, New Dryers 'Phase Out 9 the Washday Permanent (or Durable) Press is today's big news in clothing! And it works, if you follow the washing-drying instructions found on the hang- lags. They read "Never needs ironing . . . for best results tumble dry''. The new flamcless electric clothes dryers have special permanent press settings. One has a signal which lots you know when it's time to remove permanent press items. They should be removed and hung on hangers the moment they're done. If left helter-skelter in the dryer, they'll acquire new, unwanted wrinkles. When properly dryed the flamelcss electric way, there's lots lass ironing of other fabrics, too. And there's a damp- dry setting for those which must be ironed — eliminating the need for sprinkling. You can forget about "washday" when your home is equipped with an automatic electric washer and dryer. With this pair on the job, washing and drying can be done in batches, everyday, if you choose. The dryer can perform other chores as well. Use it for fluffing pillows, refreshing curtains or quick-drying wet snowsuits, after a romp in the snow! Is it any wonder that owners of flameless electric dryers say they couldn't get along without them? New Electric Washers and Dryers . . . have special settings for permanent-press clothing. Fresh from the dryer, these shirts are ready to wear! There is no need to iron them. Poinscttia Still Popular as Gift in Northern Clinics The scientific n a m e for the poinsettia Euphorbia pulchcrrima, mean s most beautiful. A showy tropical shrub of the spurge family, the flower is native to Mexico and Central America. It is a traditional flower of the Christmas season, and was named after Joe R. Poinsett of Charleston, S.C., who introduced the plant to the United States in 1828 when he was minister to Mexico. The yellow cluster in the center of the red, white or pink bracts forms the true flowers. Most of the flowers have been transformed inlo bracts in the unusual double poinsettia. In the North, the poiasettia is a popular Christmas gift plant However, in Florida, California and other tropical places it is £ common flowering shrub. The plant can not survive in drafts or fluctuating temperatures. While blooming, it needs plenty of water. Unless greenhouse facilities are available, it is almost impossible to keep the plant alive in the North for longer than one season. Kuemper Student Tells of Celebration No 'White Christmas' in Costa Rica "In Costa Rica, it doesn't snow, therefore we do not have a 'white Christmas,' but it is a very nice celebration," says Rafael Saborio, Kuemper High School foreign student. He has known Christmas as a "white Christmas" because before entering Kuemper this fall, he attended Bayard High School last year and has been in this country for three and one-half years. At his home in Heradia, his father, Migel, and mother, Ydaly, and the other children, incluling four daughters and another son, will probably follow the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree or will make a crib early in December. These symbols of Jesus' birth will not be taken down until the day after Epiphany, which is Jan. 6. Epiphany marks the coming of the Wise Men to visit the baby Jesus. Rafael described the "sena" which most people have Dec. 24 as a celebration of drinking wine and eating "all kinds of food." It takes place at midnight, "therefore, we go to church the following morning." Gifts are usually exchanged before Dec. 24, but are opened on the morning of the 25th, he said. Christmas meals will probably feature turkey, and Spanish-type food. Many persons in Costa Rica will go to churches for midnight mass. Children, like the children in the United States, will await a visit from Santa on Christmas eve. Santa remembers not only the children, but the adults as well. Rafael predicts the merchants of Heradia, like those in Carroll will decorate the streets of town with appropri- Times Herald, Carroll, la. Saturday, Nov. 18, 1967 ate lights and tinsel and color, about the first of December. Then the buttle and hustle of Christmas buying — gifts, foods, gala holiday clothes and household trappings — will permeate the atmosphere, and the stores will remain open later at nights so that everyone may share In the excitement. The young student's interest in North American agriculture brought him to the U n i t e d States to study. He is living this year with Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Lussman on their farm near Arcadia, and helps with the farm chores after school. At Kuemper he English, typing, is studying history, biology, farm economies and animal science. Next summer le expects to return to Costa