Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on December 24, 1968 · Page 26
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 26

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Tuesday, December 24, 1968
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6-C l'HJB. RE(J'' fEh-lNEWS M'l VE.KJNON. ILLINOIS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, IPGS Christmas Customs Around The World Puerto Rico; dancing and drinking in Colombia, and a potent drink called Monkey's Tail- brandy and a cof Ice-flavored liquid—to Chile. Christmas in Brazil. It's not much fun wearing a false beard, padded red suit and pillow on the tummy in 90-degree weather. And while the Santas perspire, many Brazilians head for beach resorts. In Korea, the government of austerity-minded President Cluing Hee Park has urged citi- cele- tfy THE ASSOCIATED BPESS Stiltwalkers will parade in Nigeria. Chinese businessmen will play mah jongg and feast on snakes and dog meat in Hong Kong. And while American children receive flashy space age playthings, boys in the Congo jungles will make their own toys from wire. Christmas knows no national boundaries, no government doctrines. It will be celebrated as a national and religious holiday in most lands, as a commercial holiday in others, and at private iamily gatherings in the Soviet I te ns "to curtail elaborate Union where atheism is law. i Observance of Christmas in llie Soviet Union is not forbidden outright. Russians who do observe it will celebrate on Jan. ", the Russian Orthodox date, jvlhei than Dec. 25. Although tradition is still strong in many countries, once- alien Christmas customs have jet-setted around the world. Santa Claus. while still considered H "gringo" in Mexico, is r.ov. tough competition for the Three Kings, the dominant Christmas symbol south of the border. St. Nick, the Christmas tree and roast stuffed turkey are steadily replacing the traditional Precipios—manger scenes— in Italy* Other countries which once had annual gift-giving rites on New Year's Day, like Japan and the Congo, are adopting Dec. 25. In the cold northern lands, Christmas is usually a family affair. In Austria and Germany families gather on Christmas Eve to sing carols, feast on roast goose and home-baked delicacies and wait for the Christ -kind-Christ Child—to deposit presents in a locked room. The tinkle of a little bell signals anxious children that the goodies have arrived. Scandinavia has a long, elaborate Christmas with all the traditional trimmings, trees, lights,, decorations and groaning tables. Sweden's celebration does not end until the day after Twelfth Night, well into January. A new wrinkle in Norway this year is a campaign of the Association of Christian Students denouncing the "near gluttony" of their countrymen at Christmas. Norwegians are noted trenchermen and the outcome of the students' campaign is doubtful. Vfhile France celebrates an Anglo-Saxonized Christmas. Catholic Belgium contents itself with the traditional midnight Mass. In rural areas the celebrating stops there, except for some onion soup and blood sausage after devotions. But plastic Christmas trees and heavy German-style meals have invaded Belgian cities. Thousands will make religious pilgrimages to the Holy Land, to Italy to see the Pope, to shrines and religious symbols around the world. Israel does not. celebrate Christmas, but the;' government has tfecreedthat all holy places —Bethlehenv Nazareth, Jerusa- lem-r-Ayilt' be' 1 Open to Christian Arabs'^d .vf ^ign'TuTgrims. Pope Paul VI will leave the Vatican''to "preside at midnight Mass in the steel mills of Tarar. tojjK southern Daly*. f . After spending Ctirisbnas Eve with their faniilies, many Swiss take to the ski slopes on Christmas Day. In the sunnier climes of the .Southern Hemisphere, where Christmas means midsummer vacations, athletic Australians and JSouth Africans form, long caravans to their idyllic beaches. The South African Broadcasting Corp., fed up with Christmas carols about snow, sleigh bells and reindeer, ran a contest this year to select a choral more suitable for temperatures of;:80-100. * In Australis and New Zealand, thousands will imbibe enormous frosty drinks and speculate about the outcome of the Davis Cup tennis match with the United; States Dec. 26-28. [Christmas in India is a national? holiday, celebrated religious-: ly by Christians and commercially by Hindus. Popular leg end associates Christ* with