The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 21, 1967 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

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§*-AI0»fta (to.) Upptr DM MataM thurwltty, Dtc. 21, 1967 EDITOR'S NOTE: This edition from the Thursday, December 19, Des Moines. * * * LAST YEAR the Christmas mail brought a delightful greeting from Esther Charlotte Smith who teaches music at Charles City and whose home is at Swea City. It was entitled "December Madness," a poem using Christmas song titles which took us back stage and let us look in on the confusion leading up to a school program. As every mother knows, there's plenty of confusion in the home preparations for Christmas, also, so I answered Miss Smith's poem with my version of "December Madness." of Woman's World Is a reprint 1957 issue of the Algona Upper THIS YEAR the problems are somewhat different so the poem is too. It is offered herewith with the promise to never try my typewriter at verse again - at least not until next Christmas. December Madness, 1957: "IT'S THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND ALL THRU THE HOUSE," There's so much confusion, we'd frighten a mouse. * + * "DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY" (Mom's head aches and Dad's not so jolly.) There's gifts to be purchased and cards for the mails, And painters arriving with brushes and pails. A redecorating job-Pop's present to me. (But how will he wrap it for under the tree?) * * * "JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS-ALL THE WAY" The door bell, the phone bell all through the day. Up from the basement to answer the phone, I'll jerk the thing out! It won't leave me alone. "Is Harlan there? My furnace is out." "What did Jean call me to tell me about?" "Remember to practice;" "bring something to eat." "The committee's appointed. Where do we meet?" * * * "TANNENBAUM OH CHRISTMAS TREE I" Choosing a nice one is left up to me. Impossible task! I waited too late. A broken-topped one is always my fate. I bring one home. There's cries of "Oh, Mother!" "That one's too small- go get another!" "It's wiggly and wobbly and missing some lights, (When the kids trimmed it, only ten fights!) "HARK THE HERALD GEL SINGS" (Or will, when I make them those stiff buckram wings) The girls must have halos and costumes of white, They're in the church pageant next Sunday night. The angelic expression is just for the play, They're surely not angels the rest of the day! Find a turban for Bill, he received a promotion, From shepherd to Wise Man, what a commotion! "UP ON THE HOUSETOP REINDEER PAUSE" We're filling the pack for old Santa Claus. Jeanie is pleading for a doll with high heels, Can't live without it our little one feels. Mary wants clothes - dresses, sweaters and socks, She knows what she's getting she peeked in the box. Bill would like motors, some shells and a gun, To buy them each everything sure would be fun. Will the money hold out to pay every bill? (If you kids eat more candy, you're sure to be ill!) * * * THROUGH THE WITH LOTS OF "DOWN CHIMNEY TOYS" (For gosh sakes kids, will you stop all that noise!) Thirty-cent present for sixth grade girl, What gift for Grandma? My head's in a whirl! Over to Bryant School programs we go. Each of our daughters take part in a show. Two nights in succession for Dad and for Mother. (Can't go to one deal and leave out another) * * * "WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE" We're making cookies shaped like a star. We stir 'em and roll 'em and sprinkle with spice. From small hands they're grimey; to us they look nice. "WHITE VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS DANCE IN THEIR HEADS" (Or would, if I could only Just get them to bed.) * * * "DREAMS OF WHITE CHRISTMAS, EACH CARD THAT WE WRITE" (These letters will take me 'most all of the night.) Where, oh where is my address list? (Kids, from that fighting, cease and desist!) We wish you God's blessing, health, peace and fun — * * * "JOY TO THE WORLD," the last one is done. When tomorrow's mail gets here, I have no doubt, There'll be cards from people, whose names I've left out. I simply love Christmas, but I tell you, my dear, We're going to keep it much simpler next year. "IT CAME UPONAMIDNIGHT CLEAR" The story is old, familiar and dear. A manger, a mother, a baby's first cry, A star and a heavenly message, while I Am so much involved in the tinsel and trappings, I'm in danger of missing The Gift for the wrappings. * * * But come "HOLY NIGHT" and at last, "ALL IS CALM" The spirit of peace descends like a balm. We look at our darlings - our girls and our boy, And our hearts are filled with the true Christmas joy. * * * • "SING NOEL, SING NOEL, SING NOEL," this season. In spite of the rush, we have ample reason, To wish for you joy that the holiday brings, And for the new year ahead, good, happy things. MERRY CHRISTMAS ' Santa Visit At Lone Rock LONE ROCK - Don't forget! Santa will be In Lone Rock at 1 o'clock Dec. 23. The Legion will serve pancakes and sausage from 11 a. m. until 2 p. m.at the Legion hall. Neva Thompson was hostess Monday for a Christmas birthday party for Mrs. Andrew Thompson. The members of the birthday club are Mesdames Frank Flaig, Jack Quinn, Ruth Krueger, Maude Blanchard, Rose Kraft and Jim Long. Mrs. Darlene Bellinger and Mrs. Jean Marlow attended a Christmas party at the Johnson House Dec. 18. Guests Sunday evening following the Christmas program at church at the Sylvester Brace home were Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Weisbrod and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shaser, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rath, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Rath and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Heifner and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Long, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Wegener and family, Swea City, and Mr. and Mrs. Rodger Long and Durwin, Algona. **.' W'W ''.'.<'.'\>'A fl/H m«u >'!' S\ MM '•^1 We wish you all a wonderful holiday season. May your Christmas? be merry and meaningful am your New Year filled with happiness and prosperity. THANK YOU... SKJSC Ervin Wiltgen Walter Turchin John Wiltgen Marion Jaworski Arlene Miller Phyllis Sachau Lois Armstrong Ann Cudnik Viola Long Jean Owens Pam Hopkins Eric Wiltgen •r^^U.7//// Wiltgen Jewelers -.N 110 E. State '•W . •li>. tf Algona ¥/•'•' "> vfc.. r«-.Tnrii /'V/J^ "fV/V/xV/-

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