Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1970 · Page 97
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 97

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 18, 1970
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Santa Genuine U.S. Creation Question: Where Fable Ends, Does Fact Begin? Who created Santa Claus? Wh^ kiss under the mistletoe? When was Christmas first celebrated? The answers to these and other questions relating to Christmas are a fascinating mixture of fact and fable, says Dr. F. Stuart Crawford, chief etymologist of the Merriam- Webster dictionaries. Here are actual histories, legends and word origins of the popular Christmas traditions Americans enjoy today. Santa Claus Is a genuine American creation. His name is an Americanization of the Dutch 'Sinterklaas' an alternative of 'Sint Nikolaas'. Even his jolly appearance originated in this country. In the early 1600's the Dutch settlers in New York, who loved Yuletide feasting and merriment, depicted Sinterklaas as a tubby character in short breeches. The real St. Ncholas, whose name in many languages around the world is synonomous with Christmas gift-giving, was an early Christian bishop who lived 4th century in the province of Lycia in Asia Minor. He was known for his generostiy to all people in need, especially children, and is universally considered the patron saint of young people. The Christmas Stocking, stuffed with gifts, is credited to a popular legend about one of St. Nicholas' many kindnesses. An impoverished merchant had three daughters for whom he could provide no dowry, which in those days meant the girls could not make a suitable marriage. So as each daughter grew up, St. Nicholas secretly passed by that house and threw a purse of gold through the window for her dowry. One of the bags of gold happened to fall into a stocking hung near the chimney to dry. That incident is reputed to have started the Christmas tradition of hanging stockings to receive presents. The Christmas Tree is supposed to have originated among the German people. Actually, trees were revered among many early primitive tribes and trimmed with lights and deco- TV Specials, Some Old, Some New By JERRY BUCK (AP Television-Radio Writer) NEW YORK (AP) - There will be almost as many Christmas specials on television this yeear as there will be ornaments on your tree. Dr. Seuss and the Peanuts gang and "The Littlest Angel" and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a lot of other favorites from past Christmases will return this Yuletide, along with some new shows. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" is a new musical fantasy featuring the voices of Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn and Paul Frees. It will be seen on ABC Sunday, Dec. 13. "The Night the Animals Talked" is an animated fantasy with original music by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. It is set for Wednesday, Dec. 9, on ABC. Leonard Bernstein will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera Chorus and a group of outstanding soloists in an observance of the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Ludwig van Bee­ thoven. The date of the 90-minute CBS show has not been set, but will be near Beethoven's birth anniversary of Dec. 16. Another CBS show is an "S. Hurok Presents," performances of Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in A Minor, Opus 30 by Beethoven, and Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 108, by Brahms. A number of regular shows, such as Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin and Andy Williams, will have Christmas shows again this year. The Peanuts gang will be back in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on CBS for the sixth year. The green-hued Grinch, a miserly curmudgeon, once again recreates "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on CBS. "Frosty the Snowman/' an animated special, returns with Jackie Vernon as the voice of Frosty and with Jimmy Durante narrating. "The Littlest Angel" is a 90- minute musical version o f Charles Tazewell's children's story on NBC. Johnnie Whitaker plays the title role and Fred Gwynne is the Guardian Angel. Others in the cast are Cab Calloway, E.G. Marshall, John McGiver, Tony Randall, George Rose and Connie Stevens. ''Christmas with Lome Greene" also is back for an encore presentation on NBC. Greene is host to 45 members of a UNICEF Children's Choir. Times Herald, Carroll, la. *T Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1970 ' rations for festive occasions. The Romans before Christ decorated trees during their feast of Saturn beginning on December 17th, and sometimes placed twelve candles on them with an image of the sun god at the top. Evergreens have been directly associated with Christmas festivities since the 8th century, when