Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1967 · Page 45
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 45

Carroll, Iowa
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Saturday, November 18, 1967
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Customs Similar to Those in U.S., Manning AFS Student Reports- It's Hot and Sunny When New Zealanders Celebrate Christmas By Helen Pratt (Staff Correspondent) MANNING - "I realize what an immense country the United States is, when one can travel for miles without seeing mountains." These are the words of Bronwen Morris, who can see snow-covered mountains from her home in New Zealand. Bronwen, whose home is in Christchurch, in the province of Canterbury, has transferred her affections, at least temporarily, from a bustling city of almost a quarter million people, to a quiet Iowa farm north of Manning. Bronwen arrived in Manning to make her home with the Clifford Tank family on the last day of July, not quite over her amazement of flying from New Zealand to the United States in a day. Two weeks after her arrival, she met practically all of her American family's relatives and friends at the church wedding of her new "sister," Gretchen. Other townspeople made her acquaintance at a reception sponsored by t h e American Field Service Chapter, on Bronwen's birthday, August 22. Bronwen's father, Norman, is a teacher in a boys' school in Christchurch. Her mother, Shirley, is content to be a homemaker. Bronwen has three younger brothers, John, 16; Stuart, 13, and Graham, 9, all of whom attend a boys' school. Bronwen was a student at a large Anglican girls' school, •and interrupted her school year to come to the United States. The New Zealand School year begins on February 1, continuing to May 5, when there is a two week holiday. It then continues from May 25 to Aug. 19, when there is a three week holiday for high school students and two week holiday for primary students. School reconvenes on Sept. 8 and continues until December 8th when there is a holiday again until the beginning of the schoo' year in February. Since the seasons in New Zealand are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere, Christmas ii celebrated during the hottest time of the year. The academic* pressure on student in New Zealand is much greater than here in the United States. The school systen- seems very complicated, when explained to one who is no well versed in it. Bronwen wil finish her year on her return to New Zealand, and then wil go to the University. She wil major there in history and geography and will probablj become a teacher. There are many more extra-curricular activities in schools here, and she deplores the lack of sporting activities for girls. At home, she played tennis in the summer and outdoor winter, and did basketball in much swim- Times Herald, Carroll, la. Saturday, Nov. 18, 1967 ming. She "hiked" to school, and here finds it unusual to ide a school bus to and from own. All boys in New Zealand ;chools are required to take >art in a sport of some type, lugby is very popular and matches are held on Wednesday evenings, and on Saturday afternoon or evenings, the year around. While there are some co-educational schools in New iealand, most students prefer o go to single schools. Uni- orms are worn by both boys and girls, so Bronwen's ward- obe is not as extensive as some students who come to the Jnited States to school. .She xrought her school uniform — umper, blazer, and gloves, and will wear it when she lectures at times after the beginning of the year. Her school hat she described as "dreadful", and eft it at home. She finds that Americans dress much more casually than residents of New Zealand. She was amazed to see both boys and girls wearing shorts at a teen-hop. Bronwen thinks that life in the United States centers more around school and its activities. At home, generally the end of a day's classes ends the day's school activities, except for three or work. four hours of home- The native New Zealanders, the Maoris, of a Polynesian background, are afforded the same educational and social opportunities as the fair-skinned New Zealanders, she related. Although Bronwen lives in a large city, the province is principally agricultural, with wheat as its main crop. There are many sheep in New Zealand, with mutton as a standard item on the bill of fare. Bronwen's family, however, eats more beef than mutton. New Zealanders travel much less than Americans. Main roads are paved, but the inland roads are graveled and mountainous. Cars are small English and Australian models, and large American cars are very difficult to handle in the parking lots. To Bronwen, 200 miles is a lengthy trip, and she is gradually getting used to the fact that many people here travel that far to visit in a day, returning home the same evening. Most American foods were not new to Bronwen. She had never eaten hamburgers, but says that hamburger shops are becoming popular in her homeland. She had never had pizza, which really isn't an American dish anyway. Gelatins are seldom used for dessert in New Zealand. Fruits are used — exotic ones like passion fruit, Feijoas and tree tomatoes. Gooseberries are also plentiful. Bronwen had never seen white popcorn, but had purchased colored sweet popcorn at fairs. The Christmas celebration is much like that in the cold midwest, even though the weather is sunny and hot. Families gather »n Christmas eve to sing carols and quite often go to a midnight corn* munion service, or to a morning church service. Sometimes Bronwen's family goes into the business section of Christchurch, where Christmas carols are sung «n the bank of the River Avon. Instead of hanging a Christmas stocking, a shoe for each child is placed on the hearth. Santa Claus, or Father Christmas comes late Christmas eve to fill the shoe, and to drink a glass of wine and eat cake that has been left for him. The Christmas evergreen tree is decorated with colored electric lights and shining baubles. The family dinner is served at noon on Christmas Day. It features two meats, either mutton and cold ham; or poultry and mutton or ham; roast potatoes, vegetables, and several desserts. A national dessert is Pavlova Cake, which is a meringue filled with fruit and topped with whipped cream. Trifle may be served. This is sponge cake broken up and soaked in sherry, then topped with a custard, jelly and whipped cream. There is also a very rich Christmas fruit cake, and "Christmas cheer" for adults. Munching during the day is done on chocolates and nuts. Bronwen's family , sometimes is host for the holiday dinner, and at other times they-go cost much more in the United States than at home, but salaries are much more also. Following are some recipes that are "stirred up" in Bronwen's new modern brick and stucco home in Christchurch's suburbs: one of Pavlova Cake (6 servings) 3 egg whites 1 cup castor sugar (granulated) % teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon vinegar Beat egg whites to stiff foam. Add sugar gradually, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla and vinegar. Place on greased brown paper, or a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in cool 250 F oven for 11% hours. Cool, decorate with front and whipped cream. Everyday Fruit Cake % lb. butter to the home of relatives. Two days before Christmas, Bronwen will attend the wedding of another of her American sisters — Dian. Her third sister, Gwen, is a senior at Manning Community High School, as is Bronwen. The "little" sister, Becky, is in 6th grade. Bronwen will find it enjoyable shopping for an all-girl family ait holiday time. 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Introductory priced at 139 95 The "Symphonette" Table Model Weighs Just 25 Lbs. A portable with "concert-hair tone! 37 treble keys, 12 chord keys, the ideal "lasting gift* of music! Just a tiny llJSTpCHARGE IT" FOR CHRISTMAS Vi lb. sugar — granulated : '/4 lb. flour 3 eggs % pound mixed fruit 1 Dessert spoon golden syrup 1 level teaspoon baking powder Milk to mix Vanilla to flavor Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add syrup, fruit and dry ingredients. Add enough milk to make soft mixture. Add vanilla to flavor. Bake in 8" square greased tin, 325 F for l-l'A hours. Chocolate Peppermint Fudge (This is really a brownie) 3 Oz. butter 8 Oz. white sugar 1 egg 1 tablespoon golden syrup 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon soda 1-% cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Morris . . . See Page 5 First Christmas in U.S. . . . Bronwen Morris of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, is looking forward to her first Christmas in the United States. 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