The days when the little ones believe implicitly in Santa Claus as a real life, little old gentleman are happy ones. Who gets the most pleasure from the Santa Claus game—the kids who receive the loot or the parents who engineer the myth is a debatable question but I do think it's the parents who arc the most disappointed when the youngsters ask i he inevitable question, "Is there really a Santa Claus?" Al our house, all the kids, even the youngest one. are all wised up Somebody gave Bill the facts i if Christmas when he was about ^x and it wasn't too long after that he told the girls .about it also. It has taken some of the fun out of it for Father and mt* but it hasn't seemed to mar Christmas for the youngsters one little bit. Children are realists. Either Santa is a real flesh and blood i vcature who brings all the toys ,..•• there just, "aint no such ani- nial." And at our house, at least, they don't buy my explanation i if Santa Claus given in the manner of the "Dear Virginia" letter. Tlii 1 abstract ideas about the Spirit of Christmas are listened to politely but they are treated wiih tin- same amount of credulity given to my stories of Queen M,>b and the fairies. When they .;:(t older and more able to appreciate the intangible. 1 think thf-v']| believe m Santa Claus again. 1 know I do. Santa Claus is teal to me and I'm not going to let my sonhisticnted youngsters talk me out of it! * « • Santa Claus is known by many names—-Saint Nicholas, Father I'h: h-tmas, Bonhomma Noel or Kn--rht Clobes. He is found all \t r the world wherever there is kindness'and love. He is a champion housebreaker. Right here in Algona, Police Chief Boekelman knows that Santa invades every home and he doesn't even try to stop him. Sheriff Lindhorst is usually very stern with people who try to climb down chimneys and Fire Chief Kohl says people who do this are definitely inflamable. But on Christmas Santa Claus has access to all the chimneys in Kossuth County and the front doors, too, in case there's no fireplace. They never see Santa at work for the fact is, he's a ghost! * * • * He is the ghost of a very real man who lived in Asia Minor in the fourth century after the birth of Jesus. • He was a rich young man and very much admired the kind and gentle character of the Lord Josus whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas. He used his fortune to give other people happiness and went placing gifts and coins in the homes of poor people. He always did this in secret and he made many homes happy without Jetting " anyone know how it happened. * • • After this good, kind Nicholas had given away all his gold and silver he entered a monastery to pray and lead a good life. He became a Bishop, and by and by, a Saint. Children and grownups have loved St. Nicholas ever since. Long ago people started giving secret gifts on Christmas Eve saying that they came from. St. Nicholas. Already the ghost or spirit of the good Saint was at. work though the real man had died. * * * In America people started calling St. Nicholas, Santa Claus because that's the way it sounds if you say it real fast. Instead of setting out the little wooden shoes 1 for St. Nicholas to fill as the children do in France, American youngsters took to hanging up their stockings for Santa Claus. When we were kids we used to wear long black or tan cotton stockings and Santa could really get quite a bit in them. Nowadays, its ankle length socks so Santa has to put just a little ot the loot in the socks and leave the rest on the floor. For quite some lime now, Santa has not only bee'h filling the stockings, he also has been bringing the dolls^trikes, games and in some places, the whole Christmas tree complete with ornaments. * * • Santa Claus soon found out he was badly overworked. He has to go all over the world—billions and billions of good children ; to visit.; Children, being children, will wake up-so dreadfully early Christmas morning so it makes Christmas Eve a very short night—far too short for even a Very efficient ghost to get all arounc}. So the ghost of St. Nicholas splits himself up into little atoms of kindness and these atoms, like seed, take root in the hearts of fathers and mothers uncles and, aunts, grandpas and grandmas and friends a'nd turns them all, on Christmas Eve, into Santa Clauses. • -• • Even children can be Santa Clauses. It would be expecting the impossible for them to think more of giving than receiving at Christmas but if they give a gift no matter how small or do anything to make another person happy for Christmas, remembering Jesus, they are really tming a