The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on November 24, 1957 · Page 13
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The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 13

Kalispell, Montana
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Sunday, November 24, 1957
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Kalispell Stores are for Yule ers Where Does Santa Cldus Come From? Why does Santa Claus have a he became the Bishop of Myra..king" is a little girl,'a messenger the many legends that were white beard? Why does he drivel -His most famous deed of gen-! of the Christ child. "known" at that time. a sleigh and have six reindeer? erosity was directed toward three' beautiful daughters of a poor nobleman.. He wanted dowries for these girls so they could be married and well cared for.- Why does he enter by way of the chimney? And where did he get his name, Santa Claus? How old is he and where was he born? . Even with the best reference sources, it's difficult to establish just one set of facts about Santa a window of their home so each'sleigh drawn" by"six "reindeer' Claus. But, after-all, is it so im- daughter could be married. | i n Norway, "Julenissen" or'"Jul Santa Claus had many other forerunners, some who. still bring gifts in his place to children hi other lands. | This same angel-girl also was So, Nicholas on three different the gift-giver to the Swiss chil- nights tossed bags of gold through | dren. There she arrived in a ago in New York City. In 1863, cartoonist Thomas Nast was commissioned to illustrate Moore's poem. Santa Claus, much as we see him today pictured' every where, at Christmas, emerged on Nast's drawing, board 94 years portant whether ,the name · Santa Claus has its origin in the Dutch "Sint Nikolass" or "Sinterklass*, 5 -or in the German "Christkindl" or 'Kristking" or "Kriss Kringle?" - This tale was translated into. Tomten," a gay elf,, left gifts in languages the world over and soon, I the hayloft and in return re- whenever unexpected gifts were ceived a bowl of pudding from received, St. Nicholas was credited, the children. St. Nicholas, known by other Such inconsistencies actually names adapted to- the spoken make the history of Santa Claus and his forerunners all tile more interesting. ' . , It is generally agreed, that, the Idea of our modern day Santa Claus began with a young. boy called Nicholas over 1600 years ago. language, was pictured as a kindly, white bearded, black robed bishop who rode a white horse over the housetops when he distributed gifts. So, in Norway, Santa's-fine helpers, the elves, were found. And in England, the chimney was swept before New Year's Day 30 that good luck would have a way into the home. This then, was the novel and perfect way for is to St. Nicholas that we Santa Clause to make his de- give thanks for Santa's custom of liveries, Three years later it was definitely decided that this red and white garbed fellow known as San-j ta Claus -- with the big heart,! the jolly face and abundant good-, will -- is here to stay and is quite,! quite real! The decision came in a famous letter published in the New York Sun in 1897. It was the answer to an inquiry received from Virginia O'Hanlon, an eight-year old girl. She asked; "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" The reply that stirred the hearts Santa Claus Will Arrive on Friday giving, full .white beard, riding Dr. Clement Clark Moore, a of people across the nation came During his early years, growing over housetops, and, partially,.for,seminary professor, wrote "A Visitifrom Francis E. Church . . . "Yes, up in the Asia Minor portion of present-day Turkey, he was gen- e"°".s a p f j pi ous . These qualities grew within him 'until as a mari his name. From St. Nicholas" ("The Night Another "ancestor" or "Santa"'Before Christmas") for his seven Virginia, there is a Santa Claus THE DAILY INTER LAKE Santa Claus dropped in Saturday to begin checking his list of Flathead Valley youngsters. The Santa . . . ten thousand years from now,' will call °n Chrjstmas parties for various organizations again came from Germany. "Christ-\children. He vividly described he will continue to make glad the this year. If you want Santa to visit your group call The Daily kindl," sometimes called 'Krist- Santa Claus, bringing together alii heart of childhood." | Inter'Lake. ' Kalispell stores plan their annual Christmas opening Friday evening. The arrival of Santa Claus in the downtown business district will signal the official opening of the holiday shopping season. Santa will arrive by convertible in the downtown business district at 7:30 p.m. to greet his many young friends in the Flathead Valley. The Retail Trade Committee of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce has announced that Kalispell stores will be open every Friday night until 9 from now until Christmas. Merchants have filled their shelves with new and exciting Christmas merchandise and t h e advertisements on the following pages call attention to the many items which stores are offering holiday shoppers this season. Stories and pictures to guide you In your Christmas shopping will be found throughout this section. EGGNOG FREEZING TIPS This delicious eggnog can be made at least a month before Christmas and kept in the freezer. f HE'JNTER LAKE, Sunday, November 24, 1957 13- ANDERSON STYLE SHOP -- BLOUSES One of the most popular Gifts of ,all. Styled for any occasion in cotton, silk, nylon and lace, and priced from 2.95 . may we suggest for her Christmas pleasure-- HOSIERY JEWELRY ROBES PAJAMAS LINGERIE GLOVES CAR COATS SCARFS COSMETICS . . and many other items that any woman will be proud to receive. SWEATERS A beautiful selection 'in cashmeres, wools, orions and fur - fabrics. Many lovely sweaters to choose from in cardigan and slip-on styles. .from 3.95 DRESSES FORMALS Enchantment in delicate tulle, nylon chiffon, taffeja and bro-: cades. A gift that will be remembered for years to come. Wonderful styles: full length, Ballerina. You're sure to find the one of your choice jn our wonderful collection. from 19.95 There's holiday magic in the sweep of a skirt . . . the smooth lines of a sheath .. . the charm of a sash. There's holiday magic throughout pur exciting .dress collection in wonderful styles from the fashion centers of the world. In taffeta, dressy wools and pure silk. Brocades and satins, many with jackets, for all occasions. From 14.95

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