Wednesday, Dstfc,.! 964 THE TIPTON DAILY TRIBUNE T ED KEYES almost laughed out loud at (he bitter reaction of the other passengers when the driver told them the big bus was stranded in the small mountain community of Hillside. Ted didn't care about the delay. He wasn't "going home" for Christmas as most of his fellow passengers were. He was going to King City to take a new job, and he had a week to get there. He followed the others as they filed out of the bus and ran the short distance into the general store, eager to escape the fury of the winter storm as quickly as possible.^ Somber Group They gathered about the potbellied stove, quiet, oblivious of one another, each wrapped in his own unhappy thoughts. A big man, elderly, yet straight as a ramrod, entered from, a back .room. 'Iiruttttca^ E VE ANDERSON pointed a accusing finger at Stewai- Winthrop. "After fifteen yean you have the nerve to do something like this to me. Fifteen years of my life have gone into the building of the public image Winthrop's enjoys. Fifteen years, and now you give me a Christmas present. You fire me. Thanks a lot, Mr. Winthrop, thanks very much!" TOYS TO PLEASE 'When you set out to boy a toy for that.favorite nephew, niece, or grand-child, let price be your last consideration. A, child has no concern about what something costs—he only knows that he likes it or doesn't like it. If, you don't know the type of toys a particular child prefers ask his parents. You don't have to tell them what gift yon intend to give, but, if you find out what interests the child, you can be sure that your gift will be appreciated and enjoyed. "You know darn well I am not a purchasing agent," she said. Austrian Carols In Western Austria it is the custom for entire villages to join in the singing of carols on Christmas' Eve. In a unique torch parade, families join one another marching to the village, with torch-bearing carolers joining all along the way. Eventually, the whole population is part of the procession which ends at the village church. TTipton County Farm Bureau Co-Op 1 TIPTON — KEMPTON —• SHARPS VILLE Each holiday season, thousands of visitors turn their footsteps toward the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. People of many faiths make the annual trip to Bethlehem, now a part of Jordan to visit the church which is above the Grotto of the Nativity where Christ was born. The Church" of the Nativity is shared by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian denom inations. Roman Catholics celebrate first, with masses on Christ mas Eve, December 25. Eastern churches observe Christ's birth' day in January, as also do the Greek Orthodox, who still follow the Julian calendar. Protestants traditionally gather in Shepherds Fields, the nearby site whefe tradition says the angels came down to tell the shep herds of the Holy Birth. to ^DINNER Christmas traditions have a way of going on and on. In the city of Wichita, Kansas, in the year 1905, Sam Amidon, a local lawyer, buying his paper one wintry Christmas Eve, spontaneously treated a young news vendor to a new pair of shoes. Learning the youngster had no family, the lawyer treated him—and several of his buddies —to a Christmas dinner they otherwise would have missed. The annual Christmas dinners became a tradition. They eventually were served in the local Shrine club and Amidon enlisted the aid of other prominent citizens. Amidon died in 1925, but the Christmas dinners were continued by his wife. When she died, ten years later, a trust fund was set up to see that they continued, a fitting memorial to one man's generosity and kindness. There aren't as many homeless newsboys today as there were back in 1905, but, through the trust fund, administered by a local bank, and with the help of the Salvation Army, the legacy of the Christmas dinner for the needy is still a tradition in Wichita, mmt CHRISTM come let us adore Him . .. and recapture the joy that filled the hearts of those who knelt to worship on that first Christmas Day. With deep sincerity, we extend our greetings and wish each and every one a truly happy and holy Holiday. It is our fervent hope that the blessed peace of Bethlehem will be with you now and throughout all the days yet to come. FOSTER'S JEWELRY 4 There is something about the season, of Christmas that brings a family closer together. The extent of this "togetherness" depends upon the number of activities that are undertaken as a family project. A real "family" Christmas can include working together on everything, from selecting the tree to preparing Christmas treats in the kitchen. The male members of the family may grumble a bit, but, with few exceptions, they enjoy being assigned the task of preparing the tree. If such is possible, they enjoy even more an excursion to the woods where Mother Nature offers a wide selection of trees in various shapes and sizes. Helping prepare cookies and other Christmas treats is fun for distaff members of the household. Most young girls are pleased with the opportunity to ^show their versatility in making original decorations for the home. Give them a supply of pine cones, holly, tree branches, cardboard, tinsel and' spray paint and they are ready to go. Putting the tinsel, lights and other decorations on the tree should be a family project. After this, going to church as a family and the traditional gathering around the festive board combine to put real "togetherness" in the holiday observance. The giving of gifts is an indispensable part of the Christmas observance. The Wise Men and the shepherds set the pattern when they came to Bethlehem with presents for the child Jesus. Their gifts, no more than each could afford, were presented with humble sincerity. Let us not therefore consider Christmas as a tini^- for "the exchange of gifts." If we offer a present to someone because we know or think they will offer one to us, we are not giving a gift in the true sense. And we destroy the significance of gift giving when we feel obligated to give to each individual something that is better or more expensive than that which we receive from them. Gift-giving is in the spirit of Christmas. It is sharing with others. It is remembering loved ones and friends. It is the remembrance—not the cost of the gift—that makes it worthwhile. Choose Your • Business Gift With Care I / Probably- the hardest gifts to choose during the holiday season are those which are necessary as a result of business relationships. Following are some basic hints which might be helpful in the selection and distribution of business gifts. 1. Extravagant gifts smack of bribery. Thus it is often wise to keep your gifts of modest value in relation to the importance of each recipient — whether he be an employee, prospect or customer. 