Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1967 · Page 37
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 37

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jhe's Used to Celebrating Holiday in Summertime— Olga Rodriguez, Argentine Student, Eagerly Awaits First White Yule By James B. Wilson (Staff Writer) Christmas Day during summer vacation from school, complete with fireworks displays, and -two days of exchanging gifts? Sounds strange, but for Olga Rodriguez, foreign exchange student at Carroll High School, these are just some of the characteristics of Christ- mas in her home land of Argentina. A white Christmas, eagerly awaited by Olga, will be something new for her because When it is winter in the United States it is summer in Argentina. Daytime temperatures at Christmas time in the South American country average about 75 to 80 degrees. Olga had seen snow on the ground in the mountains before coming to the United States, but had never seen the white stuff fall- ng before the few flurries Carroll received a couple of weeks ago. Argentine children eagerly await the arrival of December for a reason perhaps as important to them as the Christmas season, December is the first month of summer vacation fr«m school. Argentina's schools are in session from March to December. Christmas is celebrated in Argentina much as it is in the United States, although Santa Glaus does not make his rounds delivering presents to all the good little boys and girls. Instead, Argentine children think the Christ Child brings the gifts, which are waiting for them under their tree when the family returns from church shortly after midnight services on Christmas Eve. Gifts are also exchanged between families and friends at this time. Artificial fireworks displays are common in Argentine homes during Christmas Champagne and cider are popular drinks used to celebrate the joyous season. Not unlike their counterpart in the United States, Argentina's businessmen begin dec- orating their shops before December 1. Christmas decorations adorn the business district in hopes of spurring gift buying activities. Many other customs are the same in both countries. Christmas trees, mostly artificial in Argentina, Christmas wreathes, and nativity scenes decorate most of the homes. Cookies, pies, candy, and assorted varieties of nuts are popular at Christmas in Argentina as well as 'the United States. Children in both countries reinact the nativity at programs put on at the churches. Decorations are left in place in Argentine homes until Janu- Times Herald, Carroll, la. Saturday, Nov. 18, 1967 ary 6 when a second gift exchange, this time just within the family, takes place. The custom originates from their belief that it was on this date that the Kings of Orient came to Bethlehem bearing gifts for Jesus. Olga has already completed her Christmas shopping and her gift selections are on their way to friends and relatives in Argentina. She is waiting for a package from home and hopes it may contain her requests, a sweater and a pair of shoes. Like more than two-thirds of Argentina's people, Olga lives in a city of more than 150,000 people. Her father, Federico, sells motor scooters in her home town of Santa Fe. The motor scooters are especially popular with the younger set because it is possible to obtain a license in Argentina to operate a scooter at 16 years of age while you must be 18 years of to drive a car. Christmas 1967 will be a busy time for Olga and her host family, the Orville Bakers. Olga will take part in the Carroll High School Christmas program as a member of the girls glee club before she and her host family leave to visit Mrs. Baker's parents in Kansas and some other relatives in Colorado Springs. The Baker's plan to trim a tree and see that other decorations are in place early enough for the family to enjoy them before leaving for Kansas. USE CHRISTMAS SEALS FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS and other Respiratory Diseases CALLING ALL BOYS AMD GIRLS WITHIN 50 MILES! —Staff Photo Olga Relaxes at Piano . .. The Christmas season in the United States is a good time to enjoy indoor activities such as playing the piano, away from the snow and cold weather. But things were entirely different for Olga Rodriguez in her homeland of Argentina, where the temperature averages about 75 to 80 degrees at Christmas time and December is the first month of summer vacation from school. Semi-Pagan Customs Precede the Nativity By ROLAND PRINZ i VIENNA (AP) - On Christmas Eve,, Austrian children sing ''Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" and unwrap the presents that the generous "Christkind" has left. But low* before then, colorful gemi -pagan customs foreshadow the Nativity. Unlike in Anglo - Saxon countries, no stockings .are stuffed with goodies by Santa Claus on Christmas Day. This bearded old man with the gentle voice will knock at the door on December 6, so-metimes accompanied by a horned, fur clad "Kr^mpus," who brandishes a chain and threatens disobedient kids with a long birch - rod. In the country, where this gruesome character is even more likely to turn up.with St. Nicholas, young girls may be packed into wheel - barrows, carried off through the wintry night, and given a sound thrashing. And on December 4, "Strohsehabmaenner," straw clad men with antenna - like