The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio on December 25, 1972 · Page 102
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ijiirisimas story for and about . . . iviy he Family K 10 Akron Beacon Journal Merry Christmas, 1972 About Town Mt Last, Time Ms To Relax ZZ By BETTY JAYCOX bu Beacon Journal Woman's Editor IlMERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone. I hope you aQ reading me over your second cup of coffee wrth your sore, Christmas feet propped up on a stool in their new, fuzzy Christmas slippers. MM If your Christmases are like mine, you are bathed in the happy thought, "I made it!" The conquest of Christmas gives the same feeling of vajt accomplishment that Admiral Nelson must have felt after the battle of Trafalgar. HTBecause the more you make of Christmas, the rrwre it unmakes you. Christmas morning is a time to sigh with relief as the smell of the roasting turkey wafts through the house. You survey the sea of rumpled wrapping paper Wwaves on the floor, and think, "I got them all Kfapped." You look at the tree in its sparkling JJpry and think, "We got it trimmed." ZZ TRIMMING a tree is the least of tree worries. IDs buying it in the first place that takes its toll. fe shop for the most perfect tree that every grew a forest, and trudge from one tree lot to the oth-e, always in the freezing cold. Often a heavy snow complicates the tree buy-lug. You have to shake every tree like a dog S2rrying a raveled sweater to examine it carefully jmd be sure there are no "holes" in its branches. ZZ We have had an endless variety of tree hold-BJs, but never one that fit the trunk. There is al-vys a great hunt for an ax, or for a rusty saw as toothless as an old crone to cut the stump down to me. Once it's in the standard we twirl the tree like Suballet dancer and quarrel over which side of the CJe is the most perfect. ZZ BUT IT'S the Christmas tree lights that really JEomote family feuds. We lean to the little twinkle lights, 36 on a strand, and use about six strands. Never once in my memory have those strands lit up on the first plug-in test. We have to push and ping every tiny light bulb IS find out which culprit is breaking the circuit. Usually in the process I've managed to step on a EUlb or two as the string snakes around the floor. And when it comes to replacements, we find we Eave screw-in bulbs and this string needs bulbs ELbunted on prongs. I'M A PERFECTIONIST when it comes to applying the lights to the branches. I want each Bj&y bulb wired on so that it stands up like a can-gte. Since none in my family will be bothered with ewch artistry, I end up applying several hundred Eulbs myself. ZZ The Christmas angel Kim made in the third Eade always tops our tree. Kim thinks that both ttre angel and the sentimentality that brings it out each year is ridiculous. He says every C&ristmas eve at our family gathering to his sis-Jill, "I wonder how long it will take before mother points out the Christmas angel and embar-vasses me by saying I made it?" ' mm I have never failed him yet. Nor have I negated to point out the shabby, tinsel Santa Claus Jtrat was on my tree when I was a child. ZZ WITH THE TREE TRIMMED, the wreaths JJQng, the mantle decked, the outdoor lights up, the packages wrapped and the red bows tied on the cellars of our one dog and three cats, I feel C&ristmas can come anytime as far as I'm con-ggj'ned. ZZ Christmas is surely the time for loving, the time for smiles on the faces of children as they aapen their gifts, the time for toasting, for eating 2Hormous dinners and for remembering Christ-jrrases past. But most of all, for those of us who have set 4toe stage and pulled the celebration together, who Have marshalled our forces to produce family hap-JJIness, it's a time to put our sore feet up, to hide rmr broken nails with polish, to sigh and say with heartfelt feeling, "I've made it, thank God, I've ECade it for another year." i y I - ZZ S mmm WMMifclVaJti Engaged AKRON U students Marie Anne Russo and Terry Van-choff plan a Fall wedding. The future bride, a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Russo, 196 Western av. Her fiance is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Vanchoff, 945 Lakewood blvd. T : ( j '2 . vs. ' : ."J N Beacon Journal photo by Lew Henderson KSU linebacker Dan Rector is served one of his favorite meals, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, by wife Julie. Tangerines Suit Healthy Diets Of Married KSU Gridders By FOLLY PAFFILAS Beacon Journal Food Writer IN THE FOOD lineup, Kent State University football players usually score with steaks, chicken, pizza and roast beef, but this week their favorite food is tangerines. KSU's Flashes will play the University of Tampa Friday in the Tangerine Bowl. Before the team kicked off for their trip to Orlando, Fla., I had lunch with the guys between practice rounds on the KSU campus. If the Flashes play like they eat, they'll make mince meat out of the Tampa Spartans. JERRY HARTMAN and Skip Hall, assistant coaches, said there were no particular foods or drinks off bounds. And the players have very few problems on weight; either under or over. "A couple of the fellows might need to go up or down a pound or two," Hartman said. The intake of food, what kind and how much is important on weekends, Hall said, but the rest of the week the unmarried players eat in dorms and the married players in their apartments on campus. "Probably the only