Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1967 · Page 31
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Green Yule Heritage of Ancient Days A sprig of mistletoe, a holly wreath, an evergreen tree — these and other decorations of greenery come into homes at holiday time — and tradition blooms. The "green Christmas" is an ancient custom, more universally observed than a "white Christmas." In earliest times, at the pagan winter festivals, evergreens and winter-blooming plants were prized for their promise of spring and the sun's return. For the first Christians, the same greenery symbolized life eternal. \ "The Holly and the Ivy." As the old Christmas carol indicates, both holly and ivy share an ancient heritage as holiday greenery. Early characterization of holly as masculine and ivy as feminine goes back to pagan games, with "the holly and the ivy" in friendly competition. A later tradition says that spiny-leaved hollies are "he hollies, while the smooth-leaved plants are "she" hollies. The kind of holly brought into the home at Christmas determines whether "he" or "she" will be head of the house for the coming year. "Resemary, that's for Remembrance." When Shakespeare wrote this famous line rosemary was not only for remembrance — it was for Christmas decorating, too. Rosemary, a fragrant herb that remains evergreen in warm climates, is no longer used as a holiday decoration but it still retains its legendary connection with Christmas The legend says that, during the flight into Egypt, Mary spread the Holy Infant's clothing on a rosemary bush to dry At once, the bush became sweetly scented, and its pale white blossoms turned to a lovely blue. Mistletoe for Luck. Today, a meeting beneath the mistletoe brings good luck in the form o: a kiss. Ancient peoples believed tha mistletoe had a more positive control over luck, good am bad. A bit of mistletoe hung over a doorway was said to ward off evil. A later belief suggested tha mistletoe could bring bad luck If mistletoe boughs put up fo: Christmas are not removed b; Candlemans Eve (February 1) this belief holds that each lea will bring forth a goblin to re main for the rest of the year harassing the household. AND OTHER 'SANTAS' Though Santa Claus is to day's most popular Christmas season gifts giver, he still ha plenty of help. In Northern Europe, many children awai the arrival of St. Nicholas, o: the Eve of December 5th. I: Spain and Latin America, th "Three Kings" traditionall bring gifts on Epiphany Eve January 5th. Assemble Your Materials Early— Let's Have a Christmas Wrapping Party! —Staff Photo Ready for Rush . . . Santa Claus is nearly ready for the big rush, and here he is previewing some of the newer toys at Todd's Toyland in Carroll. In the picture with Santa on his first visit to Carroll recently is Todd Bierl, looking at one of the newer plush toys. Portable Electrics Prepare Full Meals Three automatic appliances are all it takes to prepare a hearty New England boiled dinner complete with deluxe dessert and coffee. A refreshing change for family, welcomed by volunteer tree- trimmers, an entire corned beef and cabbage dinner may be prepared in a new automatic food cooker. A blender makes chocolate pot de creme in minutes and a coffee maker turns out delicious after-dinner coffee to top off a tasty and robust meal. These simple recipes from General Electric test kitchens, net complements for a f i n e meal — one of many, easily prepared with portable appliances. New England Boiled Dinner 3-4 Ibs. corned beef 1 bay leaf 4 medium onions, peeled peppercorns 4 medium potatoes, peeled and'quartered Vz small head of cabbage, cut into narrow wedges Place meat, peppercorns and bay leaf in large food cooker pan. Pour 2% cups water in base of food cooker. Place pan on rack, add lid and slide Control Lever ON. When cycle is completed (45-50 minutes), drain excess liquid from meat. Return meat to food cooker. Pour 2% cups water into base of food cooker, add lid and slide Control Lever ON to continue cooking 45-50 minutes. When second cycle is completed, drain excess liquid from meat. Add onions for flavor, to large pan with meat. Place potatoes and cabbage wedges in small food cooker pans. Pour 2% cups water into base of food cooker. Arrange pans on rack add lid and slide Control Lever ON. When third cycle is completed (40 minutes) remove bay leaf and serve meat on a warm platter surrounded with potatoes and cabbage. Horseradish and mustard are suggested as savories. Buttered whole carrots make a good side dish or can be added to platter. Pot de Creme 2 eggs ' 1 6-ounce pkg. (1 cup) semisweet chocolate pieces 1 teaspoon vanilla Dash salt 1 cup milk Place eggs, chocolate, vanilla