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W'KllNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1970 A joyous Christmas Take these flowers, gemm'd with dew-drops. A* a lovtngglft from me: May thy heart reflect their brightness And thy Christmas Joyous be! Flowers Speak Language of Love In Modern or Victorian Era Like holly, ivy and mistletoe, flowers share in the legend and lore of Christmas. In terms of the Victorian era, the floral legend is an especially meaningful one. A Victorian lady who received a bouquet from her admirer could either smell it or read it as if it were a letter. Often, it was a letter. Young engaged couples, strictly chaperoned, found a way to communicate words of affection via flowers. Each flower had a special meaning. Flowers in sequence could be used to spell out a fervent pledge of love. To help in composing — and translating : — these messages, there were numerous tiny dictionaries listing flowers and their meanings. The flowering honeysuckle, for instance, spoke of "bonds of love." A red rosebud told a lady that she was "pure and lovely." Red double pink meant "woman's love." And heliotrope carried a bold message, "I love you." This Victorian language of flowers greatly influenced the design of Christmas cards of the time — witness the card illustrated here, from the Norcross Historical Collection of antique cards. The lush summer blooms are typical of the Victorian admiration of flowers, regardless of the season. Though sentiments may be expressed differently, flowers still bloom on modern Christmas cards. A current card offers one example. Poinsettias flower on a background of mistletoe, and the message reads, "Just for you, honey, all my love at Christmas." Why Piek Chimney? St. Nick Has Reasons Why does Santa come down the chimney? Of all the traditions connected with Santa, his unconventional mode of entry might seem the most puzzling. Surely the magical gift giver, who has the powyr.to drive reindeer through the skies and who can cover the earth in a single night, could find an easier way to enter a house. Like most of the lore of Christmas, Santa's choice of the chimney has several explanations. For instance, legend has it that the original Santa, St. Nicholas, presented three maidens with gifts of gold for a dowry. Modestly concealing his generosity, he tossed the gold down a chimney, in secret. Another theory claims that Santa copied a goddess, who was the first to deliver gifts via a chimney. According to this legend, when the Vikings of Norway celebrated the Yuletide or winter solstice in their great halls, a festive feature of the occasion was the appearance of the goddess Hertha in the fireplace: As her name indicates, Hertha was goddess of hearth and home, and most appro­ priately arrived by way of the chimney, to deliver her Yuletide gifts of good luck and good cheer. Still another explanation takes a practical point of view. Housewives of Northern Europe, cleaning house for the New Year, used to coax children to help with the chores by saying, "Let's clean the hearth. St. Nicholas will soon be coming down the chimney." The children willingly set to work, and thus, says legend, a tradition was born. Even when he takes to helicopter or jet plane, Santa delivers his gifts by way of the chimney! f^-JlsToRy MlSUETOE [ FOB 0 CHRISTMAS Hoping your season's dreams come true, and your holiday is filled with joy, peace, love. CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK Mistletoe goes far back into history. The Druids called it "all heal" and believed that it had miraculous powers to cure disease and counteract poisons. - According to information provided by researchers, the Druids found kissing under the mistletoe great sport, but believed it wasn't proper unless the sprig had been cut with a golden knife. Custom also demanded that one of the berries on the mistletoe be re-, moved each time someone kissed beneath it. An ancient Norse myth tells how the mistletoe got its berries. Balder, the God of light, couldn't be hurt by anything that grew -on—or under—the earth. But his enemy, the evil god of Loki, found that mistletoe grew neither on earth nor' under it, but on a tree! So he had Balder slain with a spear tipped with mistletoe Balder was mourned by all creatures in heaven and on earth, including Freyja, the goddess of love. The tears she shed, according to the legend, became the pearly berries of the plant, and it is said that this is the reason that mistletoe symbolizes love. CHRISTMAS CHEER Wm would llkt to •xtend our warmtMt. Uriah** to all our irtend*, patron*. KENNY'S Used Furniture Holiday Blends Many Customs "Anybody found feasting or observing Christmas day in any way shall pay.a line . of five shillings." And so, throughout New England Pilgrim settlers had to treat Christmas as just another working day. Governor Bradford noted that "no man rested all day" on December 25, 1620, say the editors of Encyclopedia Americana. Today, in the United States and Canada, Christmas celebrations are a colorful blend of customs from many lands. The main features of the holiday festivities are much the same everywhere—Santa Claus, Christmas trees, gifts, greetings, feasting, family visits, carol singing. Each of these customs has its own history, and for the student of holiday lore and legend, the fascination lies in the variety of traditions brought by settlers from other lands and assimilated into what is now a truly American, or truly Canadian Christmas. Displaying Tree The custom of the Community Christmas Tree began in the early 1900's with the people of Pasadena, Calif., who decorated a tall evergreen on Mount Wilson with lights and tinsel. Madison Square in New York and the Common in Boston were the scene of trees set up in 1912. In 1914 Independence Square in Philadelphia had its first holiday tree. Around each of these trees choirs gathered and sang carols. The custom of lighting the National Community Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. began in 1923 when the Uni- THEHEEALD ANGELS SING Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley, wrote the words to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" in 1739. In his first version the carol began'Hark, how all the welkin rings," according to legend. THE FIRST NOEL No one knows who wrote "The First Noel". It first appeared in print in 1863 in a book called "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern",.and is believed to be very old. The author of "God Rest Ye - Merry, Gentlemen" also is unknown, but he lived before Shakespeare. TREE LAND Christmas Trees According to the University of California Agricultural Extension Service-—California