The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on December 23, 1970 · Page 10
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The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 10

Tipton, Indiana
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Wednesday, December 23, 1970
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Page 4 THE TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE The men who grow the Christmas trees are not very merry WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1970 By JOHN G. HOPE KOMBKL1.: Pa (DPI) Pennsylvania's Christmas tree growers have fallen victim to modern technology, llie affluent society and the American drive for perfection. Whereas in llie 1 950'a there were more than 2,000 growers of Christmas trees, today there are an estimated 600 and of them only about a dozen try to use Christmas trees as their principal source of income. Woodrow \V. Damhach, who owns a nursery in the northwest Pennsylvania town of Fonihell and is executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association, said the main prolilem is that growers are selling the same uumlter of trees they did 15 years ago rather than selling a larger number as a result ol the'increased population. One reason is the artificial Christina.-" tree, which inanv are buying for their long-lasting value and their sustaining good ' appearance and as a result of the merchandizing technique* used to sell them. bland Bull. State Secretary of Agriculture, notes the' artificial trees are "usually displayed in a beautiful selling in a warm department store... (with) lighting effects." The grower.- association has not trieil to fight the artificial trees lull instead concentrates on aiding growers lo produce the best trees possible and suggesting they offer help to their buyers make their trees asattracli\c as possible. The Christinas tree business is inherently risky financially as many professional men who went into it strictly for investment t< inn(I out. Hull said the phvsicians, dentists, architects' and . businessmen thought: .''Mere was ^t"s the happy time! We send our wishes for a merry season of gatherings with families and friends. And it's the time to say thanks for letting us serve you. The pleasure has been ours. We look forward to more Christmases with you. S 5 CLYDE 0VERD0RF IMC. Management and Employees -j_ Yuletide Customs Spread Around Globe a real'bonair/.a, a mother lode, an untapped source of wealth. Here was an item that could IK' bought for two cents and planted on low-priced land. Vou could sit back, do nothing, watch it grow and collect S3 for it a-few years later/ BiH they learned there was more lo it than that. Trees need professional care and proper shearing before they will be bought by someone for their living room. IJambach said this seemed even more true as people became richer and could afford to demand only a perfect tree. (•rowers seldom cut more than'50 or CO percent of their marketable crop because of the need lo take only jwrfeel specimens. - Damhach said a lack of trained help also keeps the crop down. He said shearing of the trees was almost an art. It can be done by practically anyone under supervision, he. said, but nurseryman is' limited in the number ol people he can supervise during his peak lime . when he must harvest and shear the trees. ' Damhach noted he has a $20,000 investment in equipment for his nursery in which he operates 200 acres of Christinas trees. He. said he considers himself lucky if he receives a return of ii lo JO per cent on • his total investment, including land and labor. Adding to the risks of the business are the possibility of insect damage and other things which can affect a tree which must be in the ground eight to 15 years before it is harvested. With all the problems, however, anyone with good quality trees has a market for them. Dambach said. Mistletoe, Santa Claus, letters to Santa, Christmas customs galore—-where did they all begin? The customs of Christmas come from many lands and many eras. They evolve from pagan ceremonies into Christian rituals. And they stretch from West to East, from North to South, as each country contributes something special and traditional to the celebrations of the holiday. When seasonal gaiety rings out in Canada, the merriment is echoed in Mexico. When North or South Americans gather for Christmas festivities, the people of Sweden are doing the same — ; and so are the peoples of Holland and France" and Italy and Spain and countless other European countries. In the far East, Christian communities spread the customs of Christmas, which mingle with the year-end ceremonies observed by. those of other faiths. That the legend and lore of Christmas knows no boundaries is illustrated in.the following round-up of Yuletide customs, based on information provided by the editors of the Encyclopedia International. In England From the north of England comes the happy custom of the kissing bough. A large hoop, twined with greens, is decorated with apples' and candles. And in the center there's mistletoe -r -signal for exchanging kisses. In Austria Custom of writing letters to Santa Claus may have begun in Austria, where, long ago, it was an Advent tradi- . tion for children to write letters containing lists of what they'd like to receive on St. Nicholas' Day. In Italy From Italy comes a most poetic addition to Christmas lore. For three weeks during the Christmas season, children traditionally go from place to place reciting Christmas poems. They expect coins in return, to buy holiday goodies.. In Sweden An ancient custom that is still observed in some Swedish households today is that of "dipping bread into the pot." Each person dips a piece of bread into pork and sausage drippings and eats it for good luck. In Holland . For St. Nicholas season, it's traditional in Holland to make flat cakes called Klass- jes. Once exclusively-made in the form of the bishop, St. Nicholas, Klassjes now take any form of bird, beast or fish. . -J In France At Salers in central France, old-time tradition calls for a king and queen to rule over Christmas festivities. Rulers pay for the privilege, since they are "elected" by bidding at an auction held on the church steps. In Switzerland A Swiss custom that dates back, to the Middle Ages is to start the New Year free of debts. December 6th, the feast of St. Nicholas of Myra, the first Santa Claus, is the day set to meet all monetary