and salt in blender jar. Cover; remove cover insert. Pour milk into saucepan and bring just to boil. Turn Blender to "LO" and add hot milk — blend 1% min. Pour into 6 pot de creme cups, demitasse cups or cocktail glasses. Refrigerate several hours. Add a dollop of whip cream to each if desired. Viennese Coffee Make extra coffee — use same amount of ground coffee but less water. Sweeten to taste and top with whipped cream. Women spend so much time in the kitchen they always welcome small gadgets for cooking. Tied with fancy bows and ribbons, they're pretty and s-o-o practical! Fine for bachelor gals, too. By Staff Writer Memo to the woman of the house: Have you assembled your Christmas gift wrapping materials yet? Mid-November isn't a bit too early to be planning for the wrapping and trimming of gifts, even if you haven't shopped for the gifts yet. Before long the holiday whirl will be gaining in momentum and you'll be, caught up in it; and surely, you won't want to be caught with out an assortment of ribbons, stickers, wrapping papers, boxes and tags. You'll want to have transparent tape and scissors handy, too. Before long someone in the family — perhaps even you will need to wrap a gift to be taken to school or to a party RIGHT NOW; and there'll be no time to scratch around in the cupboard, attic, desk drawers, or wherever any of these items might have been stored from last Christmas. The frustration of such a situation can be avoided by early planning and by putting all of these things you'll need in one place. Christmas time should be fun, not frustrating. A nice thing happened on the way into autumn. Merchants began displaying their gift wrapping wares so that the early-bird planner could shop for these articles in a more leisurely manner. By thoughtfully planning your gift wrapping, the gifts under your tree, or those given outside your home, can be most "attractive, whether a formal or festive theme is followed. Wrapping papers come in many colors, textures and patterns; in sheets, in rolls of varying lengths and widths. The old-fashioned tissue paper is still "in" and comes not only in white, but also in solid colors and Madras stripes, pastels and white with colored sparkles. Gifts wrapped in any of the foils — satin, embossed or printed types — will shimmer and reflect the light frdm the Ribbon to a package can be compared to the frosting on a cake — it "makes" the package. Ribbons, too, are offered in many varieties and some now come in dispensers for qase in handling. Another type sticks to itself when moistened on one side. The satin-finish ribbon is always popular and beautiful bows can be made with this type. For those who aren't handy at making bows, there are the ready-made, stick-on bows that come singly or several in a package. These are especially good to have on hand for young children to use Times Herald, Carroll, la. Saturday, Nov. 18, 1967 in wrapping their gifts. Bowmaker kits also are available. Velvet-finish ribbons are being shown this year in Christmas greens, reds and golds, ranging from narrow to about three inches wide. Smaller gifts might look pretty if tied with gold cording. Colorful Yule stickers still s u r v i v e the competition of transparent tape and still add festive touches to the packages under the tree. Like wrapping papers, these also come in al- most endless variety. There are some made especially for adhering to foil and other slick papers; some are self-sticking by just pressing them to the surface. Wrapping Christmas presents can be lots of fun as an individual or family activity. If there are several in the family, why not have a special wrapping party, complete with holiday refreshments. Members of the family can be sent to different rooms to do t h e i r wrapping so others "can't peek". When all have finished and at a given signal, everyone brings his packages out and places them under the tree. If Mother is the first to finish, she can be busy in the kitchen fixing the lunch. At the start of the party review briefly these points: a package usually is easier to wrap and looks better if the gift is in a box; use just the amount of paper needed, to avoid extra bulk; fold in raw edges of the paper and fasten them securely with tape or stickers; choose ribbons or bows to correspond with the pattern of paper; do not forget the name tag; do have fun. Jjulbs on the Christmas tree. A dainty touch to -a foil package might be to place a small golc or silver foil doily just under the bow. Other papers of v a r i o u weights are available in solids stripes and colorful holiday pat terns — picturing jolly Santas holly, angels, Christmas trees stockings, toys, wreaths, can dies, tree ornaments, winter