Rica, where he will attend trade school. Happy Begin With Safe Driving— So drive with care to arrive safe and sound. It takes carelessness of only ONE person to cause a costly accident. Safety Is Everybody's Busi ness Only YOU can prevent accidents! Your carelessness in driving or negligence of mechanical difficulties could be responsible for a death or injury this Holiday Season. Don't YOU be the one to cause an accident. Observe safety rules and auto maintenance! We're Starting Our 12th Happy Year in Carroll It was just 12 years ago that Grouse Cartage Co. moved to Carroll with it's 35 employees . . . the first of 12 happy years here. Our payroll that year was about $175,000. Today the Grouse Cartage Co. family includes 186 people and our payroll this year will be $1,173,000, more than a milhWdollars bigger than when we moved to Carroll. We hope Carroll is as happy to have us as we are to be here. LET'S WORK TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY ACCIDENT-FREE THIS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY! This Safe Driving Message is Sponsored in the Interest of Greater Safety by— Grouse Cartage Customs Show Many Variations Cherished memories, heartfelt joys, children's laughter— everywhere, these mean Christmas. The spirit of Christmas knows no boundaries. It lives in the hearts of men in many lands. Though its message of joy is always the same, the legends and lore of the season are as varied as the peoples who celebrate the Holy Birth. Customs of each country may be similar, yet marked by their own individual character. In New Mexico — The Santa Domingo Indian pueblo, in New Mexico, performs a four-daylong sacred ritual dance in honor of the Christmas season. It begins at two a.m. Christmas day. After midnight mass, the Indians gather inside the church. They are clad in colorful costumes, adorned with everything from fox tails to evergreen branches. The dancers carry on their ceremonials until daylight. At dawn the Indians move to their sacred plaza in the center of the village, where they continue dancing throughout Christmas day. On the second day the children dance, and the older members of the tribe take over for the third day. On the last day the entire pueblo joins in the day-long ceremonies. In California — Communities as well as countries have their own special way of celebrating Christmas. In Joshua Tree, Calif., this small community transforms itself into a replica of Bethlehem. The story of the first Christmas is re-enacted, with the main street serving as a giant stage. In Newfoundland — Citizens of Newfoundland show their Christian ethics with the Christmas custom known as "Fishing for the Church." On this day huge quantities of fish are caught and brought by the par- ishoners of a village to the church, where they are sold. Proceeds of the sale go toward buying firewood for the curate. In Czechoslovakia — It's customary among the Czechs to break off a cherry tree branch, at the beginning of Advent. The branch is placed in a pot of water in the kitchen and kept in the warm air. At Christmas time, it's hoped, the twig will burst into bloom and make a festive decoration. In Scandinavia — The Jul- tomten is a friendly gnome, who not only brings gifts to Scandinavian children but guards the household and farm as well. To keep him happy, the children give the cattle extra fodder and leave sheaves of grain for the birds on Christmas Eve. In Turkey — A unique holiday tradition in Turkey re! quires the head of the church | to throw a wooden cross into | the Bosporus. On Christmas \ Day, three boys dive after it. i The finder takes the cross | from house to house and re| ceives in return food and gifts from those who are allowed to see the cross. • In Iceland — Since trees are scarce in Iceland, families must use their ingenuity in creating a Christmas tree. A pole with branches of greenery tied to it is the solution in many Icelandic homes. And the valuable real trees are saved for industrial use. In Norway — The Norwegian Christmas traditionally starts six months before December 24th. The celebration itself lasts three weeks. The period is known as the Julafred, or the Peace of'Christmas. In Finland — Just before Christmas Day, families in Finland take a sauna bath. This is the traditional steam bath taken in a hut with a stone oven. In France — Traditionally, adults in France do not exchange gifts until New Year's Day. In some French villages, shepherds bring their lambs to church on Christmas. Belgian Christmas is Rich in Tradition Give A Lighter . . . available in either silver or 18K gold plate 20 microns thick. It comes in two sizes as do all lighters made by this