difference is that those who eat at home get food they like it doesn't come off the cafeteria line," Hall said. W7IVES of the 10 married football players each had the same comment, "He's a good eater." Although not overly concerned with nutrition, the girls try to give their husbands foods they like, plenty of protein and well-balanced meals on limited budgets. Terry Saban, wife of defensive back Nick Saban, said what they like to eat and what they can afford are two different things. "But, we're lucky," she added. "Nick's dad who lives in Monongah, W. Va., often sends us a bundle of T-bone steaks, like 20 of them, for our freezer, so we live high then. "I do worry about what Nick eats and try to see that he has a well-balanced meal every night. If his weight goes down a pound, I give him a little more potatoes. He stays away' from pop, but he drinks a lot of milk and or QUICK SERVICE Replace tour old Cjs Hot Wittr Heater with i ne MODERN GAS A. O. SMITH Hal Wait' Haala, CALL 836-2022 GLASS LINED FAST RECOVERY FULLY AUTOMATIC A U 1-40 40-Ga. HEATER $79.95 Delivered Woolcock Plumbing 1448 Copley RrJ. 836-2022 ange juice. And, he's great for iced tea all year. I always keep a pitcher in the refrigerator." "JEFF LIKES ail-American food, except for Italian spaghetti," said Jenny Murrey, whose husband plays split . ' . i - (0 Si MEN'S , CHILDREN'S Jr A xA&4&t?'Xf& DSr.iZTZic an SHOES y A Regular to $16,99 o t.&XH'Xl Reduced to 5 99(08.99 7 Wblfll $797 to $1197 $197 tQ $497 7 ' ri!Mf$ Women's HANDBAGS PuMMin .flgfw ' ' Regular to $8.99 ( SjzA3&X. V Reducedt0 ES V v : 597 . M97 S There's one near you V Gift For Sister Her Greatest By MRS. M. B. PALMER YEARS AGO when our daughter Mary was 10 she longed to have a paper route. We finally consented when she was 11, expecting she would soon tire of it. We were wrong. HER FIRST thrill came when she correctly made change for a $5 bill. Wearing a shiny metal coin changer, a gift from neighborhood children, was another joy. Having customers tell her she was the best "paper boy" in town, not to mention her delight in her weekly salary and many special experiences made her more in love with her venture every day. However, she was not happy with her shabby newspaper bag inherited from a for-. mer carrier. ONE DAY WHEN I had guests a new newspaper bag was delivered to her. When she saw it she walked into the room where my guests end. "Although he's a good . eater, I don't experiment too much. He has sort of a quee-zy stomach. He loves milk, jfijesh fruits and vegetables but can skip desserts, except for pie once in a while. He likes ice cream but our freez MRS. M. B. PALMER and I were. Uusually very polite, she was oblivious to all except the glamorous (to her) bag. She held it up and said ecstatically, "Mother, did you examine this beautiful new bag with Akron Beacon Journal printed on it in bright green letters?" The pristine canvas bag with the green lettering en- er is too small to store a lot of it." Bobbie Pfeister says her home ec training comes in handy for planning meals for her husband Ray, an offensive guard. "We have to See TANGERINES, Page K-13 TODAY'S MY STORY nTitr, Mrs. M. B. Palmer, 125 N. Pearl st., Kent, has two daughters and four grandchildren and the families will gather at the Palmer residence today for Christinas festivities. A Kent State University graduate, Louisa Palmer already has had 50 works published nationally. She is a member of the Akron Chapter of Ohio Poetry Society and Akron Manuscript Club. Her husband is a retired KSU chemistry professor. If you would like to be a guest writer, send your manuscript of 300 to 500 words to My Story, Family Section, Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, O. chanted her more than a jewel of jade would have and added to the dignity and importance of her job. AS THE Christmas season approached she daily brought home packages and money gifts from her customers. As the gifts surrounded our Christmas tree her younger sister, Patricia, 9, looked wistfully at the display. One day she said, "I'm going to call 'Smitty and ask if he will let me have a paper route." (Smitty was the name the carriers affectionately called George Smith, their News Agency boss.) . "You can help me deliver the papers Christmas morning and I'll pay you a little money," said Mary. Early on the white Christmas morning the . girls placed the high stack, of papers on their long sled with Patricia sitting behind and Mary pulling the sled. AT ONE HOUSE a customer was waiting expectantly for his paper girl. "Here is something for you, ,Mary," he said, handing her a gift. "You've been the best Thrill paper deliverer we've ever had." The gift was a s i 1 v e r dollar, something the sisters had never seen. The girls arrived home and Mary showed us the dollar. She looked long and lovingly at the shiny coin before she wrapped it. When the girls opened their gifts the one so highly prized had Patricia's name on it to her great delight. Afterward, when Mary confided something to me I remembered "how small and beautiful are the things that make real Christmas." Mary had said, "I loved every gift, but the happiest thing of all today was giving my sister the silver dollar." Blended Colors W'HATEVER colors you choose to shadow and highlight your eyes, be sure they're well blended. Do this with a brush or fingertips. The effect should be soft, never harsh. MARIE RUSSO

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