The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on December 23, 1964 · Page 12
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Page 6 TIPTON DAILY TRIBUNE Wednesday Dec. 23, 1964, FINDING THE BEAN "iwelfth Cake" was a highlight of 16th century celebrations of Epiphany, January 6. From the finding of a bean and a pea baked into the cake, a king and queen of the day were chosen. FROSTED AND FRINGED Christmas cards of 1870 were frosted and fringed with heavy silk. The folder-type card, s o much in evidence today, was not popular during the 19th century, when single cards were 'more frequently seen. GRE ETI 1STG S With the hope that your Christmas will be a joyous one, go our very best wishes. TIPTON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION Garolers Were Once Dancers The first Christmas carols were danced to, according to Encyclopedia Inter national Carolers took hands and formed a ring, singing as they went round. Oldest of all carols, it has been said, was. that sung by the heavenly hosts when the mrth of the Savior was announce to me shepherds on the plains of Bethlehem. Prob­ ably, the practice of singing carols at Christinas arose in imitation of this, as the majority of carols declared the good tidings of great joy, and • the title of Noel, nowell or riovelle; applied to carols, would seem to bear out this idea. - BIRTHDAY NEWS "Nowell" or "Noel" means birthday news or a "shout of joy" for the birth of Christ. The earliest carols were songs of the Nativity, the Incarnation and the Annunciation. Later, ones on shepherd themes and the Epiphany- were composed, and there were also many of folk origin on the festivities of the Christmas sea- ton.. IVIE CHRISTMAS (Day the light of the Star ever guide us and inspire us -• in our daily lives. HENRY'S "66" SERVICE These latter included such songs as "The Holly and The Ivy." Many of the surviving old carols were originally part of the medieval mysteries and miracle plays. FIRST IN LATIN Christmas carols first were written in scholar's Latin. The Blessed Jacopone of Todi, of the Franciscan order, led the way to a wider enjoyment and appreciation of joyus Christmas "songs by writing, musical poems in the language of the common people . The saint, who lived from about 1230 to 1306 A.D., had a good precedent for his interest in carols in St. Francis himself. To St. Francis it traced the creation of the first creche or manger scene, in 1223 A.D. Villagers, gathered around the scene and sang hyms to the Christ Child. "THE BOAR'S HEAD" "The boar's head in hand bear I, Bedecked with bays and rosemary." "The- Boar's Head Carol,''' source of this quotation, appeared in the first collection of English carols, printed in 1521, and still sung on Christmas Day at Queens College, Oxford. Other colleges of Oxford hadl their own versions of the same song. "The boar is dead; lo, here is his head," remarked The sound of church bells fills the minds and hearts of all with.the true spirit of this joyous season. With that spirit in mind, we wish you and your loved ones" x health, happiness and joy at Christmastime and after. the carol sung at St. John's, while "The boar's head in hand, I bring, With garlands gay and birds singing"- was the version heard at Balliol. Even in early times, the "boar" romantically reffered to as traditional at the feast was probably a pig. The wild boar is believed to have been extinct in Britain early in the 12th century. FEAST OF STEPHEN "Good King Wenceslas. looked out on the feast of Sfephen." This familiar carol commemorates two famous men. One .is King Wenceslas, who ruled in Bohemia in the 10th century A.D. He was noted for his generosity to the poor, and practiced his generosity on Christmas and on St. Stephen's Day, December 26. St. Stephen was the first Christian martyr, noted in legend as a follower of Christ who, at the time of the Nativity, had been in the service of King Herod. When he : was permitted to see the Star, he left Herod to serve the Child. Today the "feast of Stephen" is remembered primarily because of the carol, "Good King Wenceslas." His day is now more commonly ovserved, especially in England and Canada, as Boxing Day, when presents are given to servants and others who have rendered services throughout the year. SHEPHERD MAOIEN •Shepherds are. familiar figures in Christmas stories and carols, such as "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night." More novel, but equally established in tradition, is the story of the shepherdess who visited the stable on the first Christmas night. "D'ou viens-lu, bergere?" (or, "Whence Come You, Shepherd Maiden?") was brought to Canada in the 17th century, by early French settlers. In the carol, a questioner asks the shepherdess where she has been and what she has seen, and she in turn describes the manger scene. Vt ^OU'RE A BUNCH of silly old fools, and that's my honest opinion," Ben Addams flicked his half-used cigar unerringly toward the corner cuspidor. A moment of sudden silence enveloped the Park City Men's Club. Some twenty men were silent as church mice. Ben Addams was the eldest man in the room, indeed, he had founded the club for retired businessmen. Years ago, he stepped aside to let younger men run the show and this was the first such comment he had made in five years. John Wheeler, in the golden