firm. The small faceted gold model retails at $70.00 and the large gold model is $80.00. The faceted silver lighter is $45.00 for the small model and $50.00 for the large. Twelfth Night Bonfire Disposes of Yule Trees PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) About a decade ago Palo Alto Boy Scouts got the idea of sponsoring a bonfire to rid their community of discarded Christmas trees. That bonfire now consists of 10,000 or more old Christmas trees annually. The event gets under way around Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, at the end of the Christmas season. About 1,500 Boy, Cub and Explorer Scouts scurry about Palo Alto to collect old trees set on the curbs by the city's 70,000 residents. The trees are hauled away by truck and dumped on the mudflat at the outskirts of Palo Alto on San Francisco Bay. Twelve Boy Scouts set the huge pile ablaze with 12 torches — each flaming torch symbolizing one of the 12 scouting laws. Pastor T. E. Johnstone of the First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto traditionally reads scripture appropriate to the season. His voice is carried by loudspeaker to a crowd usually numbering about 4,000 persons. They stand 150 yards from the bonfire and are protected by a channel of water. "The bonfire is well appreciated by the fire department," says Richard Mulliner, district scout executive. "Probably this saves several fires -every year by persons trying to burn their trees in their own fireplaces." BRUSSELS (AP) - In Belgium, as in all Christian countries, the keeping of Christmas is a tradition which is scrupulously observed in a particularly colorful and picturesque way. No other holiday seems to combine pagan and religious traditions as Christmas does: the Northern Hemisphere of the earth reaches the moment when it is furthest from the sun and then gradually the days begin to grow longer. It is this return to light which is symbolized by the Christmas fires and brightly decorated trees; the world is saved from everlasting darkness as the sun slowly returns. Also at this time, Christ, our saviour, was born, divine incarnation came down upon this earth to save men from spiritual darkness and lead them to the light of faithi Although the birth of Christ has always been celebrated in Belgium, it is only lately that, in imitation of the Anglo-Saxon and Nordic countries, rejoicings have acquired such wide-spread popularity. Contrary, however, to the custom in these countries and although Christmas serves as an excuse for giving presents, it is not Father Christmas who brings toys to Belgian children, but Saint Nicholas on Dec. 6. At the approach of Christmas, the cathedrals, the abbeys and the churches in even the smallest villages prepare their Mid-night Mass for Dec. 24 — often a true festival of music and sacred songs. All the important towns in Belgium sparkle in the night. The historic buildings are floodlit and the main streets are all lit up, with each store competing in imagination and good taste to make its display a fairy-tale scene. Everywhere, the pastry shops are full of chocolate sabots and cream cakes in shape of logs, while the restaurants advertise their special Christmas Eve menus on which, contrary to custom, turkey stuffed with truffles takes the place of the famous Brussels chicken. Early on Christmas morning, onion soup, piping hot and sprinkled with grated cheese,' nourishes the lingering merry-makers. In the public squares are Christmas trees of all sizes, smelling of resin, which are bought and carried away under people's arms or ... on their backs. counters and asking: "What can I get for these, for my mother?" New Year's Eve is the time for great ribaldry, with all restaurants featuring special menus, usually starring oysters, foir gras (goose liver) and turkey or pheasants. Turkey is otherwise rarely eaten. Champagne, throughout, is usually the drink for those who can afford it, but beers or wines also flow freely. One of the most moving and picturesque Christmas customs is certainly the performance of religious tableaux and Nativity plays. The Nativity tableaux of "Outremeuse" at Liege are famous. On Christmas Eve, in the open air near the churches, one can admire tableaux depicting the Nativity scene in Bethlehem. This custom has been revived in several Belgian towns and notably at Bruges, Brussels and Ghent, where medieval paintings serve as inspiration. At Vosselaer, in the C a m p i n e region around Antwerp, the inhabitants also recall that Holiest of Nights, while at Saint- Severin, in the Condrox district, men, women, children, sheep and lambs form splendid living tableaux, which remind one of magnificent