The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on December 23, 1964 · Page 17
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Wednesday, Dec. 23 •, 1964 THE TIPTON DAILY TRIBUNE PAGE 5 Table decorations are an essential during the holiday season. Let the basic rules guide you when doing your home arrangement. Decorators say the arrangement should be kept as low as possible to allow across-the-table conversation without "dodging'' heads back and forth. There'll be plenty of food around during the holidays, so be sure the decorations don't take up too much room. Care should be exercised to subordinate the receptacles used to the materials used as decorations. • Use plenty of color but don't allow one shade to dominate too much. We can make our Christmas much happier if we make it a point to try to make the Christmas spirit a real thing in our lives. We can begin our search for the Christmas spirit by noting the real happiness in the eyes of children. We can find it in the ' simple act of doing something for the less fortunate than ourselves—the sick, the shut-ins, the lonely and the poor. We are most certain to find it if we turn our thoughts end our steps toward the church by the side of the road. Here, we will find the unescapable meaning of Christmas and the entire Yutetide season—the birth of Jesus—a message of hope and peace for all the world. Christmas Joy the Madonna and Child, mankind sees an ever-present symbol of the love of God, the glory of Christmas. May joy be yours at this holy, happy time. F. Ray Hull & Son MAKING MUSIC ... Musical toys come in all shapes and sizes. Pretty young lady shown above is surrounded by four which feature favorite TV and movie cartoon characters, make music at the turn of ? crank. HOLIDAY EATS The hustle and bustle of Christmas activity often interferes with regular eating habits and brings on some "tummy-aches" as kiddies nibble on the surplus supply of treats and goodies. It's a good idea to prepare a variety of tasty sandwiches and place them conveniently near the supply of sweets. Adding a variety of fruit is also a good idea. Friendly Folks Herald Approaching Holiday . You can often detect the nearness of Christmas in the attitude of the people about you. Elevator operators become more cheerful. Bus drivers will wait that extra moment for you to catch your ride. Store clerks are more courteous and helpful. The greeting of friends and neighbors is more enthusiastic. Most everybody has a godd word to say about everyone. Things just seem brighter and more cheerful everywhere you turn. Palm Tree Favorite In Southern Lands The palm is a favorite for yuletide decorating in southern climates. In this respect many Southerners are quick to point out that palm was the common tree, not the pine, in Bethlehem where Christ was born Palm trees are lighted and decorated in much the same manner that Northerners light their outdoor spruces and pines. To avoid damage and accidents lights are usually strung under the midrib of each palm frond, and stars and other ornaments are not attached to new tips or unopened center buds. THE P01MSETTIA Latin America's traditional Christmas decoration, the poinsettia, is also popular in the United States. The shrub, which has flaming red bracts, is named for Joel H. Poinsett, an American statesman and former ambassador to Mexico. CHRISTMAS, FLA. Christmas, Florida, postmark on thousands of holiday packages each year, is located 23 miles east of Orlando and was originally established as a fort to provide protection against hostile Indians — some 126 years ago. Today, thousands throughout the United States and Europe send packages to be mailed from Christmas, now a symbol of peace and good will. GIFT TIP For a new, unique lady's gift, buy a large plastic-covered dish and fill it with cotton powder puffs. Decorate the cover of the dish with a pattern of shells or fish scales dyed pastel colors. As we celebrate Christ's birth, let us unite in the resolve to forge a stronger society built on greater understanding and dedicated to a lasting peace. Merry Christmas! Tipton Lumber Company Tips To Guide Selection Of Best Holiday Tree What species of evergreen is best for use .as a Christmas tree? Here are some facts about the most common species which may be helpful in selecting the right tree for your home: Balsam fir — once the most commonly used, is now relatively scarce. It has short, flat, dark green needles attached to opposite sides of the limbs in a feather-like arrangement. Top Tree Douglas fir — the top commercial tree. It has blue-green or dark yellow-green needles, soft and pliable, attached all the way around the limbs, giving it a bushy, full appearance. Scotch pine — long needled variety. It has needles which are arranged in clusters on the branches. It holds it needles exceptionally well. Black spruce — a hardy tree, but has a dark, un-Christmasy color. It is widely used for dyed and treated trees. White spruce — another hardy, attractive tree, but unfortunately it gives off