voice that had soothed many a jury box, spoke up. "Now, Ben, what's so silly about it? Not~a man here had any plans for Christmas. I asked you myself, IN NEW ZEALAND Not all living Christmas trees are spurce or fir. In New Zealand there's one called "Christmas tree" that doesn't even need decorating — it blossoms with its own red flowers. The tree earned its name since it blooms in December and January. IN SOUTH PACIFIC For Fiji Islanders, Christmas starts at 2 a. m., when carolers wake the villagers with serenades. At dawn, when everyone is awake and assembled, some attend church while others take care of preparing the feast. John. Wheeler spoke up, "Now, Ben, what's so silly about it?" and you said you weren't planning to do a thing. What's wrong with us having a little party?" Not Pleased Ben Addams answered without looking up from the new cigar he was lighting. "Passing out presents like a bunch of school kids. Even with a Santa Claus, too. You know I don't believe in this tom-foolery. Not a man here under 75 and you're acting like this was kiddie-land.". Wheeler turned his head to cough, effectively hiding a smile that turned the corners of his mouth. "Maybe we're due a second childhood, Ben. Indulge us, if you will. Maybe the spirit of Christmas will do us all some good." Agreed Ben Addams threw another half-used cigar away. "Very well, gentlemen. I'll go along with your little game. But, don't think you'll rope me in on a birthday party next week, or a 'welcome to spring' celebration. And, if you have any such plans for next Christmas, count me out. I have more important things to do." John Wheeler, with the look of an apprentice lawyer who had just won a case before the Supreme Court, rose from his chair, and ceremoniously clapped his hands; "Thank you, Ben. We do appreciate your decision to join lis. And now, Gentlemen, shall we relax? Santa will be Wetaie great pleasure in sending you our 1 ; every good wish for Yuletide happiness; and the best of health and success in days to come. ; i Atlanta Telephone Co. here soon." It was a signal Santa appeared, followed by a timid, bashful "collection of youngsters. Ben Addams sat upright. The children ranged in age from two years to twelve or so. They were neatly dressed, obviously fresh- washed—and Ben knew every one of them. They represented some of the really unfortunate families in the community. They gathered about the tree and a small girl stepped forward, then posed motionlessly, her speech suddenly forgotten. "Merry Christmas," prompted Santa. The wee one smiled. -"Merry Christmas, Mr. Addams. Merry Christmas, gentlemen. We have only a song to offer, but it comes from our hearts and with the wish ... with the wish ... that the spirit of Christmas remain with youalwavs." . . . "" Fade Out All too soon, it seemed, the song was ended. The members 61 the Park City Men's Club applauded roundly as the youngsters bowed, then disappeared the way they had come. When once again the house was still, John Wheeler pointed to an empty chair. Ben Addams was gone, top. Outside, it was snowing ever so softly. Officer Pat McGinty leaned on the side of the black limousine. "Evening, Dwight." "Hi,-Pat How's things?" "Quiet as Christmas Eve. Waiting for the boss to come from the club?" "He's taking a walk. Didn't stay at the club long." "Maybe he is out delivering baskets this year. Funny thing to me he thinks he can send baskets to needy families for twenty years by taxicab and never realize curious folks are gonna' find who's paying the taxi bill. He should know better." "I think he does, Pat. Look in the back seat We're delivering baskets personally this year." IN FRANCE Public Christmas trees are not so popular in France as in America, although they are found in many French homes, usually ornamented with candles and lights, tinsels and colored stars. Also popular is the traditional manger scene—small figures arranged in a fashion that characterizes the Etory of the Nativity. CHRISTMAS COOKIES Add sparkle to Christmas cookies the easy way. Roll out sugar or ginger cookie dough as directed and then sprinkle evenly with white or colored sugar, pressing it in slightly with a rolling pin. Cut out desired shapes and bake the cookies. THE WASSAIL BOWL "Wassail" derives from two OH English words, "waes" and "hale," meaning "Be well." It was the custom in ancient England for the host to hand a new guest a cup of the beverage (a mixture of beer, spices and fruit juices) and say, "Waes hael!" In return, the guest bowed, touched his cup to the host's, and replied "Drink hale!" or "Drink in health." RING THE BELLS • " 1 In Switzerland, bell ringing is a Christmas tradition and each community prides itself on the harmony of its bells. The church bells of Zurich hav»>rung in harmony for hundreds of years, each Christmas calling the faithfuHo church services. CHRISTKIND '"~ 1 Dear to the heart of Swiss children is Christkind, personified by a girl in white, her face veiled and her head crowned in gold. Accompanied by other children dressed in white, Christkind carries her basket of gifts from house to house, her coming announced by a silvery bell. When she enters a house, the Christ-, mas tree is lit and delighted chil-' dren receive their presents. ENNEKING & PHIFER SUNOCO SERVICE t

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