St. Boniface completed the Christianization of Germany. Martin Luther, in Germany in the early 1500's, is said to have lightened and trimmed for his family the first Christmas tree as it is decorated today. In this country homesick Hessian soldiers, brought here during the American Revolution to fight the colonists, are reported to have put up the first decorated Christmas trees. It was not until the middle of the 19th century, however, that decorated Christmas trees were used to any great extent in American homes. The mistletoe has an equally long history in many lands. The name used today, as traced in the Merriam-Webster Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, comes from the old English "misteltan" which means twig of basil. In Greek mythology it was supposed to be a charm against evil. The Romans, who considered it a symbol of hope and peace, may have originated the custom of kissing under this plant. In Rome when enemies met under the mistletoe, thy took off their weapons, kissed each other, and declared a truce until the next day. The present day traditions of kissing under the mistletoe, which the English introduced here, has become much more flirtatious and romantic. The poinsettia, now one of the most popular Christmas plants, is native to the American continent. It is named for Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett of South Carolina, who discovered the colorful flower in Mexico when he was the American envoy there from 1825 to 1829. The Mexicans called the plant the Flower of the Holy Night or of Christmas Eve. A Swiss farmer in California, Albert Ecke, is credited with the original development of this flower, and his son made Encinitas in the southern part of that state the poinsettia capital of the world. Mince Pie, a popular holiday dessert, has been known for over 500 years in England. At first it contained as much as six pounds of meats, and the sweeter ingredients were added over the years. The pie has been called by a variety of names, among them "shred pie," "wayfarers' pie," since it was served to all holiday visitors, and plain "Christmas pie." It was believed to bring good luck if eaten between Christmas Day and Twelfth Night, and the left-over was distributed to the poor at the end of the Yuletide season. Christmas Carols. St. Francis of Assisi is generally considered the father of the Christmas Carol. Construct Yule Candy Castle Without Increasing Cavities By DUDLEY LEHEW (Associated Press Writer) EAST WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — When it was all over and the kids were oohing and ahhing and the tiny, multicolored lights were blinking, it was worth it. But little did I know what was in store for me when it all began on the spur of the moment a couple of weeks before last Christmas. "Hey, baby," 1 blurted to the mother of my four, "I'm going to build a candy castle!" With that burst of enthusiasm, I headed for the supermarket, got a shopping cart and wheeled to the candy section, grabbing all kinds of cellophane bags bulging with goodies. Peppermint canes, tiny marshmallows, jelly beans, dinner mints, candy-coated chocolate drops, big marshmallows, gumdrops, hard-sugar candies, ribbon candy and powdered sugar. Right here I made my first mistake, although the children wouldn't consider it as such. It was spring before I got rid ft ft ft ft s « I Christmas Gifts from Robert Bruce ,/>C. .Mr A FASIUONSAIUTE! FUqSTRipc SWEATERS IN WAshAblc ORION Authentic flag colorings give these boldly-striped crewnecks by Robert Bruce a colorful international look that's right anywhere! Husky rib stitch, neat ring neck, all in machine washable Orion* acrylic. Sizes S,M ,L •DuPontTM of the candy I didn't use. After j all, you can eat only so much of the leftover when visions of sugar plums turn into visions of dental bills. The first disappointment came when I spread out the candy to get a few ideas on its usage. There stood three children under six watching their fondest wish be answered before their very eyes. You can imagine the kind of look they had in their eyes. And old Sqrooge daddy said, "This is not for'you. It's mine!" That was mistake No. 2 I vowed then to make this year's castle secretly, after they've gone to bed. The next step called for some sort of framework. The castle itself came from the kitchen — two half-gallon milk cartons, one quart carton and some cellophane tape. I also got sweet revenge on those cardboard tubes you always seem to find when you reach for a paper towel. Four tubes became castle towers. Orange juice cans became rooms on top of the towers and some of the kids' sketching paper topped off the rooms as cone roofs. Sections of trimmed cardboard were used for the wall around the castle. I taped all this on a board and then taped on minature Christmas lights, making sure the lights