old paintings. In Hainaut, also, crowds of admiring people are attracted each year toMarchinelle- V i 11 e 11 e , Petit-Wasmes and Leuze where there are similar tableaux to be seen. Around Christmas - time, Verviers puts on its ancient "Betieme le Beleem". This is neither a tableau nor a stage with moving puppets, but a great hall with trestle-tables hidden by a curtain all along one side, behind which the people — mainly children — can hide and work the puppets. These are placed in great glass cases, and represent scenes out of the Life of Christ. The spectators pass in front of the tableaux, which an old woin|in with a stick explains by reciting a test, containing quotations from an anicent ballad. The puppets, put into motion by the children, slip into grooves, the horses give the impression of galloping thanks to springs placed between their feet and, from time to time, the sound of carols sung by the young performers, rises from under the tables. No Christmas? "Hear ye, hear ye! Christmas will not be celebrated. All who observe that abominable day will be severely punished!" An unlikely message for a town crier? Not in the time of Oliver Cromwell! Cromwell and his Puritan Party did indeed consider Christmas an "abominable day," and on December 24, 1653, they succeeded in getting the English Parliament to pass a law making Christmas celebrations of any kind illegal. Imprisonment or exile was the penalty for disobedience. A few days before Christmas, town criers went through the streets warning against holiday celebrations. In England, the ban lasted eight years — and even longer in the United States. The belief that Christmas merry-making was sinful came to the New World with the Pilgrims. New England states outlawed Christmas observances until the middle of the nineteenth century. In Boston, for instance, Christmas was illegal until 1856! The flower-sellers' baskets overflow with branches of holly and mistletoe, traditional Christmas decorations. A pleasant custom demands that when a couple pass under the mistletoe, a kiss should be exchanged. For the past few years, several Belgian towns, mainly Brussels and Antwerp, have been sent an enormous tree from the town of Helsinki as token of international goodwill. Decorated with great shining balls, covered with tinsel and hundreds of multi-colored lamps, these Nordic giants are the best symbol of the unanimous Christmas wish: "Peace on Earth to Men of Goodwill." Christmas trees are a rather recent fashion. There was a time when Christmas decoration in houses was merely the crib showing the birth of Christ and a few candles. In Catholic Belgium the celebration is essentially the Mid-night Mass in cold, decorated churches. After church, a late-hour hot meal is served, usually acompanied by hot red wine with lemon, cinnamon and cloves, or warmed-up beer. On Epiphany, children, in groups, used to masquerade as the Three Wise Men and go from house to house, singing a short good wish song. In exchange they collected small coins, sweets and possibly an orange. In some villages, in Hoeilaert for instance, not far from Brussels, they still do. They mostly use the coins to buy gifts for their mothers, unloading bags of coins on shop At Courtrai, Epiphany, on January 6, is an opportunity for great rejoicing. Three processions, each led by a "King", make their way through the city and demand a Christmas tree in three different places. After which, to the sound of music, the processions return to the market square where the tree, which decorated the streets and houses are soon heaped. Three great bonfires are thus made, and are each lit by one of the Kings. Far into the night, the people dance and sing around this great furnace with its flames reaching to the sky. In 1954, an association was born in the heart of Brussels called "Noel dans la Cite". Its aim is to persuade" people to celebrate Christmas according to tradition, that is to say, in an atmosphere of peace, brotherhood and hope. Patron of the Association is Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of the Belgians. All over Belgium, it organizes open air carol festivals with mainly young people taking part. On this occasion, children are invited to file past the crib in their town and leave a gift, either large or small. These gifts are then distributed to homes for weak and abandoned children, orphanges and almshouses. These carols and charitable gestures give our noisy towns a very special atmosphere, which makes the feast of the Nativity all the more significant. CRECHE St. Francis first created the creche as a Christmas symbol in tbe Middle Ages.
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