rods projecting from their heads, appear in the Styrian countryside. They are reminiscent of the power that pagan demons held in winter. In the city, weeks before Christmas, medlar twigs are hung in vases or on walls. The branches are golden if the family boasts a bride. .This is also the time when kids write wishful letters to "Christkind" (Christ Child). The notes are postmarked at the famous post office in Christkindl, a village located near the Upper Autrian town of Steyr. The Christmas tree, which symbolizes a new beginning, first appeared in Vienna in 1832. But another token of joyful anticipation is the "Barbara twig," cut of apple blossoms on St. Barbara's Pay. Good fortune is guaranteed if the buds bloom by Christmas. During the Christmas season, old women offering "Franzischkerlin" are a common sight on church squares in Vienna. The faithful buy these triangular votive tapers and place them in cozy corners of their homes. Baking assorted pastries, especially biscuits with ingredients ranging from dried fruit to the most sophisticated creams, is another long standing Austrian tradition. "Gebilde-Brote," round or oblong gingerbread cakes with Christian or semi - pagan symbols engraved in their wooden molds, are popular in the alpine regions. When Christmas Eve finally arrives, children will be sent from the house to run some errand. When they return, ringing bell will announce thai the Christ Child has made his visit to their home. Later, particularly in the Vienna area, their mother wil serve carp or other fish — £ custom derived from the Catholic fish symbol. In the provinces where the Catholic faith is still deeply rooted in everyday life, the whole family will march for hours through rugged, snow covered country to attend the midnight service at the parish church. On Christmas morning, the; will again pay tribute to th Christkind, bedded in a crib surrounded by finely carved limewood figurines of 'the Nativity. Sarifo, oC TODD'S I I I I I I I I I I I Of St. Nicholas Long before Santa travelet by sleigh, St. Nicholas, speci guardian of children, set fort on foot, or rode by horse o donkey, to bring gifts t European homes. The good saint's day is December 6th, and "on the eve of his festival day," writes an Encyclopedia Americana authority, "St. Nicholas makes his tour, visiting palace and cottage. "The children place receptacles for the gifts, which St. Nicholas is expected to let fall down the chimney. . . . Sometimes shoes are neatly polished for the purpose, at other times plates, or baskets, or stockings, or specially made shoes of porcelain. "St. Nicholas' steed . . . is not forgotten. For him the children put water and hay, or carrot or potato peeling, or a piece of bread, in the shoe, or basket, or stocking. "In the morning from the tipped-over chairs and general disarray in the room it is evident that St. Nicholas has been present. "Replacing the oats, or hay, or carrot are found sweets and playthings for children who have been good. For bad children, rods are left, and the fodder is untouched." I I I I I I I I I BUY NOW LAY-AWAY! AVOID THE RUSH! BRING THE KIDS EXCITEMENT, EXCITEMENT for all the kids! Here is Todd with Santa, getting ready for the big, big. season ahead. Todd isn't stretching things a bit when he says almost every toy any kid could want is at Todd's Toyland, and the prices are lowest ever. Plan on being here to see Santa at Todd's Toyland. Clip this schedule of evening visits below the picture. CHOOSE YOUR TOYS NOW ON LAY-AWAY YOU'LL SAVE! PLUSH INFANT TOYS AS LOW AS $1.00 NOW— ALL READY FOR CHRISTMAS TODD'S STORE IS FILLED WITH HUNDREDS OF EXCITING TOYS FOR ALL BOYS AND GIRLS ALL THE NEWEST AND BEST GAMES ARE HERE * I I I I I I I I I B FAMOUS PLAYSKOOL TOYS THAT TEACH ALL THE TOYS YOU SEE ON TV ARE HERE ALL OUR TOYS ARE GUARANTEED AGAINST DEFECTS Major MATT MASON •6" adventurous astronaut! •Flexible arms and legs! TOY VALUES ALL OVER THE STORED 1 I I 1 I I I I I I I I H I I HERE IS SANTA'S SCHEDULE OF DATES AT TODD'S TOYLAND CLIP IT AND SAVE IT Jet Propulsion Pak Space Sled included! Many Toys At Special Discount's All The Mattel Toys You See on TV Are Here INCREDIBLE EDIBLE 1 " ACCESSORY PAK Add appetizing fun to your Incredible Edible set . Choose GOOFLES™, KANDIMALS™, BUGS BUNNY, GOBBLE-DESPOOKS • Three Gobble-Degoop flavors •nd fork includedl O1968 Mitt*), Inc., Hswthorne, Ctllfarnlt/Prlhtti In U.S.A./"BUGS BUNNY" OWftrntr Brot. Plcturtii Ine. My mouih moves as I eat! FRIDAY EVENING, NOV. 24—Meet Santa at Todd's, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOV. 29—Meet Santa at Todd's, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FRIDAY EVENING, DEC. 1—Meet Santa at Todd's, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY EVENING, DEC. 6—Meet Santa at Todd's, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ALL THE SCIENCE SETS ARE HERE Terrific gifts for all ages from Grade School up. Microscope Sets, Chemistry Sets, Laboratory Sets, Electronic Sets. Many of these are used in high school. Also complete stock of Chemicals used in high school and grade school science classes. TODD'S TOYLAND ;/ /f*\ . , {( Across the Street Southeast of the Post Office BUY NOW ON LAY AWAY OUR PRICES ARE LOW! COMPARE AND SAVE ' HERE I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I

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