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Yule Party Planned for the Retarded A Christmas film provided by the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.; "outside" talent (probably by a high school group), and entertainment by the special education classes will highlight this year's annual Christmas party and program of the Carroll County Association for Retarded Children, according to present plans. The parties have been principal events for the retarded children of the county in years past, and this year's party is expected to be even more fun than ever. It will be held in the Carroll High School auditorium. Each of the classes will arrange a separate surprise program of skits, songs and dances to present to their parents, the other children and friends of the association. The classes include the trainable group which meets at Grant Township No. 5, taught by Mrs. Cecil Dillavou; the older educable group which meets at Manning, taught by Mrs. Waldo Mick, and the younger educable group which meets at Carroll Community School, taught by Miss Violet Nelson. The Carroll County ARC will provide gifts for all the retarded children in the county, whether the children attend school, or are at home, or are in the Glenwood and Woodward schools. The children and their party guests will join together for refreshments in the adjoining school lunch room. Santa Glaus has promised to visit the program. He said he might not get there in time for the beginning of the entertainment, because there are so many boys and girls to visit who want to talk to him about their activities in the last year and ask his advice about Christmas. Arrangements for the party will be made by several committees, to be appointed by the association president, Don Robertson. Norse Student at Westside Tells of Christmas Customs By MRS. ROBERT MASON WESTSIDE - "What differences are there between Christmas in Norway and Christmas in the United States? — I don't know, because I haven't spent a Christmas here yet," commented Arne Aarsland from Tonsberg, Norway. Arne, the foreign exchange student at Ar-We-Va Community High School this year, is staying with the Willis Peterson family near Westside. Arne said that Norway was a long country, extending from north to south, and customs varied from place to place. Christmas in his home, though, Arne Aarsland starts on th.e 24th. Everyone attends church services late in the afternoon, and then they have their family Christmas,, dinner at 6 or 7 o'clock. Christmas songs are sung\ around the Christmas tree in the evening, followed by gift exchange. Pre-Holiday Tips for the Homemaker The Lutheran Church is state supported in Norway, with about 98 per cent of the popula tion as members. Arne though that their church attendanc was less than in the Unitec States, except at Christmas time and at Easter. Roast pork would be Hi* main dish for the Aarsland's Christmas dinner, and their dessert would be ice cream. The meal would also include a number of vegetables. Fish is served for Christmas din ner in various parts of Nor* way. Some people have turkey, but pork and fish arc imes Herald, Caroll, la. Saturday, Nov. 18,1967 more common. Arne commented that in Norway they ate more vegetables, and here we eat more salads. Some of their Christmas ongs would be familiar, such as "Silent Night", and "Joy to he World". Santa Claus also quite popular, "delivering" gifts to many of the homes, especially where there are oung children. December 25th and 26th are Holy Days in Norway with church services being held on )oth days. The 25th is usually quiet day at home. From the 26*h into the first part of January, there is much visiting be- ,ween relatives and friends. There is always a lot of extra >aking at Christmas time, especially of small cakes. The lomes are usually decorated but mostly on the inside. The towns and cities, though, do have street decorations anc lights. School vacation starts about December 22 and extends to January 4 or 5. The young people might spend part o their vacation time skiing which is a family sport in Nor way. Children start learning-1 ski before they start to school Tobogganing and ice skating are also popular. Arne said that their house i about 50 yards from the Oslo! jord, a branch of the Nori Sea that extends inland. H said that when the fjon freezes, there might be a lot o skaters on it, but they woul probably be the younger chi dren. Horse-drawn sleighs ar sometimes used in the smalle towns and areas that are no eavily conjested. The number f horses, though, is decreas- ng and this pastime is somewhat disappearing. A white Christmas is hoped or in Norway and they're us- ally not disappointed. The emperature is colder and more table. Measured on the centigrade scale, their winter tem- >erature is usually between -5 degrees and -10 degrees, and reach as cold as -30 degrees. When asked about mistletoe, Arne said, "What's that?" This custom was entirely unfamil- ar. He did mention that in some parts of Norway ancient customs relating before Chris- ianity are still carried out by individuals in a spirit of fun. An ancient "mid-way winter "east" preceded the Christmas observance. At this time, offerings of food were set out for supernatural beings in gratitude for a good harvest, etc. Today, it is sometimes done as a joke, and occasionally the offering is partially eaten or carried away by mice or other small animals. 