Lord Krishna, a favorite Hindu god. and confusion surrounding the two religious personalities results in a nationwide Christmas spirit. In Hong Kong, Christmas for most is just another public holi day. But even department stores operated there by Communist China are filled with gift -wrapped packages. .Chinese businessmen take advantage of the day off to throw gambling parties. Christmas in Japan coincides with the traditional custom of O^Jeibo. the giving of presents af'the end of the year to persons to'whom one is indebted. Girl Santa elevator attendants in miniskirts are not much in evi> dence this year, unlike last ye&r. The new fad is Christmas cards printed In Japanese, with comical rather than religious tberoes. In Latin« .America, Christmas brings mujlc f exotic food and nights of jinking parties to Orations and limit the Yule festival to religious affairs. It is the third successive year of a government slogan: "Christmas with and for families." Nigeria, torn by civil war and suffering import restrictions, also will have a subdued Christmas. Popular all-night drumming sessions and excessive m e r r y -m a k i n g have been In the Soviet Union, Father Frost—Russia's closest thing to Santa—will deliver ice skates, dolls, model spaceships and that good old^ standby, the teddy bear. Although Italy makes some of the world's finest dolls, its sales counters are piled with more modern toys. In France, soldiers are out, cosmonauts in. banned, but traditional parade Major Matt Mason and his lieu- Santa Claus is the victim of; 0 f stiltwalkers and masked tenant, Storm, are very popular, dancers will be allowed. I closely followed by electronic Christmas is a special time 1 construction sets, miniature for children and the world's toy- business machines and a giant makers. The fads of 1969 are spray can filled with cream for being bought and wrapped. I play fights. In the Far East, Latin America, and some African countries, toys imported from Japan are the big sellers. These include battery-powered cars, space toys, model kits. Austria has officially discouraged sales of toy weapons, but dealers aren't complaining. They say there is virtually no demand in Austria or West Germany. A new fad among adult gift- givers, in Norway is giving each other soccer pool coupons or lottery tickets. These can bring the recipient a jackpot worth thousands of dollars, or nothing. In South Africa and Rhodesia, servants and lower class blue collar workers traditionally receive a "Christmas box" from their employers, usually a gift of money. Their counterparts in India get similar gifts, called "baksheesh." About this time of year, many of us are convinced that the IRS spells the firkst word of its title with an "f" as the third letter. HEED this SIGN it means A SLOW MOVINi - VEHICLE The boss can't confuse his secretary. She came to work for us in that condition. Merry Christmas On this happiest of holidays, we'd like to extend our sincerest thanks to our customers. A Merry Christmas to all of you. KEITH TITTLE TITTLE 'S The Super Market of Sporting Goods Jeffa Harris 1005 Main 944-1*36 Herbert Page Page Insurance Agency No. 54 Crownview Phone 242-5191 J. Nelson Cowen Insurance Agency 704 Vj Tolle — 244-1122 Robert D. Ward Ward Insurance Agency 8th and Main — 244-3000 Joe Martin ' Joe Martin Ins. - Agency 1110 Main — 244-2800 €(^^n€~ (Christmas fills a large place in our life today. With each recurrence it bring* a wave of good feeling and friendship that makes the air softer and warmer and puts new happiness into our hearts. It is this good feeling that instills in us an ever greater appreciation of the loyalty and confidence of our many fine friends. To them we want to extend our heartiest wishes for a joyous Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year. Roger E. Webb Webb Insurance 715 Main —242-0516 .0. OrviHe Dcnoho Donoho Insurance Agency Highway 15 East Mr. Vernon Phone 242-3179 and Bluford 737U8233 YOUR Insurance "SERVES REMEMBER THAT THE BIG DIFFERENCE IN INSURANCE SHOWS UP AFTER YOU BUY THE POLICY...AFTER YOU FILE A CLAIM! Ben Martin Guy Wood Ins. Agency 117 N. 10th — 242-2051 Harold Damerort Harold Dameron Agency 605 Salem Road 244-1071 Maurice Estes Estes Insurance Agency 309 Perkins Avenue Phone 244-1502 W. B. Caesar Carr Welborn & Carr Ins. Agency 311 Broadway — 242-1190 J Charles Lee Lee Insurance Agency 1008'/a Main — 244-2940

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