Church Bells Ring— Times Herald, Carroll, !• Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1970 Christmas Colorful in France What's better than a Penney jacket? A Penney jacket on sale. OPEN WED. tr FRI. NITE TILL 9 P.M. GIRLS' WARM WINTER SLEEPWEAR ON SALE Girls' sleepgowns and pajamas. All done up in cuddle-soft Estron® acetate/nylon . . . three delightfully girlish styles to choose from. All the colors little girls love. And ease-of-care mothers appreciate! Sizes 7 to 16, reg. 3.98 for 7 00 Sizes 3 to 6x, reg. 3.49 Sole2' 6.00 Solo prices affective thru Soturdoy. eitneif* By Mrs. Robert Mason (Staff Correspondent) WESTSIDE - "All the bells ring at midnight," said Marie Poussou in describing Christmas in her home town of Niort, France. Attending the midnight church service on Christmas Eve and the ringing of the bells are significant parts of Marie's traditional Christmas. Christmas trees, decorations, and parties are all a part of the season. Marie commented that in France the large holiday meal might be served either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, depending on the individual families. Their family usually has a family dinner on Christmas Day, with relatives coming to their home, or all going to the home of her grandmother. This meal includes special festive dishes along with traditional foods. Raw buttered oysters with citron are a delicacy usually enjoyed only at this time because of their expense. "Pate de wolaelles" and "pate de alouettes truffleos" are dishes prepared with meat in a loaf form and sliced cold. The first uses rabbit meat; and the second, lark. Various cheeses and lettuce will be served. Roast turkey with mashed chestnut dressing is the main course for Christmas dinner at the Poussou home. And for dessert, a frosted log-shaped chocolate cake with chestnuts. Cheese is a common part of the French meals. Each region has its own specialities, but ro- quefort, brie and gruyere are the most popular. Roquefort is made from sheep's milk and aged in cool, damp caves. —Times Herald Nawa S«rvlc« Photo MARIE POUSSOU wears a traditional French costume. The clothes, about 60 years old, were given to her by an uncle's housekeeper. They are worn only for special occasions. speech ject. was her hardest sub- Open Wed. and Fri. Nite Till 9 p .m. — Every Other Nite Till 5 p .m." In France, Marie commented, sweet wine is usually served before meals and with the meal. For special occasions, cham paign is served. Marie said that her family occasionally buys bottled drinking water as their water doesn't always have a good taste. Marie said that they didn't have as many prepared foods as in America. Also, they have many small shops. But there are supermarkets and they are gradually forcing some of the smaller businesses to close. Shoes are placed before the fireplace by the children in the household on Christmas Eve, to be filled by "Pere Noel" (Father Christmas) with candy and gifts. A special observance in January honors the history of the three kinds. January 6 is celebrated as "la .fete des rois", the Feast of Kings. A ring- shaped cake called "brioche des rois" is served at this time. Baked in the cake is a small | token which designates the person who selects that piece of cake as either the "king" or 'queen". This is a fun-type custom with the main privilege of being king or queen limited to, maybe, purchasing the next cake. This type of cake is served from January 6 to the end of the month. Mardi Gras is celebrated in many European cities. Paris and Nice have long been famous for their celebration of it. "We have at this period a week of vacation which is a 1 break at the middle of our school term," Marie recalled. 'In general, for the Mardi Gras, we have masks, costumes, parades. In the town, some I masked children walk in the streets. It is an occasion for [ parties, jokes of all sorts and entertainment games." The term Mardi Gras is French and means "Fat Tuesday". In Nice, a French city noted for its festivals, a big carnival is held on "Shrove Tuesday", the Tuesday before Lent. For Mardi Gras, the French make a special food, des crepes. It is a kind of pancake. Marie, 17, graduated from her high school last June, and arrived in Iowa July 17, as an International Christian Youth Exchangee. She is residing with the Harvey Vetter family who farm south of Westside, and is now enrolled as a senior at Ar-We-Va Community High School. In comparing the two schools Marie commented that she enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere of Ar-We-Va. "In France", she said, "all we do is study, study, study!" Her school of about 1,000 students had no extra-curricular activities. For the first time Marie is involved in Girls Glee Club, concert choir, and girls basketball. Her subjects are speech, English, history, typing and American government. She thought that the courses were easier than in France and that French students in high school take seven or eight different courses, with each day's schedule being different. Fifty-minute classes with 10-minute breaks between them are held