would be about where windows should be. Then it got sticky, literally. I mixed powdered sugar with water to get a gooey paste and began laying "bricks" which eventually would be about 8,000 tiny marshmallows, give or take several dozen that mysteriously disappeared when tiny fingers were on the scene. My third mistake came when I got carried away with my "bricklaying" and went too fast. The green, yellow, black and red jelly circles I had chosen for the ballroom windows suddenly began to sag. From then on I built a little at a time so the marshmallows could dry out and harden. Perfect. Then, I also discovered the ockels Clothiers Carroll | "glue" running down the walls, on the table, over the table, on me and on the floor. Messy, messy. "I was wondering when you were going to notice it," Mrs. know-it-all said. But I was off and running. Three hundred hard candy squares were laid out for the courtyard. Candy-covered choc olate drops formed a regal walk from the steps of peppermint discs to a drawbridge of different flavored candysticks. Cherry candies became windows in the towers. Orange and I lemon jelly slices formed floors in the towers and gundrops fit perfectly at battlements. Tiny ribbon candy looked great on top of the courtyard walls and big ribbon candy became shrubbery, as did six big marshmallows topped with a jelly circle and a gumdrop. My fourth mistake occurred on the castle roof. I was busy gluing jelly beans together and wondering whether I was going to get finished by Christmas eve, when the roof suddenly slid into a sweet, messy pile. Going too fast again. After repairs and a little trimming with peppermint canes and dinner mints, I ended 80 hours of a lot of fun. Christmas morning dawned. And sitting next to the tree with lights blinking and spires about two-feet high way MY castle. Yes, it was worth it. Definitely! That should be the end of my story. But it's not. What do you do with a two-foot-high candy castle? I tried an orphanage. I even tried my pediatrician. No dice. It was welcome before Christmas, but after Christinas is different It was mid-summer whan I finally discovered the solution. I had moved the castle down from an inaccessible perch in the storeroom and forgot to put it back when I noticed someone had EATEN the walk. My little human disposal units were solving my problem. PAULINE'S CAFE At the Stop Light Hwy. 71 South SERVES DELICIOUS BREAKFAST - LUNCH DINNERS FAMILY STYLE DINNERS HOMEMADE PIES AND THEY HAVE ROOMS FOR THOSE CHRISTMAS PARTIES Just Dial 792-9101 Ask for Ed or Ruth Hacker —Staff Photo BEFORE THE CITY of Carroll can be decked out in Christmas finery, every bulb in the many lighted displays must be checked. This year that job falls to two Kuemper High School students, employed by the Chamber of Commerce. Shown changing defective bulbs in one of the green trees is Chris Siemann, left, and Rick Buchheit. Feasting? Don't Let it Go to Waist Just because Christmas is here doesn't mean you have to get caught in the annual stuff- yourself derby. This year all those holiday parties will have little effect on your waistline if you pay attention to your calories intake when you're not partying. Then you can be a hearty guest and eat all the Christmas goodies without worrying about post- holiday pounds. For instance, at breakfast try substitutiong skim milk for whole milk on cereals. In beverages, or for cereals or fruits, sweeten with Sucaryl sweetener instead of sugar. That alon« will save you 18 calories every time you use the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar. Those are the calories you can consume later on as an appreciative dinner guest. Avoid fattening things throughout the day. For lunch, instead of creamed chicken, have hot soup and a tossed salad (go easy on the dressing or substitute vinegar or lemon juice) or, if you prefer, a fresh fruit salad. If the fruit is tart, use liquid sweetener here, too. CHRISTMAS CARDS A Wide Selection We have a Complete Line of Gift Wrap Paper Plus Bows and Ribbons For "PAPA" Shoppers BEAUTIFUL VANITY SETS $350 te $3500 JEWELRY BOXES in the VERY LATEST STYLES LADIES' BILLFOLDS- CLUTCH PURSES BOXED STATIONERY FOR CHRISTMAS GIVING PEN and PENCIL SETS COSTUME JEWELRY MEN'S TOILETRIES 'mm Spanish Galleon Russian Leather Cricket Kings Men Hai Karati Burley fjjll Mark II Black Belt UP* Faberge Many Others COSTUME JEWELRY BEAUTIFUL SELECTIONS Men's Billfolds $ 2 50 " $ 15 00 KODAKS and FILM PANGBURN'S THE ORIGINAL MILK AND HONEY "RUFF-DIP" CHOCOLATES Assortments for every taste . . . Packed in holiday packages for a Merry Christmas. PERFUME and COLOGNE SETS Faberge Lucen Le Long Skinny Dip Desert Flower Taji Vive Le Bain FOR PRESCRIPTIONS - TOILETRIES - SUNDRIES FIRST AID SUPPLIES 519 North Main — Carroll Dial 792-2671 WILKE DRUG STORE

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