obligations such as rents and mortgages. Merrily, Bells Are Ringing For Holiday Ringing across the ages and around the world, bells are part of the traditions of Christmas. Zurich, Switzerland, has long been noted for its beautiful bells, say the editors of the New Book of Knowledge. Every Christmas Eve, the Zurich bells ring out loud and clear, calling families to church. This same tradition is repeated in.thousands of other cities, where chimes and bells ring out at midnight from the steeples and spires of churches. Bells contribute to the sights as well as the sounds of the holiday season. They are a popular decoration and are used as ornaments on trees. Tradition has it that bells inspired Clement C. Moore to write his famous poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." The inspiration came from listening to the merry Jingle of bells on his horses' harness, as he drove along on a frosty winter night. In Germany A procession which blends pagan and Christmas customs is part of the legend and lore of the holiday in Ruppin, Germany. A rider on a white horse, symbolizing the horse of the pagan god Wotan, leads the parade. He is followed by Father Christmas, who is decked with ribbons and carries candy and fruit. Tiny Treasure Hunt The simplest searching game is one in which one person leaves the room while another hides a small object that has been agreed upon beforehand —a small package, some wrapped Christmas candy. When "it" comes back, he hunts for the object and the other person indicates that he is near it by clapping loudly or saying, "You're warm." When "it" moves away from the object, the other person claps softly or says, "You're getting cold." GREETINGS to ALL here's wishing that your Christmas holiday keeps rolling along with lots o! merriment for everybody. And to car good customers go our thanks. Junior Davis "66" IN FRANCE, TRADITION HAS IT THAT sliepl.mN >1iouIJ lake llieir lamli* lo rliurch on Christmas day. Frenrli hUeplieril pirlured here is taking 1 pari in a special holiday velebralioii wliirli has been a tradition in the town of Itaux for more than 10 reninries. Photograph is from the Encyclopedia International, Holiday Fun Prompts Lively Party Ideas IN MEXICO. GAII.Y-llECO'K.-VTEl) 1*1 S ATA an. earthenware jar tilled will..goodies —is a Christmas ehallenge f„ r ,| le „„„„„. Men*. Blindfolded, ll.ey lo break the pinata, whirl, ma. be suddenly lowered or raised out or rem h. Sue. ess brings „ shower of loj> and sweets. Phot.. !>„„, Eneyclopedia. Internatinal . Christmas gatherings just naturally turn into parties- friends and relatives drop in with holiday greetings, and all of a sudden it's a party! Party games designed spe- : ciallyfor the season can spur on the fun. For groups large or small, parties planned or impromptu, the following entertaining ideas are suggested. One way to "break the ice," especially when all of the guests are not well acquaint. ed with each other, is to play a guessing game. A Christmas Personality game can be played by pinning a name such as "Rudolph," "Santa" or "Christmas Angel" on the backs of several guests. Then each tries to guess his name by hints others give. Another way to start a party is to start the guests out thinking! Have a little contest and see who can , spell the most words with the letters in "Chrismas." Musical Candy Cane A lively combination version of Musical Chairs and Hot Potato makes use of ' some unbreakable symbol of Christmas festivities — a small package, one of the sturdier tree ornaments, a • big candy cane. One person who is not playing puts on a Christmas record. Everyone sits in a close circle and passes the object around. When.the music suddenly stops, the person who has the object in his hand is. out. This continues until the circle is reduced to one—the winner! EASY DECORATION* Take a board about 5 inches by 9 inches — or thereabouts — cover with foil and naU on a piece of chicken wire. Pull green branches through the wire and slip colorful Christmas balls and figures amongst the greenery: Thai's all there is to it. fse'the same board each vear. . Pin llw Star Children never tire of exciting party games, while the adults may need a rest. One game that is loads of fun for kids to play and adults to watch is a seasonal version of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," This one is "Pin the Star on the Christmas Tree." It's easy to cut a large shape of a Christmas Tree out of green construction paper and tape it to a wall or door, making sure it is low enough for the littlest guest to reach the top. Each child gets a paper star with tape on the back and takes his turn being blindfolded and spun around. The one who can place his star closest to the-top of the tree wins. * • • Christinas Tree A Christmas Tree game that, everyone can play is a guessing game. In "Christmas Tree" the person who is "it" leaves the room- while the other players decide on a secret word. It must be a verb, or a word showing ac^ tion, such as run, eat or swim. When "it" comes back, he tries to guess the word by asking questions using "Christmas Tree" in place of the word. He may ask, "Do • children Christmas Tree?" ('IIIiNKSK CIIKISTIANS CKI.KKKATK .'•SHKN Dan Jieh," the Holy Kirll. Festival, at Christmas. Kill Santa Clans is on liimd, loo, as he is in Ibis srene, typiealof a Taiwan Christmas, where he greets youngsters enjoying a ride on a merry-go-round. Photograph is from ll.e New Hook of Knowledge. Fun and games NEW YORK (DPI) - Games ami puzzles are. being found on toy counters and in novelty departments in greater numbers and variety than in previous years, says a leading toy designer. Marvin Glass reported that games are the fastest growing segment of the toy business and that sales jumped 35 per cent in the past five years. Boys come dear NEW YORK (LPI) - Teen-age girls showered their boyfriends with more expensive Christmas gifts than they gave anyone else last year, reports a magazine survey. The study, by Seventeen, showed that teen girls spent over ST2 million on the young men in their lives, spending a median of S 10.86 for each present. PEACE • *. AT CHRISTMAS That all may share peace, good will is our holiday wish. Tipton Dry Cleaners "To the happy tempo of jingling bells, we sing out a cheery "Merry Christmas" to all. Best wishes for a season filled with good health and good fortune. Warm thanks for your loyalty. PARSONS FURNITURE

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