from 9 to 12 a.m., and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Classes are also held Saturday morning, and some may have classes Thursday morning. Some students eat lunch at school and others go home. Youngsters start school at 5 or 6 years of age. The grades run from 12th through terminal, with the 12th to 7th grades in the elementary school and 6th through terminal in the high school. All students, in order to graduate, must pass a national exam in June. Students have no eholee In their subjects, as this is regulated by the national education program. Their only choice comes three years before graduation. For the last three years of their seven years of high school, students select one of five sections for special emphasis — either literature, mathematics, natural science, technical or commercial. Marie chose the literature section. During high school, she had five years of Spanish and three years of English. All the girls in Marie's high school wore an apron of two shades of blue. The aprons are donned upon arriving at school and left there at the end of the day. Each school has its own aprons for the girls. The school year is divided into three terms. The first term started Sept. 15 and will run to Christmas with the first week in November as vacation for "All Saints Day." January to Easter is the second term, allowing a week vacation at Mardi Gras, and 2 weeks at Easter. The third term runs from Easter to the end of June. Part of the students in Marie's high school are boarding students. Each village and town has its own elementary schools but students must go to the larger towns for high school and go home over the weekends. | Marie attends a public high school, but her brother, Dominique, 15, is attending a private Catholic boarding school about 60 miles from Niart. Her other brother, Gontran, 8, is in elementary school. In their city, the boys and girls attend separate elementary schools. Home for Marie is a four- storied house in Niart, a city of 50,000 located about 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Her father is a jeweler and the first floor of their house is a jewelry shop. The upper three floors are divided in half with Marie's family residing in half the house and her maternal grandmother in the other half. Marie said that in France the houses usually contain a number of stories. Many small motor cars, bicycles and motorcycles are used for transportation. Marie mentioned walking and] swimming as favorite pastimes. Her family she said, often went to the ocean for a Sunday picnic. Their family vacation is usually 2 weeks camping in a tent by the Mediterranean in Southern France. Her parents also go skiing in the winter. Cranberry is Part of U.S. History By ROBERT E. O'MEARA (Associated Press Writer) WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wise. (AP) — Those bright red berries that embellish your Christmas table came a long way — historically and geographically. Not that the cranberry is limited any longer to the Yule season, or Thanksgiving. They're popular now year round This year's record cranberry harvest totaled approximately 1.6 million barrels nationally nearly 11 per cent more than last year and 16 per cent more than in 1967. Each barrel contains 100 pounds of the fruit. That's a far cry from the days before Columbus when Indians harvested a few berries for decorative and medicinal purposes and then found they were good eating, too. This central Wisconsin community is the merchandising and processing hub of the one of the five major cranberry growing areas in the country. The others are in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington and Oregon. Massachusetts is the national leader, with Wisconsin running second. About 200 Wisconsin growers produce the berries in a 4,000- acre area. The plants are a low, trailing vine that grow close to the ground in marshes, or "bogs." Vines are perennial and become intertwined within a few years of planting. During the growing season, tiny pinkish blossoms appear in June and, July. I Fruits the size of marbles begin ripening after Labor Day. Harvest of the manyiseeded red berries begins in early September and continues through Oc tober. During the October harvest season, semi-trailer trucks are lined up at receiving plants throughout the growing area. The stations operate six days a week, closing down for cleanup one day a week. All the berries received at the plant in nearby Babcock are processed and' canned at the Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., plant in North Chicago, 111. Many of the berries are kept in large freezers at the Illinois plant to permit an even, year-round flow to the retail markets. At Babcock, the berries pass through a mechanical sorter, where they are separated from leaves and other chaff which may accumulate in the picking process. The berries leave the sorter on two conveyor belts, according to size. They pass through a stainless steel defoliation separator. Here, a detergent solution removes soft or broken berries from the firm ones, washing them in the process. 