The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 1, 1955 · Page 52
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 52

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, December 1, 1955
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2-*Afi«r»« (la.) Uppftr DM M«i«*i Thursday, December 1, 1$SS All 6f a sudden ii's high time we g<H our Christmas shopping underway. Whether or not we are in the mood, the calendar says there are barely enough shopping days until the big day. As I Write this all of the para- phanalia from Thanksgiving din- .ncr has not yet been cleared ?rW*y. There's a Halloween mask laying on the sewing machine and if you look in one of our Cupboard drawers, you may find a May Basket or two. Christmas gifts already? They sure are making the years short nowadays. The custom of presents on Christmas day is as old as the Gospel of the Christ Child itself. It -was the three wise men from out of the east, you know, — Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar who started the whole thing. They saw His star and brought their treasures, gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold was chosen as one of the first Christmas presents for it was then, as it is now the most precious of metals. Nobody can successfully imitate gold, it is easily turned into beautiful uses and it is so indestructible that it will last forever. Frankincense, I found when I looked it up, is a resin from the bark of the Bos- wellia .tree, found today only on Socotra an almost inaccessible island off the eastern trip of Africa. Frankincense smells wonderful when it is burned and so does. myrrh.- Myrrh was used by the ancient Egyptians in embalming and upon other solemn occasions. These gifts were offered to the. Infant Jesus in a spirit of wondering humility and love. Today our Christmas presents lake a little different form. We still give gold, but mostly in the form of charm bracelets, tie clasps and earrings. I wouldn't be at nil surprised if many of our gifts today are even more fragrant than the ancients' frankincense and myrrh. We have after-shaving lotion for Uncle Henry, lavendar bath powder for Aunt MiJinie and a bottle of Chanel No. 5 for lucky wives and sweethearts. And there are shirts, socks and ties, dolls, ski? and B-B guns, lingerie, steam irons, housecoats and frying pans —millions of items both practical and giddy. But if the gift symbolizes the love we bear one and other, it's a Christmas present in the same tradition as those of the Wise Men. + * * Shopping for these presents is a more mundane matter. It takes time, patience and cash. So often the Christmas spirit is willing but the bank balance is weak. And you have to remember sizes, favorite colors and try to -learn if the recipient already has forty-eleven of the very same thing. You're not supposed to do this in connection with the true spirit of the holiday, but most of. us keep in the back of <5tir minds what kind of a present We ourselves received from the receiver last year. Or the price limit oil the club or family exchange. Christmas shopping is hard, exhausting work. I just love it. * * *, Many people, and I'm one of them, have complained that Christmas has become too commercialized. It seems as if the stores start bidding for our Christmas trade earlier and earlier each year. But I don't know what we'd do at Christ- ! mas time if it weren't for the stores giving us the signal that it is time to get ready for the big holiday. Most of us might be poking around until December 23 if the stores didn't first put tip their trees, decorate with tinsel and holly and display all those tempting things to buy especially for Christmas. Some people can buy gifts all year long and have all their shopping done by November. I can't. It seems entirely out of keeping to buy Christmas presents until there is evidence I can see with my own eyes that Christmas is coming. * * » The sound of carols coming over the loud speaker in the vicinity of State street has always seemed most pleasant to mo. Perhaps if I were down I own every day I wouldn't think they were so special. The festoons of lights arching the Main Drag and Santa Claus wandering around handing out his candy kisses add to the cheer at this lime of year. And cheer is what we need—all year long, but most especially at Christmas. * * * Story lime at Ihe library is beginning next Saturday at 10 o'clock. It isn't story hour any more for they don't want to limit the time involved to a strict 60 minutes. This year the tots who haven't yet learned to read are not the only ones to benefit from story time for Mrs Jerry Donovan has consented to take charge of older youngsters while Mrs N. J. Bangs reads to the pre-school- ers and first graders. Algona's children's library is n real-life wonderland for book-lovers and once a youngster catches on to the adventure of reading he has something that will stay with him for Hie rest of his life, in spile of TV, comic books and double gun holsters. 