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PAGE 2 THE TIPTON DAILY TRIBUNE Wednesday, Dec. 23,1964 Used Today as Christmas Toys And f or Figures in Creche • On Christmas morning, little mean the objects were includ girls throughout the land willjed as idols, lovingly cuddle new dolls and Among some ancient socie .declare to one and all how I ties, dolls were thought to pos wonderful a gift they have re- sess mystical powers. Many ceived. At the same time, beautiful creche dolls will be displayed in churches and homes as part of the Christmas setting. This dual role — as toy and as religious symbol — is a function that dolls have filled for centuries, according to Encyclopedia Americana. And i t is generally believed that the first use of dolls was religious, rather than for entertainment. . Historians report the doll ori- .ginally was used as a representation of human figures in religious sanctuaries. The word "doll" itself, in fact, is derived from the Greek word "eido­ lon," meaning "idol." Archaeologists have unearthed dolls in the ruins of tombs thousands of years old. And their presence in the tombs is assumbed by some historians to Buy U. S. onds primitive tribes included s u ch figures in burials as a spirit to keep the deceased company in another world. Today, in addi tion to the creche dolls of Christendom, dolls hold a religious importance in the Orient where annual doll festivals arc held 4o celebrate the birthday of Buddha. As toys, dolls have existed for centuries. The earliest toy dolls known were discovered in the Near East and Greece These primitive dolls were made of clay, stone or bone. Typical was the legless pad die made form a single, flat was made from a single, flat piece of pottery or wood. Although dolls today may be extremely complex and filled with electrical gadgets, dolls of the 17th and 18th centuries fre quently were even more ela borate. They became so elaborate, in fact, that they were sent to court, and in times of war special dispensations were made to assure their safe transport to a peaceful refuge, like works of art. Blessed be the Day of Christ's birth, and may this Christmas season brinq its all lasting joy and peace. 'IJoung.-Wlicliold funeral ^JJi ome SEASONAL CHANGE The small town of Hartford, Kentucky is well-remembered by tourists because of a large sign on the outskirts of town. It reads: "Welcome to Hartford, Ky., Home of 2000 Happy People and a Few Soreheads." Visitors during the Christmas season last year were even more impressed. Above the large sign was an additional sign: "Even the Few Soreheads Wish You a Merry Christmas!" BIG TREES Annually, the most famous and most photographed ' Christmas trees in the United States are those erected on the White House lawn and at Rockefeller Center in New York. The 1958 White House tree, an Engelmann spruce selected from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana, was so large it had to be loaded on two flatcars for the trip to Washington. It was trimmed to 78 feet before being raised and decorated, yet was still the tallest ever used on the White House lawn. The Rockefeller Center tree that same year was 65 feet high and 35 feet in diameter at the base. It came from Maine and was selected only after an intensive nine-month search to find the most perfectly shaped tree possible. - THE PERSONAL TOUCH In gift-giving, as in all other things, the "personal touch" is important. Often, the most appreciated gifts are "home-made" and their value is measured by the recipient not in terms of dollars and cents but in recognition of the time and effort that went into preparation of the gift. Few of us, however, have either the time or the talent necessary to "make something" for everyone on our holiday list. And, with the wonderful selection of gifts available in local stores, it just isn't necessary. But we can still add the personal touch by putting a little extra effort into gift wrapping. . Christmas Rose Subject Of Legend Accordingfo the legend of the Christmas rose, among the visitors to the stable at Bethlehem that first Christmas was a small girl named Madelon. Madelon, the child of a shepherd, witnessed the bright star in the heavens and saw the Wise Men journeying, to Bethlehem with presents for the Christ Child. Unhappy that she had no gifts to take to Bethlehem, Madelon sank to the ground and wept. Suddenly, an angel appeared and asked the child why she was weeping. When Madelon responded that she wept because she had no gift for the Christ Child, the angel reminded her that "A gift of the heart is best of all." The angel then disappeared and was replaced by a beautiful rose tree, bearing fair white blooms. Madelon gathered the blossoms and hurried to the manger at Bethlehem. She lay her gift before the manger, and so the story goes, the white blossoms turned a most beautiful pinh— the first Christmas roses. SANTA'S VILLAGE Santa Claus, Indiana and Christmas, Florida pop into the news each Christmas season, and throughout the year are visited by thousands of tourists. Away out West, in the San Bernardino mountains not too far from Los Angeles, California, the star of popularity is fast rising for Santa's Village, a replica of the North Pole home of Santa Claus, complete with plenty of snow during the winter months . .