The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 26, 1981 · Page 40
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 40

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, November 26, 1981
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Page 42 The Salina Journal — Thursday, November 26,1981 A Scrooge in his own home By FRANK RHOADES Copley News Service Have you ever asked yourself why all the fancy wrapping of Christmas presents? I am opposed to it. I went home in the chilling dusk of mid-December, calling out, "Where's the gin?" Her voice carried out of the dining room: "Come in here, I need you." I should have known what to expect. It's an old story. There she stood by the breakfast bar, ankle-deep in sheets of green, red and gold wrapping paper. She has a hard time Judging the amount of paper that will fit neatly around a box. It usually takes five attempts. Eight packages had been wrapped, so 32 sheets of discard were lying on the floor. Scraps of leftover ribbon were everwhere. I said: "I want the gin." She said: "Hold down the edges of this wrapping paper. It's hard to make them overlap." I said: "I come home needing to relax and I bump into this. Five more packages to go." She said: "Now hand me the Scotch tape." I said: "How can I hand you the tape when I've got both hands on the wrapping paper?" Her lips became a thin line. She said: "I actually believe you resent Christmas. Back home, we had so much fun wrapping gifts." I said: "Yes, I can imagine your big brothers holding their fingers on red paper for an hour when they wanted a drink." She said: "There was no drinking in our home. That's something you brought into my life." I said: "I'll tell you why there was no drinking in your home. Texas was dry." She said: "Unroll the green paper while I cut another piece." I said: "Why don't you hire a neighborhood kid to help wrap packages? Isn't it enough that I work in an office all day?" Ask a civil question and what do you get? A mouthful of sass. She said: "I suppose you stopped at the bar on the way home." I said: "Hurry up and cut that paper. And there's one thing I want understood right now. This year, I'm not going to be the one who licks the Christmas seals. Last year, I could taste the glue all evening." She said: "You didn't have to lick them. What do you think that wet sponge is for?" I am opposed to the fancy wrapping of Christmas gifts. I do not resent Christmas. I am Scrooge only in my own household. But did you ever notice what happens to the fancy wrapping? It does dress up the floor under the Christmas tree, but that doesn't Justify the labor involved. When a guy opens a Christmas package, he doesn't pay any attention to the paper that's been wrapped around it so meticulously. He claws the paper off as fast as he can to see what's inside it. And the paper is left on the floor. A mountain of it to be gathered up and carried out to trash by a guy like me. As my thrifty grandfather used to say: "Money down a rat hole." On the other hand, we have the paper-saver. And this includes the boxes. The paper-saver salvages as much as she can, folds it ever so neatly, puts it in the boxes — and stores it on the shelf in her husband's broom closet. No guy ever has enough self space, without being subjected to such foolishness. I know men who have had sweaters lost for years under a stack of Christmas boxes. This is because those boxes and the paper inside them are never used again. Another Christmas comes along and they look shopworn. After all the wrapping is finished, she's too tired to cook dinner. So it is incumbent on me to take her to a restaurant. But I didn't mind. The atmosphere changes with completion of the wrapping and disposal of the debris left in its wake. The mood is more in keeping with the season. I said: "Honey, let's have one drink here before we go out. Where's the gin?" She said: "We're out. Some girls came by yesterday and we all had a drink." I said: "I suppose I brought THAT into your life, too. Using up something that belonged to somebody else and not replacing it!" Top off holiday outfit The season's rich new dressings call for soft, wrapped headwear such as wraparound scarves, and Peruvian- •tyled caps. Turbans, soft knit hats, cowl hoods, and shawls are other ways to complement those holiday outfits. Thursday, November 28,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 49 TM»*f T~" CHOOSE and CUT r Your Own [LIVE Chrl»tm«» TREE! l700I»tCr»w«or<l*t. (Across the bridge on Crawford) Sale 11.99 to 18.40. Women's shirts and jeans. Reg.$15 to $23. Choose from a large fashion array of tops with the simple plaid look or the dressy ruffle styles. Just the right styles to top off the selection of jeans. All with designer looks and style. Similar to illustration. Sale 9.98 to 15.99. Women^s sweaters and slacks. 