Santa Claus. Grownups too, tend to forget in the midst of the tinsel and trappings "of Christmas that the first great gift to the world came to us in the form of a tiny baby who brought a new concept of love, kindness and human decency. ' It still seems to mo a miracle, how even the meanest, most practical, least religious people somehow seem to soften up during the Christmas season. We have our present-day Scrooges calling Christmas, "humbug", "too commerical", and "childish nonsense" but by December 25 most of them have managed to contribute to the happiness of others at Christmas. • - • The spirit of that one man DIAMONDS AT CHRISTMAS Precious gems have characterized man's joyous giving spiral since the First Chrislmus. It has been the custom since ihe ancients, too, that the gem of perns, the enduring diamond, be selected to give joy to the closest love. If you have been searching for the one gift to remember your loved one, consider a beautiful Orange Blossom diamond ring. It's the one she will remember always. Guaranteed fine quality has been traditional with Orange Blossom for many, many Christmascs. Take lime soon to see our broad selection of appealing styles. •'X REGISTERED JEWELED AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY ALGONA, IOW A WITH EVERY PORTABLE TYPEWRITER SOLD FROM NOW T0 TYPEWRITER STAND A PORTABLE TYPEWRITER IS AN IDEAL GIFT SMITH-CORONA REMINGTON ROYAL, UPPER DES MOINES PUB. CO. called St. Nicholas who did good | n the name of Jesus has fof hundreds of years inspired the whole civilized world to be kifid and generous on Christmas. He was not a mighty warrior, but he las done more for the happiness, dndness "and good humor of the world than Caesar, Napoleon or Hitler. That's a greater mystery to me than Santa Glaus, the North Pole and the reindeer. And that, "Dear Virginia", and my beloved little skeptics, Bill, Mary Ann and Jean, is why I still believe in Santa Claus. * » « Mrs Jesse Grubb seni me a clipping from her scrap book recently. It was sent to her by her son, Donald Grubb, when he was stationed with the air force in Alaska. Mrs Grubb said her grandchildren got quite a kick out of the story for its dateline is North Pole, Alaska, 14 miles oui of Fairbanks, and it says thai Santa has officially established residence there. A woman, Mrs Ethel Granite, has received a donation of five acres of land to be called Santa Land and a corporation has been set up to builc and maintain Santa's workshop there. Letters coming from children all over the world are sen there and the first year Santa was in business, he was greetec with glee by Eskimo,' Japanese white and negro children. So they are constructing an inter denominational chapel and i workshop shaped in the form of a fairy tale symbol and they are dedicating it to children the world over, regardless of creed, nationality or religion. • * • Among the entries in the Yeast Bread category of the recipe contest is this holiday item called' Rosy Ring Bread, sent in by Mrs C. H. Sjmpson. So it's this week's recipe. \k cup milk VH cup shortening V4 cup sugar '.-a teasp. salt 1 cake compressed yeast or 1 pkg. granular yeast 1 egg 2Vi cups (about) sifted flour Scald milk and pour over sugar, shortening and salt which have been placed in a mixing bowl. Dissolve yeast in - cooled mixture. Add 1 cup of the flour and beat until smooth. Add egg and beat again, then add remainder of the flour. Allow dough to rest, covered, on slightly floured board, then knead for about five minutes. Place dough in greased bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. Punch down and flatten dough on bread board. Let rest for five minutes. Cut dough in small piece?, size of walnut, and roll into small balls. Sugar Mixture Vi cup brown sugar lj a cup white sugar 1 teasp. cinnamon Mi cup chopped nuts li cup raisins \-z cup sliced maraschino cherries melted butter 'Mix first four ingredients to-' gether. Butter, raisins and cherries should be kept in separate bowls. Roll the balls \>f dough in melted butter, then in sugar mixture. Place the cherries in bottom of well greased 9 inch ring mold. Place one layer of balls on cherries, then sprinkle with raisins until dough is used, placing dough balls slighty apart. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture and butter over top. Coyer and let rise until very light. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Invert pan on serving plates, let .stand a few minutes so sugar mixture covers rolls. —GRACE. Hi Jinks * * * . * Detoled id "Behind The Scenes" Item* from Algona High School. Three new members have joined the club. They are Linda Bode, John Scuffham and Mike Kain. Bob Johnson, Youth Extension Director, showed two movies. Thursday, December I, 1*55 Alflona (to.) Upp»r foi RETIRES At New Sharon, Dave Hill has retired after over 38 years of service as a rural mail carrier. Mr Hill started his route with a horse and buggy, back in 1910. WANT ADS BftlMG RESULTS Dick Vipond and Sandra Shumway survived the preliminary screening test and became semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are now going on to better things. The next and final test Will bring a trip to a testing center and possibly another souvenir pencil apiece. * * * This year the annual Christmas pageant by the high school vocal department will not beheld. In its place on December 14. the seventh and eighth grade choruses are singing, and the Art Club is staging the scenes as backgrounds for the music. » • • Algona's slalwail debaters still have an unblemished record this season, as they were snowed out before reaching their first tournament at Worthington, Minn, last Saturday. * * * The physics class demonstrated its literary ability by eomint, up with this poem about Safe Driving Day: "Slip-stick, slide-rule, B. T. U.. The cars arc safe. Are the drivers, too? The roads are glazed. The wind is strong. Drive like you're crazed— You won't last long." How true. SS. First Solo For Lt. (jg) Lashbrook MILTON, FLA. — A first solo flight has been made by Navy Lt. (jg) Durwood E. Lashbrook, son of Mr and Mrs Jesse Lashbrook of 619 S. Moore st., ancJ husband of the former Miss Lu- cilc I. Loesch of 607 E. Elm stall of Algona, Iowa. Before entering the service he was graduated from Iowa State Teachers College. Before leaving the Whiting Field N a v a 1 Auxiliary Air Station. Milton. Fla., for more advanced training, he will receive instruction in precision air work along with his regular solo flights. Join Plum Creek 4-H The November meeting of the Plum Creek Boys 4-H club was held at the home of Dick Davis. "Jctei oral Upmarket/ because He WQ$ fed TOPS ... no matter how you took at them, lhai't the way you have to describe FELCO-raised hogs. For fast gains, FELCO-fed hogs are tops. FELCO'S combination of growth- powered, meat-building proteins, minerals and vitamins puts pounds on fasL They are efficient gains, too, so your feed cost is at a minimum. Remember, too — those cooperative savings. Stop in and get the FELCO story from us this weeL t „ mco s m Bfsr+ SA VING'S THfmijii ASK YOUR NEIGHBOR Farmers Cooperative Society, Wesley 3urt Cooperative Elev. . 3urt t Lone Rock Cooperative ' Elev. Co., Lone Rock Fenton Cooperative ,Elev. Co., Fenton Whitlemore Cooperative Elevator, Whillemore The Farmers Elevator, Bode Farmers Cooperative Elev, Co., Swea City West Bend Elev. Co., West Bend "D Swea City Rural Phone Line Sold To Central Iowa The Central Iowa Telephone Co. has completed purchase of the Swea City Rural Telephone Co., the Swea City Herald reported last week. In a meeting called at Swea City, stockholders voted to sell to the Central Iowa firm for a .sum of S21.600. Cecil Thoreson, secretary - treasurer, accepted the check for that amount from J. J. Melnto.sh, vice-president and general manager of tiie Central Iowa | Co. ! Those on the present board arc- Otto Kelly, Mancil Hurlburt, Irvin Bathe, Mclntosh, Thoreson, W. R. Cla'sen, Swea City Central Iowa manager: P. C. Bakker, engineer from Toledo; and Harold Carr. The Central Iowa Co. plans to go to the dial system as soon as feasible. Work is underway at the present time on construction of a new building in Swea City to house the dial equipment. Some of the materials necessary for the dial system are extremely difficult to obtain, and even though the schedule calls for completion in May. in all likelihood that date will be pushed back a few months. Clasen said that before dia! goes into Swea City, they intend to hold schools on the use of the dial, system. They hope to acquaint people who are not familiar with dial as to its advantages and mannner in which it is used. After the equipment is installed, it is but a matter of seconds to cut over to the new system. actually get TheThunderbird Y8 engjlne in the '56 Ford And this Thunderbird Y-8 is the standard eight in all Ford Fairlane and Station Wagon models, at no extra cost i OFFICE SUPPLY DEPT. ALGONA, IOWA HONEY Fire in a honey-shed at Nora Springs caused the loss of five tons of honey recently. The fi restarted in the boiler-room, just us owner John Eygcrs was yetting ready to extract the honey. 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