-. and including, of course, Santa himself, his" elves, animals, toys, candy, and a 20-passenger sleigh.' Mistletoe Tradition is Somewhat Changed Today, mistletoe is. brought into the house for use as a holiday decoration. Often, it is strategically placed, because it provides the privilege of a kiss from any pretty young lass who happens to stand beneath it. There's nothing new about this kissing tradition, except one thing. There was a time when ,it was required a berry be removed each time a maiden was kissed beneath the mistletoe. When the berries were gone, so, too, was the kissing privilege. ,, v HOLIDAY ROBIN Today, there are many symbols we associate with Christmas — the tree, the Star of Bethlehem, tinsel, tree lights, the manger scene, holly, carolers and mistletoe, among others. Thus it is interesting to note that, for some reason, the robin was often used as an illustration on cards of the Victorian era. SANTA SPOTS Santa has many homes-away- from-home and among them is a building in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains where each holiday season Santa is on hand to greet folks in the local community. The building is set amid pine trees at Putney, Vermont, and identified by large letters "S.C." on the chimney. HAPPY GIRL,... First choice for most any young lady Is a doll all her own. Modern dolls are flexible, sturdy, long-lasting and nearly all of them can "talk." CANDLE CITY Richmond, Virginnia is building a reputation as the "City of Candlelight" through an annual holiday program which urges local residents and organizations to place an electric candle in the window during the Christmas season. With few exceptions, the en* lire city cooperates. The Right For Christmas Tn joy merit, Traditional Recipies Featured Plum Puddng Desert For centuries, plum pudding has provided a flaming finale 'to the traditional Christmas .feast. < You can make holiday shop- j Early in the 18th century ping muck less of a chore with English cooks used the follow- a.bit of planning, and the obvi~ 'ing quaintly worded recipe in ous starting point is a complete, making their holiday dessert: list of the individuals for whom ! "Take a quarter of a Peck of presents are to be purchased. Flower and dry it, three Pounds Once the list is completed, oi Currans, wash'd and picked jot down beside each name the clea , n - sLet them beofre a fire categories from which a gift for l ° l ry '. (half a p ™ nd of Raisins this individual may be selected. of 1th \ Su , n ' ?? d * oned . For example, if Uncle Fred is ifJ ^/Ti ' , "V f a i i-t A n t of blanch d Almonds, beat very a stamp collector, likes to fish firc with Rose . Wate '_ a Poun * and is interested in Civil War of Bulter melted with a pint of history, note these facts beside Cre am, do not put in hot, a his name and then do the same pj n t of Ale-Yeast, a Penny for others on the list. With such worth of Saffron steep'd in a a list, you'll find you can com- Pint of Sack, ten or twelve plete your shopping much faster leggs, but half the Whites of than you would if you marked (hem, a quarter of an ounce o: only a single type of present I Cloves and Mace, one large beside each name. You save a Nutmeg grated, a few Carra- lot of time looking and hunting | way-Seeds, Citron, Candied Or- for some particular item. And, ian % e and Lemon Peel slie'd; if you are certain of the hob-'*™ must make 11 thin > or TREE CARE Many efforts have been made to chemically fire-proof the Christmas tree. Such substances as aspirin, sugar and fruit acids in water have been tried—yet nothing has proved as effective as plain water, which keeps the tree jover-wet to flamed Muslin.Bag, and steep'd in the Sack all Night. "If you ice it, take half a Pound of Double-refin'd Sugar sifted; then put some of t h e Sugar, and beat it up with the White of an Egg, and beat it with a Whish, and a little Orange flower-water, but do not it, then throw in all /SAFE MIDNIGHT MASS The Roman Catholic custom of saying midnight mass on Christmas Eve stems from the belief that Jesus Christ was actually born at that hour. Actually, mass may bp said at any hour the night before Christmas and in some countries there is no midnight mass,-the first Christmas mass being said at four or five in the morninir. To the very young, Christmas is a time of bright little lights on a tree, of shiny glass ornaments and decorations, of filmy spun glass filaments, and of toys that have sharp, rough edges, and lots of candy, nuts and other rich edibles. All of this is part of Christmas . . . and this is fine—but a few precautions should be taken to insure a safe holiday. Old strings of lights for the Christmas tree should be examined carefully. If worn-out bulbs are discarded, they should be put where youngsters can't get to them. Glass ornaments and glass "angel hair" should be kept out of baby's reach. The ornaments crumble readily into sharp slivers. Most manufacturers now avoid lead-based paint, but be sure the toys that come into your home do not bring the threat of lead poisoning when a child chews on the toy. Select toys with a minimum of sharp edges'and avoid toys constructed of materials which are quick to burn—and see that the toys are large enough so that baby can't swallow them. (^^hristmas is a feeling... a spirit of well-being and cheer that pervades the very air in this wonderful season. We offer you our sincere wishes for the happiest of Christmases for you and yours. . TIPTON INSURANCE AGENTS ASSOCIATION HARLOW INSURANCE AGENCY i Merlin Harlow LANGAN INSURANCE AGENCY .Ton Langan DeFORD INSURANCE AGENCY Clarence Jarvis FARMERS LOAN & TRUST INSURANCE AGENCY Ted Morris HONEYCHURCH INSURANCE AGENCY...