota of Albania, and a poem about reindeer named Donder and Bhtzen seemed a bit out of keeping. Eventually, as he saw how the poem kept bringing delight to folks each year, he 'fessed up and basked in the glory that was due him. Dr. Moore's impact on Christmas would have startl- ed him, until he wrote his descriptive passages about "He had a broad face and a lit- tle round belly He was chubby and plump, a right jol- ly old elf until this portrayal, St Nicholas had been a somewhat dour import from Europe. Dr Moore's poem changed the concept of St. Nicholas from that of a gaunt and bearded old saint, wearing black robes and riding a white horse, to what was developed into today's roly poly, white bearded, red and white clad Santa Glaus He introduced the reindeer as Santa's source of motive power, and established the rooftop as a landing field From ROSS HOSACK DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC 304-5th St S Phone 327-7244 Christmas Fill this season with laughter, good will and song Warm thanks from us, to all From the Management and Staff of LAKEVIEW DRUGS LTD. 1017 Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 328-5509 614- 35 St. N. 327-3146 rminoy each and every one of you. May the season's glad tidings brighten your days. Lethbridge Central Credit Union 311-8th St. South, ;