scenes, snowmen, candy canes and the like. Keep Holiday Parties Nice and Simple A homemaker, after cooking, erving and cleaning up after a "hanksgiving dinner for 12, said with a smile, "It's not as much work as it used to be." In step with her admission the decrease in headaches at Christmas because of overwork. Few families make their Sifts, prepare meals and nib)lies or create their decora- ,ions 100 per cent. If one wanted to pay the price, a complete holiday could be catered, from food, gifts and decorations down to the last itchy bit of angel's hair. Despite the convenience mpn- ey can buy, families still'are softies for doing a few things ;hemselves. Entertaining of family, 'riends and business associates is one. For the woman who tians a buffet comes this advice From table stylist Cindy Haskins of International Silver. Cindy says to toss out the conservative white tablecloth attitude and use a colored tablecloth and napkins to show silver and holiday tinsel to advantage. Topping this should be a simple table arrangement ol china and silver set logically so that guests don't run into each other from opposite ends of the table when helping themselves to the food and punch. One major centerpiece, haps a simple celery or relisl bouquet set in ice, or Christ mas ornaments, is sufficient. For an evening buffet Cind believes heartily in candles These, she says, do not need t be on the buffet table but can be placed nearby on a mante or other tables for greater ef feet. Mini-Heater Can Please Many . . . Use it to warm Baby's room on cold mornings, to take the chill off Dad's work-shop, to warm up Big Sister's office cubicle ... to lend cheer in any drafty corner. A true portable, it weighs but 6 Ibs., measures just over 12 in. long yet produces plenty of heat. Family Will Enjoy Electric Appliances If sweaters, gloves, games and jewelry begin to pall as gift ideas for Christmas this year, consideration might be given to the myriad small electric housewares that offer fresh inspiration for everyone on the gift list. Housewares manufacturers are coming out with such exciting new products as solid state blenders, dual action toothbrushes and automatic hair curlers that do the job in five to fifteen minutes. A special bonus is the fact that a single electric house- wares gift can be enjoyed by most members of the family. As an example of this versatility of use and appeal, Gen- eral Electric horiie economists offer this sample list of electric gift suggestions for various members of the family. Mother — Warming Tray, Toothbrush, Coffee Maker. Father ..— Cordless Slicing Knife, Massager, Solid State Blender, Cigarette Lighter, Mini-heater. Sister — Decorative Wall People Plus Problems: Holiday Lore Friends who visited the Robert Reilly home in December got a real Christmas surprise. In this Grants Pass, Ore., household, the Christmas tree "grew" out of the ceiling — or at least, was suspended there, upside down. Will it start a trend? Will more and more families hang their Christmas trees from the ceiling? Only time can tell! Christmas customs start with people and, often, with problems. In the case of the upside- down Christmas tree, the problem was, "Where to put the tree?" and the humorous solution was reached when the family just couldn't decide. Many well-established traditions had their legendary beginnings in the inventive reaction of people to problems, large or small. Take plum pudding, for example — as many people do at Christmastime! The very first plum pudding was an answer to adversity, so legend says. An English king and his hunting party were lost in the forest on Christmas Eve. Commanded by the king, the cook prepared dinner, using the foods he had on hand — some meat from as tag, some bits of wild game, flour, birds' eggs, sugar, dried plums, ale and brandy. Clock, Manicure Set, Hair Dryer, Hair Curler. Brother — Clothes Brush, Shoe Polisher, Rechargeable Flashlight, Terrestial Time Clock. Baby — Mini Heater, Baby Dish, Smokey Bear Clock. Career Girl Hair Curler. Mini Heater, The cook not only created a delicious emergency dish, he also invented plum pudding, which tradition says must contain these same ingredients if it is to be the "real thing." Save this issue of the Daily Times Herald for future reference when you Christmas shop. 1 f DURING YOUR BUSY I 1 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING i I STOP AND RELAX AT \'j<» I $ ONY'S FEATURING OUR FAMOUS SANDWICHES - STEAKS - CHICKEN SEA FOOD -SPECIAL HOLIDAY DINNERS — MEETINGS — BANQUETS SI DIAL 792-9123 MAY WE SUGGEST Please make your reservations early for your office and company parties. COLONIAL LOUNGE Jet. 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