-'... Walter Honeyehurch FARM BUREAU INSURANCE AGENCY J —Arnie Weber & Gene Whisler COLONIAL AGENCY ......Lot Warner ^ EXTRA GIFT r ^"An "extra" and inexpensive gift certain to be appreciated by most youngsters is a supply of batteries. Most children receive one or more battery-powered toys for Christmas. all near an Hour; the Cake will take so long a baking; then draw it, and waft it over with a Brush, and put it in again for half a quarter of an Hour." A 19th century recipe for plum pudding suggests that just before S2rving, the holiday hostess turn it out of the bowl and put on top of it a few squares of cut sugar. Then she should pour on a little brandy, set it i afire and proudly present it to her guests. The author ot this same Vic- TALKING CLOWN . . . Bozo the Clown has joined the growing family of talking dolls and toys designed to brighten young hearts. Bozo is a stuffed replica of the famous TV, movie and recording clown. THE PINATA Pinatas are a necessary part of any holiday party in Mexico. Traditionally, the pinata is a clay jug, with no particular shape, which is filled with fruit, candy, pesos, and a variety of small gifts. It is suspended from the ceiling. Children are blindfolded and given a stick, the pinata is swung back and forth and the fun is on as the merrymakers try to smash the jug and send the goodies tumbling down. ANIMAL YACKERS ... Larry, the Lion and Crackers, the talking parrot add a new dimension to talking dolls and cuddly animals. Each has a vocabulary of 11 phrases and talks freely at the mere pull of a string. tl]t nntritual blrualiinB nf iljr Chrfutmaa urauuu bi with unit ana jjuunr. Telle Bros. Inc. HOLIDAY HOLDOVERS In the year A.D. 601, when Pope Gregory I sent missionaries to convert the pagans, he wisely instructed them to allow converts to transfer the harmless features of. pagan winter celebrations into the spiritual fabric of the Christmas observance. Mistletoe, the Yule log and the Wassail bowl are examples. In the 8th century, the missionary Boniface may have started the Christmas tree tradition when he persuaded the Teu­ tons to accept an evergreen decorated in honor of the Christ Child and • do away with worship of Odin's sacred oak. torian recipe cautiosly urges that "only a little be given to the young people, as it might affect them." Today, plum pudding, from Mother's modern kitchen or the neighborhood bakery, still r e - tains its position among the traditional Christmas treats. "THE CRICKET" Charles Dickens is best remembered for "The Christmas Carol"—but this was not the most popular of his Christmas stories during his lifetime. An instant hit with the public was "The Cricket on the Hearth," a touching story of a father's attempts to shield his blind daughter from the realities of life. Shortly after it appeared in 1845, some 12 different theatres in London were presenting dramatic versions of "The Cricket." GONE TO WORK Each Christmas week the Georgia Power Company of Valdosta, Georgia, decorates its glass-walled lobby with a beautiful Christmas tree and a Santa who sits by the tree and waves and smiles to all who go by. On .Christmas Eve, Santa has disappeared. On the chair is a sign bearing this message, "Sorry—this is my busy night. Santa Claus." Holiday Greenery Brightens Home Home decorations are not complete without holiday greenery about the house. The best choices linclude spruce, pine, hemlock, yew and aborvitae. Of these, yew seems to hold up best. If you use broadleaf evergreens —laurel, andromeda, boxwood., or Japanese holly—for table decora- 'ons, keep them in water or the ives will shrivel and die within hort time. Even though short 'ng, broadleaf evergreens are I for making wreaths. For this ose, they may be mixed with' . balsam or yew. . i EVERGREEN LEGENDS Long before the Christian era, Egyptians celebrated the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) by bringing green date palms into their homes as a symbol of the triumph of life over death. Raising of an evergreen bough was a traditional part of the Roman observance of the Feast of Saturn. FOR THE BIRDS You don't need an elaborate feeder to share Christmas with the birds. You can trim an outdoor tree and decorate it with such things as pine cones dipped in suet, popcorn, bits of apple and grated carrot, even pie crust. Blue jays, woodpeckers, nut« hatches, chicadees, warblers and brown creepers are "meat" eaters. Cardinals, juncos, sparrows and finches like vegetable seeds. GOOD WISHES FOR CfotwZOA Children's cheery voices raised in Christmas song express the good will we feel for all our friends. Thanks and Merry Christmas! Growell Studio

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