produces about nine hundred thousand Christmas trees a year. versity of Vermont sent a large tree to'President Calvin Coolidge. Add Special Totirli In Quebec, customs from France lend their special touch to a Canadian Christmas. France gave Canada the "creche," gatherings after midnight Mass with family and friends, savory pork pies called "tourtieres," collecting gifts' from door to door for the less privileged persons of the community. After mass on Christmas Eve, the people of Quebec gather at homes of loved ones to participate in a night-long feast called "re- veillon." Performing Pageant From Germany came the Nativity pageant, and the first play of this sort in the U.S. was performed at the German Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Boston, in 1651. Children dressed as Oriental shepherds offered gifts to the Christ Child at the altar, singing carols at the same time. The gifts were later distributed to the poor of the parish. Play Delights A hybrid Spanish-Indian play, called "Los Pastores," introduced by Spanish monks, may still take place in the backyards of San Antonio, Tex., at Christmastime. With no props, curtains and a cast of amateurs, it yearly delights with its spiritual innovations. ' It runs from Christmas to Candlemas, in homes located In out-of-way places so only the initiated can find it. The object is to prevent the merely curious observer from watching this spritual miracle play. Decorating with Cards Can Be Yule Project When children need a change 'from the toys on Christmas day, a promising project could be to let them see what they can do with the family greeting cards. Here are some suggestions from Jeannette Lee, art director for Hallmark. Tape or staple cards to lengths of ribbon and hang them on walls or doors. Make a Christmas wreath by attaching cards to a circle of cardboard. "Frame" cards with construction paper. Decorate a screen with cards. Luminaria City Lights The Way During the holidays, Alburquerque is called Luminaria City. Millions of paper sacks are lighted by a single candle inside. They are called Lumlnarias. or farelites after the Spanish who originated the custom. Entire neighborhoods go to- .gether to "fight the way for the lost Christ Child," as^Ke Spanish tradition has It The lights give the appearance of : golden lanterns when spaced i about three feet apart on the edges of the sidewalks, flat roofs and beside steps. New Mexicans have decorated their homes at Christmas with lumlnarias for about 300 years. Originally New Mexicans used little bonfires of bright burning plnon and pine to light the paths of processions and festivities at Christmas. Small lanterns from Mexico were also used. It is not known who first used the paper sack lumlnarla.but each year the custom has spread until today they are the traditional New Mexko Christmas light About two inches of sand or dirt is placed in each sack, and the top of the sacks are folded down one time. Inside the sack goes a small ve- tive candle which burns about two hours. Yodeting Yule An old custom of the Austrian Tyrol is the Christmas yodel. Traditionally, the Yuletide yodel—a song without words — may be improvised, or it may be based on the tune of a familiar carol. A THOUGHT Except for Christmas, December would be the dreariest month of the year, with the days getting shorter and blacker, and the nights colder and bleaker. Without Christmas, something like It would have to be invented. -WILLIAM FEATHER Wishing "Mele Kaliklma- ka" is. the traditional way to say, "Merry Christmas" in Hawaiian. 'ADVERTISEMENT" THE MESSIAH The Messiah oratorio, a Christmas tradition, was composed by George Frederick Handel in only twenty five days,accordlngto world book encyclopedia. It was first performed In 1742 In Dublin. A year later King George II set the custom of standing daring the oratorio's "Haflei Chorus". . eulujah Doubly Obliging Cherry Date Ring When it comes to Christmas, there are basically two kinds of people—the everything's-finished-ahead folk and last-minute Lou's. And neither is likely to change! So, to appeal to both, here's an idea for a delightful holiday Cherry Date Ring that can be baked well ahead of the festive season and tucked in the freezer, or whipped up in a' late flurry of. kitchen activity. The recipe is doubly obliging, too. in that you may choose what form each batch is to take—the ring shape, a large loaf, or two smaller versions, the latter perfect for thoughtful ••little" gifts. . Best of all, this colorful and delicious fruited bread is easy to make the .Robin Hood •no-sift' way. even for a neophyte baker. Everything goes into one bowl— the light and delicate, enriched and pre-sifted flour right along with the other ingredients.save the fruits— and. after a brief whirl with the electric mixer, chopped dates and snipped cherries are quickly stirred in. Baking time varies—only 45-50 minutes for the smaller breads, a bit more for the larger ring or loaf. - For late bakers—remember that overnight storage makes •for easier slicing. For the think-aheaders. allow frozen ring or loaf to thaw, and heat briefly, if you like. In either case, spread slices with butter or whipped cream cheese for a delicious anytime holiday snack—from Christmas Eve right through to Twelfth Night. CHERRY DATE RING (The easy 'no-sift' way) 2% cups Robin Hood all- purpose flour* 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder* V/i teaspoons salt* -1/3 cups milk Vt cup soft shortcnin 1 egg 1 pkg. (8 oz.) chopp dates 'A cup snipped red candied cherries Spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Pour into large mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients except dates and cherries. Beat with electric mixer at low speed or by hand until well blended, about 2 min. Stir in fruits. Spread in well- greased 2-qt. ring mold. Bake at '350°. for 50-55 min. or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 min. Turn out of pan. Cool. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Cherry Date Girt Loaf: Spread batter in 1 well- greased 9x5x3-in ; pan; bake for 60-65 min.. or in ^well- greased 7 !2x3 '/ix2l4-in. pans; bake for 45-50 min. •It you use Robin Hood self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt. «^t*s time to gather together with family and friends to sing a song of holiday cheer and to celebrate with reverence and joy, the many blessings of this glorious season. In the glad spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas we send your way warm and hearty wishes for every happiness shared with loved ones. Thank you* sincerely, for your patronage and good will. CITY of TIPTON UTILITIES

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