an unpleasant odor. Some things to look for in selecting a tree: retention of needles; full symmetrical shape; limbs without sagging; fragrant odor, springy branches. CHRISTMAS "FISH" In Newfoundland it is customary for the folks to "fish for the church," during Christmas week. They bring their catch to be sold for the local parish. CAROLING Carol sings are traditional in many great American cities. The custom is so popular in St. Louis that there is a Christmas Carols Association which has thousands of members. Residents welcome the carolers with lighted candles in their windows and offer voluntary contributions which are turned over to 70 institutions for the handicapped and underprivileged. In New Orleans, carol sings are traditionally held across the street from historic St. Louis Cathedral, in the French Quarter. Youthful carolers sing songs in both English and French. CENTERPIECE ' For a dramatic and timely holiday centerpiece, arrange several cut poinsettia blooms with greens in a shallow bowl. Another decorative touch may be applied by ringing the bases of Christmas candles with holly and greens. If you are having a special holiday meal, place a wreath on the back of each chair with place cards attached to the top of the wreaths. SUBSTITUTE Some researchers conclude that the custom of sending Christmas greetings developed from the old-time tradition of visiting friends on New Year's Eve. When a well-wisher discovered that the person he wanted to visit was not at home—most likely off visiting someone else—he would leave a note and a card as a reminder of the visit. MERRY ft ll "Iffe v/ish. everyone a happy and joyous YJuletide holiday;. Ti-On Lounge TOYS CAN TEACH . . . Toys are for fun, but there's nothing wrong with a little learning. A papular gift for boys is an electrical engineering set. KEEP THE CHRISTMAS Christmas is essentially a religious holiday, so church activities should be an important part of holiday planning. The homemaker who entertains during the holidays can plan ahead and prepare foods which will require little last minute attention. Buffet serving is recommended for large groups as it can be informal and easily done. HOME DECORATIONS Holiday decorations help em­ phasise the point that "There's no place like home" at Christmas time. One good source of decorating ideas is a monthly 'magazine devoted to homemaking and fashions. Department stores are stocked with, a variety of decorations and Mother Nature provides such materials as pine cones, green leaves, evergreens, berries, pods and nuts. Time goes on and on, yet red and green continue as the most popular colors of Christmas. One can find no legendary or historical reason, and many assume that it has something to do with the green holly with its red berries. On the other hand, it just may be that these bright colors are so popular because they are the brightest of shades. More arid more other colors, particularly dark blue, white or silver and red gold are being used for holiday decorations, it's true. Yet, they have a long way to go before they threaten the popularity of red and green. j THE Fl HEHI Gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the first Christmas gifts, represented the most precious items of the day. Only the best was considered a suitable gift for a king, and the Wise Men had traveled far to pay their respect to the newborn infant. The Wise Men were kings themselves—and they could afford expensive gifts. In modern-day gift giving, we should not place emphasis on the cost of the gifts we give. It is the spirit of giving that is important and that is appreciated. This can be readily understood, when we note that the simple presents of the shepherds were appreciated as much as the valuable' gifts of the three kings. HOLLY BELIEFS ^ The early Druids decorated their halls and homes with boughs of holly as a welcome to spirits threatened by frost and winter winds. Britons considered it un« lucky to bring holly into a 'house, before Christmas Eve and a variation on this belief held that the type of weather at the time the holly was brought into the home determined who would rule the house in the months ahead—if fair, the wife would rule, if had* the husband would hold sway. fftte HOIID /iSi The open fireplace so popU' Iar in today's modern homes is helping to renew the popularity of the Yule Log tradition. Few moderns are likely to venture into the woods to select their own Yule Log, yet there will ba a glowing fire in thousands of homes this holiday eve. If you are going to sit by the fireside thi3 holiday, you'll be in keeping with tradition if your Yule Log h oak, ash, olive, apple or pine. Ash is popular because' it burns quickly, throws off ample heat and need not be seasoned. Beech has a pleasant aroma and gives off a steady glow. Oak is often preferred because it burns slowly. Less favorable woods are the elm, which is slow to get start' ed, and poplar, which sparks badly if it is unseasoned. >;

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