'Home" for Arne is Tonsberg, a city of 15,000, located 60 miles south of Oslo, the capital of Norway. His father is a truck gardner, and the family lives at the outskirts of the city city. The Aarsland farm is about 25 acres with an additional 15 acres being rented. Strawberries is one of their main crops, with onions, carrots, and lettuce being among the vegetables raised. Arne has 3 sisters, 1 older and 2 younger —Tarunn, 20; Marit, 14; and Astrid, 11. When asked if he would miss being home at Christmas, Arne replied rather wisfully, "Christmas in Norway is always a family time." And this seems to be true the world over. Children's Touch Adds to Christmas mas With the busy holiday season approaching, it's wise to start preparing now for unexpected guests and overnight visitors. Here's a checklist from home economists to" help put your home in tip-top shape for holiday entertaining: —Make sure that the guest room is ready for use on. a moment's notice. If there's no spare bedroom available, invest in a cot or rollaway bed. —Give your floors a thorough cleaning and waxing. —On wood floors, try one of the new self-polishing wood waxes that clean and polish without buffing. —Take inventory of your china, silverware, "glassware and serving pieces. Make sure your stock is adequate for group entertaining. —Remove unsightly stains around bathroom sink and tub with a good scouring cleanser. Choose a chlorine-free cleanser to avoid strong odors. • —Check lamps and light fixtures for burnt-out bulbs. Replace defectives, and stock up on extra bulbs for emergencies. —Make sure there's enough firewood stored away for chilly winter evenings. —If unsightly cracked or stained ceilings detract from the appearance of your room, install new acoustical tile. The job can be completed in a weekend by the family do-it- yourselfer. —Cheek the guest closet to make sure there's adequate storage room for coats, hats, and overshoes. —Remove greasy finger marks and smudges from walls and woodwork. —If you expect friends or family with young children, it's a good idea to have some prepared baby foods on hand. It's also suggested that you store up on plenty of soft drinks for the holidays. For convenience, choose drinks packaged in nonreturnable bottles with the new turn-off cap that can be opened by hand. Christmas is for children. This year, though, instead of letting the expectant ones sit back and wait to be inundated with gifts and goodies, put them to work. . ' ' Children do enjoy being part of the holiday planning. Their personalized gifts and cards help retain the spirit of the holiday — something that each year appears to lose ground in a cash-register rush to outdo who knows whom at this stage. The Joneses claim they went broke last Christmas. With this in mind we gifts, cards and note that decorations done by the children help save money. Cards, for example, can bo made, using potatoes and apples as stencils. Just cut the apple or the potato on one end in the design wanted, ink the design and stamp it onto white stock paper. Colored construction paper is ideal for cut-out trees and ornaments. Paste the colored do* signs on white paper and decorate with bits of colored paper. Those who are more advanced in their art work can draw a Nativity scene with India ink and cover it lightly when dry with white water color. black ink will show through the paper, transmitting a snowy appearance. Simple ornaments for the tree, mantel or dining table centerpiece can start with a Styrofoam ball. Decorate the ball with velvet, sequins or cover with gold paper brads. The traditional Throe Wiso make a perfect tablo ensemble and children can design them with aluminum foil. Simply mold each figure over a piece of cardboard shaped liko a cone. Uso a foam ball for the head and pipe cleaners for the arms. Wrap in foil and add glitter for nose, eyos and mouth. Ornaments take little effort although the young ones may do a lot of tongue biting during their work. For paper ornaments, have a child fold a sheet of construction paper once down the middle and then cut the outside edge to the toy shape he wants. He then unfolds it and decorates with glitter, other colored paper or whatever suits his imagination. Pipe cleaners make excellent reindeers; just twist to shape. Several colored straws, put together to form a wheel, become a special star. decorations and wrappings is to cut paper strips, one to four inches wide and tape or staple these together as ears, whiskers, legs and tails of a rabbit or lamb to sit atop a gift. The list of things young ones can do to help the family Christmas effort is endless. Once started, though, youngsters always come up with something new, something special . . . and this is the touch needed to recapture the meaning of the holiday. Another twist Christ- Three Wise Men ... take shape under young hands. Children enjoy making own cards and gifts for holidays. Unusual Wall Hangings for the Holidays Unusual wall hangings can be created by doing cut-away or reverse applique on colorful cottons. Make them for Christmas gifts or to hang in your own home. The technique, which originated hi the tiny San Bias Islands off the coast of Panama, reverses the usual method of applique. Instead of applying fabric pieces to a background cloth, fabric pieces are cut away in successive smaller designs to reveal different colored cottons underneath. San Bias women use this form of applique to make cotton blouses called "molas." It also can be used for quilts and bedspreads as well as wall hangings or decorative pillows. To make a cut-away applique, choose a simple design with five colors. You can create your own design or trace a motif from magazine pictures. The design can be an animal or bird shape, or an abstract. Make a paper pattern, penciling in design areas within the main outline. Baste together five layers of cotton cloth, cut to the same size and in the five different colors of your design. Arrange the layers of cloth according to your color scheme, keeping in mind that the top layer will be your background color. The second layer should be the color of the largest cut-out area the third layer the color of the second largest cut-out and so on down. Lay your paper pattern down on.the top fabric layer and draw around the over-all shape. Cu away the fabric wherQ you hay penciled, making sure to cli] only the top layer. Turn undei the cut edges and blind stitch. 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