9 9 • Monday is always a busy day for homcmakors. There's always the litter to be cleared away from the weekend and some of us arc still old-fashioned enough to keep Monday for one "of our wash days. But' more important than anything else we can do on Monday, Dec. 5 ' s \t° S 6 ' ourselves, and us many ofNpur neighbors as possible down to the high school and vote, YES, on that school bond issue. By this time, the crying need for more school rooms for our children anrl grandchildren has been made | most apparent and there's ttot much I can add to it, but often too many people are for an issUe but neglect to say so on a ballot, So, tlon't forget to vote. ' There wns one of Connie Rent-/ Ireland's interesting letters for me in the mail this week. She says she enjoyed the nickname column and is going through much the same stage herself with one of her daugh* tors being called, Jane the Pain while her cousin is Jill the Pill. Connie lives in Hazelcrest, 111. and her sister, the former Bon-i nin Rent* lives near by. Both pi them have new babies and it's five for Connie now and four for Bonnie. Connie sent me this recipe for Mincemeat Cookies so it's this week's recipe. 1 cup shortening 1 cup sugar '1 eggs 1 cup mincemeat 3 '••> cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 Isp. vanilla 'i tsp. soda 'Ii Isp. salt Cream shortening, add sugal and vanilla and cream again. Add unbeaten eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Add mincemeat. Fold in flour sifted with salt, soda and baking powder. Drop by tea- spoonsful on to ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees, 12 to 15 minutes. —GRACE/ Algona Airport Log Nov. 10 — V. F. Lahn, Cedar Rapids, Bonanza. , Nov. 12—Carl H. Blum, Spring Valley, 111., Cessna 140; Lakin Imp. Co., Emerson, Bonanza; Gene Lcachman, Fort Dodge, Tri- Pacer; Rennert-Werner, Inc., St. Louis, two Bonanzas; Ralph Daughterly; Des Moines, Tri-Pacer. Nov. 17 — McCullough's Air Ambulance to Osceola, Wis. • Nov. 18 — A. E. Copeland, Hattiesburg, Miss., Bellanca; Ben Bolz, Oak Lawn. III., Stinson. Nov. 20 — Littoral Mfg. Co., Quincy, 111., Cessna 180; Darrell Gabel, Swea City, Cub. Half its H orsepowei* is for oafetv ! */ A pretty sleep lull, you'd say? Well, not so far as this gentleman is conccrncil. He just gave (lie accelerator a little encouragement wilh his li>e . . . and swept from bolloin to lop so effortlessly he was scarcely aware ol it. For he's at the wheel of a beautiful new 19.~>6 Cadillac. Ami beneath that long, sleek, graceful hood rests the smoothest, most powerful engine in Cadillac history. . Ihe (act is that this great, new Cadillac engine is powerful and _d_vnamic //// beyond the requirements ol normal usage. In the course ol ordinary motoring, it is entirely possible that the driver will /;<•.'<•/• put the'accelerutor down to the Ilifor board. Bui how wonderful tljjU extra length of throttle will IK it he doc.t need it! It will be there lor thai burst of speed that can free him Iro.u a dillicull driving situation. It will be there in case he needs it for safety in passing ... or to answer the challenge of a mountain road. And even when not in active use, that reserve of power will add to his motoring pleasure. Il will bring him confidence and contentment and peace ol mind . . . and il will provide unusual operating economy and dependability. Of course, Cadillac's magnificent performance is only part ol the exciting Cadillac story for 19,~>6. There is inspiring 'licauly . . . and extraordinary luxury . . . and superlative craftsmanship. Why not slop in soon and see what we mean? We've got the keys and Ihe car—all you have to provide is an hour ol your time. We can promise you ... it will be the most rwt'ii/niii sixty minutes you ever t^icnt at the wheel ot a motor car. Ernie Williams Pontiac-Cadillac W- itHlf St., Algona Phone 1358 ^^^H9 WMI MM MMi vMn MM ^W^ •Mil MM W HH| JMRV vHHk ™BP^^ GIFTS that Fit The Kitchen! ™T"V m GIFTS That Serve The Home! GIFTS That Make Lite Lots Easier! GIFTS Galore For Men! GIFTS That Go On Giving! That's Right! KOHLHAAS HARDWARE Is Crammed With Bright Gift Ideas! Electric Deep Fryers •K Sunbeam • -K Fryryte '* West Bend Electric Sandwich and Waffle Grill •K Sunbeam •fc General Electric •fc Dominion Electric Pop-Up Toasters ' * Si-nbeam * Ce.-.crai Electric •fc Dominion Electric Roasters •* Wesfinghouse •* General Electric •¥ Nesco Electric Mixers •¥• Sunbeam •¥• General Electric •¥• Hamilton Beach Electric Irons (Steam or Dry) •¥• General Electric •* Sunbeam * General Mills •K Radios •* Hair Dryers * Steak Knife Sets •¥• Glasses * Hot Plates * Mixing Bowl Sets •¥• Ash Tray Sets * Bath Mats * Cake Plates •¥• Spice Sets •¥• Electric Heaters * Ovenware •¥• Coffee Servers •¥ Serving Dishes * Juicers •¥• Can Openers •¥• Coaster Sets •¥• Centerpieces •¥• Lamps •¥• Knife Sharpeners •¥• Cutlery Sets •¥• Pressure Cookers Lazy Susans Percolators Pocket Knives Serving Tables Troys Casseroles Clocks Clothes Hampers Dinnerware Bathroom Scales FOR THE MEN We Suggest: •K Tackle Boxes * Rods and Reels •^ Power Tools •K Guns Electric Lanterns ¥• Thermos Kits TOYS, too! Plenty of 'em at KoMhaas Hardware In fact, we've turned over a whole section of our siore to Santa, for his toy department, and he has simply loaded it up with Toys of all kinds and description! When you come to Kohlhaas Hardware for those "home gifts" remember to get back to our Toy section and look us over. Make your selection now — we'll stow it away on our Lay-By until you want it for the big day! Use Our Lay-Away Plan to Select Gifts NOW ! URE! Be Glad Gift.Wrap Yogr Gift X o KOHLHAAS HARDWARE SANTA'S HELPERS - Ed - Pat - Fred - Arnie - Mrs Courtney '»W^-^.»« *.#*«&»»»».#•&# ^

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