Exchange Student Tells of Customs in Homeland- Christmas a Day for Silence, Peace in Norway, Student Recalls By Sharon Heisel • (Staff Writer) "Christmas Day is a day for silence and peace," said Elin Helen Jacobsen, Carroll High School's American Field Service exchange student, about Yuletide customs in her native Lonevag, Norway. "The family stays at home and;we are not allowed to use the telephone except to call the doctor," she explained. "Of course, the younger children sometimes can't wait to show off their gifts, so they run to find their friends." Sometimes Elin's family spends Christmas Day', at her grandmother's house. A big family meal is eaten Christmas Day. Elin's family decorates their house for Christmas on Dec. 23, and on Christmas Eve, they decorate their tree. A large star is always placed on top, Elin said. The rest of the tree is decorated with electric lights, glass ornaments and small baskets the children make filled with nuts. After decorating the tree, the young people visit their friends and exchange gifts with them. These gifts are brought home unwrapped to be placed under the tree. Following dinner on Christmas Eve, the family goes to church. The service is usually for the children in a way they can understand the Christmas story. Then the family opens their gifts and plays Christmas games and sings carols. Gifts to the young people Elin's age are usually sports equipment, and books. "We get books every Christmas, and read them on Christmas Day," Elin added. The holiday season in Norway begins Dec. 19, when the children are dismissed from school and many employers give their), employees vacations. Work and school resume again about Jan. 5 or 7, Elin said. The holidays are a time for visiting, and Elin commented "you usually have relatives and friends in every day for coffee, cakes and sand, wiohes." A Norwegian Christmas custom is that when visiting during the holidays you must eat something before leaving the house, "to carry Christmas with you out of the house," Elin explained. Long before the holiday season, as early as November, women in Elin's town start baking at least seven different kinds of cookies and cakes to serve visitors. The New Year's Eve celebration is an important part of the holiday season in Lonevag. Elin's family has dinner that CHRISTMAS GIFT HEADQUARTERS NEW STORE HOURS 8:00 to 5.00 Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Sat. - 8.00 to 9:00 Wed. & Fri. OPEN SUNDAY 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. 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After the dance, the older children go home and have a party until the early morning hours. The children who tart too young to go to the dance, get dressed in costume* and masks and go to different houses to get gifts and fruits. Elin laughed and said sometimes the parents get dressed up and go out too, on a whim. On New Year's Day, the family watches television, but not to see football games and parades. A concert from Austria is always televised, and the king and prime minister speak to the people. Elin wears her national costume which is worn on National Day, May 17, and "any other special time you don't have anything to wear." The costumes vary from area to area, with special decorations representing each area. Elin made her costume, which features attractive cutwork, called "utrekksaum," on the apron and blouse. This type of cutwork looks similar to crochet, and is done only in (35 I Party for Residents of the County Home The residents of the Carroll County Home are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in the traditional manner, according to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Daiker, stewards at the home located northeast of Carroll. f si Traditions include a gaily decorated tree aglow g with colored lights, the visits of carolers as well as % v . other groups and individuals, parties and gifts, trips | | about town to see the city and residential lighting | | displays, and a festive dinner on Christmas Day. | | A highlight is always the party sponsored by | | the Roy Heutons, a few days before Christmas, As- | j! sisted by the Carroll County Association for Retarded y | children, individuals and church groups, the Heut- | § ons arrange a party which includes a Nativity film, | carol singing, individually-selected gift boxes and » a substantial late-afternoon lunch. Plans already are | underway for the party, which will be the 22nd % annual such event. g powers were attributed to it for the treatment of an aston ishing variety of ailments. Elin's area. Elin did the beading on her vest and belt, following a pattern. The front panel Elin wears under her vest is needlepoint made by her great- grandmother in 1895 when she was married. Elin will spend this Christmas season with the J. W. Hambleton family in Carroll. ( She has been attending classes at Carroll High School with Hambleton daughters, Kathy, a junior and Karen, a freshman. Symbolism in the Gifts from Magi Gold of course has always been held in high favor as a gift for princes. The other two gifts, frankincense and myrrh are not as well known to modern man. Long months were spent in harvesting these precious resins, which had to be brought to Palestine by caravan over long and hazardous journeys. Thus it is little wonder that such rare and costly offerings were chosen as gifts befitting a king, for frankincense and myrrh carried the blessings of good health and religious favor. Frankincense had for centuries been used by both the Egyptians and the Jews in religious rituals, and curative Myrrh held a similar role of importance and was highly esteemed as an ointment and perfume, a ceremonial incense and an ingredient of embalming oils. So highly treasured were these fragrant resins that pots and vases of ivory and alabaster were fashioned to preserve them. Historians tell us that frankincense was burned to purify the air, and that to breathe the fragrance would comfort and refresh the spirit — much as smelling salts are used today. A potion of frankincense was believed to be an antidote for hemlock poisoning, as well as a cure for leprosy. Table settings "come alive" in an instant when the poinsettia is used as a centerpiece. They stand out gracefully and dramatically. Takes a Specialist to Grow Evergreens By BARTON REPPERT) (Associated Press Writer) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Dad and the kids may go downtown every holiday season to finger needly branches and compare hues and finally settle on a Christmas tree to grace the family living room. But they probably aren't aware that their evergreen pride and joy is the product of a multi-million dollar New York State industry, getting more and more specialized every year. Altogether more than 150,000 acres in the state are planted with Christmas trees, harvested by about 1,500 growers, according to estimates by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. But the big amateur Christmas tree-planting boom of past years has bogged down, and the New York crop of about three million trees a year is coming to market from a smaller number of individual producers, who now work full- time to handle a large-scale output. "The small and inefficient grower is going to be forced out of the business, because he can't afford the best machinery and techniques," commented Leslie Stutzman. Stutzman and his sons farm about 1,200 acres near Hornell in the state's Southern Tier. About 80 per cent of New York trees are sold within the state, bringing in about $2 million in annual profits but they satisfy only about 60 per cent of the total in-state demand, I according to Burton Buell, a senior marketing representative for the state government. Buell said other trees have to be brought in from neighboring states and Canada to fill the holiday demand. Several growers said that because of higher profit margins and an increasing demand they are shifting much of their production from Scotch pine to what Buell dubbed "the Cadillac of the Christmas tree business" — Douglas fir. Douglas fir requires up to 18 years to reach a marketable height of six or seven feet, compared with about 10 years for Scotch pine, a hearty tree that remains very popular in th state. But the fir trees also carry a considerably higher price. Several growers report they have pared down their labor costs for cutting by permitting adventurous would-be woodsmen to cut their own Christmas trees — sold fresh off the stump. Stutzman said he does a thriving cut-you-own business at his Steuben County farm, offering free coffee, sleigh and snowmobile rides, plus a Santa Claus to give out lollipops to small children. Grower F. M. Wroblewski, whose tree farm is only about 25 miles southeast of Buffalo, said the' weekend tree-chopping expeditions from the city area are usually a "family affair," and always quite a sight. 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