2. It is best to choose your gifts individually, considering the tastes of each group of recipients, or preferably, of each individual recipient 3. High quality gifts that are useful, durable, and dependable are your best choices. 4. If possible personalize each gift with the recipient's name or maybe just initials, 5. Package each gift securely and attractively. 6. A personal note, greeting card or at least a special gift label should accompany each package. • 7. If possible deliver each gift with a "flair" — personally or by messenger — and preferably to each recipient's home rather than to his office. The key, then, to such gift- giving, would seem to be "Moderation in good, taste." utues Recreate Nativity Scene Early History Of Christmas Trees Tradition has it that Christmas trees were first popularized in Germany by Christian missionaries who chopped down the trees worshipped by ' the • pagans and caused a decorated tree to become part of the Christian celebration. Early German immigrants to America, in an effort to preserve the type of Christmas they had known in the old country, popularized decorated trees in the United States. It has been established that Moravians at Bethlehem, Pa., used pyramids of green brushwood decorated with apples, candles and various ornaments, as early as 1747. Stringing Christmas lights on outdoor trees is a growing tradition, yet some homeowners are not aware that caution is required in the future interest of the tree. Bulbs of 15 wattage are sufficient for outdoor use. Even these should not be allowed to touch needles of yew, chamae- cyparis, pine, fir and spruce, else the scorched needles will show up as brown spots next spring. Periodically check the position of your outdoor lights. Winds may shift them. Be sure the sockets are pointed downward to keep out snow and water.'And, if possible, keep the lights high, beyond the reach of little children. Share the Joys Of Christmas Because it is truly the season of joy, we should make an effort to share the happiness of Christmas with others. •For the elders, this can begin with a greater understanding of what Christmas means to children. Christmas has a special meaning for those too young to realize the true significance of the birth of the Child Jesus. Grownups sometimes become irritated as the youngsters show increasing excitement and anxiety as Christmas approaches. Let children enjoy the Christmas; help them enjoy it, and everyone will have a happier holiday. There are other ways to help spread the joy of Christmas. We can do it with a kind word, with a smile, with a helping hand. For every little thing that we do, we shall find our own greater share of Christmas happiness. The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows on Highway 460 near Belleville, I1L, exhibits an outstanding Nativity group of sculptured life-sized figures during the Christmas season. The statues were placed in a background and setting designed by Max Autenreib, Edwardsville, 111. Authenticity is the keynote of the setting, framed in a lean-to at the entrance of a simulated grotto. Paintings of farm animals and stable furnishings are so positioned as to lend depth and perspective to the familiar Christmas scene. The statues, carved out of lin- deh wood by Frank Haines, noted Ambler, Pa., sculptor who specializes in character studies and portrait - figures, were completed in 1961 and displayed at New Harmony last year. They will be housed permanently in New Harmony's Paul Tillich park next year. The New Harmony settlement, founded in 1814 by George Rapp as the site for a religious sect known as the Harmonists, was later purchased by the Welsh- Scot industrialist and philanthropist, Robert Owen, who gathered about, him well-known scientists, educators, social reformers and artists. His Utopian experiment in communal living collapsed in 1827, but now the principal donor of the Blaffer Trust, Mrs. Kenneth D. Owen of Houston—wife of a direct descendant of Robert Owen—is trying to preserve and enrich the x>ld community through great art and careful restorations. Research The statues, commissioned by Mrs. Owens, are clad in costumes designed by Elizabeth Haines, wife of the sculptor, after exten sive research into the clothing of the era. Mary's robe was woven, and embroidered in Jerusalem by Christian Arab refugees, and her hair is worn in the style of a married Hebrew woman of the time. Joseph's robe has vertical gray and black stripes, also characteristic. His brown shawl has four purple tassels, to remind the wearer to obey God's laws, with the tassels also representative of the four consonants in Jehovah's name. The gray robe and brown shawl are Danish materials and the gray fabric won the first prize in the international weaving competition in California in 1959. Lips and eyes of all three figures are touched with color. In the case of Mary and the Child, the "skin" is the natural color of the linden wood used with a preservative. They were carved smooth,- as having the Di« vine Spirit, while Joseph was carved with facets to lend virility and to set him apart from Mother and Child. His skin is also col* ored differently to give him the weathered, darker look consistent with his outdoor - life as a carpenter. Good Books Are Excellent Gift The "fun" doesn't have to go out of the task of Chrlstmat shopping when we complete our children's gift list and turn to the more difficult assignment of selecting gifts for adults. Good hooks also should not be overlooked. A small electric unit is a good gift for an instant coffee or instant tea lover—as iftany older folks usually are. Most older folks have "time on their Bands" and accordingly will appreciate gifts which help to keep them busy and occupied. DANGE THE CAROL Researchers say that the early English carol was a poem suitable for singing, was danced as well as sung, and many times related to some popular subject of the day as much as to the Christmas theme. The word carol, it is said, stems from the French word 'carole' which means a round dance. DECORATIONS Novel table decorations can be made from such simple materials as pine cones, boughs, and sprigs of holly. Colorful centerpieces for candlelight suppers can be made with a short length of birch log, drilled to hold red candles, and then sprayed with aeresol snow or glitter. A "GOOD WILL to All Men." In the message > message of Christmas, there is hope and promise for all. To you and yours, happy holidays. Hinkle TV Service $clk ring out merrily for all our loyal friends and patrons. May we wish you the same generous measure of happiness you've given us over the years with your, valued patronage^ "When Customers Send Their Friends"
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