'MtMMkMMM | 'Doll Lady 9 Featuring a Variety of Fashions A variety of fashions will be worn this Christmas season by the dolls being refurbished for the community Christmas baskets by Carroll's "Doll Lady", Mrs. John Stammeyer. Some will wear mini-skirts; some will have the "maxi" look; there'll be pantdresses and jumpers— whatever the "Doll Lady" thinks will make each girl doll look her most attractive to gladden the holiday of the lucky little recipient. Boy dolls are appropriately dressed, too. Mrs. Stammeyer, an accomplished seamstress doesn't use patterns in making the doll outfits; so each is an original." This is the 11th consecutive season that Mrs. Stammeyer has contributed her talent and countless hours in cleaning, repairing and outfitting discarded dolls to be included in the Yule baskets for the needy. Those having dolls to contribute may leave them at her home, 322 West Seventh Street, or at a place provided by the Jaycees for the Christmas toys. Often the dolls only need to be bathed and dressed in clean clothes. Most of them, however, need new outfits which she makes from remnants of fabrics on hand or given to her by friends. Some need to have new wigs; others just need to have their hair combed or re-styled. Parts of some battered dolls are usable in repairing others. Sometimes stuffed animals are given transplants, using the stuffing from others which are beyond rejuven- i ation. 1 Each year Mrs. Stammeyer gives a "new look | for Christmas" to some 50 dolls and stuffed ani- a mals. S Christmas for 25c; Wrapped With Love I Christmas comes but once a year—but when it does come it can bring with it "fun" problems along with all the festivity. Problems expecially for children, who want to give their relatives nice gifts but find it difficult to make their allowances stretch. One of the solutions is to let children make things. Little girls can often turn out some great cookies and candies, with some help from Mom. These, wrapped in colored waxed paper, or popped into glass jars, make excellent present for grandpas, aunts and uncles. Boys can try their hand at making a leather wallet or perhaps some carpentry with Dad's assistance. The large berries continue along the convey system to a row of tables, where women sort further by hand, discarding all but the firm, ripe, red berries, which will ultimately be processed into whole cranberry sauce. A similar hand sorting process Is used for the smaller berries, although color is not as important here. These will be processed into jelly, strained sauce, cranberry juice or other products, i However, if Christmas catches you and your family with just no time left for making gifts, let your imagination and some modest spending solve your youngsters problems. A trip round the local store reveals a host of ideas. When attractively wrapped and decorated, they make fun gifts. Children will be able to give all their friends and family a little something without "fracturing" their small budget. What about some rolls of hard candies? Wrapped in crepe paper, they look cute and festive. Twist the paper between each roll of candies and the package ends up looking like a gay string of sausages! Brothers and sisters can be given pencils, rulers or felt tipped pens. Wrap them in gay tissue paper and tie the ends with ribbon—they're light enough to hang on the Christmas Tree and make fun fillers for Santa's stockings. Mothers usually like something in* the beauty field, and one tiling that's sure to please is a nice bar of fragrant soap. Now, there's a bath-size bar you can buy for 25 cents. It not only smells "delicious" but is an antibacterial and deodorant soap too! It 's called Safeguard and is great for all the family, for it's a mild soap that contains special ingredients which help to remove the majority of skin bacteria which can cause minor skin infections and body odor. To make the gift-giving ceremonies even more fun—disguise the bar of soap as a lion. Wrap the bar in some orange paper and then cut out a round piece of paper, draw on a lion's head and stick it to the corner of the box. For extra effect, add a tail that twists round. Need some more ideas? How about a small bag of marshmallows, caramels or chocolate kisses? Then there are emery- boards, shoe-laces, ribbons, combs, sponges and many, many more. GIFT WHIPS HALLMARK CARDS & GIFTS Westgate Mall Carroll SEWING FOR CHRISTMAS Perfect gifts for friends who sew! PINKING SHEARS SCISSORS During their leisure time, Marie thought, the young people in France have more house parties with dancing and eating. A snack is referred to as "toast" and might be any of a number of foods. On returning to France, Marie olans to attend "Science Politique", a college in Paris, and major in journalism. 1 ELECTRIC SISSORS * CUTTING BOARD PRESSING HAMS DRESS FORMS Every woman needs a sewing box A- Several styles in stock *V With or without legs $3.50 „ $25.00 i Located on the Westgate Mali Carroll Surprise your loved one with a Christmas Gift Certificate from Fab-N-Trim.
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