Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa on December 21, 1960 · Page 3
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Postville Herald from Postville, Iowa · Page 3

Postville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 21, 1960
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it»M»*»»i***:»i*a»»*»aa**aaaaaaaaa»aa»»ia Christmas Is Time (For Remembering I While it is not true, of course, that "Christmas is for children," no other season or holiday brings to both young and old such yivid memories of earlier, happier times. Christmas is certainly a happy time for the young. There is a sparkle and sweetness to the Christmas season that time cannot dim with our heart. When the snow falls and the winter winds blow cold against the frosted panes, there is warmth and contentment in the glow of a hearth fire, and it is a luxury for children of all ages to close the eyes and call back joyful, happy scenes that are so deeply treasured they can never be forgotten. WHITE HOUSE HASN'T ALWAYS HAD A TREE GEORGE WASHINGTON HELD OPEN HOUSE President Theodore Roosevelt, an early conservationist, once disapproved of Christmas trees and for several years forbade any being brought into the White House. But one year, his sons, Archie and Quentin smuggled one in and set it up in Archie's room. After the discovery, Gilford Pinchot, a great forester and conservationist who later became Governor of Pennsylvania, soothed T. R. by ex plaining that supervised and care ful harvesting of Christmas trees— as thinnings—was good for the forests because it gave other trees room to grow. Ever since the White House has had one or more indoor trees. Some historians say our first President is responsible for the Open House" custom that is part of the New Year observance in this country. In the year 1790, when the seat of the government was in New York, George Wash ington opened the doors of the Presidential mansion to home and foreign diplomats, as well as local citizens. "Open House" on New Year': day grew in popularity. At the turn of the 20th Century, newspa per columns carried "at home' notices announcing the hours during which visitors would be re ceived. The host and hostess would receive guests during cer tain hours and then close their receptions to join the procession of callers at other "open houses "HAPPY NEW YEAR" IN ALL LANGUAGES Nowadays it is possible to buy greeting cards which extend New Year wishes in several languages, This modern development is convenience for those who send greetings to friends in the "old country" wherever that country happens to be. Should you be sending a card to friends in Paris, the greeting would be "Bonne Anee!" In Spanish, the greeting is "Feliz Ano Nuevo," and in sunny Italy, "Buon Capo d'Anne "Kin Gleuckliches Neues Jahr' is the salutation one might send or receive from—friends in Ger many. Whatever the language, the words "Happy New Year" repre sent only the best of wishes for the year ahead. MISTLETOE FACTS POSTVILLE (Iowa) HERALD Wednesday, December 21, 1960 NEW YEAR CUSTOM COINED "PIN MONEY" New Year's Day hasn't always been January 1 in England, but whenever the day fell it was the occasion for giving and receiving presents. Kings and queens received very elaborate gifts on this day. The gifts presented and received by ordinary people led to the phrase pin money." It was custom for men to give their wives and daughters money for pins and knick-knacks on New Year's Day. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Traditionally, the preparations for Christmas are quite feverish, Preparing the decorations for the home and the tree, the extra hours that go into selecting and preparing good things to eat, the sometimes-perplexing problem of choos ing the right gifts, and remember ing everyone that we should—all of this has become "traditional." And still, an afterglow to all the merriment, Christmas Day usually ushers in comparative peace and quiet, a time when in silent reflec tion, the majority of us come face to face with the true meanings of Christmas and the spiritual bless ings that attend the season. SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS PROVE HOLIDAY IS HERE The appearance of holiday de corations on streets and in windows of stores and homes is a sure sign but there are also other ways tell that Christmas is not too far away. You can count the days un til Christmas on your fingers when: Department store clerks are "ex tra" friendly and courteous. Strangers begin to smile and speak to you on the street. Children never fail to say "Sir' and "Ma'am." ' The bus driver sees you run ning—and waits an extra mimx' The grouchy neighbor across the street smiles and waves as you go by. Someone offers to help Mom do the dishes. You find yourself suddenly feel ing fine and looking at the world through rose colored glasses. Mistletoe traditions are said to have begun with the ancient Druids, who attributed great powers to the plant. It was supposed to keep away witches and prevent diseases, to encourage fertility and good luck. Mistletoe means "all heal." »»aa»»a»»aaa»aaaaa»aaaaaaaa»aa»aaa»»3i»aa&2*s.*.s^;3f ^GREETINGS All the joys that go with a Holiday full of heart-felt happiness-these we wish you this Christmas | Season. SCHRADER'S "66" Service & Cafe MR. AND MRS. RALPH SCHRADER Postville, Iowa * s aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa** »a; The custom of making New Year's resolutions can be traced to a peacock. The colorful bird was a favorite Christmas dish in early England. It was cutomary for knights to take the "vow of the peacock" by making their pledge for the new year with their right hand on the peacock. Your Rural Mail Carriers H. Q. GHRISTOFFERSON and taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa nstmas May the wonderful holiday spirit of joy and peace be with you and yours at Christmas time. * * • DEREEN STYLE SHOP Where Style and Budget Meet j| Postville, Iowa f| * H! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa CUIUS Days may come and days may go, but Christmas Day has a special magic and wonder all its own. May it be for you the very merriest of holidays I POSTVILLE IMPLEMENT IH SALES and SERVICE Roy Duwe and Bob Converse Postville, Iowa

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