4 Reg. 11.99 to 21.00 > Set your wardrobe up in style while the savings are great. Women's polyester slacks with a touch of class. Top them oft with cowlneck or pointelle sweaters in an array ot holiday colors. Specia 89.99 Men's suits. Classic 3-piece suit. Traditional tailoring in a vested suit of polyester/wool that resists wrinkles and stays in shape through seasons of wear. In stripes, plaids and solid colors. Center vent jacket. Regular shorter long-sizes. 20% off Men's jackets, bale $36 to $44. Reg. $45 to $55. Men's heavyweight jackets. Choose from suede-look jacket of rayon/cotton with warm polyester/acrylic lining and collar. Or corduroy rancher of cotton/poly with lining and collar of curly polyester pile. 3 Big Days. 3 Big Days. ^^^^^^^^^^^ . - - _^_^^_> ^K ^K ^^M^B ^^^^^K. ^M H^^^k ^HK 1HK ^V .^^^k .^1^ .^^^ ^B ^B^^k ^B^^k ^B^^k OPEN FRIDAY 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 20% Off Women's Pantihose Sale 1.11 to 2.60 reg. 1.39 to 3.25. Women's sheer toes with control tops. Save 4.01 on Women's Handbags Sale 6.99 to 10.99 Reg. $9 to $15. Women's vinyl bags classic double handles in assorted styles. 20% Off Citation jewelry, Sale 1.60 to $4. Reg. $2 to $5. Beautiful/costume jewelry that's up-to-date. A great selection. Special 14.99 Women's plaid skirts. Women's plaid skirt in assorted holiday colors. Sale 5.99 Dress shirts. Reg. $10. 'A dress shirt that is down right luxurious. It's Ultressa® Dacron® polyester double knit. Detailed with adjustable cuff sleeves, medium spread collar and pleated pocket. Sizes UVa to 17. Short sleeve, Reg. $9. Sale 5.99. 33% Off Children's jackets. Sale 9.37 to 26.80. Reg. 13.99 to $40. Choose from the entire line of children's jackets. In assorted styles and colors. Fit for any child's wardrobe and schedule. 20% Off Girls' tops and jeans. Sale 6.80 to 13.60 Reg. 8.50 to $17. Choose from either yarn dyed plaid shirts or Shetland Hushpuppy sweaters to top a terrific savings on girls'designer- look jeans. 20% Off Boys' sweaters and jeans. Sale 7.20 to 12.80. Reg. $9 to $16. Top off boys' designer jeans with the choice of either a boys' sweater vest or V-neck sweater. Of course you can charge It JCPenney Open Sunday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Shop by phone. Shop catalog. 827-9671. Qf course you can charge It JCPenney Open Sunday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Shop by phone. Shop catalog. 827-9671. Champagne comes in many sizes and types Champagne is an affordable luxury to brighten the holiday season. It is elegant and practical, luxurious yet economical. And champagne comes in a wide range of bottle sizes and types to suit any festivities, from the Salmanazar to the split, from brut to rose. And one can never have too much, because champagne will keep up to five years under normal conditions. For a rare and unusually impressive holiday presentation of the bubbly, choose a Salmanazar, the world's largest bottle of champagne. Named after an Abyssinian warrior king, it holds the equivalent of a case of 12 bottles and must be ordered in advance. At the other end of the size spectrum is the "split" or quarter-bottle, which contains about 6 ounces. Individual splits to can even be used decorate Christmas gift packages or place settings at a holiday meal. In between is a range of champagne sizes to match your pocketbook. A Methuselah, named after Noah's grandfather, the old gentleman who lived 900 years, contains 8 standard bottles. A Jeroboam, named for the first king of Israel, holds 4 bottles. Then there is a magnum, which contains 2 bottles; a standard bottle of about 26 ounces; and the half-bottle of about 13 ounces. For the holiday season, champagnes are packaged in special gift boxes, which makes wrapping easy. And here's a tip from the Champagne News & Information Bureau: if you purchase a case of gift-boxed champagne, a 10 percent discount may be offered by retailers. And, you can use the wine year- round for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or as "thank- you" presents to a host or hostess. Among the types of champagne are: brut, the driest and most versatile; extra dry, a semi-sweet champagne that goes well with dessert and fruit; blanc de blancs, a light, elegant wine made only from white Chardonnay grapes; and rose champagne, which derives its pink color from the skins of the red Pinot Noir grapes. Depending on your budget, you can choose non-vintage, vintage or prestige, top-of-the-line bottlings; domestic or imported. But, whatever you choose, you can be sure that champagne will complement the occasion, and be testimony to the good taste of the host. Make a yule candle Take an empty waxed cardboard carton, put a regular table candle in the center, fill with crushed ice and pour hot paraffin wax until full. (The plastic coating will prevent sticking.) When it's cool, cut back the carton and pull out the finished candle. For extra color, decorate with rosettes or holly leaves. Then light the wick for an attractive candle all will admire. CHRISTMAS PICTURES ARE PUN •d ft ft Bring your camera in FOR THE CORRECT FILM AND BULBS A-SMILE A-MINUTE PHOTO CO,

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